you can't have 'gitlab', 'wordpress' or 'ghost' in top-level domain names because they are protected trademarks.

It is strictly prohibited by and ; but unclear whether it applies to sub-domains as well.

sources :
- GitLab : about.gitlab.com/handbook/mark
- WordPress : wordpressfoundation.org/tradem
- Ghost : ghost.org/trademark/ > Automatic Restriction.

If you have a personal blog at wordpress.name.tld or a self-hosted gitlab instance at gitlab.name.tld, that is technically violating trademark rules.

I don't think it is strictly enforced though because there aren't any services ( that I know of at least ) that have gathered more popularity ( with misdirection in their domain names ) than the original services.

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I know of the GitLab instance that is at gitlab.gnome.org which is a violation.

Did @gnome obtain any special permissions to use the sub-domain?

I hope that the policy was not overlooked. There should have been some sort of dialogue between the organizations and some arrangement that was reached after deliberation.

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@shine @gnome

Wouldn't `gitlab.gnome.org` not be a top level domain. Since `gnome.org` is the top level domain?

@sekhat with , they're explicit :

" The GitLab name may not be used in any root URL, including subdomains such as gitlab.company.com or gitlab.citool.io. "

With too : " Please do not use WordPress or WordCamp as part of a domain name. "

Not so much with though. Their examples only list top-level domains and does not mention second-level domain. That's why I said that it was unclear with Ghost.

you should look at the sources I linked to in the first toot in the thread.

@gnome

@sekhat also with , apparently, you can "seek permission for trademark use"; but not so with or ( if I understand the legalese in their documents correctly )

@gnome

@shine I guess filing an issue on their bug tracker, ironically also hosted by the same GitLab instance, would be a good idea. Seems they are in full swing migrating their bugzilla instance over to GitLab.

@gnome

@espen I don't think I should really be bothering them about this if themselves aren't really bothered about this.

They have published blog posts about their association with ( floss.social/@gnome/1048705923 ) which leads me to believe that there must have been some sort of arrangement between the 2 organizations.

@gnome

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