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  1. Mark Rendle

    Serve them right for appropriating .com in the first place.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Really, who cares?

    As a yank who's mastered typing in a surprisingly short six years, why should this matter?

    I would think the "branding" issue would be much better addressed by continuing to produce top-quality journalism.

    After all, I usually am able to type "" instead of "" when I want hard news. Even though it requires a few extra keystrokes, I think I can cope.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Dear Reg Team,

    I reckon you have done a fantastic job with and think it should stay as it is. Let the Yanks know its a UK site!

    If It aint broke, dont fix it!


  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've used for years... from the US

    Hasn't broken my fingers yet... I do think the is part of the Vulture. Just my two American cents.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Please keep - it's one of the great things that sets El Reg apart from the mass of corporate 'merkin sites. It may be a small, petty thing, but I still get a cheap kick every time I glance at the address bar and think "hell, we may be stuck with American movies, culture, government and nukes, but at least The Register is still British!"

    Unlike whoever proof-reads your articles (there is no hell vile enough for you!), the address is a good thing, and would be sorely missed (if only by me).

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Left as it is is part of The Register's identity. It specifies that it's British and that's great. No offence to the Americans, but I like seeing that it's a UK website where it feels more... homely. Still, to me it doesn't make much of a difference either way really because I have the RSS on Google :D

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    showing your roots

    I have been a reader of for a good number of years. The tongue firmly in cheek approach to IT related news is something of a pleasure, in comparison to those who either report it with dry boredom or Labrador like excitement.

    I can't see "" looking or feeling right.

    the is definitely part of the brand at this point, and its also something of a warning. British humour contained within, enter at your own risk.

    I think redirecting the .com to seems a great deal more appropriate for our american cousins who can't quite manage to grasp the concept of vulture central originating from Britain, then to force loyal readers who hail from the same shores to forget theregister's origins and look up to the address bar to be greeted with a .com

    At least thats my opinion on the matter.

    Thats all I have to say about that.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You must be joking

    What's the matter with Leave it alone, then get rid of Then bring back the rope.

  9. Rose

    Well, it would make a change from the UK being considered an extension of US territory :)

    Plus, if you say it with a Yorkshire accent, it sounds just right.

    (PS if you decide to use dot com, then why not use *as well as* Many big companies already use this system)

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Change the URL all you want, but keep the boffinry

    Personally speaking I like the "made in Britain", er, ting that goes with a URL - perhaps no surprise coming from an Englishman.

    That said it's not a deal-breaker in the way that internationalising (internationalizing?) your content would be. By that I mean US spelling, quietly dropping English like "boffins" (or the magnificent "boffinry") and whatnot.

  11. Jan Buys

    I'm not from the UK, but still I feel that would feel like El Reg going American, while I love its still quite Brittish touch.

    Btw, why would using translate to while you could just let the .com address forward the reader to Or are there plans to offer different content depending on read location? :-s

    Anyway... I'd stay with

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Its got to be the domain, the Register is staunchly British damn it, and we shouldn't let those damn yanks get their filthy colonial mitts on it!

    Plus my t-shirt would be obsolete if you change... :)

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    name choice

    I'm reading from Canada and consider The Register to be a UK publication catering to a global audience. As such, I like the domain and think it should be retained. To me at least, com domains come across as American which The Register is not. That's part of the reason I read it, because it isn't as self-centred as most US publications seem to be.

    Go with the in my opinion. I value it and I'm not in the UK.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You're fine either way - stress less

    I was at a meeting in Scotland with Joel Spolsky. I spoke to him briefly.

    He said that American businesses had NO problem dealing with British providers. So if TheRegister is concerned that a lack of .com is somehow a turn-off to a potential audience, don't worry. This is backed up by other Americans too.

    If an audience is turned off by a lack of .com, then your sly puns and quirky commentary will be beyond them anyways.

    Conversly, British don't mind a .com either.

    So if the switch is not too expensive, just run both.

    No-one that matters should be baying for your blood or setting up hate sites like: or

    You've got a great site with good content... That shines through, whatever your domain name.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    stick with

    Don't the US readers already have keep your branding just as it is, we should be proud of the URL, and besides, being linked even more closley with the USA is not going to endear you to the rest of the world in these times of international stress, I thought .coms were for COMercial businesses? I know they are controlled by companies andthe government of the USA, but they are for comercial use for everyone, so it saddens me to see you calling it a country specific domain, are .org, .net the same?

    Anyway, keep the and be proud of it, its one little bit of empire we are still allowed to force onto others!

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    Changing is purely cosmetic in the address bar. Stick with your roots!

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward!

    Would definitely like to vote for '' to remain, thankyouverymuch. I fully appreciate what .com *should* mean, but at the end of the day we all know it doesn't, and it's nice to have a rare website that's proud to be British :-).

  18. Stuart Bevan

    Let's go with the dot com, then

    I'll be honest, my gut reaction was to baulk at the idea of going .com. I don't know what it is, perhaps a tedious sense of national pride, but with the general assumption that .com means American, it was nice that sites like the BBC and El Reg championed, for want of a better description.

    However, needs must, and it sounds like the overhaul is required. I take it there would be some sort of IP filtering which would take you to either us.etc or uk.etc based on where you're browsing from?

    Sounds like a plan then, guv.

  19. Dunstan Vavasour


    Somehow "" give more of an impression of a bunch of guys mucking about with technical news, while "" makes you sound like a dull news site which just rehashes corporate press releases and wire stories.

    Depends on which you want to sound like: the Private Eye of tech news, or The Economist.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh dear..

    Well I would suggest sticking to the in case some muppet in the US decides that the .com should be theres and you lose your customers off to someones idea of revenue building (a search engine portal).

    Would you trust the US legal system? At least nominet are normal human beings..

    Sure use the .com for the US guys but keep the UK the rest of us.

  21. John Latham

    UK and International editions

    Currently, you have an international/US domain name and a UK domain name both with the same mix of content. This is a waste of domain names.

    Better to create "international" and "UK" editions, on different domain names, with different content filters.

    I think the BBC does this quite well, although I'm not sure how their editions map to domain names.


  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To UK or not to UK?

    To us Canuks, the suffix tells us you're not part of Bush's Surveillance System, at least not deliberately part of it. Hang on to your present moniker.

    .com isn't international, it's an alias for .us. Ignore it.


  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Proud to be a dot

    Should be globally branded as

    While you're at it, petition Gordon Brown for a national theregister holiday.

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Really it makes absolutely no difference to me

  25. Chris

    My vote is for

    I started reading this site long before the .com address became available. When El Reg did start using, I noticed that the selection of articles on .com and were different -- that is, the .com articles seemed to be a more filtered version, with the site having all the .com articles plus UK-specific ones. For that reason, I kept reading the site and never looked back. Now I suppose there are a couple of reasons I think you should stay with

    1) I would think that more people are in the habit of automatically typing (and have bookmarks pointing to) than (and please, whatever you do, don't force us to add "www." to the address!). And I don't know about other people, but when I type an address, I expect to stay on that site; I don't expect to get redirected to a different site, even a different site controlled by the same organization (not without warning, at least).

    2) El Reg id decidedly British. Much of the terminology on the site is British (and hence, not normal for probably a large percentage of your readers). If people see a .com address, they may assume US-based and not understand the terminology. Worse, people casually browsing to the site, not knowing it is British, may claim to get offended by terms such as "xxx went tits up" (or by the many double-entendre headlines).

    3) And of course the most selfish reason, I'm used to, so I guess after so many years it's a source of comfort.

  26. David

    Why go yank if you don't have to?

  27. Mark Lockwood

    .com Americanisation

    For mine, El Reg is a British institution, and going to .com would make it feel much more American.

    That said, it would still become my favorite news site, so full of color in the way you tell your tales. But would it allow for a re-count on the lappy and mobe votes?

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What about Doubleplusgood url, eh?

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Jingoistic Sabre rattling nonsense, etc...

    Given the uniquely british humour and outlook of theregister it would probably be more appropriate that it keep as it's primary address.

    However, so long as you don't all bugger off over the pond, start using 'z' where you should be using an 's' and start saying 'dude' a bit too much then would it really matter?

    Yes! Yes it would, we're proud of and you should bloody well keep it as the primary, sod em!

    A Disgruntled Northener.

  30. bill

    I think the .com thing is just a fad.

    I say that the .com thing is just a bubble waiting to burst. This "internet" is just a fad that will go the way of the pet rock. It is not a dump truck, but a series of tubes, just ask an American congressman.

    Or, ok I guess you guys could go with a .com and make my life a lot easier, I think of my little vultures as international ambassadors of unsolicted editorial info, making your site a universal leader in dis-information!

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't matter

    I'm in the US, but visit a lot of international sites. I'm in the habit of using the country info when it's needed. I tend to view the global TLD's as global, and not necessarily just US...but then I guess I would.

  32. Chad H.

    Does it realy matter?

    I mean, if all links are going to work..... Does it realy matter, as long as the Witty reporting style remains the same....

    Personaly, I'd keep it the way it is now, us over here, and US over there, why change what works? Thats what users do.

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why not go for a third option?


  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So you didn't the eu domain is that what all this soul searching is about?

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gotta keep El Reg British

    The yanks have nicked everything else as their own, and enjoy rewriting history to make themselves look the heroes, so why on earth make it look to the untrained eye as though El Reg is american!


  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm in the US and I'm an employee of a company w/a growing UK presence. I started reading El Reg because I liked reading about IS/IT from the UK perspective. <i>That's</i> the part of this site I value. I will still be going to and will continue to look for the UK view.

  37. Rich Bryant

    Both national and global?

    Only in the diseased mind of the American web-user. There actually IS a .us hierarchy and you can buy and use domains in that hierarchy.

    .com is global and i have no issues with it - until you start getting slagged for not covering enough US issues.

  38. James

    The part of the URL is part of what attracted me to the Reg years ago. It suggested it wasn't a run of the mill US-centric site and this has been borne out with the British humour and stories. Losing the to become would feel like changing into a small, after-thought subsidiary of just another US tech site and lose much of the unique Reg brand appeal.

  39. Vic Sub

    Oh how I miss that URL... It had a certain symmetry.

    Call me sentimental but I'd like to see that one brought back

  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Register

    Keep it Many of your stories relate to the UK. If people cannot

    manage a then perhaps they should have their internet access

    removed! I access sites is Canada, Australia and can manage .ca or .au

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I really couldn't care less... long as my bookmark( doesn't suddenly stop working (even if it is to redirect me to

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    maintain heritage

    When reading a page, i don't mind where the site is coming from. That is to say, if reading a .com,, .fr etc. site I appreciate that it is from another country but do not mind that it is not

    It therefore does not follow that it is "silly for US readers to read from" - thus, no need to move.

    The domain should reflect where the site is based: if based in the UK, then serves nicely, if based in the US, then .com

  43. Terry Ellis

    Big deal?

    Being a reader for a number of years now, I honestly had no idea that the site was 'mirrored' accross both the .com and domains, being an avid user myself.

    Being slightly unaware of the fact that both of these domains existed, my initial question is whether there is content that is directed exclusively at one or the other's territory (i.e. are there articles that only appear on the or .com version of the site)? If the answer is no, then I do not see any reason to abandon the domain for the .com one. (I guess I am also asking what is the use of a or sub-domain?)

    After all, all major companies around the globe have to have there headquarters somewhere, and so (to me, at least) it is really a question of where your operations ultimately run from and this should determine which domain you run from. If you remain true to your current brand, then surely is the way forward. However, one can sympathise with the decision to migrate to a .com domain, especially if this is what was originally intended.

    Personally? I agree with Mark above - make a stand and adopt a or, maybe, force them into a domain to show that the .com domain should really be non-geographic.

    Anyway, kudos for this article - it says so much about El Reg's approach to journalism and the modesty with which it consults it's readership.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who cares?

    I relate the domain name to a physical address. Does it really matter if XYZ Corp moves from 100 Derry Road to 1555 Main Street? It's still XYZ Corp!

    So long as all your customers know how to reach you, that's all that's important.


  46. David Matta

    Not sure it matters...

    I usually get to the site via, but once there, I really don't care what appears in the address bar.

  47. Seth Rightmer

    Just, please

    As a US reader, I enjoy the fact that The Register is a UK company. Coming here makes me feel as though I'm a bit more cosmopolitan than I really am. Perhaps it isn't wise, but I feel as though UK sources are more reliable and less biased than US sources.

  48. Martin Hanley

    Oh for heaven's sake

    Is there really any competition here? Use the domain - it differentiates you from all the US news sites, and offers a tantalising promise of proper spelling, proper humour, and non-US-centric news. Oh, and it shows you don't have to whalesong it to a .com domain just to feel like you're playing with the big boys.

    Alternatively, stick with them both. You'll no doubt be keeping both domains (ahem) registered anyway.


  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep El Reg British!

    An important part of The Register's branding comes from the wry blend of insight and sarcasm lovingly injected into each article. Despite the number of global correspondents, this writing style is firmly ensconced within the subcategory of British humour, and does not deserve to be tarred with the epithet of a .com address.

    Please don't fall for any Web 2.0 spin touting ".com == international"; it's as clear as a smack in the face to most people that most large .com websites live and operate from the United States.

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Being a British reader, for slightly patriotic reasons, I would prefer the address to be used. Many sites use .com, which has a kind of generic-ness to it. Having gives the site (IMO) a slightly more 'unique' flavour on the international market.

    Having said all that, I can completely understand why, for commercial reasons, it might make more sense to have the .com address displayed in the address bar.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You are a U.K. publication so you should use and if you want to have targeted content simply do as the BBC do at and allow users to choose between a U.K. or International edition.

    I think you are big enough and have enough readers now that it doesn't matter. The BBC don't have a .com address and they have millions of readers from all around the world. Why do you need a .com address? Are you just worried that our American cousins will think less of a domain than a .com domain? That's just silly and the BBC is proof that if your content is good and something that people want to read then the domain doesn't really matter.

    /Steve (from U.K. but currently residing in Västerås, Sweden)

  52. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    I have a bit of a patriotic soft spot for addresses I have to admit, but in this case I feel it does actually serve some additional "branding" purpose if you like: although The Reg is now an internationally read website, it does still slant it's editorial, and it's outlook on the world if you like, with a definitely British angle on things. I'd like it to stay that way.

    Not to say I won't read it ever again if it did switch to a .com (spit!) of course...

  53. Adrian Jones

    At the risk of a "me too"

    I'd say definitely stick with the

    Part of the charm of El Reg is the fact that it's mainly UK based, covers news items of interest to UK techies and has a definite British sense of humour.

    The emphasises that.

  54. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Consult with your Logo Watch dept.

    All this worry about branding sounds perilously close to the navel-gazing, tree-hugging hippy rubbish that your esteemed publication is first in line to shoot down as the pointless and costly exercise it is.

    However, assuming you do want to offer different content depending on whether the audience is US or UK/European - and there is a good argument for doing so - then why not serve to the UK and .com to the US?

    On the flip side, you've already described how to achieve the desired effect without having to force users to make the choice of which domain they type in, or click through to. Like many other UK newspapers (both online and in print) that have a UK edition and a global edition, the choice is made by the user on the site itself, perhaps with a cookie set to remember their preference next visit.

    When it boils down to it, if you do choose to offer content tailored to the audience, then a choice will have to made at some point, whether it's in the URL, or by clicking a link (or by auto-magic detection of location).

    Personally, I say keep - it reflects the writing style better!


  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    How about buying, I must make that typo 2 or 3 times a week :)

  56. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Show some pride

    If is good enough for the BBC, it ought to be good enough for you.

  57. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's part of the character of the site

    You've always been a British site - it's obvious in the humour and sarcasm.

    Keep it that way!

  58. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it!

    The is part and parcel of what The Register is. Keep it!

  59. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dot co dot UK - Of course!

    WHat are you thinking! Next it will be an attempt to water down the humour "to widen your international appeal"?

    The Register is a little bit of Britain on an international stage. Keep the .

    - Paddy3118

  60. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Silly? Isn't that all the more reason? The web is silly and Britain celebrates silliness.

  61. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    As an American: Keep the

    It's who you are and who you have been for the last eight or nine years that I've been reading the site.

    Scott O.

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    How about you drop them both and redirect everything to That way everyone would be equally confused. Perfect.

  63. Craig


    The one that generates the most revenue.

    As long as I don't have to change my bookmarks I don't mind. Sure it would be nice to keep it but the more money you can make the better.

  64. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't think it matters long as the quality of the stories remains the same.

    Do whatever makes it easier on yourselves.

  65. Highlander

    Keep your indentity....

    Well, as an expatriate living in the glorious totalitarian state previously known as the leader of the free world I have to say keep the

    .com may not be a 'US' domain, but it operates as a defacto US domain. The Register is profoundly British, from the sense of humor to the point of view, the uniquely pragmatic and cynical British attitude shines through.

    I personally like, but in this modern world of sheep-like web users with IQs that match their sheep-like status, having a '.com' domain is a far more successful strategy. Few if any web-sheep even know how to type anything other than '.com' when entering a domain name.

  66. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who cares?

    Just don't make me change my bookmark and I truly don't care.

  67. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    For all the good reasons already mentioned.

    It's true, "" for the US version does look a bit silly, but why not make it ""? :-)

  68. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Should be... should show news with popular UK news at the top; should show news with popular US news at the top; should show new with the overall most popular at the top.

