back to article Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

The top-level domain .sucks will launch later this month, sparking a fresh round of controversy over what is rapidly becoming the most notorious internet registry. Even before the current owner, Vox Populi, won the rights to run all .sucks domains in an auction – paying an estimated $3m for the pleasure – the domain was the …

  1. Graham Marsden

    So shall we save up for...

    ... ?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    $10 for regular domains?!

    Wow, I love it. How did this ever survive the ICANN gTLD dispute gauntlet? Oh yeah, ICANN wants the money.

  3. Jamie Jones Silver badge

    Someone should register the British version...


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Someone should register the British version...





      1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

        I prefer .estmerde

        Sometimes you just have to go with the elegance of French.

  4. Jamie Jones Silver badge

    No-one here is surprised...

    This short of shit is the tip of the iceberg.

    What about .reallysuck, .really-sucks .sucks-big-time etc.etc.

    Another more important thing....


    ping android

    at the command line.. Something I noticed when I'd forgotten that I'd changed the name of one of my devices to something less generic...


    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: No-one here is surprised...

      Isn't that just highlighting the fact your network is trying to resolve a name it doesn't understand based on a previous assumption that a locally invented TLD doesn't exist in the real world of the interwebs?

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      2. Jamie Jones Silver badge

        Re: No-one here is surprised...

        No. This isn't about pseudo top level domains, but the way hostnames can be represented dotless within their local domain.

        Using the "domain" or "search" commands within /etc/resolv.conf to add the domain name automatically to dotless host names is a well established mechanism, and has been the default on UNIX systems since forever.

        From resolv.conf(5):


        • Local domain name. Most queries for names within this domain can use short names relative to the local domain. If no domain entry is present, the domain is determined from the local host name returned by gethostname(3); the domain part is taken to be everything after the first ‘.’. Finally, if the host name does not contain a domain part, the root domain is assumed.


        • Search list for host-name lookup. The search list is normally determined from the local domain name; by default, it contains only the local domain name. This may be changed by listing the desired domain search path following the search keyword with spaces or tabs separating the names. Most resolver queries will be attempted using each component of the search path in turn until a match is found. Note that this process may be slow and will generate a lot of network traffic if the servers for the listed domains are not local, and that queries will time out if no server is available for one of the domains.

        The issue isn't so much the new domains as such, more the practice of allowing dotless domains (I.e. the top level) resolve A/AAAA/MX records.

        A study was done, and it was determined that this shouldn't happen. However, ICANN rejected that proposal.

        Paul Vixie on the subject:

        And here is the SSAC recommendation

        Also see:

  5. Mage Silver badge


    The new money grabbing TLDs should be boycotted by all ISPs and other DNS operators.

    Unlike IPs, there is NO Reason to add extra TLDs. Even ,biz and .info etc were dubious ideas.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Are they blocking,, These seem more entertaining not to mention a trojan horse to find "terrorists".

    1. David 132 Silver badge


      If this is about "free speech", will they be allowing...

      But on a lighter note, I want

      1. Velv


        How dare you mock the sacred.

        Clearly it is the spaghetti that gets sucked

  7. Ole Juul

    Walmart still has a chance

    . . . it seems almost quaint that there would be an area of the internet in which large corporations do not have overweening power.

    Surely they won't prevent Walmart from getting

  8. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
    Paris Hilton


    Couldn't resist.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Ahem

      Ah... you beat a bunch of us to it....have an upvote.

      In a related sense, we can't say since rocket engines blow....

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If is taken, you'll just have to take it to the next level... perhaps.

    In all seriousness, this tld is going to suck. What are the chances that the first person to register a domain is going to be a good critic of said thing?

  10. Suricou Raven

    Will Dyson be the first to apply for a subdomain?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Maybe, but it won't be...

      I don't know what happened to the first version of this reply...I know I wasn't drunk.

  11. Captain DaFt

    So should I be saving my shekels to register

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, save up the whopping 41 shekels you'd need.

  12. Zarno Bronze badge

    So when do we see... rear it's head?

  13. skeptical i

    dibs on ''

    and I'll rent out subdomains for a, ahem, reasonable consideration.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      Re: dibs on ''

      You should register,, and don't forget

  14. fearnothing

    So what's to stop Ford from registering "" ?

  15. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    I'm sorry?

    "is no longer purely a pejorative term"?

    When was it ever? Is this some leftpondian aberration of the lanquage?

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  16. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    There's no problem

    The "brand names" don't need to protectively register their names. They just need to monitor what happens on any .sucks domains and the sue the arse of any and every libellous comment.

    Despite all the fun we are having in this comment section, the legal ramifications of running any .sucks domain are frightening. Can you afford to be in court for the rest of your life just because in the litigants opinion something is libellous? It might take years and a lot of money before a judge decides in your favour. *if* you win.

  17. Steve Kerr

    I heard that

    Why not go for the catch all

  18. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    What about pump makers?

    Shouldn't they own ?

    And if you don't like them would you have to register ?

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