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Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the go-daddy-yourself dept.

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Reader jampola points out that Wikimedia's Jimmy Wales last week said clearly what was only hinted at earlier in the month; now "It's not only imgur (among many others) who are giving GoDaddy the flick; it also appears Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikimedia, will be making the change. While unsure to what effect Wikimedia utilizes the services of GoDaddy, I imagine this could very well be another public blow for GoDaddy in the wrong direction over their decision to support SOPA."

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Use Namecheap (5, Informative)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530802)

I can't but happy with their service. Clean, fast user interface with no horrible upselling like with GoDaddy. They are against SOPA and have worked great for years. I can only recommend them.

Re:Use Namecheap (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38530858)

I can't but happy with their service.

Learn to spell. Perhaps you can butt Grumpy or Sleepy with their service.

I'm sure someone who has experience with the dwarfs will chime in.

Re:Use Namecheap (5, Funny)

Method320 (1774330) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530890)

I can't but happy with their service.

Learn to spell. Perhaps you can butt Grumpy or Sleepy with their service.

I'm sure someone who has experience with the dwarfs will chime in.

His spelling is fine. Learn to Grammar.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531034)

whoosh

You are doing it wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531386)

There is not enough evidence in Method320's post to support the conclusion that he didn't comprehend or appreciate the humor of the parent posts.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531324)

This was all over the front page of WhoGivesAFlyingCrap.com.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531672)

His spelling is fine, learn to grammar.

FTFY

Re:Use Namecheap (0, Offtopic)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530932)

It's not spelling. I rarely make typos and if I do, I almost automatically correct them. When writing quickly I have a tendency to drop random words. I have seen it with happen with others too so I have no idea where it comes from, but I'm not alone with it.

In case you actually need some help reading the original line, it is supposed to say:
I can't but be happy with their service.

Re:Use Namecheap (0, Offtopic)

tibit (1762298) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530986)

I'm the same. Dropping words is seemingly easy for me, as is substituting improper words (wrong tense, etc). Typos seem to stand out for some reason and are thus much easier to correct, even without a spellchecker.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531064)

Oh, well that makes much more sense...

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531194)

...and whoosh...

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531358)

Happens to me too. My spelling is fine, it's my typing that's a bit wobbly.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531478)

'I have seen it with happen with others'

It seems you randomly add words too.
LoL

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531792)

Shouldn't that be "I can't be butt happy...."?

Re:Use Namecheap (4, Insightful)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531352)

Learn to interpolate. Sometimes words get unintentionally dropped.

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38530874)

Warning: New id/name for CmdrPony, InsightIn140Bytes, etc.

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530994)

Warning: New id/name for CmdrPony, InsightIn140Bytes, etc.

So do we have someone who's trying to be the next Twitter in both senses (the sock puppetry sense and the the 140 character sense?)

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531110)

It is interesting. Insight, Twitter, Cmdr (as in CmdrTaco?)Pony, we all know the pony April Fools, and now "Interesting"Fella. It's as if the person(s) doing it are trying to pick names that "feel" familiar to the community.

I personally can't wait to see what the next id is named.

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38530996)

Probably the same "reputation building" company that's preaching namecheap on reddit.

Re:Use Namecheap (-1)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531102)

Probably the same "reputation building" company that's preaching namecheap on reddit.

Is this the evolution of old tinfoil hat stuff? Government is out to get you got old? Now it's reputation building companies :-)

Yes, because obviously anyone suggesting anything or saying company x providers good product or service is obviously a shill.

Re:Use Namecheap (0)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530898)

I'm not sure if I'd like to buy a vowel or an adjective, but can you try that one again in english?

Namecheap is much better and has been mentioned repeatly in the previous articles, and is a viable and more customer friendly alternative to godaddy.

hover (3, Informative)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530904)

hover.com/tucows is another that has come out against SOPA. UI is decent. $10 to transfer a domain. No upselling.

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531008)

They're also giving a dollar off and donating a dollar to the EFF if you transfer to them today: https://www.namecheap.com/moveyourdomainday.aspx [namecheap.com]

I moved one to them, but I didn't have one to transfer from Godaddy.