    I would use and flick to .com for a different take on things when bored.

  69. Steve

    Keep both and point them at one place?

    If i'm right in the thinking that you need two seperate sites to serve locally relavent content and probably most importantly sell advertising space to advertisers who want to sell into a particular market then why not just have one single site where the users IP is parsed and you then send them to the relevent edition? (clearly, undetermined IP's get sent to the UK version)

    Then have something in the topbar which allows the user to select which edition they view should they not wish to view the version for their locality.

    Not only does this mean you only need one site, without the need for endless subdomains blah blah, it means it scales - should you add say a Brazilian edition you just add a new edition for the locality and set up the IP parsing.

    That way you can have as many domain endings as you like, just all pointing at the same place. And if you feel the need to have the site stored in several localities to minimise international transit just use a CDN platform.

  70. Steven Hewittt

    UK all the way

    El Reg has always been (in my eyes) a UK IT News website, that covers both national and international geographical area. Unless El Reg is planning on have IT Public Sector news for the US then why pretend to be global?

    IT News from around the world but based from the UK. Written by a UK team (mainly), by a UK company for what must be generally the UK market.

    Why drop the UK domain?

  71. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just drop dot-com

    Just drop the whole dot-com thing, and stick to the proud tradition everywhere.

    -Jan from Czech rep.

  72. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't bland the brand!

    I note that the beeb and the graun have just won two webbies - and generally, .uk is no disadvantage in branding terms for a news website of any description.

    I think it is part of your brand and none the worse for that.

    Don't bland the brand!

  73. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why not just have the .com site forward to the That way if you type in the .com you get the does this but the wrong way around. If you enter you end up with the .com.

    The Register site is UK based so the address you see should be

    Boomer (in da UK)

  74. Mike

    ...where once was a horse...

    (Old UseNet folks will get the reference)

    Anyway, late to the party but just _have_ to join the pile-on. I've been a Reg reader (in the U.S.) too long to remember, and dabbled with the "U.S. local" edition for under a week. Of course, I also subscribe to The Economist, but by the look of the above I'm not atypical. As long as you don't just give up the .com to be one of those nasty web-graveyards, _please_ keep as the main address.

  75. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward is the way to go.

  76. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wouldn't trust .com

    I'm in the US. I stopped reading the .com site back when you served an Americanized feed to it that removed some of the salt. Keep the and just make the .com DNS record point to the same IP address.

  77. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    .COM = US

    I agree that .com generally implies (at least to a majority of people) a location in the United States. While that may or may not be so terrible, The Register is in the UK and people ought not be mistaken about that.

    Plus the explains all the British slang and nonsense words that liberally cover the site. If people thought for an instant that such terms were coming from a US site the game would be up and people would think you were a wack Web 2.0 or SMS company.

  78. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No more meetings about this issue, or you'll start redesigning the logo. Is that whalesong I hear?

  79. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You're a British publication, be proud of it.

    If I want US-based news I'll go somewhere else.

  80. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the!

    Says it all - keep the - british and proud of it.

  81. Jason Scrutton

    A no brainer, as our American cousins would say

    As a long time reader, and recent contributor, methinks is all that is needed!

  82. Simon Day

    El Reg is rebranding madness!!

    Watch out - whale song at 12 O Clock!!

    Severe danger of incense burning may also occur!!

    Please be serious!!

    Most self respecting UK companies go for the - then to avoid cyber squaters and typo's grab the .com - but then alias it to the same site (works on small sites) or as I presume you are suggesting use mod_rewrite (or similar) to forward any of the .com's to

    All it takes is a 301 redirect and Robert's your fathers brother.

    Of course if you do decide to move to a .com then I think we will need to start a petition at no. 10 for you all to be hanged, though being lenient you could be given colonisation instead.

  83. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do your little bit to remind the yanks that they do not actually controll everything, and the world does not revolve around America.

  84. Colin


    As long as I can type "theregister" into the address bar of Firefox and come directly to The Reg site, I don't care too much though I think keeping the is a good idea.

  85. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I just tried typing it as and I /can't do it/. My fingers want to type

    My other furry/SL cohorts agree -

  86. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another vote

    Whilst I'm not going to stop reading it if it goes .com, I do like the It reminds me that the US isn't everything... thankfully...

  87. Ray Pasley

    El Reg URL

    to start I really enjoy the Register. Am a US resident, but am proud to admit I religously read the Register. So I feel a certain prestige not depending on just the US propo. At the same time, it is probably easier for folks around the world to find a .com URL as compared to Being a braggart, I always tell folks that I use the Register, a Brits website due to the valid alternate views that it presents.

  88. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I have to admit I originally Googled the register and didn't pay attention to the url, then I added it to my iGoogle RSS feed and didn't need to remember it or give it any attention. I assumed it was a .com not a even though I knew it was a site from the United Kingdon. Yet again I learn something useful from an article on The Register.

  89. Paul

    Domain should reflect the writers

    I've been reading elreg from the U.S. for 5 or 6 years now, and I've always typed the domain in. I think the domain name used should reflect the culture of the site. Given that the writing uses many British phrases (presumably most of your journalists are British), staying with "" seems appropriate. I don't see how changing it to ".com" would increase the site's appeal.

    Although there I think anything of a site that was just ".com" to start with, changing from "" to ".com" for the purpose of appealing to American readers seems like the sort of thing that would backfire and/or attract the wrong type of readership (i.e., who would suddenly start reading a site just because the domain changed from "" to ".com").

  90. David Mantripp

    Whiff of whalesong ?

    What about a nice new logo too ? I've seen some really cutting edge stuff for something that escapes me just now around recently.

  91. Rich Harding

    And another vote for... of course!

  92. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Get on with the articles..

    Are you bored? Its great like it is, stop worrying about your domain name and keep putting your effort into the great articles! (btw my vote is keep it

  93. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I usually type the .com address but I'm not worried if that forwards me to the address

  94. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Missing the point I think

    Aside from a few xenophobes, I don't think anyone really CARES what the url is.

    The important part is content and speed. Being located in the US, I know that if I type in, I'll be served more slowly than if I type

    No matter what URL you go with, I think you need to make sure that it gets served to people at the same speed as their local version would have been previously.

    Of course, since I'm US and we're far far better than anyone else, I'm only dimly aware that there IS someplace outside the US, but I've been told that it exists, and so I think they probably imagine they matter too.


  95. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another vote for

    It is not just brand but also culture (or cult?). You're a global brand the way it is and with merits.

    It is hard work and a waste to offer different content on two or more 'national' sites. IT is without borders.

    If anything just tag the article with US/EU/whatever for local interests along with NSFW/Letters/etc. Then redirect the .com to That's all you'll need.

    MM - a long time reader from Brazil.

  96. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I say keep it! Down with the bloody Americans...I mean Go Al Gore!

    It sucks that the US is trying to own the Internet...I know Al Gore created it, but come on!...leave your meat puppets off and be a team player! Don't give in to Da Man! :)

    As a reader, there's something exotic about the for us American folks over here and I would have thought there would also be a bit of national pride on your parts. *shrug* Just my $.02

  97. Simon Greenwood

    To quote another (nearly) former tech newsletter

    Nasty, British and short - stay with the

  98. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    I can only echo the sentiments of some other and say that the speaks of British integrity and humour.

  99. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Plain old redirect?

    So what would the difference be with us.elreg and uk.elreg? If the stories are different, or there's different filtering of stories, then there's the reason for going .com and redirecting to uk.elreg.

    But if there's no difference, then it's just a toss-up, and whichever loses gets to be redirected to the winner, with the consolation prize of a lifetime of 302 (Found) HTTP replies. Setting up reverse proxies around the world with uk/us/de/ca/ja/etc won't really matter to Apache.

  100. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    Don't change a winning formula.

  101. Glynn Williams

    Keep The Register British

    The Register is a UK oriented company. Vulture Central is based in 'Britain's' capital. What more reason could you need for keeping the!

    I can see the headline now, right on this very page: "LOGOWATCH: Vulture Central in Rebranding Madness"

  102. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    It's nice having something that you can be proud is an English product, and that says it explicitly, even if you have to look for it to find it!

  103. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward - not proud of being British?

    The Register is British, damnit. Be proud!

  104. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Leave the it's different. It puts a UK slant on things. I go to and Of course I'm from Canada. But the means that things are different from a com and of course better.I can't find the word whilst on an American site.

  105. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep it British all the way

    .com isn't "international", it's been predominantly American all the time. .com has no legal UK status or regulation either. It's entirely un-British.

    From a perceptive point of view though, .com would likely cause confusion for Americans thinking it's a US site and wondering what the hell many of the UK centric articles and language is on about.

    Can't stand uk.***.com URLs anyway. Just makes us seem inferior, especially when no us.***.com is enforced for the US.

    Either .com is international and there's no uk.***.com or it's entirely a US top level domain.

    Better still, petition for a new second level domain in .uk :-)

  106. Martin Gregorie please

    Like some others, I've read The Reg longer than it has had the .com domain.

    I like its UK-centric attitudes, humour and coverage of political issues (e.g, ID cards) and think that using as the prime domain is a good peg to support the whole parcel of location, attitudes and topics.

    By all means keep .com (and add .eu and .net) as you wish but my preference is to treat these TLDs as aliases for, with appearing as the domain on all displayed content.

    If, in future, you decide to include location filtering to support automatic translation or relevance filtering (I would strongly deplore the latter - IMO its far too close to censorship) then please make sure that is the prime, unmodified base of all content and always works this way no matter where or who the reader is.

  107. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How about just "" if you can arrange it with the Eritraens?

    Lets face it, you have a well known UK address and it should stay that way.

  108. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think if you name it and keep it the way it is, with all its British peculiarities you risk confusing your audience. When I go to I expect it to be the way it is, in part because it is British. And I think you are doing a wonderful job with the website, so my suggestion would be just keep its style, substance _and_ URL :-).

  109. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    i live in the US and visit your site daily. it's my favorite source of tech news, without question. i've always typed however, i think you should stick with it doesn't bother me either way if typing either will bring me to the same great site.

  110. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does it really matter?

    After getting to your site, I really don't look at the address bar to make sure I'm still on a .com domain. As a "Yank" it really doesn't make any difference to me as long as I can still get here.

    It seems like national pride is winning out and that's just fine by me.

  111. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    as it always should be

    As a Us reader who's been visiting the site since before it was using the .com I say leave it, simply on the grounds that it makes me feel superior to the rest of the country who gets their news (of any sort) through the controlled corporate distillery.

    Plus I think we yanks could use a bit of pie on our face and be reminded that we are not the center of the universe by seeing would be a very subtle way of doing just that.

  112. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Consider the registrars

    I don't think it really matters visually - I've always used but .com would be neater if you're having country-specific subdomains. So the only other consideration is I guess a technical one - do you want to deal with Nominet or one of the US registrars.

    If you do switch to .com, can you make the automagically redirect to the uk specific subdomain pretty please? That way we can carry on using what we know and love without having to remember that we're all of a sudden 'international'.

    Ta muchly.

  113. Aaron Fothergill


    If it has to change, why not campaign for a new .reg top level domain name?

  114. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'd suggest you keep You have a very British way of doing and saying things - you're a British website read by the world, not a global website.

    Unless global website is what you are after, but you would need to match the content to that global style, which I doubt any long term regular readers (including me) want.

  115. Frans van Otten

    Stick to

    Everyone has a .com domain. Using a domain is different. I like it.

  116. Trevor Pott Gold badge

    Some of us want to choose what bias we get in our news reporting...

    I vote

    While I know the Register, like certain...other...IT rags has a bit of a chip on thier shoulder about Canada, we are *not* americans. I, and many of us, don't want our news from an american branded, american perspective site. I prefer the slightly more open-minded, and realistic viewpoint of british journalism to the xenophobic fox-news-esque 'reporting' that comes out of the states.

    While things are coming from a address, I can at least live in the fantasy world where I can believe that the news is coming from a british, not american perspective.

    I love the register, and along with...the other...british IT rag, it forms the daily breakfast read for me. The only issue I've ever had are the occasional articles that tell Canadians "shut up and stop trying to read the site, and use the .com site, becuase you're americans, and should be reading the american site." We're not. We don't want to be. Our system of government, values, and beliefs are far more, 'european' than america.

    (I know, European doesn't exist, you are all individual nations, etc. Most members of the union have things like health care, belief in privacy, an innate hatred of the RIAA, a belief that corrupt governments should be slapped, etc. that align more closely with Canadian beliefs than the value set evidenced by american reporting.)

    While I am aware that I will likely have the ability to choose "british site" or "american site," simply having the URL differentiate such is...comforting. Your article asks if we value the branding...well...on behalf of at least a three dozen Sysadmins, programmers, and IT consultants from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...we do.

  117. Edward Pearson

    Oh sure!

    Fine let go changing everything! It was fine as it was, but no, becuase the yanks feel inferior (they should be getting used to it!) El Reg should change its primary domain.</sarcasm>

    Lets just change Opal Fruits to Starburst! Nobody will notice!

    Lets change Marathon to Snickers! They'll like that!

    No, the Red phone boxes aren't working out, lets make them black. Equality y'know...

    The backlash was silent but deadly.

    The day my browser redirects to .com is the day that I start using my mod points on Slashdot and then El Reg, then, you're really screwed.

    How can you in good faith mock the stupid Americans (and there are enough of them) when your hardcore fish n' chip eating, pint drinking crowd are carelessly being redirected to a more USy address. What next, Stella in wine glasses? Actually caring about American politics, if I gave a shit about what the senate's up to, I'll pick up a good ol' fashioned english paper as most seem to have succumbed to the easy option of printing whatever the NY Times does anyhow..

    Forget this madness and run another story on Second Life or something...

  118. skim

    keep the

    like everyone said, keep the to preserve the UK pride and presence.

    i'm a big fan of El Reg from the states - going six years now; honestly, when you introduced .com, i decided to use it for convenience, but mind you lets readers know the site is originated from Britain, made by Britain, written by Britain, for the world - not another muck-up news site from the states pretending to be true boffins.

    however, i do agree seems a bit silly. is it us or uk? it might as well be

    if for some odd reason you decide to make .com the primary site, might i warn you, you may find El Reg merch selling on eBay with auction titles like "Authentic, original El Reg Hat, w/ embroidered in the back. Made by Britain"

  119. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Missed Point?

    I think a lot of people have missed the point of this exercise. Both .com and exist its not about dropping to go .com. It seems to me they are simply going to mask or redirect 1 or the other so that no matter which you type .com or it will show as in the address bar. For what it is worth I am American and I say the site should continue to use I don't ever bother to go to the .com site. I agree with others that the is part of thereg's brand and culture.

  120. Lesley Cowley


    I admit that I'm biased, but I think the is part of the established and well-known Register brand. Having a also means you can easily contact the registry should you need to.

    btw, please don't design a new logo!


    CEO, Nominet

  121. davebarnes

    I live in Denver, CO USA.

    I surf to

    I want the cheeky British perspective.

    I don't want a US site. I refuse to surf to .com

  122. Guy

    You want to be trusted? Stay

    I'm an englishman living in the states, and one of the things I'm most proud of about the old homeland is our news sources. The BBC and El Reg.

    Changing to .com would just mean I have to describe that, yes El Reg is British, I know it has a .com address but it's British, I promise. Trust me it would get tedious.

    Whereas at present I send someone a link, it's self evident in the link.

    Trust me over here, UK news sources carry more weight than US ones, being a, lends your stories more trustability (I know I know, but it's a good word)

  123. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One site, geoip, just as CNN its easy

    Just do as CNN does and have one site that uses geo_ip to work out the expected location, and then offer a flag option to fix their location

  124. Ashley Evans

    what's wrong with ...

    making the americans use

    oh... you want to encourage more American users by pandering to their ego. Well, you've done alright so far so why not avoid trying to fix something that doesn't seem broken.

  125. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Go for, then someone bigger than you will want the URL, and there'll be no nominet to protect you...

    Oh, and you are British, so stop being so silly.

  126. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Changing to .com would be fine, but really I don't care.

    Even though .com is "American" I don't think that'll last forever. I don't associate it with the USA anyway.

    On the other hand, I think there should be a move away from "serious" internet brands needing a ".com" address. Hopefully one day we can be more flexible in our URL names and not be restricted to ridiculous 2 or 3 letter suffixes.

    Somebody said:

    > I was at a meeting in Scotland with Joel Spolsky. I spoke to him briefly.

    Pfff... you mean you collected your free pint!

  127. Naadir Jeewa

    Being gives The Register is part of the great British brand of no punches pulled criticism, of which the likes of Mark Kermode and Charlie Brooker are also a part of.

    Staying doesn't reduce your global appeal, but becoming .com might make you seem none other than another CNet.

  128. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Definitely keep

    The must stay! It's as much a part of the brand as the theregister name itself. Even when lived in the in the States (and I've been reading theregister since '97), the gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside - as opposed to all the bog standard .com

    Definitely, keep



    Stick to

    Whilst I recognise that The Register has a lot of American contributors and covers a lot of American subjects, I have always appreciated the fact that it continues to present a definitely British flavour.

    There are other American-based technology websites with .com addresses and I look at them occasionally. is front and centre on my Google homepage and I check it several times daily.

    I think you should use the, because The Register IS a British website - dealing with international topics, but from a uniquely British point of view. Is Britain really so insignificant (don't answer that) that Americans would have difficulty remembering the domain suffix for El Reg?

