I’ve seen sites pop up with different kind of names, like discourse-ubuntu.org. Are we free to use the Discourse name in domain names etc. What do the authors feel about this?
Discourse is a dictionary word and a common concept. It should no more be trademarked as a standalone word than the word “forum” itself.
What is discoursehosting.org? (.org not .com)
But it could still be an exclusive trademark for “forum software etc.” same way Apple is a trademark for “computers, computer software, computer peripherals, etc.”.
I always thought the WordPress trademark policy was very sensible. Basically they just want to prevent people from creating official-sounding names that would end up confusing users. I think the same would be a reasonable course of action for Discourse. If someone extended Discourse with some social plugins and created socialdiscourse.com (seems a squatter already got to it), a lot of users, myself included, would be wondering whether that site was official or not.
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Yeah, you pretty much pinpointed what I was really trying to say. Like if I wanted to start a “Discourse Motors” site, with a similar kind of domain name…