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I had an idea the other day... you know how there are now several different web suffixes (.com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .mu etc)... I was thinking that maybe the BBC could register '.bbc' as a suffix, and therefore their websites would be
www.(name).bbc instead of www.bbc.co.uk/(name) - for example:
Programmes - www.smile.bbc, www.twopints.bbc
Departments - www.comedy.bbc, www.weather.bbc
Channels - www.news24.bbc, www.radio1.bbc

Would this work? Any suggestions/problems/ideas?
Jakarta539 posts since 26 Jan 2003
Hey! You are stealing my thoughts!

It is quite possible since the suffixes are being expanded to include such things as .info, but whether or not the BBC could get .bbc or not is another matter. Although it is a good idea I think once one company or organisation was granted a suffix then everyone would want one.

What would the homepage address be? www.bbc.bbc?
Chris J665 posts since 4 Jan 2003
www.bbc, I guess.

It's a nice idea, but NOMINET, or whoever's actually in charge of creating Domain Extentions, wouldn't allow it. If they allowed one company to do it, they'd have to allow everyone to do it, as Jakarta said. It's not that easy anyway, I think all new extentions have to be accepted by some type of committee. Imagine how long that would take if they allowed every company to do it.
Pete9,045 posts since 18 Jun 2001
Well it depends on what domain you want.

If you want .bbc.uk (as in nhs.uk, mod.uk and police.uk) then it's up to nominet as they run the .uk tld (top level domain). Top level domains are run by IANA and ICANN, ICANN have a bigger penis than IANA and always boss them around.

Now if the reallocation of the .iq tld from a convicted criminal to the Iraqi govt is anything to go by it would take *YEARS* to get this new one through.

Plus as has been said, if they got it, everyone would want it.
Mr-Stabby2,746 posts since 4 Feb 2004
i don't think it would be possible, as browser companies would have to incorporate these new domain names into their software. Even the new .shop .chat and the other new.net domain names don't work on some machines still, the only way they worked was installing an actual program to make them work, or waiting for the new release of internet explorer to come out or something.

I think the main reason they don't work is because browsers are only designed to accept the proper addresses, i think its set so if you type it in wrong it comes up with an error saying you've typed it in wrong. So domain names such as www.bbc would come up with an error, and that would be very hard to change i'm sure.
BBC TV Centre3,110 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Mr-Stabby posted:
i don't think it would be possible, as browser companies would have to incorporate these new domain names into their software. Even the new .shop .chat and the other new.net domain names don't work on some machines still, the only way they worked was installing an actual program to make them work, or waiting for the new release of internet explorer to come out or something.


I don't think those were 'accepted' by the people who control the internet, hence the requirement to have some stupid browser plugin.

Such 'strange' name domains do exist. For example, museums have the .museum domain .... National Gallery, London
Pete9,045 posts since 18 Jun 2001
er no Stabby, it's nothing to do with the browsers. Browsers are set up to ask the DNS server what www.bbc means in IP terms. The if it comes back blank it tried www.bbc.com bbc.net and stuff.

Like *I just said* it's to do with IANA/ICANN who run the internet.