    I know .com SHOULD be a global domain, but it's "overwhelmed" by the Americans. If only they had gone for .usa, things might be different. As it is, .com's globality (is there such a word?!) is diluted by all the non-global companies using it.

  130. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward all the way

    I'm a canuck and I always goto (the .com site just never looks right) so I say keep with it!

  131. Simon Oxlade only

    The Times newspaper, one of the finest publications ever created and certainly the one with the richest history, is reached by the URL This is because it deals with news from the UK perspective. Type in and you get the Shreveport Times, which is in the south of that former colony run by that ghastly Shrub fellow.

    Point is that El Reg delivers IT and tech news from a British perspective, complete with attendant jingoism and mild xenophobia - something that makes it very different to all the other 'tech news' sites out there. By all means run a .com site, with appropriate filters for the US if really necessary, but please keep the It's a little news union jack waving amid the wastes of bland US coverage....

    And, it keeps me sane.

  132. Steve Evans

    Isn't that a bit of a contradiction?

    IIRC .com really should be international, the Americans have a perfectly good .us TLD they *should* use.

    I like having, it serves as a warning to our cousins across the pond that we spell correctly and they should expect sarcasm, piss taking and other words they're not used to like erm, windscreen... ummm.

  133. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I never liked even if it had the same content.

  134. Keith Williams

    .co .uk

    Leave it alone..

  135. John Fowler

    Branding problems? I hear Wolff Olins of Olympic logo fame are available to help

    ho ho

  136. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    do the americans understand our humour (humor?)? I recall numerous translations of proper English into american so let's keep it as and then we all know where we stand

  137. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I vote for

    I agree with quite a lot of others here.

    The Register is very British, which is good from a humour point of view.

    .com is not going to be the same.

    I'm all for redundancy, but surely that souldnt be at the expence of your branding.

    Please keep the

  138. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Redirect .com to

    Keep the and make .com redirect to it -- I like knowing that I'm reading something from the UK and the '.com' types should know too.

    To me, a branding would lessen the impact and make El Reg seem more corporate USA.

  139. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    El Reg is not nearly UK-specific enough. Can you please arrange for to work soonest?

  140. Matt Thornton

    Must be

    Echoing what everyone else has said - TheReg has its heritage in being British and proud of it and you must keep the as the base domain.

    Also (but of lesser importance IMNSHO) is is PR8 whereas .com is PR7. My experience of domain name changes suggests GoogleBot et al aren't as sensitive to change as they could be...

    If you really must rebrand then force the yanks to use the

  141. Toby

    here here!

    "Please keep - it's one of the great things that sets El Reg apart from the mass of corporate 'merkin sites. It may be a small, petty thing, but I still get a cheap kick every time I glance at the address bar and think "hell, we may be stuck with American movies, culture, government and nukes, but at least The Register is still British!"

    I know the address woul not change content but it just makes me feel like you'll start being just like every other clone news site out there

    stick with the!

  142. Brett Brennan

    Keep 'em ALL - let GOD sort 'em out

    As an "early" internet adopter, I have had .com, .us, .net and .org domains forever. I tried - unsuccessfully, BTW - to get a domain (not available - go figure THAT one out!) as part of an expected move into Ireland ( in the near future - to be able to differentiate us as both a US and Irish company.

    The point here is: if you need to have coverage in all the territorial domains in order to prevent squatters, you certainly *MUST* get the registrations and keep them. However, I feel that redirection to is the appropriate result of the "bald" name in all TLD - that is, or should display upon redirect. "Regional" editions should be accessable either as a link on the home page or via a regional sub-directory ( or /ie). Although I fear that most readers don't really care that much about regional-specific stuff (except regulatory or legal).

    I read El Reg *BECAUSE* it is International. IT *IS* International, and El Reg is one of the few news sites that truly appreciates this. I'd even go so far as to say "BOHF without Borders".

    As has been forcefully stated earlier, you're BRITTISH, DAMN IT, and should be PROUD of the fact that, unlike us Colonials, you still have attitude that pronounces the name of a historically famous river like it's some red-neck's fishing hole. (Thames, that is...)

  143. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward!

    Forget the world.

    I say back to one's root.

    We can tell you are all Welsh at heart.

  144. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward 4 life

    I've been a faithful yank reader for many years, if I ever give the site out to friends I always use the address. It just looks right, even though I get to the site these days through RSS feed I still think the main site should be Dump the .com even, unless you plan on advertising on some sleazy billboard somewhere the majority of people recognize the brand as

    Anyway you don't want to confuse what sort of site this is, us yanks get confused easily-- when we see wierd words like colour in places we don't expect things go all haywire.

  145. Chris Papaioannou

    Gets my vote.

    I wouldn't be devistated if you went for the .com, as long as the content stayed the same. But the would be preffered.

    Makes it feel all British and what-not =)

  146. Peter Mc Aulay

    But who owns .com?

    I'm sure VeriSign would never be so crass as to accidentally or "accidentally" lose the domain records, but why tempt fate?

  147. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    redirects will see you fine for a good while yet.

    sheesh, run it duplicated across the board.

    the url can't be that expensive surely.

    just for kicks see if you can't purchase "" too.


  148. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    move to .com

    As a keen (british) reader of el reg, I pleased that it's british, however, I also like the way that some browsers support the ctrl+enter keystroke to add www. and .com to the path. As such, while I think it's a sadness to have to dump, I reckon the way forward is .com.

  149. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep it uk

    Leave it as, there arent enough sites out there hailing the success of the UK

  150. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Keep using - what is wrong with being proud of the heritage and embracing it. only looks strange because we are used to seeing US domination in websites, it would be nice to keep theregister different.

  151. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What'll it do to your google rankings!

    But seriously... all the way baby!

  152. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Leave it as it is...

    I prefer the as it implies a more worldly site that does not have some of the myopia associated with some .com sites (since .us is not that common yet...)

  153. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Two addresses

    Use '' for the main site

    Then have '' for the US

  154. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Technically it's not really a big deal

    Well written software to run the site shouldn't care about the URL it's on, plus the webservers can run off both names at the same time.

    I'd say stick with the for branding purposes.

  155. Martin

    Just to add to the list. Something homely about it...

  156. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's my vote. .com won't increase credibility or recognition.

  157. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep - the only way to be

  158. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward



    I was APPALLED to read that the Register would even consider adopting a .COM suffix. Of what can you possibly be thinking?!

    Why, when I was a lad………< BoreFilter has automatically removed a total of 4,280 words from this posting. Click here if you would like to see them> … and so that was the end of that. Anyway, to reiterate, don't drop the old .CO.UK lads; think of England.

    Yours sincerely,

    Col. Lucas Davenport the third (Rtd).

  159. Brian

    it's the content that's important

    It's the content of your site that keeps me coming back for more ... the URL that I have to type is of no consequence.

    However, if you are rationalizing all the URL's and servers, might I suggest (as a Canadian reader) as a compromise the "" URL that I currently use.

    Change the URL all you want, but keep the content the same!



  160. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What exactly

    were you on when the idea of dropping hit you? I too want some of the stuff!

    Most outrageous idea of the month.

    That is, unless it's a joke, but for a joke it's quite a bad one.

  161. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep writing in real English, with real English sarcasm and use a real British domain name.


  162. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is slashdot available?

    a) it hardly matters

    b) yes, isn't it laughable that .com is national and international!

    c) is there really a need for a .us.<name> or uk.<name> version - do those buggers over the sea get different content?

    d) it ain't broke, leave well alone

    my two pacific pasoes worth :)

  163. Mark York OK by me

    & now for something completely different.

    Make your own dead parrot sketch here

    Just add:

    IBM Blue instead of Norwegian Blue

    URL instead of Plummage

    Gates instead of Fjords

    .com instead of slug

  164. DoubleD

    My Opinion

    Change it to

  165. Gareth

    Stand proud and firm with your in hand

    (any positions open writing headlines..? :) )

    As an ex-pat living in Mickey-Mouse-Murder-Funland, I am grateful for all the Britishness I can still can get my mitts on. I feel proud to be reading a El Reg seems to be a British site that is happy to have international readership, and I feel the is an important element of that.

  166. Del Merritt


    I'm a "yank" and I have no problem with (i.e, "me too!") In fact, after looking at it once or twice, I never bothered with the "US Edition"; I like to see the blend and perspective.

    What I DO NOT get is why some of the offshoot sites - like Reg Channel, Reg Hardware and Reg Developer - don't have an easy link back to the "main" register. Perhaps it's adblock in Firefox dropping the link; if that's the case, I'll just live with it.

  167. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another Yank checking in

    I read the reg because it's not like every other tech news site under the sun. It seems to me that having the in your URL helps you to stand out from the crowd. It's a part of your branding. The .com TLD should be international but the sad reality is it percieved as American. When was the time you visited a .us site? Exactly.

  168. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yet another <AOL>

    Everybody and his dog has a dozen .com domains. still means something maybe not much, but _something_ -- and it's a definite part of your identity.

  169. toby powell-blyth

    Keep it britishersest

    Let's be proud to carry to the masses in the US for once. Otherwise we'll be poodling to their ideals of domains, we don't need to pull a Blair for the American audience

  170. Richard Neill

    Leave it

    I think you should forward .com to

    Tech readers are pretty savvy - they'll work it out.

    Also, British news outlets (usually) tend to be, and are seen to be, much more trustworthy/competent than their US equivalents. For example, compare

    the BBC to CNN.

  171. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah, do it like cnn

    I can't believe you're spending time on this. Keep them both. Have all of them behave like where the user can change their region and then maybe other region specific news is put lower or flagged (I still like reading about UK politics even in the US though, so don't remove it.) Newer users will bookmark and older ones will keep the

    This isn't bloody rocket science, in fact, I fear I hear some whalesong coming from your office, as you worry about your branding. :-P

  172. Dan King

    Keep the

    Keep your British roots. I'm in Canada, a regular reader, and I enjoy reading some of your local articles and concerns. A British perspective on a world wide industry is more valuable than a whitewashed global approach. I like the satiric approach - keep biting the hand that feeds you and stay true to what your are.

  173. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thin end of the wedge.

    If El Reg is going global (or American) then how about 'boffins', 'blighty', 'our boys/lads' and other comically anglocentric tropes? No surrender to the ICANN and that.

  174. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Do I need to come down with the Clue by Four?

  175. matthew newman

    It is el Reg that is all that matters

    I am a US reader, and I have been reading The Register since way before their was a .com domain at all. I read it everyday and would no matter weather there was ever a .com domain purchased. In fact just recently I started typing that vs. the So in short... what difference does it make as long as the content is the same? If you wanted to segregate some us vs eu content that I could understand, but I like reading all of it as do many others, that is why you became such a success here even prior to the .com domain.

  176. Turbojerry or

    Ok, it's not 1st April, I've checked, so you want us to be your Strategy Boutique, well I think I can help. Dot com is for humourless American Corporate types called Chet and Biff, The Reg is very British, both in it's humour and general outlook, therefore think is perfect, unless you're thinking of selling out to Rupert Murdoch, in which case I suggest

    PS I can do a nice logo for £400K, one previous owner, good little runner...

  177. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Look at the BBC

    The BBC have (took a while to acquire from the Boston Business Consortium or something!), but it directs to

    The is important, and should stay. Firstly, it makes it clear that we value the "brand" - just like the BBC do. Secondly, it equally diminishes the .com "brand" which is no bad thing.

    Not *everything* which is useful should live under .com, even if such a .com exists.

    Stick to :-)

  178. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    my vote

    nationality : US / Holland

    location : US

    choice : ""

  179. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think we have a winner

    Looking at the posted posts, is definitely in favour.

    Seeing has just hit me on the head a couple hundred times, I hate it, it's like looking at Even thenews looks better under a

    As for, I don't see toooo much wrong with it but I see your point of course.

    But even this works to your advantage... Us, The Register, company of UK.

  180. Cliff

    Vote for here...

    Have to agree, the tone of the site is British (it's still a 'mobe' goddammit, no matter what comprimises you make for our hard-of-understanding cousins), be and proud of it.

    A few years ago I'd have been more ambivelent, but now the TLD has a caché of its own, I think it's worth staying put. Or rather, if you go .com, I'll cancel my subscription ;-)

  181. Toshio

    What the hell is wrong with you?

    You have a brand.

    You are brits.

    You have captured an audience.

    I have you bookmarked in my brain as a british (i.e. more credible than the rest) site.

    I like seeing sites that don't bow down to some .com frenzy.

    I think having non generic TLD sends a clear message that internet is not USA-only medium.

    I think that everybody who would prefer .com instead of should be registered as a USA republican and promptly given three options to chose from:

    - a) be exiled to Texas and put in a cold storage next to John Wayne.

    - b) be exiled to Guantanamo as a danger to civilized world.

    - c) be exiled to Oz to experience first-hand what happens to a country and people that just want to go at it the easy way.

  182. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another vote... favour of ElReg's distinctive Britishness, part of which is distinctively British domain name.

    Rojer, a long-time ElReg reader from Russia.

  183. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    Dont move over to .com; stick with the

    Apart from the bbc news site, this is the only other URL worth reading

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  185. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You know it makes sense.

  186. Ian Ferguson

    I'm in the process of moving our company's branding from a .com address to a address. Simply because we've found that our customers value the localisation. Less important with a business based around a website maybe.

    In the early days of the internet, .com was a sign of prestige - and thus cheapness, and so on (I once had a boss who said 'I never go to websites with .net at the end - it's all porn) - but I don't think this is the case any more.

    More to the point, why do you have Reg Developer and Reg Hardware on separate domains? I find it intensely irritating that I follow a story from (or from my RSS reader) and there's no big obvious logo or link to take me back to the front page of

  187. Timbo

    If you're proud to be British...

    ...then keep the all, being a dot com doesn't hold any "weight" anymore, as a bloke in a shed can register (sic) a dot com for next to nowt anyways....and he isn't likely to be a "global player".

    So, stick with the if the Yanks complain about "" that'll teach them for not using "" (PS Keep up the good work on the site!), rgds, Tim

    (PS Unlike your story said, I had to register to post this - which isn't a bad thing, I s'pose - but the anonymous post function didn't work for me !!)

  188. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    What does the strategy boutique say about that? (shameless stolen from Nathan Barley and presumably others but still good)

    No need for subdomains - you can have, /us, /etc. which is the more common practice nowadays. We can assume the /us stuff is for all the bible-bashing, nuke launching petrolheads who can read stories conforming to their world view but with a helpful "Englishian" dictionary.

  189. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward - recognisable - so keep it

    An IT brand is automatically assumed to be USA based - the URL (and the content) makes the important point that this is British and not following any party line.

    Now as to the vulture - shouldn't we pick a British bird - no, on second thoughts, keep the carrion eater right where it belongs, in the centre.



  190. Peter Hoare

    Stay with BUT...

    So my tuppence-ha'penny's worth is to say stay with

    BUT on a slightly related note, could I beg for a clearer indication in stories as to whether we're talking UK or US. Too many times on your site I'm reading things like "The Government" or "The Courts" and it's only half way into the story you actually get enough context to realise whether it's talking about the US or the UK.

    Natural enough when you get a UK writer talking about a UK news story, or a US writer etc.. but given the mix you have, it does get confusing at times!!

  191. davcefai

    Keep the

    I think the is important. One of the reasons I read the Register is that it is British, with a British slant on things. When I first came across the site the uk bit was one of the reasons I bookmarked it. Since then I have visited at least once daily.

  192. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep as default

    if anything, the on the address helps serve as a warning that british humor, and a decent helping of british attitude will be presented in the articles...

  193. Jeff Stacey

    Don't go .com

    As a Canadian, I say stick true to your root and brand and stick with

  194. Alex Speller


    Definitely. It's definitely a big part of your brand and I always type that in even though it's longer.

  195. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Forward the .com to your The Register just doesn't look right with .com banged on the end.

  196. Andy Barber

    The Title

    I always thought that "The Register" was a backwards reference to 'The Register', which commented on BRITISH politics. Therefore I feel should be kept, to keep it in line with the root of the name. I'm not aware of "The Register" being in the American English parlance, so .com would NOT be appropriate.

    Andy Barber

    BR1 5AD, England.

  197. John

    Didn't think it mattered until I read some comments above

    I was about to say "don't worry about it" - or .com who cares then i read many of the comments above. What they have made me realise is that the UK centric nature of El Reg is actually very important to many readers (myself included). Losing some of the humour would surely become tempting as the transatlantic media barons decided to launch their branding campaigns on this terrific site. is closer to the vision of the Reg which i want to read.

  198. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the

    As one of your U.S. readers, I say keep it! There's nothing un-global or un-professional about having "" instead of ".com". Besides, the current URL reinforces the Britishness that makes this site a joy to read.

  199. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If you're going to use all that british slang...

    ... then it has to be Keep your distinctiveness!

  200. N7DR

    If you must choose one, choose

    El Reg has (thankfully) never been one to worry about bucking trends. Just because a bzillion other sites wish to bury their distinctiveness in the all-consuming .com TLD, that's no reason for El Reg to do so.

    Besides which, who ever heard of a dot-co-dot-uk bust? Ergo, is a lot safer from a business standpoint.

    Adamant of Tonbridge Wells

  201. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Register -is- a UK Voice

    Don't mess with success. Marketers think of brands rather than product. You have a product. The product is an engaging and wonderful insight from the UK point of view.

