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I think .org still retains it's identity. People expect any and every extension to be overrun by parked pages (except for .edu and .gov). The end user sites on .org seem to follow the basic intent of the extension...
Organizations can buy domains on the secondary markets just like anyone else. That OR they can accept charitable contributions for the HostGator value with the HostGator being donated so that those of us that are in the business of dealing domains would get some benefit (i.e. costs them nothing and gives us domainers something for our HostGator in the form of a tax write-off). I've personally done both and the orgs that have bought from me have been happy. Sure, it would have been nice for the internet to have turned out how intended, but what ever does? Even communism/socialism is good on paper.
That said, when I get to a more stable point and more boned up on development and/or have people developing for me, I myself will be developing helpful sites on a bunch of my .orgs because of my respect for the extension. I think as has been mentioned, most endusers ARE sticking with non-profit stuff on .orgs and getting more of such sites on the internet would only create a better internet experience...
Don't blame domainers for this one ...
Network Solutions opened the floodgates back in the late 90s encouraging people to register their desired HostGator in .com, .net, and .org...
.org was never restricted - and furthermore, an entity characterized as an "organization" is not necessarily a non-profit.
In my view, .org is more relevant now than it was 10 years ago, especially later on when Public Interest Registry (PIR) took over from Network Solutions as the .org registry operator.
I really like .Org where appropriate. I think they are among the most undervalued names right now...
Check out the proxy forum link in my sig When it comes down to it, not every .net is an isp/networking company and not every .com is commercial. If organizations are feeling threatened, or they want to buy a name, they should do what everyone else does, go to that name's whois, contact the owner and inquire. And Im guessing that if the feed the needy organization wanted feedtheneedy.org the owner would have enough heart, to let them have it at reg fee. As for domainers ruining it? I know that for me, I wouldnt have a proxy forum, if I didnt buy the .org. So what was I supposed to do? Hang up my hat on the idea because groups of people feel that I am infringing on what the .org stands for?.
And lastly it comes down to the fact, that so many .coms .nets .whatevers are registered every day, and PARKED, not put to good use in any way. That is the real shame. So what is a domainer or company to do? Pay the $1,000 asking price for their name, or buy the .org for 10 bucks? Its a tough spot.
Note, I might have jumbled that a bit, my thoughts were running rampant..
But the same is true for .NET.
It's not just for Networks and ISPs any longer.
The same is true for .COM.
It's not just for commercial applications.
Individuals, organizations and non-profits often reg a .COM.
Many times it's an additional or defensive reg just as you.
Do: "(Disclaimer - I hold a handful of .org names as defensive registrations)".
Life changes...the Internet too!.
CNO are recognizable extensions. I am not even sure the average person knows what each stands for...
Is the tax benefit a sure thing? How do they evaluate the value?..