.geek.nz second level domain

Proposal to create a new Second Level Domain - ".geek.nz"

Published at 06:00 05 December 2002

Proposal received from Dean Pemberton for the creation of a new second level domain .geek.nz. Proposal received from Dean Pemberton on 28 August 2002, for the creation of a new second level domain .geek.nz.

THE GEEKS OF NEW ZEALAND

Overview

New Zealand is a country striving to become one of the technological elite. It does, however, suffer from a problem which sees some of it's brightest people leaving its shores. Geeks do not feel that they are taken seriously in New Zealand, allowances should be made to accommodate them.

Presently the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System has not addressed the geek needs of New Zealand. Geeks have been forced to register vanity names under such headings as .com, .gen or .net. This does not allow the Geeks of New Zealand to fully express themselves and oppresses their cultural expression. The majority of the Internet infrastructure in New Zealand was created by these Geeks, yet they are still grossly underrepresented when it comes to the existing domain structure. Some could argue that a small effort was made in the past with the <.gen.nz> domain. This may have been the case in the early days of the Internet. Now however the scope of <.gen.nz> has changed, and does not allow the geeks in NZ to fully express a culture that they are extremely proud of.

Qualifying Criteria 

Main Principles for Registration of Second Level Domain Names InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD Manager, has defined the criteria for second level domain names. The criteria as follows

1. There is a clear common interest shared by the entities that would reside within the domain - i.e. there exists a community of interest.
2. Communities of interest do not overlap, so far as is practicable.
3. The domain name clearly indicates or describes the nature of the community of interest.
4. The community of interest is certain of continued existence. These requirements are addressed in the following sections.

Principle One: Community of Interest 

We envisage that the creation of geek.nz will foster awareness of New Zealand in international Geek culture, and in making Geeks around the world more aware of how Geek friendly New Zealand is, thus encouraging immigration of Geeks to New Zealand, furthering the Knowledge Economy, and importing both intellectual and fiscal capital.

The creation of <.geek.nz> as a second level domain will serve as a focal point for this worthwhile group, allowing Geeks to express their cultural uniqueness and individuality via the Internet. We believe that geek culture crosses all boundaries, ignoring race, gender, geography and religion.

We are applying for <.geek.nz> on behalf of all current and future
New Zealand Geeks.

Principle Two: No Overlapping of Communities of Interest.

It could be said that <.gen.nz> is a suitable domain for people to make vanity domains under the current structure. This was certainly true for the early days of the New Zealand Internet. This, however, was only true because geeks were by and large the only participants in the early Internet.

Now that the growth of the Internet in New Zealand has expanded to include every possible group, the <.gen.nz> domain is no longer sufficient to describe the Geek community. We are not asking for anything new. We are merely asking that an oversight be corrected. It is easy to see that the original geeks who pioneered the New Zealand Domain Name System, would not have expected wide spread use of the system. If they had, then they may have included .geek.nz at the outset of the system. The <geek.nz> domain will be widely used by individuals and organisations, and we predict that it will be a popular domain name

Principle Three: Degree of Descriptiveness 

The New Hacker Dictionary defines 'geek' as follows

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geek[n] A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves - and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard hacker' as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed.
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"geek" is the way that Geeks describe themselves, and it is the way they are described by others, the world over. We make the point, that this proposal represents a people asking InternetNZ to help them claim their right to name themselves. 'geek' is a generic term like 'bank' or 'shop' and is not a trademark nor does it imply endorsement of any commercial organisation.

Principle Four: Certainty of continued existence

It can be guaranteed that there will always be a demand for the <.geek.nz> domain name, as long as there is an Internet with a Domain Name System, there will be Geeks to support it. To question the continued existence of a Geek population in New Zealand is to question the future existence of the New Zealand Internet as a whole. Geeks are an integral part of the New Zealand Internet Geeks are involved in every level of the Internet in New Zealand.

The current 2nd Level domain policy has very little regard to the this fact. The closest current match (.gen) is so broad as to give no indication as to the specific nature of the Geek culture. This is not a fair representation of a group which provides most of the expertise for the smooth running of the Internet in New Zealand.

Conclusion 

The Geeks of New Zealand believe that there is a strong case to be made for a <.geek.nz> second level domain name and that it meets the key requirements as set out by InternetNZ. The <.geek.nz> domain would be unmoderated. We also see no issue with running the RFD for this application being run at the same time as .bank.nz. We would request that the RFD start right away and be for the 60 day period of time.

 

VOTE on .GEEK.nz PROPOSAL

Published at 16:07 17 February 2003

InternetNZ, through the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner, invites intersted people to participate in an online poll on the proposal to create a new second level domain - ".geek.nz". More details available...InternetNZ, through the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner, invites interested people to participate in an online poll on the proposal to create a new second level domain - geek.nz.

The details of the application can be found at /story/30058-30-1.html and it is being considered based on the current Second Level Domains Policy. This policy can be read at /content/second_level_domains.pdf.

Voting for this application will start February 18 2003 at 23:59 and close at March 4 2003 at 23:59.

The application must receive at least 200 votes and at least 70% support for it to enter the next phase which is a formal submission process. This vote will not determine if .geek.nz is implemented, only to see if it has wide enough support for it to continue in the approval process.

