I was recently introduced to the
.name TLD by a friend, since it would offer a good alternative to
.net, which are both taken for my last name. Naturally, I went to
gandi.net, etc. only to find out I couldn't register the domain name. It didn't give me any reason why so I decided to navigate to my desired
.name domain in my browser and Chrome returned
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. After a quick
whois from the command line it returned this:
Disclaimer: ... **** Not available for registration. Second level domain name is reserved.
Why is my desired
.name domain name not available for registration and reserved? Reserved by whom? I told my friend about this and he told me that his was available at almost every domain registrar. Why is it that my desired domain name isn't so "lucky"? What can I do to still acquire my domain?