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A domain, much more

Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT

After registering my domain, it became obvious that it was more than a name, it was liberation from oppressive tyranny. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a first amendment loving bible smacker, quite the contrary.

I believe it is absolutely within, for instance, Google's right to banish users at will from their own, free service, without explanation. That’s ok. What’s not ok is the utter destruction one of these attacks leaves in it’s wake. You become locked out of the internet. It’s Google’s right to start a disaster, and our obligation to prepare for it.

Most people think they are fine. I beg them to consider the following:

  • Have I actually read the ToS?
  • What if the impossible happened? Will this company, with billions of members, ever look back?

The answer to both those questions is no. They won’t even stop to tell you why they are ripping your life apart, and the destruction? It’s not comprehendible. You loose everything, all your accounts, every email you ever wrote, and every email you will receive. You must race to save what you can from the sinking ship, with each second who knows what you will miss, It’s impossible to comprehend until it happens.

It’s easy to ignore, perhaps because we want to convince ourselves that it could never happen to us, but it does. Google does not care. Two notable examples, terraria’s original dev, and a Google employee’s husband. Both were unable to reach anyone.

Let’s imagine this scenario, had you been routing emails through your domains. Now, your domain provider is in control, so is your email provider. If you domain gets taken down, buy it again somewhere else. Old mail is safe, new mail is safe. Mild inconvenience and waste of 10$. If your email account is banned, worst case scenario, you loose all old mail, your new mail is safe, so are your accounts.

With a domain, you reclaim your freedom from the oppressors.

This is of course not the only example, just one relevant to lots of us. Whatever you put on your domain, Ultimately, is yours. It is fully on you to do what you want. It’s beautiful, to be free, to own, to control.

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