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I’ve been mulling over the idea of registering a RFC 1480-style locality domain under .us for a long, long while (think 20 years or more). However, it’s been pretty borked for over a good portion of that time. There’s a reasonable guide to obtaining a locality domain that was updated last year that relies heavily on archived websites (well, text files on HTTP servers) for critical resources.

It’s honestly a bit disappointing; if this process were smoother, I’d argue it was a good prospect for a process of commoning aligned with the Indieweb ethos, but instead, it’s experiencing a bunch of obsolescence and subject to organizational failures and privatization. Entirely disappointing, but fundamentally unsurprising.