    After the marketers have smoothed your skin and desnaggled any bad teeth you will no longer be the unique and interesting site that you are.

    PS I have read theregister from Canada for many years- keep it up!

  202. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You can tell the site is English coz it's funny. That would probably deter americans much quicker than would

  203. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    why are you even asking? durrrr

  204. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another vote...

    The general consensus (which I am in agreement with) seems to be that as the Register is a British site, with a definite British slant on things, then proudly wearing a '' domain is a good thing.

  205. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    my two "pennies"

    elreg is inherently british, and although it is no more troublesome to type a different address, i feel the identity of this site would lose a bit of itself somehow if it went to just .com

  206. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the

    Too many comments along the same lines I agree with.

  207. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    been said many a time. the register is a British site, and the domain name should reflect that. also, the is part of the sites personality

  208. Chris

    Leave it From a Yank that has been reading it pre-com. It's a nice big F-U to the early US registrar.

    Look at it this way, when you make it .com you will get even more stupid questions about "non-USAisms." I'd say Brit-slang or Blightyisms but you know everything revolves around us Yanks.

  209. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whatever is easier to type

    I'm a US reader, and as a world traveler, I know that the best source of news within a country is most often from news services in a different country, so I've always gone to

    When I'm in front of a browser that doesn't already have a Register bookmark, I type it in manually. I find ".com" much easer to type than ""

    When I type "theregister" in Firefox then do a CTRL-ENTER, I end up at the .com address. I don't know if it works the same in other countries.

    Bottom line, perhaps, should be what's easiest for the readers.

  210. kaiserb_uk

    .com means american, or at least it does to me. Stick with the uk url please.

  211. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I pride myself in getting my news from a NON US website, please don't change.

  212. Gary

    Don't care, as long as you remain the same

    Personally, I don't care, though it seems to make sense to use .com as the root. Still, seems to sound better than .com; less corporate, perhaps.

    Even coming from an American, I think the following comment sums up my opinion best:

    "(PS if you decide to use dot com, then why not use *as well as* Many big companies already use this system)"

  213. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cheers for asking, the has my vote. The Register is indubitably British, lets keep it that way.

  214. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the defo.

  215. Dillon Pyron

    Keep it

    As an American, I say keep it. I've been typing it for years, why change now.

    Besides, my t-shirt and cap both say You'd make me buy a new set? Oops, shouldn't give you guys any ideas.

  216. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm confused...

    I don't see what the problem is with for UK usage and (us.) for global use. What's the "served globally" issue? If links are all relative (okay, with an indirection script to the appropriate reghardware etc., although I'm not clear why that had to be a separate domain in the first place) surely the problem solves itself?


    1) I'm absolutely against getting rid of

    2) seems silly - just as is redundant. If you've got the .com, use it as a US default.

    3) Picking up the user's location is annoying if there's no good way to override it - e.g. I'm in the UK as part of Creative, but because our network connection goes through Ireland, redirects to

    4) I can't see a reason why you'd ever have a problem with and coexisting, without the need to re-write content (with the proviso that all the URLs have to be local). Making the web server send the base address as whatever it was asked for isn't difficult.

    My $.02/1p.

  217. Vaughan

    Vive L'Academie Anglaise

    Communications received from the USA are often responded to with a witty appraisal of the linguistic deficiences of our former colonial subjects. The loss of the UK top level domain might be seen to excuse them, thus rendering the replies of your writers, seeming a little hypocritical, rather less potent. I would certainly regret the loss of such amusing paragraphs.

  218. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't matter to me...

    I've been using for years from the other side of the pond. I couldn't care less about the domain name. Just keep the great content coming.

  219. Rob

    .com? - too anonymous

    Your name differentiates theregister in a big way from other sites. It gives it more personality than a standard and anonymous dot com.

    I don't mind having to type the extra letters, but then I don't do it anyway; bookmarks and search engines are the way forward!

    Though who knows what it will mean to have a in a few years. Maybe it just won't be cool anymore!

    ... but it probably will be

  220. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another voice from across the pond

    Please keep the domain. I know that I'll be visting a non-Us centric site and will be able to find something other than the standard crapaganda pushed by most of the .com sites.

    Other than that, please continue your fine work.

  221. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's OK either way, but is best

    Any way is fine, but I do like the because .com is so "bienvenue dans la vie .com" and whatnot ;-)

    But I guess I'm subject to irrational nostalgia.

    -- Raph, a long-time Continental European reader currently living in Japan.

  222. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with like the BBC does, and redirect .com to that.

    If you want to filter out the more UK-specific stories, the BBC lets you choose that as an option stored in a cookie, or have an alternate international front page through something like (the .com could take you to that).

  223. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I read the Register because it IS British. I'm a Yank, but it's refreshing to read IT news (in a very broad definition of that term) with a UK flavour. Does it make any difference what your TLD is? No, not so long as you keep the same jocular (and occasionally, irascible and cynical) approach to your content. El Reg is in the same league as Monty Python and The Goons ... delightfully British! Wear the "" badge with honour ...

  224. Matt


    An English slant on the news is what makes this site worth reading, although you need to reduce the number of Americanisms. So, let the URL reflect it.

    Keep the, or I'll have to set-up a protest web site, which would reduce the amount of time I spend in the pub!

  225. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please ...

    ... keep

    Kia kaha!

    From a Kiwi living in the Med.

  226. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I agree with a number of the previous commenters, in that .com is too anonymous. is an identity - something that is not easy to forge, and should never be taken lightly.

    Or maybe the Canadian in me likes the non-Americanness of the URL.

  227. Warren

    Keep, Damn the French!

    As ever, there's no need to change, so don't!

    I also enjoy the moral stand-point of two nations divided by a common language! where would we be if we couldn't enjoy the colour of the and simultaneously on the .com, deride the spelling and pronunciation of Aluminium - the second I is there for a purpose cousins!!

  228. Nick L


    You're British and proud - it's an advantage, a USP if you like. Redirect .com to and leave branding with Keep all the hacker / union flag stuff too...

    Alternatively, ask strategy boutique or just bung me a few tens of thousands and I'll tell you the same thing in prettier language ;)

  229. Mark Allen

    Is there really any question to this? Has to stay otherwise you'll start spelling colour wrongly... this could all rapidly head downhill...

    And if "" looks silly. Why not "". Or the more traditional ""?

    We have to keep this totally UK biased site in existence. Otherwise there will be a nasty drift toward _serious_ news... and we can't have that. :)

    (And the 160+ comments may give you a hint towards your readers... LoL... I skim read them as there are faaaaar too many.)

  230. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Where is the problem?

    I see no technical difficulty in having and the serving the same pages and no reason to settle on one or the other.

    Then both and will be valid.

  231. luke For The Win

    To echo so many others, KEEP .CO.UK!

    I would quickly get over a change to .com, but whats the point?

    El Reg is what it is, and needs no changes.

    I like to take a new line for every point i make.

  232. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    El Reg is British. We USians, when we aren't out conquering the world, find that charming. Keep the Otherwise, you'll look like just another Murdoch-owned, right wing lunatic fringe Republican tush-sucking pond scum. And you'd have to change your masthead to be faintest pink.

  233. David Harper

    The BBC doesn't feel the need to hide behind .com

    The BBC News web site proudly uses a domain, and it is one of the most trusted news sources on the Internet. Likewise the Guardian, another British news source which is widely read in the United States.

    The Register should stick with its domain. Your American readers are more likely to see it as a mark of quality and reliability!

  234. Greg Marshall

    Leave it alone

    Well, I'm a yank and I can type the bloody thing just fine. My browser remembers it. The little button on the top of my browser remembers it. Everyone including myself remembers it...heck, even my cell phone remembers it.

    changing it know makes everyone have to change the freakn "remembers" in all the technology. Branding a new url isn't that important as most people once they know the name "the register" will just remember your url in one of their gadgets anyway.

    Did that make any since? Starting to sound like an Englishman!

  235. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    who cares?

    Change it to whatever works out best for your business from both a technological and financial sense.

    Sure you are a British company, and you always will be, it becomes clear in your writing style, not just because of your domain name. Don't worry about a few people who want to be able to point at the domain and say look it's British not American.

    I have been typing for seven years now, and I probably always will. If one day that starts redirecting me to I could care less, as long as I can get to your site and read the content on it.

    Do what you need to do, you have not done us wrong in the past. I am sure that whatever you come up with will be a great solution.

  236. Charles

    absoutly need

    To remind one to read the page with a "british" accent, otherwise all the double entenres don't make sense.

  237. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Stay with please. Far better and retains the identity.

  238. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    My two pence

    Keep it please

  239. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I always use the .com address from the UK and couldn't really care less what the address bar shows :)

  240. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the!

    I've been reading Register for at least a few years, at least long enough to know that wasn't always yours.

    Once you put the .com live, the US edition forced .com but I keep going to You're an UK-based media. Stay true to your roots.

    Make the .com mirror the but definitely us as "main."

  241. Gary

    Above says it all !

  242. Ian Sargent

    Never mind the URL, its the content that matters

    To be honest I have not really noticed what the URL has been (for a few years now) as I have the site saved as a ‘bookmark’ so I really don’t think it will make any difference to me! I have just checked to see what it was and found that it is

    Like many people who use the Internet I rarely care what the URL is as long as it provides me with the information that I am looking for! What DOES matter (to me anyway) is the content and if this changed for the worst (God forbid!) then I know that all I have to do it to delete the bookmark…..

  243. Gordon Russell

    British site should have British URL

  244. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with your roots

    The Register is Biritsh so stick with and be proud of it.

  245. Stephen Hurd of course

    Well, considering that around one third to one half of all the content is UK stuff (Who is Orange and why, exactly, do I care?) the serves as a gentle reminder that the news will have a UK perspective.

    Regarding content duplication, just do a URL rewrite. It's not like you honour language tags... same thing really? (Must experiment... fiddle with EN-US/EN-UK/EN-CA... is there an EN-AU?)

  246. Red

    Keep the

    Sounds like you were kidnapped and forced to watch a Strategy Boutique presentation on why you should change your URL while being forced to drink the alco-pop fizzies those crafty Dutch students invented.....

    Keep the, it's (literally) been a part of the Reg identity from the get-go and should continue to be part of your "Brand(r)" going forward.

    I've been reading El Reg for over 5 years here in the States, and still thoroughly enjoy it. Changing the URL won't make me stop reading, it'll just require me to change my default home page in all of my browsers.....which means I'll probably end up missing a few days since I'll be too lazy to update my browser preferences, so maybe you really should just leave well enough alone, tyvm. :)

  247. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the URL

    It goes with the British sense of humour!

  248. Jags


    Anyone outside UK would agree that to be a truly global site it should be

  249. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it as it is!

  250. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't change a thing.

    I only started reading the site a couple years ago, but unbeknownst to me several of my IT friends has long-been reading it. After discovering El Reg, it quickly became apparent that this site, while sharing much in common with other IT sites, was very unique.

    I never much pay attention to URLs. I usually bookmark them or even I am so lazy I will just google the site and click the link I know is correct. was probably one of the only times I picked up a URL so quickly.

    I happen to reside in the the United States and I am a big fan of the; I definitely prefer The Reg to any domestic IT sites I've come across.

  251. Eleanor

    Detectably British

    I'm proud to be detectably British, and I'm proud that you are too. A UK brand can be a global brand, and many already are. Yours is one. And the URL fits the content, which is itself detectably British.

    I don't think looks silly. It's clear what it means - "this is a section of a British site with some bits of special interest to Americans". Whereas "" can be misinterpreted.

    Stick with

  252. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'd vote for the flavour, as spotting it was the only thing that really convinced me that El Reg was British (after five months of browsing through for black helicopters and suchlike). Up until that point I'd automatically assumed it was American, despite all evidence to the contrary.

    Keep the - anyone stuck in a .com mentality will get there anyway, and I like the idea of us.theregister speaking to we.thepeople...

  253. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Beeb it...

    Personally I think you should keep both &, set them up to point to the same server, and follow in BBC New's footsteps...

    If the IP address is international, here, have the US relevant stuff, if it's UK, have the UK stuff, if your not sure, ask and dump their answer in a non-edible cookie.

    But also give UK users the option to access US content and vice versa. Overall user friendlyness, nobody has to update their bookmarks, everyone is happy.

    Except for that nugget I probably overlooked.


  254. Haku

    I vote

    I just noticed following a link from slashdot that it's .com which feels a little weird and I've /always/ used, I like it that it's because even though it covers world events it covers more UK stuff.

    Please keep it, it's part of it's image and changing it to .com just makes it feel somehow just another generic .com news site. Just make the .com redirect to

  255. Livio Arleo

    What's in a name?

    There are a few ways to look at this.

    1. Creatively: To paraphrase one of England's great playwrights...a website by any other name would smell as sweet. Corny, but it gets the point across.

    2. Logically: COM says, well, says UK...why leave the rest of us out...nuff said.

    3. Spiritually: WWCND? You know what he would do!

  256. Kjetil

    +1 for


  257. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If I were king for a day...

    If the opportunity were presented to me to implement this anew, I would set up as my A record, then point www, *, and whatnot as CNAMEs to it. The .uk TLD is more precise and proper, plus (as you say), there's marketing baggage associated.

    Don't recall if you still publish different content on .com, but you could always take advantage of browser localization (forget IP filtering - too slow/inaccurate) and point to different subpaths. Of course, default to EN-UK - you're a UK shop.

    Your constituents are not the Joe-sixpacks of the world of computing; most of us know that WWW is not an integral part of a URL - is both significant and manageable for us.

  258. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward and proud

    besides, if you decide to give up then you should also give up irony - something I see our U.S. readers are already struggling a little bit with judging by some comments I've come across. If you have a .com you could hit them with a bout of sarcasm unawares!

    Also on an not too dissimilar note; please please stop the "Americanism's" creeping in to the articles. 'Specialised' not 'Specialized' and so on.

  259. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How about an Italian site?

    But seriously, yet another Canadian vote for

  260. Ed definitely

    The reporting and style has a UK slant generally (which is great!), so I think suits it. Of course, keep .com :) I think the current situation is perfectly fine.

  261. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    1 More Vote

    Stick with I would hate anyone to think that this is a US site (even though i'm in Florida---i'd much rather get my news from you) huh...didnt even know .com worked..just seemed weird typing it in just now. yeah, i'll stick with

  262. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    My personal venetta... to convince the world that *companies* that are truely intenational should have a .com, UK companies should be and (here's a new one) USA-based companies should have - afterall, why should the system be biased towards a US company such that they 'appear' to have a wider market?

    However; from a practical point, it makes damn-all difference the the majority of us (hands up who types more than four or five characters and can then match El Reg from the shortlisted favourites that remain?).

    My preference is for - because I rather like waving the Union flag in the wide open sea of the Internet.

    Pip, pip

    Dave, Sandhurst.

    proud owner of two domains (or just too skint to pay for a .com)

  263. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I live in Canada and am personally quite happy with the

    I don't even visit the .com. To me, theregister is a UK website and the URL fits this

  264. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward by all means

    For me, it's an integral part of the name.

  265. Fred Fnord


    I've been reading from the US with for at least five years, probably closer to seven. It does not seem to have caused me any lasting damage, and I like the idea that I am actually reading something produced overseas since I gave up trying to decode Pravda and Interfax (in Russian) almost ten years ago.


  266. Paul

    No .com please, we're British

    You're a UK site, with a decidedly UK style.

    Keep the .com, sure, but 301 it to the address so that Googlebot doesn't get all stroppy about duplicate content.

  267. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Personally I like name. The site's content is undeniably filled with Brit wit and to me '.com' just doesn't feel right. Yeah, America may be where the ad revenue and while I know you have to pay the bills, try not to suck on Mammon's tit too hard eh? :-)

  268. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward of course It's a big part of the brand to me; I know I'm going to get a quality British view-point, not some turgid American crap. It's like the difference between the UK and US version of Men Behaving Badly; one's worth watching, the other I wouldn't show to my worst enemy. Making .com your home would dilute that heritage. Long time readers would probably continue, but I suspect you'd not gain new readers in the same way.

  269. Richard Johnson

    another vote for

    "" just looks wrong. Stick with "", it has a much better rhythm when spoken aloud - it's almost iambic pentameter.

  270. Caleb Grant or .com

    Simply -

    Does it really matter if your TLD is .com or .uk (with the hard to lose .uk (sic. bl. and mod.)) when your readership and casual linked in people know the URL. I'd have .com directed to anyway... See other "branded" sites sic. 'redirects' the user anyway... I'd love to explain how it works but it's as boring as telling el'boss he's wrong...

    I'd prefer you screws (British slang for hacks (London slang for journos)) to keep the but if your advertising revenue depends on it then I'd consider it a pain...

    KEEP .CO UK!


  271. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You don't need to...

    You can leave it as it is. If there is only an underlying technical reason, then fix the technical part. I did a lot of crazy stuff in Apache 1.3 and 2.0 and I can't imagine that Apache can't deal with whatever problem you have.

    - really understand your problem.

    - try some different solutions (most likely there are several)

    - test it

    - migrate

    - hold your breath

    - fix some stuff

    Your done, no changes in the winning team. (sometimes necessary, but stupid if the reason is just technical).

    My 2c (tech guy with some commercial xp)



  272. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward == quality

  273. Robin

    No Sex (or .coms) Please, We're British!

