If I purchase a personal domain, do I need to consider the reputation of the registrar that manages that TLD? I’m including country, generic and other subtypes of TLD here. For example I remember finding out about the bad reputation of the .men TLD (although I have never seen a site using it):
Spamhaus claims that some registrars “knowingly sell high volumes of domains to these actors for profit, and many registries do not do enough to stop or limit this endless supply of domains” – putting a spotlight on the darker side of the DNS.
Yes, but gTLDs (basically anything other than two-letter ones) are subject to higher reliability standards. You’ll have some with a worse reputation than others (like your .men example), probably depending on their pricing/popularity, but they should all generally be reliable.
Two-letter country code TLDs are held to no standards by ICANN, and could literally be entirely hosted on a single server in the basement of some island country’s government building if that country wanted. I wouldn’t purchase a domain on a ccTLD, even one masquerading as a generic TLD like .me, .io, or .co.
There was also this a while ago, where someone bought the domains for the authoritative name servers for the whole .io zone. Somehow the order went through. Doesn’t instill me with a lot of confidence.
Impressive that they didn’t kick the domain out actually. I would have expected different responses from the new TLD owner… Anyways same as you said already I have also been amazed with people using all kinds of ccTLD’ of counties that can cause some problems to say the least.