[clug] .com vs .org

James Ring sjr at jdns.org
Tue Feb 5 17:22:51 MST 2013

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM, Scott Ferguson
<scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 06/02/13 10:15, Robert Edwards wrote:
>> On 05/02/13 22:58, Scott Ferguson wrote:
>>> But back to Bob's original question. Is an .org safer than a .com (or
>>> the 2LD equivalents)?
>> Actually, that's not quite my original question... My question was more:
>> where did this LCA delegate (therefore a relatively informed FOSSil)
> Aaah
>> get the idea that a .com was safer than a .org?
>> Or was it a reference to a line in a movie? A well-known weblog? A web
>> cartoon? Was she being ironic parodying some speech by someone famous?
>> Or was she just plain mis-informed? If so, how many others are similarly
>> mis-informed and where is the mis-information coming from?
> No idea - I did do a cursory Google the other day (and my fu is usually
> strong) - but couldn't come up with anything except a poor poll from 4
> years ago that rate .org over .net for trust
> http://polldaddy.com/poll/1025170/
> Perhaps what was meant was "avoid the .org version of a trusted .net or
> .com domain". ie. commbank.org.au
> ??
> Context - it's complicated :)
>> As for me, I have my own .org and administer at least one .org.au and
>> a .asn.au - both with incorporated association registrations, and I
>> generally try to avoid most sites that are .com, but not for "safety"
>> reasons...
> Then you'll understand my puzzlement - it's far easier to produce proof
> of a commercial enterprise (what's your ABN? - conman reads side of
> passing truck). That is - when proof is required.
> Some US resellers give away .org domains (they make money on it though -
> just not transparently). They are supposed to check for 501 status,
> which is tougher to get than the Oz equivalent.
> That's about the only thing I can think of that might provide substance
> to the idea that .org is less trustworthy. Which is weird as .coms are
> also free with similar scams (no free lunch)

What? Registrars don't need to check 501 status, there is no
requirement to have a 501 registered entity to buy a .org. It is
unrestricted like.com.


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