Re:Use Namecheap (2, Interesting)

Demoknight (66150) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531076)

I also transferred my domains to Namecheap this week. I was happy to leave Godaddy not only because of the SOPA mess but because their interface is garbage anyway. Namecheap feels like a more modern approach to services both from a design and marketing perspective. I don't need my registrar to be flashy - just be easy to use, communicate well, and be competitive. Namecheap definitely has already won me over and I expect to stay there for many years.

Re:Use Namecheap (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531512)

GoDaddy always struck me as a MySpace user going completely nuts when it comes to that UI they have...

[citation needed] (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38530808)

Citation meaning how many other big accounts does GoDaddy administrate? Wikipedia and imgur leaving GoDaddy isn't going to make them fold like Bear Sterns, or will it?

Re:[citation needed] (5, Insightful)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530922)

What do you mean by "big"?

Do you mean:
"big"==" well known companies who use godaddy"
Or
"big"==" companies that have a large number of domanis and related services from godaddy" ?

Because there are people/companies with thousands of domains, which they could pull from godaddy and make a noticible dent in their profits instantly by making the switch, but they wouldn't inspire anyone else to do the same.

However wikimedia, may only have a few domains and services, but inspire others to do the same.

Re:[citation needed] (4, Insightful)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530956)

Wikipedia and imgur leaving GoDaddy isn't going to make them fold like Bear Sterns

I don't think anyone expects GoDaddy to go belly up over this. There will always be bottom-feeding morons who only care about prices and nothing else. The question is how much business will no longer be absorbed by the GoDaddy sponge and will be available for smaller competitors, and the significance of Wikimedia leaving is that their prestige may inspire fence sitters to follow suit.

Re:[citation needed] (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531044)

It's bottom feeding to go for the cheapest price on something that shouldn't be anywhere near as expensive as Network Solutions used to sell it for with their monopoly?

Re:[citation needed] (5, Interesting)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531432)

No, but it is bottom-feeding to prefer price over other important aspects, such as the business ethics of the provider, the level of customer service, the features of the service, and the general principle that a near-monopoly is bad for both the marketplace and the technology and the obligations that result from the fact that consumers are (barring government) one of the only entities in a position to prevent such a situation from occurring.

Re:[citation needed] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531718)

(1) Yes. Promoting abuse for your luxury is bottom feeding;
(2) GoDaddy isn't cheapest - many registrars are cheaper such as InternetBS.net;
(3) The old InterNIC monopoly was the best arrangement. The pattern of domain ownership has been absurd ever since.

Re:[citation needed] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531510)

There will always be bottom-feeding morons who only care about prices and nothing else.

If that were the issue, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Godaddy is not the cheapest registrar, not even close. They're fairly mid-range at this point, so anyone "bottom feeding" wouldn't end up with them in the first place. They're simply successful on the merit of marketing. Hell, name one other domain registrar you've seen a TV commercial for.

Domain registration is a commodity business...you get next to zero value difference in going with an expensive one versus a cheap one...and hell, even Network Solutions is only charging $12 a year now.

In response... (5, Funny)

itchythebear (2198688) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530878)

In response, GoDaddy will now have various pictures of Danica Patrick at the top of all of their site's pages, urgently pleading people to register domains with them.

The caption would be:

If everyone reading this registered 5 domains with us, we could end the internet today. Please read a personal appeal. Please help.

Re:In response... (3, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530954)

So long as the pictures aren't work-safe, everyone will be happy.

Re:In response... (1)

Skapare (16644) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530974)

I just want to know where to donate to end GoDaddy.

Re:In response... (1)

tibit (1762298) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531018)

Either Danica is fine with selling her body cheap, or GoDaddy are the only ones that would want to keep sponsoring her... I would want to say I feel sad for her, but she may simply not mind such a treatment. You never know.

Re:In response... (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531384)

Yeah - god forbid that a women doesn't have a problem with that fact that people find her attractive . . .

