Alternate NWS website

Even though the .org domain is unrestricted, it's use is suppose to imply the works and site of a non-profit entity.

However, I honestly can't say that the use of the .org domain by Joel Meyers to lure unsuspecting folks into their website surprises me. I guess if you can't reel them in with surperior service, sucker them in with a bit of disingenuous design :roll:

Regards,

Mike
 
"it's use is suppose to imply the works and site of a non-profit entity"

I've never heard that... I made mine .org because .com was already taken, and I'm no non-profit ;>

- Rob
 
Actually that is an interesting point... is it "legal" to link a .org directly to a commerical site? I thought that may be against ICANN rules.

.ORG was created in 1984 as one of the Internet's original top-level domains (TLDs) and was designated as \"open\" and \"unrestricted,\" meaning that anyone can register a .ORG site, but it primarily is used by noncommercial entities around the world, including nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, philanthropies, charities, religious organizations, educational and cultural institutions, arts organizations, sports clubs, and others.

Nope.

Aaron
 
Back in the 'old days' (at least until 1998) you had to provide proof that you qualified to register a .org domain (non-profit 501c3, etc). .net was also hard to get unless you were a network service or ISP. They (Internic at the time) were even kind of stingy handing out .com to anyone that wasn't a bona-fide business. It was that way when I started working for an ISP doing web design that year. Things sure have changed a lot since then. Just about anyone can register anything now, and it is so cheap now that you can easily get as many domains as you want. Some of the few that are still restricted are of course the government TLDs (.gov, .mil) and the .edu suffixes.
 
rdale wrote:

Originally posted by mikedeason
Even though the .org domain is unrestricted, it's use is suppose to imply the works and site of a non-profit entity.

I acknowledged that the use of .org domains are unrestricted. Of course, some of us who've been online for more than 5 or 10 years remember how difficult it could be obtaining a domain other than .com in the "good old days."

It's just that in my opinion, it's (.org) use for profit seeking entities and companies is a bit misleading and in some cases unethical, considering the history of the domain (re: Dan Robinson's post.) Sorry if that offends anyone, but that's the way I see it.

Regards,

Mike
 
Hmmmm....I don't know if Accuwether can use the domain name national weather service. It reminds me off poeple registerind domain names of actors like JuliaRoberts.com and the courts say cant do that because that name belongs to her. This might be differnet.
 
Ever hear of weather.com? Nobody is complaing about that when the goverment site is weather.gov.

That's besides the point, Accuweather still sucks.
 
Go talk to the guy who registered NASA.org and put up a porn site.

Too bad for him the use of the 4 letters 'NASA' without the concent of the real NASA is a federal offence under existing law. oops. he was somebodies girlfriend for a while while they tried him on federal crimes. Don't know what happened, but NASA now owns the org/com set.
 
I bet the 'NASA' site he started was gone in a heartbeat, right or how long did it last? He new what he was doing, and he did it anyway...probably to catch people who were trying to go the 'real' NASA site, but got caught on that.
 
I might not sure the government can do much. Maybe if the NWS was a commercial entity it would be able to. Remember Whitehouse.com & Whitehouse.org I could swear one of those was a porn site.
 
Originally posted by Scott Olson
I might not sure the government can do much. Maybe if the NWS was a commercial entity it would be able to. Remember Whitehouse.com & Whitehouse.org I could swear one of those was a porn site.

Yeah, it was a porn site - I remember kids in school always surfing to it on accident. The government made them put up a front page stating that it was not affiliated with the actual Whitehouse/government...
 
LOL. Who's the Accuweather spy? Remember the last incident? Within hours the controversial text was down. What a fiasco. It's almost like they have an employee or two to just raise a rukus.

Aaron
 
Many TV stations just do that for the name recognition provided by AW.

- Rob

This is the first I have seen around here. All the news channels in the OKC metro area do their own. I think they know if they mention AccuWeather they would get laughed out of there.
 
Many TV stations just do that for the name recognition provided by AW.

- Rob

This is the first I have seen around here. All the news channels in the OKC metro area do their own. I think they know if they mention AccuWeather they would get laughed out of there.

Quite a few stations around here do it as well. It's not as uncommon as you might think. Heck, our local news radio station outsources the entire met department to Accuweather - in other words, some guy in College Station, PA is doing the weather for us folks over in MI. Either way though, they are all looking at the same data I suppose.
 
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