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Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice 110

judgecorp writes "The British domain name registry, Nominet, has abandoned the idea of a shorter .uk domain name system, which would replace the current regime where all .uk domains are in subdomains, such as .co.uk, or .org.uk. Although a consultation found a huge demand for a simpler system, Nominet couldn't get agreement on how to get there from here — so has put the idea to one side for now. There are some shorter addreses like british-library.uk — but these predate Nominet's regime."
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Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2013 @04:05AM (#43043349)

    There will not be a motherf.uk

  • F.and S (Score:5, Funny)

    by O('_')O_Bush ( 1162487 ) on Friday March 01, 2013 @04:06AM (#43043351)
    I would think that it wouldn't have been lost on anyone the problem with websites ending in F or S. Or even Y. Co.uk just doesn't have the same naming problems.
  • Translation (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Friday March 01, 2013 @04:55AM (#43043505) Homepage

    Nominet couldn't get agreement on how to get there from here

    Nominet couldn't figure out how to extort most money from the inevitable rush on the new domain space.
    (They could try and figure out some method of costfree assigning .uk to existing .co.uk or .org.uk and have some difficulty reaching an agreement on how that would be done fairly, but I highly doubt that is the issue they're facing).

  • Problems with .uk (Score:5, Informative)

    by malx ( 7723 ) on Friday March 01, 2013 @06:12AM (#43043715)

    Part of the problem was one of precedence: many holders of domains under .co.uk, .org.uk and several other existing subdomains were happy with the idea of getting a shorter domain - but very unhappy with the thought that they might lose it to a competing domain owner with the same name in a different sub-domain - or even to a trademark holder with no exact equivalent at the moment.

    Another part of the problem was Nominet's proposal for "security". In the name of building "trust and confidence in .uk" Nominet had proposed to extend itself from traditional registry options to scanning websites for malware, and using its power to suspend domains to enforce clean-up. Not surprisingly, this was controversial.

    Note also that Nominet has said it might come back with some variant of these proposals later, perhaps extending its "security" scheme to all the existing .uk domains.

  • by LoztInSpace ( 593234 ) on Friday March 01, 2013 @06:47AM (#43043825)
    Don't most people find their way to a site from a search engine or links off another page? Quite frankly, to me urls are like phone numbers or email addresses - they can be important but once they're in the system I let that take care of them. I can honestly say I do not know any of my friends' phone number or email address or any URLs of note - why would I?
    One world, one internet, one stupid bit of identification that gets abstracted away within seconds. Why make the distinction at all?
    • One world, one internet

      One single naming scheme with a limited number of meaningful words which has to support every user/organisation/company and product globally, even if most of those thing are only relavent locally.

  • It hasn't been abandoned see their news release http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/update-directuk [nominet.org.uk] The problem was that in the original proposal they intended to give priority to trademark proprietors but this was campaigned against mainly by domainers who stood to loose out. A majority of useful .co.uk domains are held by domain prospectors and the original proposal would have meant that other people would have had a chance at registering a domain by showing some sort of entitlement to it. Now however
  • You can always just get Cook Island domains.
  • Cook Islands .ck TLD should in theory let you have web addresses like "big.co.ck" or "oh.fu.ck". However they don't appear to work.

System checkpoint complete.