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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2016 @ 10:56am

    Caveat emptor

    This is one of many new gTLDs introduced during the latest round of expansions. And like many of the others, it's been rapidly colonized by spammers, phishers, and other abusers...so much so that it's rapidly becoming a good defensive measure to blacklist the entire TLD. So if you choose to buy a .tech (or .top or .xyz or whatever) domain be well aware that an increasingly large chunk of the Internet is going to refuse to deal with it.

    To make an analogy: you're buying swampland that's in the process of being inundated. Go ahead if you want, but no complaining later when it turns out to be useless.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2016 @ 11:51am

      Re: Caveat emptor

      Besides everyone knows that websites end in .com, maybe .net, .org or .edu and sometimes .gov but .whatever, you must be joking!

      Idiots will be typing in site.tech.com and going WTF!
      Then go back to Facebook.com and forget that your site ever existed. Not only did you waste money on a useless domain but lost a potential customer too!

      On of our clients wanted to use one of these new TLD's and in all their literature they started added "NOT .COM!" because people were complaining their website did not work.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 28 Jul 2016 @ 12:16pm

      Re: Caveat emptor

      Yes, I generally assume that any gTLD name is associated with a site that I should avoid.

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        Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:27pm

        Re: Re: Caveat emptor

        Yes, I generally assume that any gTLD name is associated with a site that I should avoid.


        Of course, there are exceptions to the rule...

        https://abc.xyz/

        I've actually been seeing a lot more new startups using new tlds, and I'm not sure most people are that concerned with them.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:45pm

          Re: Re: Re: Caveat emptor

          They should be (concerned with them). Things have gotten so bad so rapidly that Spamhaus -- one of the most conservative, restrained anti-spam organizations out there -- has begun tracking them. There's a "top 10 worst" page here: https://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/tlds/ as well as a tool that will let you check the score for any TLD.

          Among the TLDs that I've permanently blacklisted are: .xyz, .science, .download, and .top. I'm sure many more will follow, and I'm equally sure that others are way ahead of me. So I recommend against spending on a .tech domain, or anything like it, because there is a very high probability that in an attempt to maximize revenue, the registrar will discount the price and sell them in bulk. And that is exactly the market that spammers and other abusers go for: they buy hundreds or thousands at a time, burn through them, and move on. (This is why they're registrars' best customers: bulk business, repeat business. Heck, GoDaddy pretty much made it their core capability.)

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            zboot (profile), 28 Jul 2016 @ 3:32pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Caveat emptor

            .tech ranks pretty well based on your link.

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              Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2016 @ 1:53am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Caveat emptor

              1. Yes. It does. TODAY. But that will change over time, and it will change for the worse, just like the others have.

              2. That was merely an example, for illustrative purposes. There are many other such lists, not all of which are public. Some of those have already blacklisted .tech, because they see where it's going -- and well, why wait for the inevitable?

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          John Fenderson (profile), 28 Jul 2016 @ 6:48pm

          Re: Re: Re: Caveat emptor

          I never knew about that one, that's pretty good.

          I'll be the first to admit my habit isn't really fair, but there it is nonetheless. And habits can change over time.

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    Domain Registration, 9 Aug 2016 @ 6:38pm

    Yes, I agree with the comments above that those domains easily get spammed and abused. Though .xzy is one of the cheapest domains but some prefer with .com, .edu etc. even if those domains are quite expensive.

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