I've raised a similar point to this with Mike, and I would be
extremely surprised if they decided that the wikimedia domains
shouldn't be controlled by the appropriate chapter.
wiki.org.uk seems to be registered by Mintra (mintra.co.uk), although
it doesn't seem to host a website. wiki.co.uk is registered by D M
Robins Limited, but requires a password to access the site. As we
don't have a trademark for "Wiki", I would imagine that they'd be
difficult to get hold of; at the least we should probably wait until
we've got the website set up before contacting the owners about them.
On 24 Jan 2009, at 16:55, Thomas Dalton wrote:
>> Wikimedia UK is an independent organisation from the Wikimedia
>> Foundation. We (WMUK) need a website of our own that we control, and
>> ideally, where we own the domain name.
>> If the WMF or James F want to keep control of wikimedia.org.uk that's
>> very disappointing and frankly very unhelpful - particularly
>> considering they're doing nothing with it. But if it is true, WMUK
>> should not host its information on this domain and should seek to
>> register a different one - maybe http://www.wiki.org.uk/?
>> Personally, I think setting up a website whose content we control but
>> where the domain name is registered to James or the Foundation is a
>> particularly bad idea. We would have full liability for the content
>> but control would be a constant struggle. Obscuring the ownership
>> would not be particularly helpful.
>> Either it's ours or theirs. If they want to keep, so be it.
> I agree, it is far from ideal to have our website on a domain we don't
> own. Even if we do get control of wikimedia.org.uk, we should probably
> try and get wiki.org.uk as well and redirect it (since we are Wiki UK
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