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 :
- WordPress :
- Ghost : > Automatic Restriction.

If you have a personal blog at or a self-hosted gitlab instance at, 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.

I know of the GitLab instance that is at 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.

@shine @gnome

Wouldn't `` not be a top level domain. Since `` 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 or "

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.


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@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 )


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