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Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

A total of 138 words have been banned from Turkish Internet domain names and now tens of thousands of Turkish websites face closure.

The Telecommunications Directorate sent the list to Turkish web-hosting firms on Thursday, ruling the words are not allowed to feature in domain names and websites that do use them will be shut down.....

Basically do not host in Turkey, but will they block these IP's to Turkish visitors? looks like it will affect [Turkish-idn].com

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.p...mes-2011-04-28
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

WOW !!

Thanks for posting.
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Old 2nd May 2011, 04:55 AM
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

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Basically do not host in Turkey, but will they block these IP's to Turkish visitors? looks like it will affect [Turkish-idn].com

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.p...mes-2011-04-28
You can bet your life they will block these domains to the Turkish people wherever the websites are hosted.

I am half expecting the Thai government to do this as well, but it will probably only happen once Thai people generally wake up more to IDNs.
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

For whatever it is worth, it is standard practice in Turkey to have software that will bypass these kinds of blocks. For example youtube was blocked for a long time but everybody used youtube in Turkey during that time.

That reminded me of a quote form the Turkish prime minister that will easily take its place in the WTF section, even in Turkish politics. To the journalist who reminded him that people can't watch youtube, he said "I watch it. You can watch it, too". As if he was not the one who made that happen it in the first place.

I can give other strange examples but I think you got the idea: Long live gTLDs!
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Old 3rd May 2011, 04:56 AM
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

Lol at governments thinking they can stop people from getting what they want online.
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

Anyone have the list?
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Anyone have the list?
Actually I can't find the full list anywhere on mainstream sources (probably because some of them are offensive or something). But here is the biggest partial list I could find for entertainment value (If the first word is English below, that means the English word itself is banned:

31 (slang for masturbation)
Adrianne (No idea why this is banned)
Animal
Hayvan (animal)
Baldiz (sister in law)
Beat
Buyutucu (enlarger)
Ciplak (naked)
Citir (best fit probably is "teen")
Escort
Etek (skirt)
Fire
Girl
Ateşli (hot as in sexy or passionate)
Frikik ("wardrobe malfunction" of sorts)
Free
Gey (gay)
Gay
Gizli (secret)
Got (ass)
Hatun (woman, may be used in a degrading context. Not necessarily though)
Haydar (male name, I am guessing it is here because it may imply penis? Just like you say "Johnson" or "Willy" in the US)
Hikaye (story)
Homemade
Hot
İtiraf (confession)
Liseli (high schooler)
Nefes (breath)
Nubile
Partner
Pic (bastard)
Sarisin (blond)
Sicak (hot, as in weather)
Sisman (fat)
Teen
Yasak (means .... wait for it.... "banned")
Yerli (native, as in Turkish)
Yetiskin (adult)
Xn
XX

Here is another WTF category anouncement from the official behind it, when the journalists asked why "skirt" is banned: "We didn't actually mean to ban these, we just wanted to draw attention".

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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

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For whatever it is worth, it is standard practice in Turkey to have software that will bypass these kinds of blocks. For example youtube was blocked for a long time but everybody used youtube in Turkey during that time.

That reminded me of a quote form the Turkish prime minister that will easily take its place in the WTF section, even in Turkish politics. To the journalist who reminded him that people can't watch youtube, he said "I watch it. You can watch it, too". As if he was not the one who made that happen it in the first place.

I can give other strange examples but I think you got the idea: Long live gTLDs!
Whatever software some people have, you wouldn't want a domain on that list if you ever wanted to sell it.

btw, if the Turkish government banned youtube but everyone in Turkey was still using youtube, it just means the Turkish government don't know how to censor very well or they don't have control of ISPs. In Thailand, if a website is banned, 99.9% of the population won't be able to access it, period.
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Whatever software some people have, you wouldn't want a domain on that list if you ever wanted to sell it.
Probably.

They may backtrack in the future though because it is getting more ridiculous. Here are a few of the many target domains mentioned as samples that happen to contain some of those words but have actually nothing to do with those words:

- sokmarket.com ("sok" is for "penetrate" but the domain is for Şok Market (means Shock Market) , one of the biggest grocery chains in Turkey. Oops... Somebody needs an IDN... Aaaand şokmarket.com is available )
- DonanimAlani.org (hardware place)
- CasperMiniShop.net
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Probably.

They may backtrack in the future though because it is getting more ridiculous. Here are a few of the many target domains mentioned as samples that happen to contain some of those words but have actually nothing to do with those words:

- sokmarket.com ("sok" is for "penetrate" but the domain is for Şok Market (means Shock Market) , one of the biggest grocery chains in Turkey. Oops... Somebody needs an IDN... Aaaand şokmarket.com is available )
- DonanimAlani.org (hardware place)
- CasperMiniShop.net
Again, just shows the Turkish government is totally incompetent in setting up the list properly ...... they will modify it over time I'm sure, even have a person checking it would seem to help. No wonder they can't ban YouTube if they can't even create a "valid" list of domains they want to ban

OK, let's put it this way. If you have a banned domain that was getting decent type-in traffic before it was banned, have a look at the type-in traffic levels afterwards. It won't be pretty.
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Old 6th May 2011, 07:55 PM
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

In case anybody is still interested:

http://www.odatv.com/n.php?n=interne...nma-0605111200

It basically says the government is back pedaling and anounced filtering won't happen but the public is still angry and there will be a big demonstration on May 15th all over the country.
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Re: Turkey forbids ‘forbidden’ from Internet domain names

Xn Is this one problematic? Xn as in Xn--
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Xn Is this one problematic? Xn as in Xn--
Interesting. It didn’t occur to me for some reason this xn may be that xn until you said it.

But it is probably due to xnxx.com (a porn site). According to wordtracker, “xnxx” is the 6th highest searched term in the last 12 months (after facebook, hotels, pornhub, youporn and redtube).
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