ORSC Frequently asked questions
How To Use New Domains
1) So you people make new domains work?
2) Really. Who are you people?
ORSC is a nexus for people interested in grass-roots development of new top level domains. We seek cooperation and collaboration with all people that share these goals.
3) So how do you make new domains work?
We have our own set of root servers. They know about all the current top level domains (such as .com/net/org, .us, .uk and so on) but also know about all the new domains that are out there.
4) You mean there are new domains that already exists?
Yeah, freaky eh? Some of the have been around 6 years.
5) No kidding. Huh. So can everybody who wants to see them use them?
Yes and no. If, instead of using the nameservers you use now, you use ours, then you will be able to get to sites like http://free.tibet and http://chrono.faq.
To do this you either need to make your computer use our nameservers (it's easy) or convince your ISP to use the ORSC root instead of the legacy root.
6) Then I'll be able to see these new domains?
Probably. There is a bit of nastiness called a "transparent proxy cache" that screws things up for us. If you use our dns servers and it works, great. If you use our nameservers and you still can't see new domains then you'll have to switch ISP's to be able to see them.
7) What about email ?
Eww. Well, if you're a windows/mac/whatever user and you use your ISP's SMTP/outgoing mail server, then unless THEY use the ORSC dns you won't be able to send mail to a new domain. But, if you have your own SMTP server (ie, you run Linux or BSD or some other flavor of UNIX, then yes, you can send mail with no problem to any address in the new domain space.
8) What about collisions. I don't know what they are but I keep hearing about them.
Ah yes, well, a collision is when two or more people have the same top level domain. Now, nobody would be dumb enough to start their own version of .com, but, sadly, in the early days of the development of new top level domains, before the new domain community got to know all its members, some people put up new domains not knowing somebody else did the exact same thing. So, we're working diligently to rsolve these conflicts.
9) Ok. Now what happens if ICANN picks and deploys a new tld that's the same as one you guys have?
This is a risk, no question. While domains have always been handed out on a "first come first served" basis, ICANN does not think it has to pay any attention to the past 6 years work the Internet community has done in the area of new domains. So, if they deploy a tld that we already have running ORSC then has to make a choice: do we do what we think is right and stick with the name that we had first, and be different from the rest of the net's DNS or do we fold and accept the fact ICANN has just run roughshod over us. To be honest there is no good answer to this: it's a lose/lose proposition.
10) Wow. That sucks. Are any names in danger right now?
Yeah: .BIZ. ICANN received two applications for .WEB and to their great credit, Vint Cerf and Ken Fockler, ICANN board members felt uncomfortable giving .WEB to Affilias, Inc because they knew IODesign had been running .WEB for years. But, sadly they did not know that .BIZ had been around for years and granted the TLD to another company. ICANN, however, has no authority to put new tlds into the legacy root. All they can do it make suggestions to the department of Commerce who has authpority over the legacy root. There is now concern in Washington that ICANN may not be playing with a full deck, and whether ICANN can actually get new domains into the legacy root remains to be seen.
11) That sucks, what can I do?
Goto http://www.biztld.net and ask them how you can help.
12) So let me get this right, if I get a .BIZ name and ICANN actually succeeds in putting their version of .BIZ into the legacy root... does the other .BIZ go away.
It might. That is certainly a risk you need to consider.
13) How awful. Are there any other tlds that collide with ICANN new tlds?
14) Ok, well if that's the worst of it I can live with that. So how do I get to these new tlds?
Easy. Go here: http://support.open-rsc.org/How_To/
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