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.yu domain expires today (30/Sept/2009) (wikipedia.org)
24 points by blazzerbg on Sept 30, 2009 | hide | past | favorite | 23 comments

I like the fact that in Montenegro, they're changing from .yu to .me. Cute.

Did nobody consider making it .fyu (Former Yugoslavia)?

I'm not sure why that would be better. If they are going to go about changing it, they might as well use the codes for the present countries.

Being ironic or not getting the joke?

Not getting the joke I guess.

What happened to URIs shouldn't change ?


It seems to me that all your efforts at maintaining a URI over the years are in vain when your TLD can be shut down.

This is a very good argument to not invest a single sou into whatever the local TLD is in a politically unstable region of the world.

I'm also quite surprised that the TLD actually can be shut down, why not simply close new registrations and keep it alive as long as there are websites ending on .yu ?

According to the article: A two-year transition period started in 2007 that allowed all existing .yu names to be transferred either to .rs (for Serbia) or to .me (for Montenegro).

That sounds like a reasonable transition period and an effective migration strategy for all of the .yu domains to me. I suppose the standard investing advice applies to choosing TLDs also - diversify your portfolio.

If you've spent a decade building up a website and the links to it and you depend on these to bring you your business then that's a bit of a problem.

According to google there are currently still about 21,000,000 references to page on .yu in their databases alone.

Imagine getting a letter from the .com tld registry that you've got two years to move all your content over, does it still seem like enough ? Or do other factors come in to play, such as the availability of your old domain names in new places and so on ?

I see domain names as 'given names', your website has mindshare and web presence based on that name, if you're paid up and you had it you should be able to continue.

Otherwise all this does is tremendously devalue localized domain names.

After all, the land underlying the old .yu domain is still there, if people want to hold on to their names I really don't see any good reason why that should be taken away from them.

I should have been a little more clear in my initial reply. If the .yu TLD is going away, I think 2 years is sufficient. That said, I don't necessarily agree with getting rid of TLDs but I'm sure a lot of politics is involved when countries change names.

Personally I've never really liked any of the localized TLDs precisely because this sort of thing happens. It has already happened a few times in the past - .cs, .dd (although it never made it to the official root nameservers), and .zr. The .su (Soviet Union) is, according to ICANN, being phased out but is still accepting new registrations.

Seems to me the Right Thing would be to have someone pass x.yu URIs to x.me. No broken links, no effort for those who’ve forgotten/lost control/died/&c.

And no squatters that got wind of the change before you and registered the .me or .rs domains that people had as .yu before.

I believe the holders of the .yu URLs had a right of first refusal for the new TLDs, so it wasn't possible for squatters to move in on existing names.

I see what you mean and generally agree - if .com was being shutdown that would be annoying.

But that's not quite the same thing - if your country was changing it's name, would you really want your business to stay with the previous name? If you were "Yugoslav Cars" would you keep the name as the country stops using it? No, you'd change to "Serbian Cars" - same with the domain. You wouldn't want "dot yugoslavia" when there is no such place anymore.

But I still want people to find me under the old name as well as the new name. I do not want to lose customers over a name.

".su", the TLD assigned to the Soviet Union, is still in use and has no expiration in sight. It seems a bit strange that .yu is being phased out so rapidly.

Russia has succession rights to USSR, while SFRY was dissolved without successor.

Only if Tito played ball with the Kremlin .. a trace of his legacy might still be in sight.

I wonder what will happen to .tv when Tuvalu submerges into the ocean...

Beardyman has a lecture on that, see Youtube.

By the way, anyone catch Gaddafi's UN speech last week? I was thinking about all these .ly URLs...

Seems like there are still quite a number of .yu sites in operation. Are these going to stop resolving?


http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3A*.yu still shows "about 191,000" pages indexed. Maybe they didn't get the memo?

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