@politique I did not know the Government of Quebec had its own tld. I will have to look into it.

oh gosh, the boss is going to be mad about this one. 🙊

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:~$ whois

Domain name:

Equatorial Guinea Domains B.V.
Dominio GQ administrator
P.O. Box 11774
1001 GT Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 5315725
Fax: +31 20 5315721

@onebadbit @politique .GQ isn't officially Quebec 's, I think that's one of the Freenom operated registries.


It is not government of Québec, it is Equatorial Guinea's tld. Convenient for Québec, though.

@tricoteur it is a "free" (sub) domain hosted in Montreal from what I can tell.

According to the great wikidpedia, it is know for "shady" operations, so I thought I would inquire.


No longer free, apparently. says the price would be $40.77 to register through them.

It is still Equatorial Guinea's tld; they partnered with Freenom. Maybe Freenom still gives away domain names there.

@tricoteur Yes, Yes, and apparently there is an infinite loop of pros and cons. I am free speech. However, when I spot an entity "appearing" to be some other (unrelated) entity just to swoo users, the line can become blurry. Anyways, my comment was original directed to The avatar was familiar, I just cant remember from where, hmm.


Ah, Politique is a feedbot for Radio Canada, the national broadcaster in French. One I had not know exited. The avatar is created from official elements at and the content is probably from the official RSS feed, using RSS2Mastodon or similar script in a completely unofficial rĂ´le.

The instance is, I believe, owned or managed by @manu (who is currently not in Canada if I understand things correctly.)

@tricoteur @onebadbit
It's all true (using feed2toot).
And I live in Montréal (Québec), wich is still part of Canada.


Je pensais que vous étiez à Paris? Je me demandais si vous étiez là pour l'école ou le travail, mais maintenant je pense que j'ai mal deviné.


@tricoteur @onebadbit Je suis Québécois de naissance. Je crois que nous sommes encore extrêmement rares ici (Mastodon/Fédiverse).
J'imagine que mes interventions récentes à propos des gilets jaunes en France peuvent porter à confusion. Ouais, je suis énormément de Français sur Mastodon et je me suis laissé emporter par ce qu'ils vivent.

@tricoteur @manu
Yes, plus Politique is not the only "bot" sporting the logo of "radio-canada". The last time i looked, there was a botnet (if you would allow me to call it that) on of unofficial "radio-canada" looking" accounts on. Last time I looked into it, RSS from CBC are only to be used for personal use only. This and the logo use keeps blurring the line. You seem to be strongly defending the use of some other entities reputation for "whatever" agenda you have going.

@onebadbit @manu

No agenda here; I had never heard of this bot prior to your mention of it. I fell on this thread because of the .gq tld, which interested me since I was pretty sure they did not get a national 2-letter tld.

@onebadbit @tricoteur I made many of theses bots on my instance. I included #Bot, #NonOfficiel and the link to the official website in the bio of each of them. I don't want to look official, anyway toots are only summary and links point to the official site. It's a convenient way to stay informed for me.
Do you think I can use the :icirc: Radio-Canada logo on my instance?

@manu @tricoteur
If you make it to bold, it looks like you are more "official" and would be misleading.

@onebadbit Hmm... :flan_think: What can I do to look more unofficial?

@manu Your Avatar and Header should not "look like" CBC, and contact CBC / Radio Canada for further instruction.

@onebadbit @manu

Using a trade mark to refer only to the the mark and its products is what a trademark is for. However, a website is one of their products, so if you use their mark you need to clearly mark the user's page as not their website. I would suggest adding an RSS logo to the image - showing that it is only an RSS feed.

One image you can use is Ysangkok's .svg:

@tricoteur @manu
cc @stuntpope

Exactly. When I first saw the logo in the feed, my initial thought was that CBC Radio Canada had there own instance of mastodon. (mislead) Then when I realized it was someone else and saw the domain, things started looking like what some could interpret as a "fishing attempt". (trying to pretend you are someone you are not) So I poked around like I normally do.

@onebadbit @manu

Understandable. I like the new avatar image - it makes it perfectly clear. Bravo, beau travail.

@tricoteur Yes, I registered (for free) quebec.qg at Freenom. A .quebec TLD exist, but it's too expensive for a 6 letters TLD... @onebadbit


I have parked another domain: I am unsure now…

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