November 18, 1998
Dear Network Solutions:
I have been trying to register a domain name and have run into some difficulty
with the Internic registration policy. I am starting a business that provides novelty items through stores in local shopping malls as well as through mail order. These items will be associated with a national
"club" that will allow members a light-hearted outlet to register their complaints about day-to-day aggravations. I decided to create the site after having many comments from people who see the T-shirt
(see attachment) declaring "Official Member of the Piss&Moan About Everything Club". Generally, the comments are from middle-aged to older women who ask me "where can I get one of these for my
husband?" and find it amusing in the least. Not one person has stated to me that they have found it offensive.
I want to create a website named www.pissandmoan.com where I will offer this
line of merchandise along with allowing
"members" to register complaints that fall in the category of "...they can send a man to the moon but why can't they...", or "...It really gets my goat when...", or other
observations about the inane and absurd aspects of life. I do not intend the site to contain any profanities or displays of flesh or bodily functions as your initial rejection of the site may have assumed. A
sampling of the kind of site I'm intending may be seen by visiting the EXISTING site of www.pissedoff.com although I don't intend to address major social issues as they do nor mark any group as the "target". I want my issues to be more like "why do they put Braille markings on the drive-up teller ATMs?" for example.
Please pardon my ranting in this message, but let me make a few points in closing.
- I generally am offended and personally object to the presence of vulgarity and profanity on the Internet.
- I know that there is no policing system that can prevent it.
- There are an incredible number of existing site names containing very profane words.
- The changing of the spelling of a true profanity makes it no less offensive and the inclusion of a word (with multiple
meanings) has to be considered in context of the overall name.
- I find it incredible that a policy to clean up the net should quash my effort to create a site that should be objectionable
to no one.
I appeal to you to please register the domain name for my business.
Piss and Moan Club