Monday, July 2, 2012

The .WIKI Top-Level Domain

What is the purpose/mission of this proposed, .WIKI generic Top-Level Domain?

Wiki websites are a growing phenomenon on the Internet and an innovative, easy-to-use peer-production method of creating and presenting information.
They are generally open and editable and often community-driven; furthermore, individual wikis and the wiki platform are in constant flux in much the same way that the Internet as a whole is in flux.
Wikis, like the broader Internet, are repositories of information that depend on each individual user to create value; they are meeting points and revolutionary ways to share ideas and knowledge; and they are both set to be expanded through the implementation of ICANN’s New gTLD Program, and a .wiki TLD specifically.
  • The .wiki TLD will be an open TLD with wholesale pricing higher than currently available gTLDs;
  • The TLD will be targeted at subject matter wikis;
  • .WIKI will have an open registration policy targeted at wiki owners who use wikis;
  • .WIKI TLD will bring greater attention and market success to all kinds of wikis;
  • There will be no proof of legitimacy required for registration although we will encourage that the domains utilize wiki software.
Operating rules
  • Standard Sunrise Period reserved for those entities with appropriate IP and Trademark claims, which we anticipate to last about 3 months;
  • Landrush Period that will be open to the public, and which will last a few weeks to a month;
  • At the conclusion of each period we will hold closed auctions for the domains that have been applied for by more than one party;
  • We reserve the right to create a list of domain names within our .wiki TLD to be set aside and then sold or auctioned off to interested parties.

Read the complete application details here.

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