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.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

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Could ICANN just do it properly, admit they're all about the money, and set up the following:

.scam

.phishing

.junkmail

.fakenews

That should make everyone's lives easier, and of course increase their bonus pot - which is far more important.

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ICANN are making money, but so are the people who own the TLDs - by failing to remove dodgy TLDs are they not somehow complicit? And involved in a conspiracy to defraud, which tends to be illegal.

In the case of .science we have "Famous Four Media (Domain Venture Partners) is a prominent applicant in ICANN's New gTLD Program. It has applied for 60 generic TLDs. In addition to its main headquarters in Gibraltar, the company also has operations in London and New York" (ICANNWiki)

Surely the legal authorities in Gibraltar (or London, or NY) can kick a bit of buttock?

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The legal authorities in Gibraltar will probably act as soon as Gibraltar is just an ordinary town in Spain.

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Gibraltar wont go back to spain. The same way spain wont be stupid enough to jeopardise their tourist economy. Afterall, Mexico is getting just as cheap as a decent spanish holiday now.

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.science is perhaps understandable

Until mid 2015 registration was free. Since then, the price has varied from 49 cents to $16. It's currently $3.99, so perhaps the rate of crap registration will slow down.....

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Re: .science is perhaps understandable

You seem unreasonably optimistic if these domains are being used for scamming then anything under a couple of thousand makes them cheap.

ICANN should simply evaluate this vanity project and refuse to renew the majority of these stupid TLDs when they come up for it. Apart from tourism: .berlin, .bayern, .quebec, etc. the only one that looked useful was .club, though even that makes more sense wrapped by a country's TLD.

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Block all email from vanity TLD's

Spam got so bad that I ended up just blocking all email from vanity TLD's.

blacklist_from *.info

blacklist_from *.work

blacklist_from *.ninja

blacklist_from *.science

blacklist_from *.rocks

blacklist_from *.space

blacklist_from *.top

blacklist_from *.win

blacklist_from *.stream

blacklist_from *.website

blacklist_from *.bid

blacklist_from *.download

blacklist_from *.today

blacklist_from *.date

blacklist_from *.trade

blacklist_from *.party

blacklist_from *.webcam

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Re: Block all email from vanity TLD's

Yup... I was just about to post the same thing. I have yet to see a single legitimate email come from any of these TLDs to any of my customers.

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Re: Block all email from vanity TLD's

I used my first one last week. A new customer has a .plumbing domain. I work in the building services trade - though was a bit surprised as we're at the commercial end of things, and I'd have thought that TLD was more aimed at the bloke after a tradesmen to fix his boiler market.

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In other news, water still wet

I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that TLDs set up to scam people are being used by scammers. Whatever next?

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.cricket made the top ten?

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