TINC Rules & Guidelines
- No more than one top level domain allocated to an individual
person or organization. This is to prevent land grabs, and
immediate flattening of the name space.
- A maximum of 15 top level domains to be added to the current top
- A maximum of 2 top level domains added per year.
- Exceptions to 1, 2, and 3 may be made for certain specific reasons,
subject to unanimous veto of the TINC steering committee:
Common infrastructure is important. Domain names
created by the IETF, IANA, and their successors need to
be uniformly visible from all sites. TINC will track and
include any domains created by these bodies.
- Public good.
Coherent collections of domains that require coordinated
management should be maintained by a single registrar.
The steering committee will implement the following
- Direct appeal to the members of TINC by
majority of TINC registrars.
- Simply majority vote of Committee members.
- Popular demand via major network service
providers Any domain requested by 10 or more
major ISPs or companies owning the equivalent of
a class B address space or greater shall be
included in the TINC root.
- No top level domain names may conflict with current top level
domains, even if those top level domains are not recognized by
TINC. A "top level domain" is one that has currently functional
name service at a level at least meeting the technical criteria
for TINC-root domains set out below.
- This is a non-profit effort. Charges for top level domains will be
minimal, if any.
- Running of the additional top level domains is completely the
concern of the organization who created that top level domain.
TINC is only concerned that the name servers for that TLD are
reachable and technically sound.
- For any top level domain, there must be at least two
network-distant name servers running at all times. Network distant
is defined as at least the last 4 hops differing in a traceroute
to the servers from the TINC core at ies-energy.com. These
servers must also reside in separate physical facilities to
prevent outages caused by power failure, flood or similar disaster.
- The name servers running the top level domain must not be
succeptible to any known security problems, such as cache
corruption/poisoning and be kept current with regard to such
problems, at least to the best-practice levels available from
the most current, freely distributable software.
- The name servers running the top level domain must be reasonably
compliant with the current rfc's related to DNS.
- It is recommended that servers for top level domains run a current
version of BIND, or a similar, current, name server. In practical
terms, the technical rules more or less require doing so.
- TLD's should have at least three servers, at network and
geographic distance from each other. This will help prevent all
your second level domains from disappearing if your network link
or name server dies. In any event, while the technical rules
require two network-distant servers in separate facilities, the
third, separate and geographically distant server is strongly