Voting is available via a website or email and details of voting can be found at http://www.internetnz.net.nz/dns/2nd-level-domains/2ld030304-voting_details.html .

Please note - to be able to vote you have to have a valid email address and a New Zealand postal address. The NZ postal address should be such that mail sent to that address would be expected to reach the voter. There are no other restrictions on who can vote.

Any missing information on the ballot will result in the ballot being ruled invalid. Please check to make sure all the required information is included on your ballot.

Voting opens online at http://vote.internetnz.net.nz at 23:59 on 18 February and goes through to 23:59 on 4 March 2003.

Any inquiries should be sent to the Voting Officer at vote-help@internetnz.net.nz

 

Straw Vote Results - .geek.nz

Published at 16:31 07 March 2003

The straw poll for the creation of the new second level domain '.geek.nz' was overwhelmingly in favour of its creation. Over 1,000 votes were cast with the result being

956 FOR
103 AGAINST
6 ABSTAIN

There were a few invalid votes, due to the voter listing an international address, however given the large majority of votes in favour these invalid votes had no impact on the outcome.

The result of the straw vote means that the application to create '.geek.nz' can proceed to the submission stage. More information will be provided on this shortly.

 

Request for Submissions for geek.nz Application

Published at 16:44 29 April 2003

InternetNZ, through the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner, is calling for formal submissions regarding the request for a new second level domain name of geek.nz. More information available.InternetNZ, through the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner, is calling for formal submissions regarding the request for a new second level domain name of geek.nz. Submissions received by InternetNZ will be one of the aspects that InternetNZ will use to determine if this application will be approved.

Anyone who is interested in sending a submission is encouraged to read the application that can be found at /story/30058-30-1.html.

Submission requirements

Anyone can present a submission on this application. Submissions are encouraged that document the author(s) opinions regarding the merits of this application, as well as the consequences, if any, of this application being approved or declined. Submissions are not restricted to individuals but can be from companies, groups etc.

For a submission to be acceptable it must be electronic and include the name of the author and any person or group that they are representing. Contact details also need to be provided and these will need to include a day-time contact number and postal address. Anonymous submissions will be disregarded.

All submissions received will be placed on this page of the DNC website. Contact details and address will be removed but the author(s) name will be listed.

Where to send submissions

Submissions are to be sent to 2ldsubmission@dnc.org.nz.

Submissions can be made in any electronic format. Submissions will be put up on the DNC website in PDF format.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on April 29, 2003. All submissions can be accessed from this story as they are placed online.

For information on the policy governing the creation of a new second level domain see /content/second_level_domains.pdf.

Submissions Received:

The following are listed in the order of submissions received, with the most recent submission at the top of the list. The linked documents are in .pdf format.

Lin Nah - 29 April 2003

Catherine Doran - 29 April 2003

Dean Pemberton - 29 April 2003

Ewen McNeill - 27 April 2003

John S Russell- 23 April 2003

Ian Halliday - 17 April 2003

Vik Olliver - 03 April 2003

Edward Yardley - 02 April 2003

Gavin Lambert - 02 April 2003

Gordon Findlay - 31 March 2003

 

Final Request for Submissions for .geek.nz Proposal

Published at 09:57 23 June 2003

At its May 2003 meeting the Council of InternetNZ unanimously approved in principle the creation of a new second level domain (2LD) - '.geek.nz'.

InternetNZ is now calling for formal submissions regarding the implementation of .geek.nz. Submissions received by the Domain Name Commissioner of InternetNZ will be one of the aspects that InternetNZ will use to determine if this application will receive final approval.

Anyone who is interested in sending a submission is encouraged to read the application, which can be found at:

/story/30058-30-1.html

Submissions from the previous stage of the approval process can be found at:

/story/30107-30-1.html

Submission requirements

Anyone can present a submission on this stage of the application. Submissions documenting the author(s) opinions are encouraged regarding any implementation issues in relation to this proposal. Submissions are not restricted to individuals but can be from companies, groups etc. Anyone who is interested in making submission is invited to review the variety of solutions ICANN utilised when creating seven new TLDs in late 2000 at http://www.icann.org/tlds/

For a submission to be acceptable it must be electronic and include the name of the author and any person or group that they are representing. Contact details also need to be provided and these will need to include a day-time contact number and postal address. Anonymous submissions will be disregarded.

All submissions received will be placed on this page of the DNC website. Contact details and address will be removed but the author(s) name will be listed.

 

Where to send submissions 

Submissions are to be sent to 2ldsubmission@dnc.org.nz.

Submissions can be made in any electronic format. Submissions will be put up on the DNC website in PDF format.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 20 June 2003. All submissions can be accessed from this story as they are placed online.

For information on the policy governing the creation of a new second level domain see /content/second_level_domains.pdf

Next steps

The final decision will be made at the InternetNZ council meeting of Friday 4 July 2003 after a review of any submissions received by the Domain Name Commissioner.

Submissions Received:

Submissions received are listed in the order received, with the most recent submission at the top of the list. The linked documents are in .pdf format.

Joe Abley, Dean Pemberton, Andy Linton - 20 June 2003

Nigel Isaacs - 20 June 2003

Peter Belt - 10 June 2003

Laurence Zwimpfer - 03 June 2003