    Even though it's completely contradictory to my stance on the Euro, I say keep the good old

    And change the logo to involve fish 'n' chips please. And a Burberry cap stained with blue WKD. (Oh no, hang on...)

  274. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    you deserve a knighthood


  275. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I really feel you need to keep as it emphasizes the non-American-ness of your site and hence credibility!

  276. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward, you're british aren't you

    you're off your collective rockers for even considering dropping the from a quintessentially british publication. why do you think we're here ? :)

  277. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the

    Please keep the extension. It makes such a difference to know that El Reg stands apart from all the other news clones out there and shouts we're British and we've got attitude. Also, just seems to stand for quality and refinement that you just can't find in .com.

    OK, the whole looks clunky, so just redirect from .com to Simple.

  278. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward is the only way to go

    A few points or rather recommendations.

    1. Stick to writing great articles.

    2. Sack whoever started this idea in the first place, they are probably in marketing.

    3. Go to the pub.

    4. Produce a dossier stating that a .com address would in fact lead to an increase in terrorism, use something like terrorists will be able to mount a nuclear strike in 4 seconds through a .com address rather than the trusty

    5. Sleep well at night knowing that is not only the right choice but rather the only choice for the people of the world.

    6. Don't assume all of your readers are in the UK. So no naff auto detection please. I'm a brit in Singapore and would prefer not to end up at a us/international version of the site.

    7. Work out how much money you have cost the IT industry from people reading this article and posting comments :D

    8. Go to pub for a well deserved drink.

    9. Ignore the majority of public opinion and go with just to really p*** everybody off.



  279. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    I value El Reg for its quirky "British" outlook. Sure, you cover the whole spectrum of technology news from all over the world, but your perspectives on it are uniquely British. I know the URL seems a small thing, but sometimes it really is the small things that count. In this case it signals to the viewer that you're not just another one of the faceless US-based (and biased) technology sites.


  280. Nick Oakley

    Let's think professionally here.

    Ideally, I would just type, 'The Register' into a text box and wouldn't have to care about anything so arcane as a URL. That's my first requirement. I suppose I can stretch to clicking on a small Union Jack the first time I visit the website to get to the UK version, but thereafter I expect it to be remembered. Requirement number 2.

    If these requirements are unattainable, then, unless there can be seen to be some measurable progress gained towards these requirements by changing the existing URL, then I suggest it's just left as is.

  281. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward every time!

    I read El Reg with an english accent - I can't imagine an American having the right tone for those ironic/sarcastic flavoured pieces that make the reg so distinctive(sorry, just my own brand of national typecasting). Goodness only knws what happens when I move to Wales. Will you do a In welsh please?

  282. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm not British or American, but I like the British feel of this site. And is definitely part of that, just as much as the dry humor and typically British terms.

    Just have .com redirect to, or if you absolutely must have differentiated content for the Yanks, give them a us. subdomain.



  283. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If .com = international, where's

    Years ago, I had a company named Purple Software in the US. When I went to try to register the domain, I found that a UK company was cybersquatting on it. The UK company did no business in the US - if they did, I could have sued them for trademark violation. Why were they allowed to register a .com? Stupid internet registrars! Either give us a, or don't allow foreign companies to register .com addresses.

  284. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I guess I must be having a dense moment here. As far as I can tell, at the moment (which is the url I use) presents the same page as - although I was under the impression that the .com url was somehow more geared towards the US but that doesn't seem to be the case.

    You're saying, whichever url you settle on, the other will still point to the same page.

    I fail to see a difference.

    Either way, I think people in the UK tend to habitually use the url and I assume yanks habitually use the .com so why not keep both anyway.

  285. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep it as it is

    The makes theregister different from other sites in that it has some kind of aura of quality to me. The .com tld is riddled with garbage, sites full of junk, but I haven't seen much junk on the domains that are under

  286. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    From the US -- doesn't matter, but stay proud

    Personally, every once in a great while I forget to type and type .com. I'm in the US. I'd say leave it as is, but it'd be nice to have redirect to, just for those mondays when I'm a bit of a clot. ;)

    Having the might well help you retain your strongly british flavor -- which I think is a major asset for El Reg.

    Frankly, with our Yank "journalists" doing everything they can to disgrace the term, I'd suggest you keep your British identity prominent. It helps us know we can find real news here -- even if occasionally we have to look up what dodgy, boffin, or punter means!

    Whatever you decide, don't change who you are!

  287. jurgen

    It's part of who you are.

    The thing that differentiates El Reg from the rest of the bunch is that instead of being modelled on "The New York Times" or "Wired" (the old-skool mag), you seem to be modelled on a classic London tabloid; it's the tone you use. That's what keeps me coming back. I know I will get the news, but I'll get it delivered in a similar way to how a mate would tell me in a pub, with a nod and a wink.

    Additionally, your audience is predominantly a tech-savvy one. We know the difference between and .com. In general, we're not marketing dweebs (no offence to any Reg Marketing Dweebs reading this...) er.... my point is, we know what a means, and we remember that. It helps your image as being distinct from the ZDNets of the world.

    So all that being said, put me down as a supporter. It's part of who you are. Like a pom who refuses to relinquish their accent after spending decades overseas, it becomes a charming aspect of your personality. You're doing great, just keep going.

  288. William Bronze badge

    Legal suicide

    If you went .com then people and companies would think you are American, and so file a lawsuit against you for any negative comments about them or their company. means you are British and so can get away with it because whining and moaning and irony are the nature of the Brits. It also means that there is no point in them phoning the lawyers because its actually solicitors they need and whole different set of laws..

  289. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I agree with the vast majority of the comments that you should keep just doesn't "feel right" and even though I've known of its existence for years, I still type the uk address. The UK bit is part of your brand and I'd personally be disappointed if you moved to .com - wouldn't be a dealbreaker, but I'd feel just that little bit less fond.

    Judging from the rest of the comments, you asked, and we've answered, pretty unambiguously : )

  290. Tom

    KEEP - show some pride, don't go .com because everyone does!

    I've actually bothered to register to post this, and it seems like most I think the should stay.

    go to the and it redirects you to, I feel the reg should be equally british!

  291. Terry Bernstein

    Seems to be a consensus here.

    I'll go with that too.

    .com sounds corporate megacorp American.

    It's for people who sell washing machines and cars

  292. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    PLease no com

    It will feel like the deterioration in the bits coming across the Atlantic will show up in the articles. (and smell fishy, although I do like fish and chips)

  293. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    By Harry and Saint George!

    Whoever suggested ".com" instead of "" ought to be shortened by a head! Tony Blair might grovel before deranged foreign emperors, but surely there are still some true sons and daughters of Britannia left?

    As I sit here in this outpost of empire, I can hear the savages south of the Great Lakes beating their war drums (".com!, .com!, .com!") whilst they sacrifice innocents to their idols of conformity and corporate strategy. Yet, knowing that somewhere in the world decency and civilisation still remains in the form of "" gives me the strength to hold my musket steady for another day.

    By God in heaven! Don't you know that General Sir Isaac Brock DIED his glorious death not far from where I sit so that the flag of "" might still wave over some corner of the world?

    Rule, rules the net!

    Britains never, never, never will make slaves!

  294. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hello, I'm an American and I've been reading the register off and on for many years... It was only a couple months ago I somehow stumbled upon the .com address and freaked out. At first I thought I was being phished, then I realised... "This is a news site, not my bank, even if I do spend more time here" or none, please.

  295. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    IMO keep the, there's nothing wrong with being British and being proud of it. I've never understood why USAians don't use the .us TLD more.

  296. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the thing is that you ARE a british site, giving a uniquely british slant on international tech news, and i don't thing you should change.

    bring on the sarcasm, maybe one day the americans will 'get it'

  297. Steven Walker

    What is broken?

    You have found a great solution but what problem is it solving? Leave well alone!


  298. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward Absolutely no question. Absolutely no question.

  299. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward



    You'll be wanting to chill your ale next :-/

  300. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's part of the identity of Vulture Central. It stays.

  301. John Stirling

    clearly .tv

    I think it's clear from the voting that you should move the whole thing to the island of Tuvalu, and use, and of course where you could stream video articles about internet television.

    Oh, all right.

  302. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    .com is easier to type

    I've been reading the reg since was the only option. I loved it when you started up since I'm not in the UK (not in the US either for that matter) and now I use though I think the content is much the same as I haven't looked in years....

    Go for .com - its the global tld and its easier to type.

  303. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


  304. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Tried sometime ago filtered .com, but keep coming to

    Voter from Germany.

  305. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'm more worried about the content then what it says in the address bar. I go to the Register for great UK IT news with that wonderful British dry wit. If I wanted news from a US source, I'd go elsewhere. Perhaps it's just me, but why does there need to be a seperate site for UK and US news? I'm fine with sifting through the articles that appeal to me. Let me choose which stories to avoid. For the record, I'm an American, and I don't care to be specifically pandered to.

  306. Alex

    It's obvious that you want to go .com and are scared it will alienate British readers.

    The thing is there is nothing wrong with, you are after all a uniquely British tech publication and for many that is the draw.

    It seems to me that if you brand yourselves as .com then inevitably that is exactly what you will become and something important will have been lost.

    On another point I think it is important to stand your ground and not give in to the American need for everything to be US branded.

  307. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I like the British slant on the site.

    Cheers, a Finn.

  308. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    has to be

    uk company so should have

  309. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This title intentionally left blank

    I've been an .au reader of El Reg for a few years now and think that with the general mannerisms of the articles (and the setting for BOFH, naturally) seeming to be from the UK then keeping the domain would be more appropriate ...

    I can't recall if your site already uses cookies, but perhaps a user-based filter mechanism such as the one Google uses for its news site might be useful? Allow the user to specify their preferred article slant, UK/US/International, then the domain doesn't matter at all ...

  310. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Register URL

    I use the .com URL, I get less news about London traffic there. It really doesn't matter to me, you can change it to for all I care. Google will find you shortly and then I'll be back!

  311. Nicholas Wright! and very proud!

    TheRegister is something us brits are proud of - keep it true!

  312. Chris Newby-Robson

    Keep the

    I have read The Register for a number of years and I am proud of the fact that it is a site. Reminds me that us Brits can still do a few things well :-)

    Keep it English I say!!!

  313. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward is your brand...

    ...don't go changing it! :-)

  314. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Canada calling. :-)

    I thought one of your very own countrymen had already sorted this out a few centuries ago. Will S. was his name, I believe, or was it Bacon?

    I'm pretty sure I used to get there at one time, but nowadays we have RSS that does that sort of stuff for us. I seldom look at address bars anymore. Good thing I don't browse with IE, I guess.

    It is the Twenty-first Century, yes, and the typical corp. does have to employ marketroids, I suppose, but you don't have to actually listen to them, for pity's sake!

    If The Register retains its character, I'll find some way to find you. I vote for, but whatever gets you rich would do as well.

  315. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I've used for years, both from the US (where I discovered the site) and from Canada (in the three years I spent working and living there.) I have links all over my site. I can see why you'd want to streamline operations on the back-end; but please don't break all my bookmarks. That's a hellofa lot of bookmarks you'd be breaking. (And that I'd have to fix. And I'm lazy.)

    I'm not wild about having a filter mechanism on the site, either (one based on whether I come in through or .com) Living in America, we get little enough news of the outside world. I'd rather not have another pipeline closed down...

  316. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't care from AUS

    From Australia, don't care if it is

    I would not care if you changed it to .com either. Do what you need to do.


  317. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    +1 for

    For reasons others have stated before.

  318. Mark


    The appeal of to me it its delicious British humour. It may be an internationally read site, but the content is dry, witty, tongue in cheek and all of the other things that .com isn't.

    Losing the in favour of .com would be like switching London Pride for Budweiser. Don't do it!

  319. Gary Alsop

    Yes and No

    In many ways I agree that in theory there is no difference, its just an address and the internet is a global domain for everyone and .com is a prime example. .com is always the first domain you try when you are feeling brave and can't be bothered to try a search engine.

    However on the other hand, I find it very annoying when I search for a UK based company with a .com address. Why? Well because its a UK based company, regardless or not if it has branches in other countries. Online shops are the worst example, I want to know its so it will be in pounds and I can be more sure the company is based in the UK, with a UK address.

    My advice, keep the its who you are.

  320. James Le Cuirot again!

    I too am proud of The Reg's origins. Stick with it.

  321. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Even as an American... > .com

  322. Fluffykins Silver badge

    .com? No chance

    Think for a moment what is behind the success of El Reg and contrast this with the best of US flavoured journals.

    The Register has a heady eclectic mix of the best in computing, technological and downright interesting news items, served with appropriate demeanour.

    The Register doesn't take itself too seriously. It is witty, to the point and well served.

    Compare that with the crass "Ge wizz, lookit this, Ge wizz, lookit that" approach so beloved of so many US magazine newssites.

    The Register is successful because of a - dare I say it in these PC times? - certain Britishness of flavour in understatement, wit and tongue very firmly in cheek.

    Nay sire. Stay true to your roots and thesecret of your success:, not .com

  323. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For good and bad, the UK press is well known for having a fairly unique way of presenting news so if you keep the domain then all readers should know what to expect and not have the sarcasm, irony and facetiousness go over their heads.

    That said, I suppose it's only a matter of time before some Empire apologist scrubs all 'uk' domains and switches us over to so hell yeah, switch to as soon as possible if not sooner before we all start riding bicycles in stripy jumpers wearing onions 'round our necks.

    The more I think about it, stuff the Internet, make every other website change to a .uk domain, especially ones written by a Spaniard. Mind you, that would put a lot of cash Pipex's way, and I can't say an honest word about them (without getting sued probably), so sod that for a game of soldiers. The sooner we all go the better as far as I'm concerned.

    All the best,

    A Typical Brit.

  324. Andrew Smith

    joining the chorus

    stick to your roots and keep the, have confidence in what got you here in the first place and stick with it.

    And besides would be very British and boffin and exactly what makes this site stand out from the rest.

  325. Steve Browne


    They already have Tony Bliar, they will get Gordon Brown (hopefully) but keep . means that proper English will be used and it is good to have a well known web site to support correct English spelling.

    I could go along with a too.

  326. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You could change it to anything you want but is in keeping with the manner that the most of the content is written and it hangs together well that way. - A Canadian

  327. graham bell

    Maintain the heritage

    What's wrong with the [.co.]UK heritage? [And I thought us Aussies were supposed to be the masters of the "cultural cringe"]

    I read El Reg, and have for years, BECAUSE of the pommy heritage - which means the tongue firmly in cheek, a healthly disrespect for authority, unquenched bemusement over the goings-on across the pond [different pond to ours in Oz, but same effect]. In summary, a good dose of reality in the unreal world of technology. Your slogan ["biting ...] says it all!!

    I sincerely fear that ditching the URL would dilute your distinctive in the IT world and inevitably cause a blending into the generic [ie US flavoured] networld.


    Unless, of course, you rellay covet THEREGISTER.COM.AU, which is currently squatted by a Mr Nicholas Vida [perhaps he's open to an offer], although is still up for grabs ...

  328. Steve

    Puzzled septics

    'In the long term' will we see that end of all those Britisms that make the site such compulsive reading? If not, it seems to make more sense to keep the if only to indicate to the colonials that they need to switch to real English mode for the duration. Yes, yes, I know many of the dears get confused anyway but at least the may persuade some of them that those portions of the globe outside the US are not all labeled "Here be dragons".

  329. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I agree that the British 'culture' of the website is an asset and I for one find it both reassuring and encouraging to see quality IT websites that are based here. Whilst it is not uncommon for British websites to use .com, it might make new visitors assume it is American and so diminish the appeal.

  330. Gregg Bond

    There is a

    However it specifically relates to business in the state of Colorado.

    .com was always supposed to be for commercial use however the growth of the Internet in the States far outstripped the commercial use anywhere else in the world, so they "just got there first"

    TBH arguing over the nationality of .com's isnt the problem, ICANN and its contracts with the US Dpt Of Commerce should be looked into more. I'd prefer if they farmed off that sort of thing to the ITU or something.

  331. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward, definately

    as Title!

  332. tim chubb

    wouldnt mind seeing a cooke island address as well...

    blaim nathan barley

  333. James Penketh

    How about... ?

    </trying to be funny>

    Leave it as

    It means more exercise for my fingers, and it puts them yanks in their place.

    *grumble* damn .com *moan* damn yankees *whinge* think they own the world *mumble* we'll show 'em *grumble*

    We should be proud of being British, despite what Blair, Brown & Co. are trying to do.

    == James Penketh ==

    *Born in Britain. Will die in Britain, unless someone decides that Britain's gonna take the US back, then I'll be on the front lines.* :D

  334. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing wrong with being British (well, almost nothing)

    Stick with, link .com to it for those in need of education. Don't pander to the yankee masses... too much.

    from all of us here in the Great White North, land of the mighty beaver.

  335. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You're already an internationally respected firm. The quality of your content, and the unique humour behind it, is what I love. The fact that your domain is a indicates to me that you've not lost touch with where you came from as a firm.

    I like the, and would be a little upset to see it shelved for a .com. Just because everyone else uses .com, doesn't mean that everyone has to!


    Cairns, Australia

  336. Tom

    Com is just better

    .com is just nicer and more memorable than, regardless of what country the actual site is from or based in

  337. Mark B appears regional: not smart branding-wise. consider The Economist mag.

    I am not a regular user but have come across the site on ocassion, if linked to from blogs etc. In fact I had to register to post this comment. So perhaps as an infrequent visitor, my take would be novel.

