Why doesn’t the main domain switch from dev.lemmy.ml to lemmy.ml or www.lemmy.ml ? I understand, that it’s supposed to indicate being a dev environment. But you should keep in mind, to change the domain before the community gains popularity and more people join. In this case, it will stick to the domain dev.lemmy.ml.

Please consider this user wish

Yours rr

Dessalines
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31Y

When federation is mostly working, this’ll switch over from lemmy.ml to just lemmy.ml . Its okay that growth is mostly testers and people having fun rather than exploding at this stage too.

How is federation going by the way? Is there a log of what has and hasn’t been implemented?

Dessalines
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admin
41Y

Its being worked on, here’s the issue on github.

@AgreeableLandscape
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1Y

Just a thought, but you should also think about registering lemmy.com, because if someone hears of a website called “Lemmy” without knowing the domain, they’ll likely instinctively try the .com of the name. You mentioned that you dislike the fact that most domains cost money, but unfortunately a weird domain will probably affect the discovery rates of a website, and we all want Lemmy to be discovered.

It looks like that lemmy.com is available, so I would recommend getting it if it’s not too expensive. You could even start a crowdfunding between the contributors and Lemmy early adopters.

Interesting that the .ml part is clearly a distinctive part of the name for me. So I remember both the Lemmy and the .ml as those were like, say, a name and a surname. The same is true for many, for example, Mastodon instances, you know, the official one is not a .com one.

Dessalines
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admin
21Y

Godaddy says lemmy.com is $72k.

.ml or strange domains don’t bother me, the entire domain name system is a scam IMO. I’d rather any donations go towards us two devs.

The other thing is that this eventually this should be many smaller federated instances, rather than relying too heavily on a main instance.

Godaddy says lemmy.com is $72k.

Wow. Whoever owns that domain is a dick.

@wraptile
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1Y

That’s a common development philosphy - to have preproduction software on a subdomain. Often it’s staging or dev etc. etc. Once Lemmy is ready you can just redirect back to lemmy.ml - not an issue really. Though I agree with you that it would be nicer to drop it or at least have lemmy.ml redirect to lemmy.ml.

I’m more curious about .ml top level domain which is domain for Mali - a country in africa? Is it because it the cheapest one because I really fail to find any connection here :person shrugging:

@randomrhino
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41Y

.ml TLD is freely accessible. They have the ideology to offer anyone who want’s to have a domain for free. It’s the only country in Africa so far which does this. It’s an amazing service. Especially for CS students and hobbyists who love publishing some of their side projects without having to pay a fee for a domain.

@elfio
11Y

I didn’t know this! Thank you!

Dessalines
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admin
11Y

This is right. I have no idea why certain domains are considered “legitimate”, while others aren’t. Esp now since domain names aren’t even where things are hosted anyway.

There is zero reason to pay for a domain.

@wraptile
banned
21Y

I mean looks are a reason to pay for a domain - isn’t that the whole point? Secondary reason is of course that top level domains act as sort of categories. i.e. if you end up on .es domain that’s a website that is targeted to spanish region.

When I first saw .ml I thought it has something to do with Machine Learning :person shrugging:

Dessalines
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admin
21Y

The entire domain name system is a scam IMO.

@wraptile
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21Y

I kinda agree with you but it’s a scarce resource so it has to be managed somehow. It’s already abused by “domain parkers” etc. imagine if every domain would be free - the only option you’d have would be lemmy-873hbbxams.com.

It’s probably one of few cases where blockchain solution would be an ideal fit.

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