It's not about forcing domain owners to switch. It is about providing a TLD that indicates the content at the site would more likely be adult oriented. The .org TLD is for organizations and non-profits but there are plenty of retail establishments that use them as their primary domain. It would be possible to put up a child-friendly cartoon site using .xxx if you so chose.
If you run an adult oriented site that wants customers to know they are going to an adult site before following a link or typing a URL then this TLD is of interest to you. It is less likely that giving up a .com or .net TLD you've used for over a year is of interest to you though but a site can use more than one TLD or hostname.
I think the biggest hurdle this TLD will have is getting any existing sites to move over to it (not that they have to.) Other than having a ton of new domain names available, what incentive is there for a well established site to change it's domain name?
Not that I don't like that they've finally created this TLD, this should have been put in place a long time ago.
This would only really work if they forced all pornographic material websites over to the XXX domain and then you'd run into a problem of those random sites and forums that tend to have pornographic images or two appear having to be forced over yada yada yada. Without forcing them its just another Top Level Domain. If I can register one when the time comes then it is doing exactly the opposite of its job.
[citation][nom]zaznet[/nom]If you run an adult oriented site that wants customers to know they are going to an adult site before following a link or typing a URL then this TLD is of interest to you.[/citation]
Yeah, because "hotmale-dot-com", "georgiasbush-dot-net", and "bootyhunter-dot-org" aren't obvious enough, but "123buycheapdrugsnow-dot-xxx", wow, I bet I can find naked ladies there!
[citation][nom]zaznet[/nom] It is less likely that giving up a .com or .net TLD you've used for over a year is of interest to you though but a site can use more than one TLD or hostname.[/citation]
Yeah, cause Playboy wants to buy yet ANOTHER domain to keep squatters at bay. This was probably just a gigantic ploy by ICM to make a nice payday for themselves. "Yeah, we'll create .xxx, then we'll charge $1000/year. Then, big pron companies will have to buy out domains to keep squatters away!"
If a website wants to be on .xxx, let it. But domains in general are bad. They dilute the internet. Ever been to .com, only to have to google the company and find out they're at .net? Yeah, we REALLY need more TLDs, especially when the big ones are already 90% porn in the first place.
i'm a fan of porn. but, yes, move it all to one domain. it'll be easier to block websites at the workplace and from my son. and, if anyone complains about not being able to view pornography at work, they should have the it's-not-nice-to-rub-one-out-in-the-office-someone-else-needs-that-chair, too talk.
Oh I agree 100% that the existing domain space is polluted and miss-used. I also agree that this is a tactic to make money for one company. Not sure what premium they will charge to administer the TLD but it should remain in line with other primary TLDs like .com and .net if the company hopes to see enough takers to make .xxx remotely useful.
I wouldn't be surprised if years down the road we're complaining about censorship and how our ISPs are blocking entire TLDs of various content stemming from this event. I dont really care how this affects the porn industry, but it could get pretty interesting in the future especially if the net-neutrality war goes the wrong way.
Doesn’t matter that they can siphon money out of the highest grossing industry really. Big deal to their bottom line!! . It is a good idea to force a move since it is better for blocking. Do what ya want, but this will make it easy for businesses to block these sites. Litigation for people that view porn at work is surprisingly costly and good blocking services are also costly, which are completely unnecessary expenses.
So silly. If they are going to do anything to "Protect the Children" then they should have made a TLD that's .kid or .clean or something like that with strict regulation on what kind of content can be on sites with that suffix. Then you just block everything except for that.
I don't get what the big deal is. I've been looking at porn since I was very young (no help from my boring parents though) and once I got the internet in my teen years it's just been getting better and better. I didn't become some kind of "deviant" or rapist or child molester. I don't objectify women, talk down to them, or degrade them. It's just a form of entertainment that I enjoy watching.
We really need to get rid of this prudish mentality created by ancient religion to control people (your natural urge is to have sex, but guess what We...uh God says you can't have sex unless you give us money and do everything we tell you to do).
Making the content easier to block is, I would think, the whole idea. This way, adult content, if otherwise legal, can be made available on the internet with less potential for its providers encountering legal difficulties.
So it isn't that "easier to find" is the upside, and "easier to block" is the downside. Instead, the latter is the major upside, and the former is trivial in comparison.