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Old 10-14-2001, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default dotusa - USA Domain Names - Is this B.S?

I got the following spam mail yesterday:

The latest domain name extension is here .USA!!! It's the fresh, new,
exciting web address that is taking the world by storm.

Who wants to be .com when you can now be .USA

Register your .USA domain name today exclusively at:

http://www.dotusa.com


When you go to the site everything looks legit. If you search for a name, almost all the good ones are available. In searched for internet.usa and it was registered on Oct 11th by some dude. It also says that it is "processing".

I did not register any domain names.

I haven't seen anything about .usa domains. I think that this might be a great hoax -- but I can't find anything about this anywhere on the net.

Anybody have a clue?
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Old 10-14-2001, 01:41 AM   #2
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Default I Never Heard About This Before

Strange, never heard of this before now...
I know I wouldn't trust this for a few reasons..

1. A registrar that specializes solely in .USA domains that is located in London, England seems pretty odd to me.

2. I do not trust ANY registrar that is not listed on the Internic's Accredited Registrar Directory:
http://www.internic.net/alpha.html

3. The domain DotUSA.com was registered in March of 1999. Why have we heard nothing about .USA coming yet? At least I never heard nothing yet.

4. How in the world do you get hosting for this type of domain?

<edit>
Just a note that it says on their website that .usa domains are supposed to come into effect in 2002. Who knows....</edit>

Just my two cents

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Old 10-14-2001, 02:02 AM   #3
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Yep, I had that spam this morning. Have reported it!
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Old 10-14-2001, 04:51 AM   #4
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There is acompany out there that is offering any domain name that you like (about).
the catch is that they are not working with all ISP's and if users from other ISP's want to go on the site they need to install a small program.
On the other hand there is no reason for the USA not to have a country code like all other countries.
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Old 10-14-2001, 05:23 AM   #5
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Hum... .us would be intresting... just think you could have

dontf---with.us :P
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Old 10-14-2001, 05:30 AM   #6
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Just think, the possibilities could be endless...

GodBlessThe.USA (looks like someone already got that one)
YourCity.USA
YourState.USA
MadeInThe.USA
BornInThe.USA

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Old 10-14-2001, 06:22 AM   #7
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Hmmm... www.dotusa.com didn't even load for me.

It also seems odd that this would have to be promoted by SPAM.

It seems to me that news about a .usa registrar (especially in light of the Sept 11 events and the fact that anything USA/USA-colored is now "in") would spread like wildfire and wouldn't really need to be promoted.
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Old 10-14-2001, 06:46 AM   #8
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Hmmm... www.dotusa.com didn't even load for me.
Let's hope the site was closed due to many spam reports.

May some innovative person here could take up the idea and promote it in some authentic form?

I saw it as spam, as it wasn't directed to specific countries. Why would an Australian want a .usa address? And as Chet pointed out, the registrar was British....
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Old 10-14-2001, 07:25 AM   #9
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It seems like all their spam mails have worked... just searched for some domain names and a lot of them were taken on the 13th of October (yesterday)

Not that I want a .usa since I come from Denmark...

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Old 10-14-2001, 08:23 AM   #10
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US has a country code and it's called .us . You can get it at http://www.registerus.com . And best of all it's free for USA residents although the url might get a bit long
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how do you register regular something.us domains?
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Quote:
Originally posted by hobojoe
how do you register regular something.us domains?
AFAIK you can't.
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Old 10-15-2001, 12:32 AM   #13
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I have only seen a few .us domains since I have been on the net. A guy I emailed years ago had one and I just checked the tracker of one of my pages and found a very low amount:


.mil US Military 207 0.33%

.us United States 206 0.33%

.org Non-Profit Organizations 198 0.32%
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Old 10-17-2001, 07:36 PM   #14
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I'm surprised you had more .mil and .us hits than .org. I've actually been to a lot of .org sites, but I don't think I've ever visited a .us or .mil site
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The following is a recent article that outlines NeuStar's plans for a revamping of the .us ccTLD in anticipation of a full-scale rollout in 2002 following its successful bid for the rights to manage the space:
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/171604.html
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