My boss wanted it but I mostly ignored it, too many actual things to do. Xyz was pretty aggressive, multiple emails a week, we never satisfied 100% of their needs. We used it on business cards, wrote a blog entry, advertised them for free, made it the primary domain, it was never enough. It was one of those high maintenance b2b partnerships where you're thinking "ug, screw these people"
So we let the domain lapse after I finally convinced him it was a complete non-priority and then they followed up to with renewal offers in the thousands of dollars that we had no intention of spending, almost as if they were trying to play hardball on something I didn't actual want.
I have their emails on a filter, I'll go find the last one they sent. Ah, may 1 2019. This one person always used a smiley face in her subject line even when writing some thinly veiled threatening email telling us to do stuff, it was fun.
They appear to be yet another snake in the game which is fine but it taints every pro-xyz thing I see since I know they have account managers that dictate and follow-up on astroturfed PR campaigns.
I'm also violating their NDA by disclosing this but that was my (now ex) boss who signed that paper, I'm in the clear.
Some of us (email administrators) have only recently started allowing .xyz email. It really was that bad.
Which is a darn shame, because unlike .io or .xyz where the TLD doesn't necessarily signify what type of content you'll find, .science is clearly a subject-matter specific TLD, and it bugs me that because of these scammers, the association between science and scams is being perpetuated.
The point was that there never was any "vetting" ever.
Bulk-buy, spam, abandon. That's what spam was and is.
They have an exemption for abc.xyz by putting it on a whitelist for example.
Considering the word is my name (Cohan) I really doubt they realised it was a super valuable word out of the blue.
Edit: Sorry it looks like Namecheap are now in on the secondary market game, it looks like a squatter's got it and somehow listed their price in Namecheap
You will be surprised by how many people will confuse it with .xxx
I noticed that places like Karat moved from .io to .com, so I assume that they had issues running on the .io domain.
I've also written a lot on CodeMentor (.io) and it "feels" harder to get artices to rank well than on other places (e.g. DigitalOcean.com) that I have written for. Obviously there's a lot more to ranking than choice of TLD, and I do not have hard data, but I am fairly convinced that it remains an important aspect.
The `.dev` TLD also seems to be gaining in popularity (e.g. CodeMentor partially moved to arc.dev). And then places like `dev.to` are I think helping get people used to non-com domains, but to me it's pretty interesting how much the '.com' TLD has maintained reputation and how the newer TLDs have not taken off as much as I expected.
 https://karat.io https://karat.com
I would say, that once you've got past your initial incubator phase, and now have investor money, you can finally drop some cash on the overpriced .com that's been sitting on a domain resellers list for years.
 You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
I'm going to disagree on this. It's prescriptive. IO definitely means "input/output" in the context of tech startups. I don't think anyone sees github.io and thinks Indian Ocean, nor brew.sh and thinks Saint Helena, nor Apple.com and is frustrated that they sell computers.
Lots of words have a different meaning now than they had originally. Not even talking about the meaning of acronyms.
This is a time when BLM protests have led to various aspects of structural racism in society being reexamined. For tech, it's a good time to reexamine use of .io too.
So, probably not.
And the problem with ccTLDs is you never know when people might start randomly hating that country or the West goes to war with that country.
Just pay up for the dotcom.
Also open source is made for many different reasons, particularly there's a split between Open vs Free software. It seems like this article is referring to FOSS only, which is a minority of the ones used in these domains. The majority of .io I've seen is Open Source and not Free Software.
Some people in the past said shorter TLDs ranked better in terms of SEO, but that doesn’t seem to be true either.
Personally, I could have gotten yarmo.nl, given that I'm Dutch. I chose yarmo.eu because I'm fairly certain my future is not in the Netherlands, but elsewhere in the EU.
I also wouldn't want a TLD that support Britain's continuing colonial rule and defense of acts against human rights.
I'm not saying all should boycott .io, just the (open source) developers who wish their products (and domains) to reflect their core principles.
When you have to enunciate them down a phone line or in person then yes, they do. Especially when they're not .com or .co.uk
Several times I've responded to someone's request for my email address with "I'll send you a WhatsApp to click " instead of trying to spell it out.
Another example is .ly
a little bit over 12000 issues actually.
It does not matter if it's ccTLD like .io or something else like .xyz, or some kind of second-level domain like github, gitlab, facebook or whatever.
Would it matter if news.ycombinator.com got shorted to news.yc? I seriously doubt it. Still it is already shortened -- try putting into the "address bar".
One can argue that TLDs lost their meaning already, because it's easier to google the brand than to guess what funky suffix they choose to have.
Tainted spam domain that is not for legitimate businesses as far as i have experienced.
If i was a network admin i would block the entire TLD.