    The most typical scenario for my landing at theregister has been when I have gone through google news. When I see that it's, I figure it'll be some sort of regionally-specific view on whatever topic is at hand.

    Clearly this is not the case, and theregister is of value to any English speakers around the world.

    I think the best point of reference would be Economist magazine. UK based, but globally relevant. the .com in their URL is neutral... to anyone unfamiliar with the magazine, may have given the impression of being UK-specific, and may have negated millions of clickthroughs.

    Some may "whinge" (as y'all say up in them there parts) that dropping the is unpatriotic... foreign Anglophiles may suffer a loss of split-second masturbatory elitism... but at the end of the day I doubt pageviews will suffer from the switch.

    If it does nothing but to appear neutral and non-regional to potential new users, I'd say .com would provide nothing but upside.

    Best of luck

    Mark B

    Los Angeles

  338. Charles W.E. Johnson


    Regarding URL: I don't imagine that it makes a difference. It doesn't to me at least.

  339. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cry God for England, Harry and St. George

    Need you ask?

  340. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep .CO.UK

    Don't change - us "Yanks" can speel "" aas ezily as you "Brits" cun spul ".com" (most of us use bookmarks anyway!). Keep The Reg like it is and forget all that "Americanized" stuff. Some of us like Vulture Central to be uniquely non-American, and that's one of the reasons we come here.

    I appreciate the refreshing honesty of this site, and I especially like the wit and sarcasm you are famous for. You guys tell it like it is, and I like that! Trust the British to hold up a mirror to American companies and show the makeup smearing in the stage lights.

    Don't become a slave to the .com baloney, keep and your identity!

  341. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Personally, I am a big fan of the While its only a silly little thing when we get down to it, a few letters and nothing more, there's something about the sound to it,, it just sounds right.

    Now, put patriotism aside, I'm a Welshman living in scotland who spent a fair time in New Zealand, my patriotism doesn't come into it. However. The register is a UK based publication serving a global audience, as has been said several times. Even if you changed the URL it would come across as a british publication, thats impossible to avoid.

    Stick with, as someone said, .com is nuetral, and non regional, El Reg is a british publication serving the world. It should always be that way.

  342. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Outsource yourself...

    Move to China and change the url to http:// 记数器公司英国


    Been a US reader since before you had, didint know it was there until this article pointed it out. Leave the alone. No point messing around with it.

  343. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sick with

    Stick with the as I believe it distinguishes The Register as a definitive source by being British.


  344. Ben

    Don't spend any more time worrying..

    I was heavily involved in building a sport based website here in Australia. We had long discussions about calling it www.[oursite].com or www.[oursite] or both. We went with both, but the one that got all the hits was the one we used in advertising (.com). The other one only redirected to the .com anyway.

    This was a pre-thought to a new website, however you guys are well down the track, with a definite brand, which includes the if you change it now, it will have little to no impact on getting new visitors, or making current visitor think they are on a more global site. contrarily your articles have that UK feel to them, hence the fits with that. you've got international users because of that.

    Anyway, long story short keep it as it is, and conserve your efforts for more important business decisions, like giving readers free stuff for long boring comments to articles.

  345. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No seriously ...

    .. will the content change? I might be worried if I had to enter a .ru address, otherwise who cares!

  346. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward all the way is a kind of a brand, actually - these days it's important to be unique, so anything that helps to differentiate from the crowd is a good thing.

  347. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep It As IS

    I'm a US reader and i think it give the site little something that others dont' have. Have both but display is my opinion.

  348. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Had to happen one day

    I mean if the UK is going to follow them into pointless wars in the middle east and appoint Tony Blair Bush's official pet poodle anyway, -> .com had to happen one day.

  349. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    Be carefull, it's part of your brand! Just like your visual design or the vulture logo.

    If you get a .com url it will be a step towards the vast sea of the IT press mediocrity. All the losers and wags have .com

    You are unique! Companies spend millions to stand out.

    If you are an Aston Martin among Hyundais, don't chip a part of the great brand away to save one dot. Don't start chipping uniqueness away, it's the beginning of the end.

    Look around and you see examples of what gradualy became of successfull sites everywhere.

    If you were a niche player, being hard-pressed to become more mainstream to move out of that niche or die, well than it would make sense to become more ordinary.

    But you are not unknown niche player. You have nothing to fear, except becoming one.

    And finally, let me as an international reader and business owner ask you: What's wrong with being British?! Both culturally and as a brand?

    A reader since The Begining

    P.S. And the URL is not too bad, plus those who like you bookmark you anyway.

  350. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No need to emphasize British origins

    As an American (we don't refer to ourselves as "Yanks", sounds too much like touching your privates) who has been reading for years, I can assure you that we will have no trouble realizing that this site comes from the right-hand side of the Atlantic, no matter what the URL says. The colorful headlines are distinctly British, especially since you spell the word "colorful" in a colourful way.

    I think looks classier, hope you don't change it...

  351. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep it!

  352. Renald Loignon

    ".COM" is only "American" in the Americans' eyes

    Large numbers of ".com" domains are associated with parts of the world OTHER than the U.S. of A.. In my own case, living in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), I see many local businesses using the ".com" TLD. In fact, I have one such domain myself, in addition to a ".ca"...

    As others have pointed put, the ".us" CCTLD exists, though its use is insignificant compared to ".com", ".net", ".org" and others.

    All in all, feel free to choose one option or the other. As long as I can find you, I'll keep reading you, whatever the name and top level domain I have to type to get to you...

  353. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Might just as well switch to or some such

    Leave it with .com is so not-edgy.

    However, the vulture needs to be available in four hideous colours and with bigger hair.

  354. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    ".com" is too undifferentiated for a distinguished publication such as The Reg.

  355. Victor Vorski

    One more vote for

    The whole character of The Register is that it is British, with the British

    irreverent approach to journalism.

    .com has become a kind of characterless soup, it used to be cool 10 years

    ago, now its passe. says 'we're a British site', what does .com say? Nothing, perhaps beyond

    'we ain't got any better ideas where to be'.

    I see national TLDs becoming more and more favoured for companies

    which are proud of their heritage.

    Your long term fan,

    Victor Vorski

  356. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'm American and I've read The Register for years. If you changed from to .com, I don't think I'd ever be able to adjust. There's no harm in using a country specific URL.

  357. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Keep the extension; it's very much a part of the branding.

    I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said in the prior 350 comments, so I'll leave it at that.

  358. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Jumping on the bandwagon

    Leave it alone, I fear change !

    Seriously though keep the URL, changing it would be the 1st step before watering down the content !

  359. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please keep

    The Register's unique sense humour and occasional Britishisms would look _very_ out of place on a .com.

  360. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    I've been reading El Reg from the US since about 1999, and I value the humor, writing style, and other bits that make this place what it is.

    Keep it at

  361. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    as a long time aussie reader - keep it

  362. Daniel Ballado-Torres

    Keep the

    I have been reading El Reg for like 7 years now. (I found the site while searching for BOFH stories, so you'd bet exactly what is the thing I most check for). Even after came out, I still stick to, I like it better.

    I'm Mexican, and I *hate* sites that go .com "just because it looks more global" or worse: "it looks coooler d00d!!". I have mostly despised the .com, as it stands for .COMmercial sites, but many of them are anything but.

    I hate, for example, that the local telco company's site is, instead of , as well as one of the large banks ( instead of They do have the .mx domain, but it redirects to the .com one.

    I think the country TLD gives a nice branding on any site that uses it, and El Reg is a fine example. Oh, and I like much more British humor :)

  363. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The register provides fairly distinctive UK content and most of its stories do have a UK feel to them. Seems reasonable to stick with

  364. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it as is

    "Going American"?!? The way you folks write? The U.S. technology

    press doesn't deserve the honor. -- A Yank in Taiwan

  365. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward, natch! (as a Kiwi reader)

  366. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep as primary site

    If you're planning on offering 2 versions - international and uk content, then keep for uk specific content and use .com for the global content, with a simple link between at the top of the main page between both editions like do. A US edition if you ever wanted one would obviously use .us

    If you're just planning on one version just keep and redirect all .com to automatically

  367. Steven Knox

    Why do you currently need duplication?

    "Technically however this means we're already having to deal with an element of duplication in development and underlying machinery, and the duplication will tend to increase in the future with the introduction of more sites and services."

    Why? Why not have one set of servers answer to both base URLs with the same base content? I do it on Apache machines at home and IIS machines at work with no problems. As long as you setup the configuration properly, no redirection or duplication is necessary.

  368. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward; though would be silly

    I've been typing for years now (yeah - I TYPE it every time) and so I've gotten quite used to it. I've been reading the Reg all those years equally for tech news as for your very special Aside from habit and your writing style - also subtly implies a certain degree of sophistication - which is nice (which likely has more to do with the 'marketing' you mention than anything else).

    I doubt you'd change your writing style or become less sophisticated should you decide to go .com. None the less - my vote is on HOWEVER - if going means I will have to look at - then please don't do it. Cut your marketing losses and go .com . I'm sure I will get over it eventually...


  369. Tom

    If it ain't broke...

    ...don't fix it.

    Where else can we get the REAL IT news every day. The Register is vital to those of us here in sillycon valley.

    Did some BOFH write this article, or just have the idea. No, it must have been the boss trying to one up the rest. Never happen.

  370. Jeff - please! is an intergral part of the image of TheReg. Cheeky and bitingly sarcastic reporting that can only originate from a primarily British culture. .com isn't global- it's American and reeks of bland, CNN-ified pap.

    Even some of the US contributers to TheReg, try as they may, cannot match the UK based journalists for style or humour (the most flagrant examples of shoddy fact-checking and poor grammar seem to come from your US contributers).

    Keep it British!

    --An Aussie in Hong Kong.

  371. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    stick with

    Just because your URL isn't global doesn't mean your business isn't. Since the Reg is based in the UK, a URL makes perfect sense -- and you still reach out across the world.

    I see no need for a URL change. I've been reading the Reg for about 10 years now (from the US, and Japan -- where I live now), and haven't once looked at site because the whole idea of multiple domains for a single site just seemed silly to me.

  372. FatherStorm

    .com or

    Being one of those yanks, I still would likely perfer to keep typing even though I've known for a while the .com works. keep it as it is.

  373. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I think you should keep the current domain to preserve the originality and to show where you belong.

  374. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm a cultural snob - is best

    I'm an Australian who believes there is too much US centric comment (not to say US spelling) on the Internet, and looks to The Register to provide a more balanced IT viewpoint.

    The Register should be proud of its irreverent view of life, which is very much the traditional British way. I'd hate you to loose that for a more "International" feel, which becomes more American feel.

    British is better - why devalue your brand?

  375. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No. Not even in your dreams!

    I think you should preserve your British identity. It is perfectly fine with me as it is now (even though I am not a Brit)

  376. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    UK is important to Reg identity (as a Kiwi reader)

    For me, the fact it's UK is part of the appeal of the Reg. I find the humour and irreverent slant is VERY British, and what makes the Reg my favourite tech news site. Especially in the face of the sea of US content. Keep !

    Funny, I think I found the Reg through looking for BOFH also.

  377. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Resist blandness

    The world is awash with is-it-american-or-not dot com sites, and this site is 'culturally' British in tone so stick with If it ain't broke...

  378. Mark Simon, of course

    One of the best things about The Register is that it's not American. While I would normally encourage the .com tld as a global presence, I think the .uk highlights the charm and the integrity of the site to those of us in the rest of the world (ie Australia).

  379. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Closed Minded American

    Keep the!!!!! I come to this site to get a British point of view, just like I do with many other sites and countries. Just because I'm American doesn't mean I have become to lazy to type a few additional characters. Plus, my bookmark doesn't really care.

    Continue with the Brand and continue with the articles and leave Gore out of it!!!! LOL

  380. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Go to dot net

    I don't think anyone in the ISP business would begrudge you "". It is top level, not so obviously US centred as ".com" and makes as global a statement as anyone could ask for.

    Tom Fuegi.

    (who can't be bothered with logging in right now).

  381. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    .com rules the world...

    But it really doesn't matter.

  382. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    please no silly US site

    Please leave the domain

    As a non english nor us reader of your side, I really would prefer you would leave the domain a uk domain. I would not read the register as regulary as now, if it would be one of those arrogant US news sides with reporters who are always forgetting, that many of their readers (as most people in the world) aren't US citizens and aren not sharing their views. Ever seen a US citizen in a foreign country which has tried to speak in the country native language or even to think about that people living in the country they are currently visiting could not understand them if they are talking fast in their US slang? I never.

    Currently I can cleary differentiate between your uk and us reporters just by the style they are writting. E.g your US reporters (as almost all US writters) always are thinking that everyone in the world knows that the small city named "bla" is located in state "blo" in the US, so they are just talking about "bla" without mentioning "blo" or even the US. The same happens for people like politicans and such.

    And last but not least, no US side will ever have that uk esprit with that special british humor as cultivated in the Vulture Central.

    So you should keep the uk-brand, even if more and more us-reporters are writing articles. This way, they will be reminded that they are writting for a non US news site (with non US readers).

  383. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I dont care if you keep the .com as long as you dont geolocate and force the "filtered" version upon those of us accessing from the states.

    I personally like some of the UK centric news, and as an american I think that removing that removes part of the charm. While we in the states are not currently dealing with ring of steel and mandatory citizenship papers protecting us from . It is nice to have a heads up on what maybe coming our way, and its always nice to know we are not alone in having stupid politicians.

    I personally believe that the adds to you branding, so stop listening to those damn wale song cds.

  384. Darkwolf

    simple solution

    Simple solution would be to just decide on one, set it as a primary domain, then set all others as parked domains.

    This gives you the benefit of being able to use either to locate the site, then in the url it would show or .com depending on what the user went to. Of course this means you would need to stop making the links url specific (use /folder/link rather then

  385. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    fewer dots, use .com

    even though I've read you guys for years, and I didn't care about the ever, objectively, it's just that much more obscure, so if you're going to use one, use the simplest one, .com

  386. Ole Juul

    keep ... you'll be glad you did

    From Canada.

    You're right, the dot com is sooo American. I love the

    British character of this site even though it is clearly

    including the intenational view. The BBC is seen as

    both international AND British, you too can be both.

    Keep the character. As time goes by, the net will need

    these distinguishing ideosyncracies. You wouldn't change

    the spelling of Worchester would you?

  387. Shane Lusby

    Ive never had a problem with the extension as an American. And I can tell you based on a lot of our media I honestly am a bit more likely to trust info coming from The Reg with that .uk at the end. And if thats the case for an American I figure its even truer for other parts of the world.

  388. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Use both (see below) <->

    There is no reason not to use both as the webserver will quite happily serve the same pages as a whole number of domains.

  389. Simon Harvey

    Vote for - and - make .com global and not american!

    Need to keep The yanks generally don't understand our sarcastic humour. Need to give them a clue.

    If you fancy starting up and want to give me a job, I'm up for that. Already live there.

  390. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Please leave it; it shows its parentage.

  391. umacf24

    Don't confuse foreigners with .com

    A .com news site communicates a reasonable expectation of bland treatments, Columbia-scale fact checking, and no filtering of boring stories. gives fair warning of snideness, unfair bias, sensation-seeking, focus on what's important, intermittent wild unreliability and sarcasm. Stick with what you know.

  392. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep .uk

    We had exactly the same conversation at my company recently. We are an established brand (in fact is part of of brand) and finally managed to secure the .com version last year. We asked our customers, most, but by no means all of whom are UK-based whether we should keep or swap to .com. The resounding answer was keep

    As a media organisation, I would think that having a UK identity is a distinct advantage.

  393. Angus Lidstone

    Stick with

    I like the fact that you have as part of the address. Makes it obvious that it is a British website. Not that it would really make a diff to me if you changed the address. If you dropped the brit slang/humor and language idiosyncrasies I would be disappointed however.

  394. Nathan Williams

    Another American that can type

    Personally, I'd miss the It's part of the site's identity.

  395. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    My initial reaction was that you should keep I've been using this URL for years and I think it's cool. But if you decide to go with .com, that's fine too I guess.

  396. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    For a web based company, changing your url is basically rebranding. Rebranding is never smart.

  397. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It ain't broke.....

    El Reg has such a strong brand people just know it as It's a proven site and as others outside the UK have said it adds an extra bit of sizzle to it.

  398. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    stay with

    Switching to .com would be embracing blandness.

  399. Anthony Bathgate allows me to feel like an elitist bastard. I like that.

    Frankly, I vote for

    Not that the DoD is likely to go along with that, though.

  400. David

    Well done to whoever wades through all this lot! 385 comments at the time of writing..

    Anyway. As a yankee-hating Kiwi (well not quite, the people are nice if a little ... let's just say "simple", but the government and the corporations that rule the government are a bunch of [multiple expletives deleted], and a Reg fan from the day you guys took over hosting the BOFH, I say "" all the way.

  401. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's not broken

    Both the and .com routes work, so leave it alone. It isn't broken, so leave it alone!

    There are no user grounds for changing it. I can only suspect that someone in marketing feels that .com will attract more business. Rubbish! Success will attract business and you are already successful.

  402. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I mean, why go with everyone else?

