Tuesday, September 16, 2008

.com or .org?

The next door neighbor just put up a couple Obama signs in her front yard. Taking a brief look at them I noticed the Obama web site url ends with .com. Silly Obama worshippers, don't they know that a political organization is supposed to use .org at the end of the url?

I've always been under the impression that .com stands for a commercial web site and .org is for political or non- profit organizations. Have I been wrong all this time?

So I come in here and take a look to see if some of the other candidates have it right. Taking a look at McCain's site, nope, he's using .com, too.

Certainly my very own Libertarian Party has it right, don't we? I don't remember ever paying attention before. Nope, even Bob Barr's site uses .com. How embarrassing. At least the Libertarian Party's web site itself uses .org.

The Green Party's, Cynthia Mckinney, follows everyone with a .com, as well, along with the Constitution Party's Chuck Baldwin. The only presidential candidate I found using .org was Ralph Nader.

What a sordid state of affairs, at least as far as the internet goes. Maybe I'm wrong and maybe it's considered accepted usage to use .com for non- commercial stuff, but that's not the impression I was under.


At 5:36 PM, Blogger gb05 said...

The internet is working better than most other parts of our society because the various governments haven't stuck their dirty paws into it yet. Yes, 'com' may originally have been for commercial entities, but who cares? After all, politics is basically "monkey business", right?

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is .com and its not for commercial purposes, is it?

At 4:35 AM, Blogger Steve Lewis said...

Anyone want to help out here? I have an answer, Lifeline Lottery, to this problem in the news today but don't know what to do with it now. With increasing populations there will naturally be increasing disasters striking human communities.

"Charities unable to help in major disasters

Published: September 17, 2008

The major charities that respond to disasters would be unable to address fully the need for food, shelter and other services after a catastrophic event like Hurricane Katrina or a major earthquake, a report by the Government Accountability Office says.

“In a worst-case, large-scale disaster, the projected need for mass care services would far exceed the capabilities of these voluntary organizations without government or other assistance,” said the G.A.O., which does research and analysis for Congress.

The report is being released on the heels of news that the American Red Cross, the only relief organization with a legally mandated responsibility to help the government provide care in an emergency, is seeking $150 million in federal aid to cover the costs of assisting the victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

That is the largest amount the organization has ever sought from the government, and it underscores the report’s findings that the Red Cross and three other large charities — the Salvation Army, the Southern Baptist Convention and Catholic Charities — would lack the financial and other resources needed to address a Katrina-like event.

The report, commissioned by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found that all four charities had taken steps to address problems arising after Katrina.

For instance, the Red Cross, which came in for extensive criticism after that storm, has reorganized its chapters and worked to develop partnerships with local groups. Further, the report said, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Convention have worked together to develop a system to manage supplies, and local Salvation Army units have upgraded their communications systems.

But the G.A.O. determined that in a major catastrophe, they would face shortages in shelter capacity and personnel, feeding capabilities and financial resources. The Red Cross, for instance, estimated that it currently could provide shelter for only a third of the estimated 150,000 people who would need it after a terrorist nuclear attack on Washington, D.C.

“The G.A.O. is pointing out the need for continual improvements,” said Maj. George Hood, a spokesman for the Salvation Army. “Some of them, without question, will take time, effort and funding.”

Among the report’s recommendations is that the Federal Emergency Management Agency develop an agreement with the Red Cross detailing that charity’s responsibilities in a major disaster."

Lifeline Lottery Organization at: http://lifelinelottery.org/

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I know, ".com" is open to any organization (typically in the U.S.), whether engaged in business or not. It could be a business, a club, a personal genealogy site, whatever.

On the other hand, ".org" is (or was) intended be limited to non-profit-making entities. That's not the same as a "non-profit" in tax language, because it doesn't have to have some educational or other purpose that non-profits need to have in order to avoid taxes.

So in simplified summary: .com - can be anything

.org - should NOT be a profit-seeking business

Of course, there are specific country code root suffixes as well, like ".ca" for Canada.


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Hayduke said...

This is only a guideline, and you can register any top level domain name you want, DomainName.com, DomainName.org, DomainName.net, DomaiName.US, DomainName.biz, Domainname.info, and so on, with the exception of some like .EDU and .GOV and a few other controlled ones.


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