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    I legitimately don’t understand why a private equity firm would want to do this unless they had some kind of a plan to allow the PIR to make more money than it makes today. Have they stated what they plan to change? If not, how in the world can anyone just trust them blindly?

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      I think the idea is that they will jack up the prices.

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        There really isn’t any other way to make money off of this is there? I mean, abusing the power to do something stupid will just end up in .org losing the trust and reputation it has and everyone would flee the platform.

        The sketchy thing will be the legal stuff like they point out in point 4:

        What mechanisms does PIR currently have in place to implement measures to protect free speech and other rights of domain holders under its revised contract, and will those mechanisms change in any way with the transfer of ownership and control? In particular, how will PIR handle requests from government actors?

        That’s where we might see the most change as Ethos primary objective will be to earn money. This will trump most, if not all, other considerations in the future.

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          I mean, abusing the power to do something stupid will just end up in .org losing the trust and reputation it has and everyone would flee the platform.

          I agree that that’s what should happen, but where would people go? I feel like .org has enough historical momentum that there might not be a better alternative, at least for quite some time. But maybe that’s what Ethos is counting on?

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      Frustrating. There was a time when .org was pretty much “You’re not an educational institution, the government or a business”.

      I’m glad I’ve had feoh.org for many years (Thank you Roy Rappaport who snagged it when I was too clueless and then gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart :) and have no intentions of letting it go.

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        Sounds like Ethos will make a lot of money based on your commitment! :-)

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          Ah right I wasn’t thinking about ongoing re-registrations.

          Enh, I could always ditch it and register ethoscanforkoffand.diet

          (Which is now a legal domain suffix. The world has gone mad :)