  403. Stuart Vine

    Don't rebrand

    Being a UK brand is part of your image, it also signals (or possibly warns) readers that there may be the odd moment of British humour on the site.

  404. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward is how I know theregister

    Well, if I have to switch to .com, what can I do but is how I got to know and how I still prefer to access theregister.

    When .com was launched, I tried for a while to use that but then again as I said is how I know theregister.

  405. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    flawed surveys

    yeah, so you've established that people who want are more likely to leave a comment here. Now what? Interpret as you see fit... pretend you consulted people :)

  406. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please keep it British!

    This is what makes it attractive to me... the is certainly part of that!

  407. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    start afresh

    personally, I don't think you're either a .com or a

    set yourself up as (with and, you're an online magazine in effect, nothing to do with earthly locations (or thats how I see it)

  408. Rob Holmes!

    Please keep the extension. Its nice for everyone who comes along to know that all the funny / informative articles they are reading are coming from a British source, instead of some androgynous, nationality-free entity. all the way!

  409. jim parker


    leave it as is.

  410. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's part of what The Register is... it's something in the tech world that has a was started in the UK so keep it please!

  411. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But is too nearly a pun gone wrong - scans better

    And for us Brits, if you'd be so kind.

  412. Chuckster


    As most have mentioned, keep it as it. Be proud of your heritage, and sod the yanks! :o)

  413. Scowners

    So are you saying that makes you look bad?

    Does it really matter what the extention is? Do you think people think less of your publication because its on a extention? Do you think you will be taken more seriously with a .com?

  414. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward for teh Win!!!11111oneeleven

    readers in america should get :P

  415. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    .com = Corporate blandness, at least still has a little quaintness attached to it, every business on earth seems to want an American .com address. Buck the trend and stay British!! (hmm.... it's .uk so maybe that should be "stay Kingdomish!"

  416. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The branding is good

    I'd say the should be kept. It takes a lot to get a brand together and respected, something you have done very well, so any 'rebranding' normally comes over as either 'too much money/not enough sense' or 'we are in sooo much trouble'. (plus it means I don't have to remember the new url (-: )

  417. Matthew

    Got to stay British!

    I've been a loyal Reg fan for donkey's years - and value its Britishness. It tells the world to expect the correct spelling (it was our language first after all), British humour, and those world-famous Grauniad-style typographical errors.

    To go all dotcom on us doesn't really matter, I suppose, but even if not percieved as American, it will stop you being seen as definitively British. That would be a shame.

  418. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Because .com doesn't mean anything anymore.

  419. devloop for t3h win !!

    I'm a french reader and I'd like you to keep the ext

    Too much .com on the web and we don't know who they are...

  420. bluesxman

  421. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Keep the .uk URL

  422. Dexter Berlekey

    Drop the .com

    Seriously, why do you want to drop the British identity, I can't help thinking that there is the possibility of losing the sarcasm if you switch to .com. Plus there is the risk of the language changing to novo Americana.


  423. GettinSadda

    Keep, but allow personalisation

    I think you should keep, but there are an increasing number of stories covering an expanding field of interests. There are also a number of people that complain that story X or story Y has no place in elReg.

    Maybe the solution is to allow visitors to set preferences about which stories are included. US specific stories, UK specific stories, non-IT politics, funnies, etc.

    When a user with no cookie arrives, maybe a default set of stories could be presented depending on their geo IP, with a clear option to change the selection.

    Whatever the solution chosen... keep up the good work!

  424. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the and show you're proud to be British!

  425. Chris Handley

    Proud to be British

    Everyone already knows the address, even the international user base, so why change it ?

    We should be proud the the Reg is British and the reflects that !!

  426. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick With!

    I agree with the majority here that this started as a UK site, and you should be proud to still show off your Britishness!

  427. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do I detect the faintest sound of whalesong?

    Stick with


  428. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please stay true to your roots! The Register would lose a good part of what makes it stand out from the rest, if it were to drop part of its British identity.

  429. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More American leads to being more American

    In addition to the various other reasons (warning yanks of Britishness, branding, history, national pride) that others have covered I should point out that the more you act as an American (or World) site the more the tendency to fit those norms will be felt even if there is otherwise an intention to remain British.

  430. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think it's part of El Reg heritage, and since you are indeed so large, helps flag to the new reader that you're not a US-based operation.

    or maybe naaaaaaah

  431. Dave - why hide the fact that it's a British success?

    Keep the site British. Why should we Brits be the only people on the planet to hide their national identity?

  432. Dax Farrer

    Hmmm anyone ??

    Seriously guys, don't get caught up in your own boutique re-branding. Que whale song, dim lights, start making shapes to the M$ surface.

  433. Stuart johnson please!

    Please dont go .com. I share the sentiments of the movement here!


  434. Robert Postill

    UK URL for UK Content

    For me I love that the Reg is partisan (in a geographic sense) so I think it would be just cracking if you could flag stories by our US brethren under a .com URL and UK stories under the URL. If that's not too much bother :)

  435. Chris Elvidge

    Re: Keep both and point them at one place?

    "where the users IP is parsed and you then send them to the relevent edition" does this - and assumes I read Arabic 'cos I live in the UAE.


  436. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The domain name

    Leave it as

  437. Ben Parr-Ferris

    How on earth could you persuade all those American correspondents that they are the mis-spellers if you adopt a domain that everyone sees as an American one? It might not be intended to be, but let's face facts, if it has .com at the end, the site can't spell and thinks "foreign" means another US state. it should stay, until they come up with .blighty anyway.

  438. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Really, do so. Although .com is supposed to be international, there is a widespread feeling that it is american. Stay please - you are a uk site, and should be proud of that (plus it might inform those sadly shortsighted readers that there is a world beyond us borders).

  439. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    .com is seen as being UK sites and UK sites alone

    .com is seen as being somewhat US but also being international.

    Point being, that if you use the site will be seen as being a UK site with UK content and users from other countries may skip over the site without looking any further than the URL. If you go with .com, users will not brand the site immediately and may even give the site a fair go

  440. Stephen Gazard and .com redirects there

    Americans are fond of britishness, but some may not want to type the, so just point .com as a redirect to

    Keep the britishness

  441. Danny

    British Site

    British Brand

    Keep it British all the way is the only option

  442. Brutus

    Carry on Carrion

    If you haven't got the message yet, then you might as well change to .com!

  443. Richard Hebert


    It's part of it's mysterious charm ..

    Exotic URL's should be kept for their poetic license too.

    Become a .com and become one of " them "

    I say the is a definite keeper.

  444. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    just keep

    The Register is a strong brand name and the is a part of that in my opinion.

  445. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    UK journalism is different - keep the flag

    1) If the Guardian can also accidentally build a non-UK readership with a red ensign flying, the Register should keep its URL. Be what you are. Let's aim to make Mr Orlowski the first of a watery stampede of staff and readers across the Atlantic.

    2) A different aspect, but a worthwhile one: culturally, US journalism is full of pompous statements about ethics and stolid fact-checking allied with a deeply partisan world-view. El Reg has a less self-important mix of gossip, lese-majeste, facts, scepticism, insight and independence of judgment. The UK aspect is a part of the brand.

  446. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


  447. Mike Norton


    stick with the - it might just be blind patriotism, but i jsut type and it doesn't *feel* right. Plus, we're always marginalised (as an example) - Be proud of your heritage.

  448. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    co uk in my opinion

    I think the URL does give an important hint as to the origin/content which will be missing with a .com URL. In my mind (probably because i've been around for a while and remember when most of Arpanet was US oriented and kremvax was joke) .com is associated with the USA, not international.

    So, keep, .com brands you as transtlantic.

  449. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This German would prefer it to stay

  450. Harold Short

    I Prefer

    I reminds me you are British, which I like.

  451. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't Change.

    Keep it as it is.

  452. Iain

    And for God's sake, please don't try to be clever with redirection based on IP. The wonders of company proxy servers mean I look like I'm coming in from the US when that's not the case.

  453. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please favor

    I have been a reader from the U.S. for many years, and I wholeheartedly prefer '' '.com' is just too generic, cold and soulless. And it appears from the comments that the vast majority of everyone above, including the people on this side of the pond, agree. Please don't characterize this as something Americans would want. Far from it. We love the Reg just the way it is.

    Also, redirecting '.com' to '' would cause '' to be recorded in the browser history, thus training the browser, and eventually the unschooled viewer, in the proper way of addressing this august publication.


  454. Colin Jackson

    The is part of the brand, and a valued part. Keep it as it is if it makes little difference technically. The tone of the site would have to change subtly if it weren't explicitly a UK site. Non-UK visitors know they're going to get a site with British overtones as things stand. If it weren't explcitly a UK site, then the tone would hae to become more international or risk confusing drop-in readers.

  455. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    It's you, it's me, it 99.9% of the previous posters. How much more convincing do you need..?

    .CO.UK. (bring it on!)

  456. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Too many comments to read them all... I may have missed this suggestion already.

    How about as an alternative?

    Mike, Nottingham

  457. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    As many other posters have said - this is IT news with a British slant - the Brits appreciate it for that and so do the Americans - so keep the British slant throughout the site with

  458. Andy

    Surely the answer is simple...

    Don't bother *asking* anybody what they like. Just take a wheelbarrow of cash to your nearest Strategy Boutique, pop the champagne and bray like upper class ninnies on cocaine.

    Sounds like fun.

  459. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward please

    Well as .com is for American companies with being for UK companies, and The Register is a UK publication, I persoanlly think that is the correct domain.

  460. Stu

    .COM for business sense

    I'm all for keeping it British, but if I were to set up a site, I'd make damn sure I'd have dot com in place as well as co uk.

    It makes sense from a business perspective, for the extra reach -

    Simply put a small forwarder index.html / htm / default.asp / index.php etc on the COM site that redirects the viewer to the CO.UK site. You can also get it to process the fed in url so any page on the site can be redirected to the page on the CO.UK domain (shows co uk on everybodys browser even if they put in .com).

    Eeeeeverybody wiiiiins.

  461. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ...easily theregister.CO.UK please,

    The yanks could have

    and this content in the US section should be limited to short sentences containing single-syllable words, to suit their intellect.

    "Point-of-difference" should remain, Marketing 101


  462. Phil

    Keep the empire

    Definitely keep And we want articles by Ashlee Vance in Bognor.

  463. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    veddy veddy BRITISH....

    ....or UK-ish. We here in the Colonies like it the way it is.

  464. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There's such a lack of decent sites nowadays as it is imho. Be a shame to go lower the number even further.

  465. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    S*d the yanks

    And give them some more spelling lessons as well.

  466. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Probably not important

    You might say I'm stuck in my ways but a hoover is a hoover not a vacuum cleaner or a dyson, hence the reg will always be I would be hard for me to type anything else.

    But you say "No links would be broken, and typing either would still work" so it wouldn't matter which way you turn, I could still type and be happy.

    However, if you were to start saying "Howdy" and "sidewalk" well then I may just have to come round with a <strike>baseball</strike> cricket bat.


  467. Kris Fowler

    I'm in the UK but I'm no foaming at the mouth patriot. With that said i am a sentimental sod and I just feel the reg wouldn't be the same as a .com. Stick with, its got you this far!

  468. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward is the way to go!

    I am in South Africa - but the Reg has always been a British institution (maybe some of the journos SHOULD be in an institution, but thats another issue)

    Please keep, and redirect from .com when necessary. Also keep the correct way of spelling certain words (like colour)!

  469. John A Fotheringham

    Coding efficiency

    If you changed it to .com wouldn't you need to start adding those <irony> tags everywhere?

    The does this more succinctly :-)

  470. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Split El-Reg personalities...

    I would vote for one site ( If there are two, there is always the temptation to split content for different audiences (maybe not now, but what management will El Reg have in the future?); much of what is written is relevant in the IT world to an international audience, even if people from foreign-land don't understand the jokes.

    Let there be one site - one site to rule them all.

  471. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    no doubts about it.

  472. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Vote for

    The much better reflects the idiosyncratic nature of the Reg's writers. If you officially switched to .com, I'd be worried the unique British perspective and sense of humor might disappear.

  473. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Your irreverence, your pith, your wit and your mirth-inducing use of British language is excellent, and should remain clearly identifiable as British. get my vote without a shadow of a doubt!

    Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah!

  474. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it as it is

    If those few Murcans who can read are using the site, they're probably also amongst the 0.01% of septics who are clever enough to type rather than assuming it's a .com site.

    Just to help them along the way though maybe keep the .com as a redirect to the

  475. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keep the

    if you move to com, you might as well start using that stupid american spelling as well.

  476. Chris Cheale

    Domain forwarding?

    If part of the problem is a divergence in the codebase, why not have 1 codebase being pointed at by several domains - keep both AND .com (any any others you like) and point them at the same set of files?

    Hell - you just need to define a variable based on user settings/domain and use that to pull whatever the hell you like out of the database. Different sets of stories for available in both English and French - hell write a multi-lingual, multi-themed codebase and you can use as many domains as you like, all delivering different stories in different languages (and even looking quite different) ALL FROM ONE SINGLE CODEBASE.

  477. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it

    A reminder of your roots

  478. CharleyBoy

    The is not just a domain name

    The is not just a domain name it is also an indicator that the site is British. this may sound obvious but is an American visited a site an came across a huge bunch of nasty colloquialisms then the is a clear sign that these are intended. If theregister dropped the then I think there would be pressure to make the articles, or at least more of the language used in them "one-size-fits-all".

    Personally, I think the Americans should get more practice in reading language that isn't exactly what they are used to. I used to work at a University in the North-West of England and was always surprised by the American students who would turn their nose-up and complain when things were not couched in language they were familiar with (often easy to work out from context). The attitude was rarely, "What does that mean? Oh, right, I'll remember that.", but, "What! If your not going to speak so that I understand then you won't believe the fuss I going to kick up. Speak Am-er-ican!".

    Anyway. I vote to keep it

  479. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    From my seat in the worldwide shareholder's meeting it looks as though is the winner.

    If the management decide to drop it I suggest we sack the lot.

    PS I'm not really a shareholder, it's just that after all these years I feel like one.

    Yours DT at a and proud of it.

  480. Siobhan Caughey


    As a sporadic reader who's not British or American & doesn't live in Britain or America, I'd rather see To a certain extend .com is synonymous with the US & there's no point in you feeling obliged to change your style just because you've changed your address.

  481. Sean Aaron

    I don't see a need to change it...

    It's got a lot of UK/EU news on it; if the content's not changing then why should the URL? If you're mainly based in the UK, keep using

  482. John Brock

    What is your URL? Really?

    I just tried, it redirects me to the site. So where's the problem. Do you really want to be or .con? (Not a typo)

    Is it necessary to join the pack? Why not stay independent?

    I have appreciated your wit, humour and insight for many years. Reading the BOFH on Fridays has been a tradition here in SA for several years. Keep up the good work and fix the oddities in RSS pages. Like <cite></cite> and the blank spot in the middle of the text body.

  483. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I really don't think our US cousins will desert El Reg because it's not a .com site. And as for international companies should have top level domains, yes, ok, that is a valid point, so get the .com and redirect to is as much branding as domain address. Like

  484. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A vote for

    You have created such a great site that is very British. reflects this great heritage - don't mess with it! is fine for the US version.

    us.thregister might be popular for some websites but it looks stupid and is unnecessary.

    Even if you created additional international versions (in English) I would continue to read the uk version, as I do for the BBC site.

    theregister is where I go to see the IT world through UK tinted glasses.

    Keep up the good work.

  485. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I don't really mind either way. As long as I can still type in in the address bar, if it redirects me to .com and from then on everying is .com that's fine by me.

  486. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Annoy everyone

    Go with, but for every country in which you have a presence add a prefix: (I'm British!)


    Also, do the regionalisation thing where (no www!) adds the appropriate prefix and then allow the user to change the version as they see fit when in the site (like the bbc uk / international thing).

    Keep up the top work.

  487. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We never had a .uk boom and bust

    Lets leave it as El Reg would not be the same as a .con (whoops ..)

  488. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'm neither American nor British, but I do think that there are far too many bullsh*t dotcoms out there. is definitely part of The Vulture brand, and is no problem to me. The idea that anyone could be offended/annoyed by having to type a country specific URL is ridiculous, and you surely don't want that type of reader ;-)

    I would also like to see you maintain the *correct* use of the English language (colour, neighbour etc...) . Anyway, the most important thing is to maintain the quality journalism, don't dumb down the content to the lowest common denominator, and don't sell out to the marketroids!

    Keep up the good work,

    James in Ireland.

  489. Steve

    Use both?

    Why can't you just map both domain names to the same virtual server and codebase and use the requested domain name as a means of applying internationalisation/internationalization?

  490. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I can understand why you want to use a .com. If someone says 'go visit The Register' most people would automatically type .com. I'm guilty of this myself, however I love it when I get redirected to a Gives me a sense of pride and you definitely get a different and tangible feeling from using a UK-centric site. That's probably all in my head, but it keeps me happy anyhoo!

    I say keep the branding as and run a .com address that simply redirects to the URL. Show people the error of their .com ways!

    If you want to use sub-domains for different editions then allow the user to select an edition manually and jump them to or Keep the choice in a cookie for automatic redirection the next time they visit, however always give them the opportunity to change their preference at any time.

    Just my 2 pence worth.

  491. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You pose the problem perfectly - .com is *not* in truth international, but American.

