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Free Registrar co.cc Goes the Way of the Dodo 70

First time accepted submitter Nexus Unplugged writes "Free domain provider co.cc seems to have quietly and mysteriously disappeared. No official explanation has yet been provided, but a cached copy suggest that they stopped accepting new registrations some time ago. Speculation, however, seems to come to a single conclusion. From the article: 'Due to its free nature (and it's $10 for as many as you want), Co.CC was abused and used for scams and spamming and was even de-listed by Google at one point although they did re-enable it. Getting back to the article on hand a few days ago Co.CC seems to have removed its DNS records which ultimately has stops its own site from working and every sub domain it provided.' It's worth noting that free domains are still easily obtainable from places like DotTK."
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Free Registrar co.cc Goes the Way of the Dodo

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  • No surprise (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 15, 2012 @05:18PM (#41996549)

    We can't have anything good and free because scumbags will take advantage of it.

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot&hackish,org> on Thursday November 15, 2012 @05:22PM (#41996579)

    If you're okay with a subdomain rather than looking to register directly under a TLD, FreeDNS [afraid.org] is another one that's been around for a while, though they target themselves a bit more at people who want a changeable hostname for their dynamic IP (a free alternative to the used-to-be-free-but-now-isn't DynDNS).

  • by Anonymous Coward

    apk, I summon you!
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 15, 2012 @05:36PM (#41996687)

    .wa.us is a good example. You can get seattle.wa.us and other such cities free. It's managed through nwnexus.com. I've always just contacted their sales staff to request forms to register a .seattle.wa.us or .olympia.wa.us for example. They're long, but definitely free.

    • Can you explain this to me in detail? Their site has nothing specific to how this is done... Thanks.

  • by Freshly Exhumed (105597) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @05:46PM (#41996761) Homepage

    If I write an NTP server in Tcl/Tk and register it on Dot.TK could I call it ticktock.tcl.tk?

    • by dissy (172727)

      Actually tcl.tk is already the primary domain for active tcl.
      I reference wiki.tcl.tk and their online man pages there frequently.

  • At my last job we encountered too many links to scammers and malware from sites on their subdomains via spam and customer applications. We went ahead and blocked *.co.cc and would not approve any potential customer applications if that's where their website was.

    If a company wants to do a website on the cheap, domains don't cost much and hosting can be had for $5/mo to free depending on your content.

    • by Anrego (830717) *

      Myabe it's just one of those things that only geeks notice, but it still boggles my mind when I see companies (not even small ones) with a website on freewebs and matching hotmail email.

      • by Amouth (879122)

        i a know multi-national company whose employees (VP's, Regional Managers, ...) regularly use yahoo or gmail accounts with vendors because their corporate e-mail system is so locked down that even the smallest of attachments (anything over 500kb) gets blocked.

  • by phorm (591458)

    I don't suppose it had anything to do with how that particular domain is pronounced?
    Might be suited to adult sites, but it wouldn't work for everyone.

  • by epSos-de (2741969) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @07:36PM (#41997559) Homepage Journal
    .CC should become the Creative Commons domain. All websites under this top level must be forcefully re-mixable with attribution. The world would be a much richer place. The creative commons movement is great and is far more profitable than the licensed content model, if you know how to use it properly.
  • I used to have a .tk domain for my website for several months, and I wouldn't recommend it. Everything was fine until a power outage forced my server to shutdown. As soon as the power was back up, I checked my .tk website only to find out that my domain was redirecting to a "you won a free ipad" scam site. I was certain that my dotTk account was hacked and so I wrote an email to the provider. Their response stated that this was in fact, a standard procedure: they have a script that every once in a while ver
    • by dolmen.fr (583400)

      Obviously you did not read their terms and conditions [www.dot.tk] before relying on the service. DotTK are crooks by design. Their businness model is clear: get your money once you find the service useful.

      • by gostu (2473660)
        They also have double standards, since the scam site they redirected to was in itself violating their ToS. Anyway, the pdf you linked says that now they're no longer enforcing the "each domain must have a website" rule. I wonder if there's any truth in this.
  • I had my personal website up registered there, brrk.co.cc . It wasn't really public, but it was just a fileserver/webserver for my personal use while on the road. Guess I have to go back to the numerical IP now...
  • They should have positioned themselves as an alternative to .xxx during the years (decade?) when people were fighting about that one. Only problem is for lesbian sites, but they could do things like we.need.no.co.cc.

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