    I take pride in the fact that the U.K. can punch above it's weight in the global I.T. community, and moving to .com would ( incorrectly ) indicate to many that this is yet another U.S. site. I was starting to wonder myself recently, when so many articles refer to U.S. law as "here".

    It's reassuring to see proper use of regional URLs, and I for one would be sad to see El Reg go .com.

    P.S. I've only posted anonymously 'cos I'm too lazy to Register.. *8-)

    Phil, Leeds, U.K.

  492. Dai Kiwi

    I'm another Kiwi who found the Reg after a search for the BOFH - probably 5 years ago or more. Quickly discovered the vs .com url, and have used it since.

    I reckon its integral to your identity.

    Regardless of the truth of it, muppets@world+dog immediately associate .com with the US. Just stick a redirect from .com to the 'real' site. They'll work it out... eventually.

  493. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Keep Anyone can be a .com, but only something as British as the Register can really be a .uk. This from an American, BTW.

  494. BobApril

    American Anglophiles

    Perhaps you aren't fully aware of how many Anglophiles are on the western side of the pond - especially in the more technically-minded circles. Nearly any Monty Python sketch or movie scene can be quoted at length by American SysAdmins - and often is. Old BBC comedies are the most popular shows on our PBS channels. We love British culture. Far from being a problem, the should actually be a selling point here in the U.S.

    Besides, Simon might get annoyed if you changed it...and none of us want the BOFH annoyed.

  495. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the co! (.uk)

    'nuff said (by others). Keep it British, and proudly so. (Not sure why that is important per se, but an obscure organ that no doctor can find is telling me that it is...)

  496. Phil Vickers

    It's part of the brand

  497. Steven Davison

    Personally, I use the address bar to signify where a webpage comes from, or who it relates to...

    I see as routed in England, and therfore has more useful news about the UK.

    also, if i wanted to read about whats happening in the US, i'd use .com....

    I like the way it is... having a sub-domain seems, to me at least, like a secondary area to a site, which I'm sure that neither side like. (Nimby)

    I consider The Register to be an international organisation, with 2 websites.

    Perhaps would be the suitable 'gobal' address?

  498. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The current setup works, methinks

    I like the setup the way it is now. If you want the real reg, you type If you want the americanized version, you type .com. What more do you need?

    If it works, don't fix it.

  499. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Don't go changing for the sake of changing. is where it's at.

  500. Rhys Parsons

    localisation algorithm (keeping -

    check localisation header: if it matches an el reg localisation, re-direct to that ( or, if not display an international version (

    that makes .com both international and national without assuming it's US-specific and keeps the British stamp of excellence (

  501. Craig


    hehe I just entered and it popped up with...

    I like that, you should do that to.

  502. tom carbert-allen

    dis-appointed you even asked! UK all the way

    What happened to the reg? You haven't hired some sort of marketing team have you? Cos i'm with Bill Hicks on that topic, they are all evil! (just like your Logowatch feature suggests)

    I also CAN'T BELIEVE you suggested that this would reduce your management overhead either. Are you some sort of noob that does any of this stuff manually? If you had a properly scripted system to run the lot it would surely be a one off cost?

    You really have dis-appointed me with this amatuer approach to a simple issue that many hobyists have solved by them selves years ago. Surely behind the scenes there is nothing more than some templates, database of articles with atributes which shows on which template on which domain?

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  504. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Best of both worlds

    Can't you alias both names to same site so that the name would make no difference? Then you could register and some others too and have a really wide presence, theregister-wise.

    I don't mean a simple site forward but true aliasing of the same content to different domains, this should be doable. Or just having two different frontend websites with same layouts pulling content from the same backend database.

    Or simply revising the way you update your content and have it saved into two sites instead of just one.

    Automate, that's what computers are for!

  505. Chris Duncan

    Has to be

    The Register is a uk news site. It may serve the whole world via the internet, but that is no reason to give the site an American address (even if a lot of the world doesn't know any better).

    Keep British spelling! PLEASE!

    Having sounds fine to me - perhaps it would make other companies think about their address (yes, I know it's not likely!).

  506. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Leave it at is.

    The brief attempt at a us-only brand failed a few years back as I recall. Even when it was available, I preferred the version.

    Don't screw with success -- remember "New Coke"

  507. Steve Sutton

    Something to lose (but only a little)

    IMHO, el reg would lose a little something if it dropped the And that would be a shame.

  508. Euan Brodie

    Keep it as it please

    Its your name, and its just fine the way it is.

    Just like Post boxes should be red, and that you should be able to still sleep in Phone Boxes if caught without your keys on a drunken evening thats a British thing and should be retained! all the way ;O)

  509. Craig Scott

    Put me in for ''

    Yeah, I know that people mindlessly type .com. Hell, I do. Mind you, that's probably not the best statistical sampling. No matter...

    The point has been well-made that, by reinforcing The Register's Britishness, people get a heads-up that British expressions and humour are going to be here, so brace yourselves! Even though I'm a Canuck, I've still had to look up a few Reg terms, but that's a small price to pay for the unique perspective with which The Reg blesses us.

    I'm not real fond of my name. Sure, I could change it, but it is who people know me as, and it is a part of me. In the immortal words of Popeye, "I yam what I yam..."

  510. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stick with

    I would definately prefer that you stick with, although I have to confess that I find it hard to justify why...

  511. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward for me for me

  512. Simon Westerby

    Its a conspricy - I see the black helicopters circling ...

    Is this just another US conspiracy to get rid of the letter U from everyday use.

    (but of course that would result in a new .co.k domain which looks a bit too rude!)

    Keep and be proud of your letter U !

  513. Colin Millar

    A cut above the rest

    I would never have started reading the Reg if it had a .com as I would have assumed another bland US pseudo-news publication regurgitating manufacturers blurb as real news. isn't an absolute indicator of anything but .com is almost guaranteed to be focused on sales.

  514. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Branding Kerfuffle's

    What is it with brands this week? First the olympic debarcle, then you lot...


  515. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    leave it be

    As a faithful US reader, I tried the .com version when you first fired it up a few years ago. Frankly, I thought the US-specific articles were, well, boring. I switched back to the version and never looked back. I join the majority of the comment=posters and say leave it well enough alone. Heck, it even makes me feel more l33t when I bring it up in front of other people. Guess that's kindof sad, really...

  516. steev

    innit. Or are you suffering burger envy?

  517. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Adding my £0.0100903

    The Register is a British publication that just happens to have a global readership. Keep the, I'd be sad to see it change.

    Oh, and keep to british spelling... I'm still contemplating sueing microsoft for the spelling of colour in QBasic... took me ages to relearn the correct spelling of colour.

    (I'm dyslexic and find remembering programming keywords easyer than words to go in a sentence)

  518. Ben Lee

    definitely go for the but redirect the .com

    I have always been confused about what the difference is between the .com and sites was so it might be worth clarifying if there is any difference between the content. (I also had issues understanding why has such a different look about it & if I should be reading it as well or if all the stories appear on the main reg page.).

  519. bambi


    Can you imagine what BOFH would say......

    .com? fuck off!

  520. Jayne Samuel-Walker

    Stick with - vive le difference

  521. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Actually you've got no choice

    It has to be, because anything else means you can't refer to "us" and "them" anymore.

  522. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep it as i recon. Keep it british. .com does seem more american, despite it being a 'global' domain

  523. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward all the way

    The Reg is funny, irreverent, teasing, hilarious... and inherently british, from the puns to the jokes to the content.

    I know that IT is really international, but in this case The Reg truly has a passport from Her Majesty's Service. Don't ditch it. It worked for Bond, dinnit?

  524. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You're a British firm offering an international service. There is no truly international domain suffix, whereas there is a truly British one. So use it!

  525. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    From the US

    Been reading the site for years - keep the - it's just wouldn't be the same!

  526. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Leave it

    At times it exhibits a dry sense of humour and irony that seems uniquely British. I dont think the rest of the world would really care which you chose, but a number of Brits would object to it being .com.

    So on balance - leave it at

  527. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do whatever earns you more money

    Because in the end no-one will really care. Simple forwarding to .com will ensure no-one suffers any inconvenience

  528. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Change it to

    Just joking

  529. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Strategy Boutique?

    (cups ear)

    Can anyone else hear whalesong?

    But seriously, its awfully nice of you chaps to be garnering public opinion in this way.

    If only LOCOG had done the same for the 2012 abomination.



  530. Ron Luther

    God Save All Your Queens Are Belong To Us!

    Somebody should send your bloody 'internationale' marketing department up the bomb!

    Next thing you know we'll be reading about a tech company going out of "business" instead of going titsup!


    This Texan prefers that you stay as British in URL as you are in attitude.

  531. WeeDom

    leave it....

    Why change it? It works fine the way it is.

    If it must be changed, I'd be looking at redirecting everything to You're a UK based operation, which is part of your USP. Be proud of that.

    If you change it to, then you're almost hiding that USP. A mistake, I think

  532. Steve-SCB

    Keep the you're not just another .com

    As a UK Citizen, I'm proud that the register is British. You should keep the, your British heritage is surely one of the foundations of the unique Register editorial style.

  533. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    USA user : loves the

    I've been visiting ElReg for years now, first was hooked on the BoFH series, but now I depend on this site for tech news and other fun bits that make my day bearable at work.

  534. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

    This is one of the finest and funniest IT publications around and provides a refreshing non-U.S. centric POV. Please maintain your identity.

  535. Dom

    Not Invented Here syndrome

    Joel Spolsky said "that American businesses had NO problem dealing with British providers" did he? Well that's cobblers. In fact a number of British high-tech companies have ended up establishing a "Global Headquarters" somewhere in the US, whilst all the R&D and 90% of everything else goes on in the UK, so that they can overcome NIH syndrome.

    Oh, and keep it

  536. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have always preferred locational domain names; it puts things into context. You present tech news from a uniquely British perspective, and without the, it may be confusing to some of the...lesser intellectuals with whom I associate.

    I have occasionally sent links to some of my friends, who were confused by the use of slang, or by the fact that the US was presented in third person (aren't all web sites in the US? after all everyone else is just an underdeveloped country, right?). I have been able to clear up their confusion just by pointing out the URL.

    "See, no, it's from the UK....yes, the UK has internet....Yes, the UK has computers..."

    Honestly, it's enough to get me depressed...

  537. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's a UK web site. It should have a URL.

  538. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Have you put this through the Harding FPA test?


    Have you put the text '' through the Harding FPA epilepsy machine test?

    It is triggering all sorts, best stay with

  539. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    .COM for 2 reasons:

    .COM is seen as international, not just American. The sun never sets on .COM

    .COM is 2 letters shorter, you could save hundreds of bytes of disk space by going .com


  540. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do you trust ICAAN and their cousin from the netherworld Verisign? I don't; neither should you. And I am an American.

    The ambiance is better drinking a pint while reading

  541. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Really now...

    Seriously, noone cares. You're not channel four, don't be worried about offending anyone.

  542. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's the issue?

    Not too sure why you're agonising (with an 's') over this one. For a start, why does .com become, de facto, from the USA? But more importantly, the signifies where you come from, not necessarily the target audience you seek. Of course, if you want to bow down to the pressures of pleasing any narrow-minded reader from the States who will only read it "coz it's home-grown" (1. do you really want to pander to these when there are so many who are rational and open minded and 2. we're back to the .com == USA argument above). Get over your vanity, get over the identity pressures, take pride in your heritage and go forward as you are, not how you think you ought to be in other people's eyes.

  543. Ole Juul

    Show where you're comming from

    it gives an international flavour.

    Besides... dot com is for sissies.

  544. Rhys

    All Aboard the Boffin Express.

    el reg is a British site, British humour, british spelling (or it damn well ought to be), british sniping at politics rather than fawning over US assholes in the white house.

    Besides which the BOFH is london based... if you shift to .com he's going to have to blow up most of homeland security in order to manage to smuggle his loot into the states for his new job, ( that sounds good, bunch of paranoid officious airport assholes), and probably end up hacking the budweiser factory computer controlled brewing system to get a good lager.

  545. Fabrizio Marana


    .com would make my life easier: not when I'm using my own pc, but I would be happier on any other machine... And who cares about the UK angle anyway? (As long as you keep the British humour...)



  546. Steve or the puppy gets it.

    dEaR tHeReGistER !

    i h4Ve kiDnappED a11 oV yR p3tS, bWaHAHAHAHaaaHHA !

    iF yoU iS nOt r3ta4inG teh d0m41N, THE PUPPIES WILL DIE!!!!!!!!

    a1s0, i wi11 be to DoS yR 3VIL .com SICKNESS w1v mY b4d4ss KiLLer 4rmY of z0mBieeeez!!!!!


  547. Dai Kiwi

    mmmmmmm ... puppies

    Re: By Steve " or the puppy gets it."

    Posted Friday 8th June 2007 10:07 GMT

    Are the puppies in a nice black-bean sauce?

    Its late, dinner's on my mind...

    For the rest, my opinion was best put by the person who wrote -

    "The Register is a British publication that just happens to have a global readership."

  548. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why tamper with perfection?

  549. eris23

    uk is good to me

    Whether "uk" or "com", as long as the vulture flies high I don't care where my news is coming from...

  550. sas

    Another me too! I wasn't going to bother posting since I agree with nearly everyone else in voting for, but decided to just in case you do a Blair.

  551. Oli Beaumont

    uk, OK?

    PLEASE keep the Really. If it weren't such a great site I wouldn't care, but Britishness seems to be an integral part of The Reg - don't lose it!

  552. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    El Reg is decidedly British, both in coverage and in sense of the absurd. Cover global news, by all means, but don't drop the British identity, or you risk changing the essential character of El Reg., anyone? I know, what Canadian IT news? :P

  553. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's British. It should say so and be proud.

  554. David Flanders

    You could always add ...

    But that would probably be a step too far

  555. srvr

    Keep .CO.UK

    Your made in Britain and should be proud of it. Journalism is one of industries the UK is respected for above other Countries. This enhances your credibility world wide, gives a feeling of quality and demostrates your not prepared to compromise you indentity to commerical pressure.

    You abandon .CO.UK you abandon Vulture Heritage and that will harm your brand.

  556. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm from Canada and I only ever read Keep up the good work!

  557. alexander Knight

    seems to me that you were seeking some, erm, sycophancy...

  558. Kim Rymer

    What dot?

    You've done fine so far, singing from the .uk hymnsheet. Why change it?

    I feel resentful that we have to put our country in our urls, but the Amercans don't. It was of course, deliberate. We got in first with postage, so we're the only country in the world that doesn't put the country name on stamps. The Americans must have been resenting that for the last 150 years.

  559. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't care

    Really, it's the great content that matters...

  560. Dai Kiwi

    mmmmmmm ... puppies

    Re: By Steve " or the puppy gets it."

    Posted Friday 8th June 2007 10:07 GMT

    Are the puppies in a nice black-bean sauce?

    Its late, dinner's on my mind...

    For the rest, my opinion was best put by the person who wrote -

    "The Register is a British publication that just happens to have a global readership."

  561. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    com is for l-US-ers

    As long as you don't start wearing ten-gallon hats and driving humvees to your line-dancing class I couldn't care. You have a double-barreled site name "the-reg" seems right to have a double-barreled "co-uk" ending. But you have international readership and journalism so I see the case for change -- what happened to the USreg ? If that's getting all the traffic then change, or leave it; basically I'd like to firmly declare my apathy.

  562. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do what? every time for me. We're in the UK, you're in the UK, I want the rest of the world to know that the UK has the very bestest interwebsites!

    But wait...

    I've been using Wizz RSS for ages now with Reg...that's how I got to this story. But hang on a cotton-picking-. Click on a story and it takes me to the .com domain! Boo...

  563. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Another Canuck here. I am with the majority.

    I have been a reader since long before the .com version,and feel comfort in typing in the English addy.

  564. Peter Hunt

    It is important

    It is important and it does matter. I think domains are more trustable than any other and I believe it makes good sense for the register to display its origins. This from a man lumbered with a .biz domain. I spend a fair portion of my time tweaking spam filters for small businesses. I regularly block .cz, .ru, .ng etc. So I for one would be happy for teh register to remain

  565. Andrew Inggs

    Just one site:

    Please just have one site:

    I think the real problem here is your decision to have multiple sites. A few days ago I clicked on a link from the main page and got a 404 -- it turned out the link pointed to, but the article was actually on As a second data point, it seems clear from the comments that not everyone knows that and have different content. If you want subsites, either use cookies, or make the links hackable:,, etc.

    Long time reader from South Africa

  566. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the

    Stop it, it's not natural!

  567. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Leave as is please!

    It's a great site. I love it. A NYC comp expert friend reads it daily. Fab humour - don't change a thing.

  568. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What's next - a for all us Aussies with a compulsive reflex to add .au to each URL? I don't expect it and I don't want it.

    There are enough bloody US-centric sites around without a perfectly good UK site paying lipservice to their sensitivities.


  569. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Title, why change it.

  570. Alan Ferris

    God Save The Queen

    Stay British, it's important to remind our American colleagues that there are one or two countries outside of their own

  571. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If an American can't type in anything other than .com and can't figure out how to use Google to get to the site then they are unworthy of the BOFH and other Reg greatness. Hell, I'm American and I've figured it out.

  572. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    An air of unbiased BBC-ishness lends an air of credibility-by-association. Over here we look to the east side of the pond for reportage that's not quite as parochial as it is in the US. If you went .com you'd become Just Another Voice (yawn).

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