Re:In response... (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531920)

The problem is if the only people willing to pay your for showing your body are a bunch of crooks at some two-bit internet company run by a sociopathic jerk. Have we seen her face on makeup ads, clothing ads, or anyplace else where highly attractive women are paid for modeling work? Nope.

Re:In response... (0)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531190)

GoDaddy is not my Daddy anymore, so whos your Daddy now?

Re:In response... (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531722)

In response, GoDaddy will now have various pictures of Danica Patrick at the top of all of their site's pages, urgently pleading people to register domains with them.

The caption would be:

If everyone reading this registered 5 domains with us, we could end the internet today. Please read a personal appeal. Please help.

OTOH, if everyone donated $5 to Danica Patrick she could end her contract with GoDaddy today and they'd have nothing of value left.

Re:In response... (1)

calzakk (1455889) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531886)

OTOH, if everyone donated $5 to Danica Patrick to get her to take her clothes off...

The danger of representative democracy (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38530888)

You have no (timely and effective) private right of action beyond petty squabbling with people not directly involved with your issue that are for or against it.

More interesting question: who hasn't (5, Interesting)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38530934)

A lot of people/companies movies their domains away, not just wikipedia or imgur, or the humble bundle people. A lot of people have done it. I wrapped up moving my domains today (started after the previous domain dispute wit godaddy that was reported on /.).

It would be more interesting to see what companies, specially those that rely on user contribution, decided not to move away from the shitty registrar called GoDaddy.

For who care, I moved my domains to Gandi. So far the service is great, the gratis DNS management is also ok (you can pretty much copy paste zone files). Gandi is a non-US company (French), they support EFF (and a bunch of other projects /.ers like), oppose SOPA: http://www.gandibar.net/post/2011/12/23/Gandi-s-Opposition-to-the-SOPA-Legislation [gandibar.net]

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (4, Informative)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531176)

I'm also with gandi (been using them for what seems like 10 yrs now; quite a long time). just recently I decided to try their webmail (imap) and that works fine, too. after a few months testing, I moved all my gmail business over to my own domain and using gandi as mail transport, dns and occasional webmail (but mostly imap).

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531212)

A lot of people/companies movies their domains away, not just wikipedia or imgur, or the humble bundle people. A lot of people have done it. I wrapped up moving my domains today (started after the previous domain dispute wit godaddy that was reported on /.).

It would be more interesting to see what companies, specially those that rely on user contribution, decided not to move away from the shitty registrar called GoDaddy.

For who care, I moved my domains to Gandi. So far the service is great, the gratis DNS management is also ok (you can pretty much copy paste zone files). Gandi is a non-US company (French), they support EFF (and a bunch of other projects /.ers like), oppose SOPA: http://www.gandibar.net/post/2011/12/23/Gandi-s-Opposition-to-the-SOPA-Legislation [gandibar.net]

I wish they performed a full obfuscation of registration data, including the name, like DomainsByProxy does.

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (4, Informative)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531958)

DomainsByProxy looks good at first, until you click on "About Us" and see that they're good buddies with GoDaddy.

No thanks.

Does anyone else offer such a service, without being tied to GoDaddy?

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (2)

fermion (181285) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531354)

I am not sure I understand why anyone who has GoDaddy at this point. Do they have really cheap prices? Do they have better service for large accounts? Is it hard to transfer large number of domains? I dropped them years ago and have been quite happy with the switch.

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (2)

iroll (717924) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531600)

People use GoDaddy because they're big, and big = safe. Remember the old adage, "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM." Same for Microsoft, same for big banks like Bank of America, etc.

Being big is a recommendation in and of itself.

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (3, Interesting)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531370)

Gandi is a non-US company (French), they support EFF (and a bunch of other projects /.ers like), oppose SOPA

Nothing against Gandi (good registrar actually), but as a French company, aren't they subject to HADOPI that is similar to SOPA?

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (3, Interesting)

Edzilla2000 (1261030) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531558)

HADOPI doesn't really compare. It's strictly a 3 strikes law, with a single company monitoring p2p traffic (mostly interrogating torrent trackers), aimed against private file sharer.

It's evil, but definitely not in the same league as SOPA.

Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (4, Interesting)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531624)

HADOPI targets "internet subscribers", i.e. the people at home and not websites. So Gandi, and it's clients are not affected by HADOPI.

Coupons! (3, Interesting)

Scutter (18425) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531002)

A few hours after I finished transferring all of my domains away from GoDaddy, they spammed me with an advertisement offering 25% off my next purchase of $75 or more. Not, "Hey, we'd like you back. What can we do to change your mind?" No, it was "Hey, you were a customer once and we'd like to milk you some more. Here's a not-very-good incentive to buy more services from us."

Re:Coupons! (2)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531222)

I am ignorant on the loss that GoDaddy is incurring. Is there any monthly recurring fees that they are losing for all of this, or is everyone just making a point of moving now to get their attention, and then the simple renewals with fees will then go to a competitor? It seems that teh competition is getting a great deal of transfers and making money from it, but I dont see where GoDaddy is losing yet. Am I wrong? I dont know their service offerings, but I am enjoying the rage and activity around all of this.

Re:Coupons! (4, Informative)

Just Brew It! (636086) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531502)

They're losing future revenue (due to current customers moving domains) and future customers (due to bad publicity). Presumably some of those moved domains were up for renewal in the very near future (possibly even within the next few days); so they are losing the revenue from the automatic (by default) credit card charges for the domain renewals.

Re:Coupons! (1, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531306)

No, it was "Hey, you were a customer once and we'd like to milk you some more. Here's a not-very-good incentive to buy more services from us."

Unless they're sending Danica over to do the milking, I'm not interested.

GoDaddy Reversal (-1)

what2123 (1116571) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531052)

So, even though GoDaddy reversed their stance on SOPA after all the grief customers and the internet community at large gave them, clients are still leaving? I am amazed people and businesses are following suit in leaving GoDaddy even after the change in opinion. Not that I mind that at all given that the next SOPA-Similar-Clone comes out GoDaddy will more-than-likely back that as well..

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531086)

GoDaddy didn't reversed their stance on SOPA. They simply stopped actively supporting it in public. There is a big difference.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (4, Informative)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531094)

GoDaddy did NOT reverse their stance on SOPA. They only removed the publication on their supporting stance of SOPA. So they still support it, they just don't say it out loud.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531140)

I don't know where the link is but they even said they still need to support it in congress so they're only publicly not supporting it.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (3, Interesting)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531204)

Can someone explain why GoDaddy would support SOPA in the first place?

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531260)

GoDaddy helped WRITE SOPA...they're exempt from many of its negative effects.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531494)

Can someone explain why GoDaddy would support SOPA in the first place?

http://GoDaddy-is-the-son-of-Satan.org/

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (1)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531566)

Maybe GoDaddy belongs in part or entirely to a Media Conglomerate now?

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (4, Informative)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531690)

Amazingly, there is a specific exemption for a few sites inside SOPA, of which GoDaddy is one. -__- The corruption knows no bounds.
godaddy supports sopa because of exemption [nwlinux.com] Quote,

"Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the only member of Congress present at the hearing with any tech experience, having founded several web companies... Polis pointed out that SOPA and Smith’s amendment already excluded certain operators of sub-domains, such as GoDaddy.com, from being subject to shutdowns under SOPA. If companies like GoDaddy.com are exempt, why aren’t non-commercial domain servers exempt?” Polis asked."

GoDaddy now opposes SOPA and PIPA (5, Interesting)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531968)

GoDaddy did NOT reverse their stance on SOPA. They only removed the publication on their supporting stance of SOPA. So they still support it, they just don't say it out loud.

Wrong. [cnet.com]

GoDaddy, the domain register targeted by online activists in response to its enthusiasm for a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills, has finally denounced the legislation in response to a boycott scheduled for today.

Warren Adelman, the company's chief executive, said today that "GoDaddy opposes SOPA," meaning the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is facing a House of Representatives committee vote next month.

A GoDaddy spokeswoman confirmed to CNET this afternoon that "we oppose PIPA, as well." That's the Senate bill known as Protect IP, which will be debated on the Senate floor January 24. (See CNET's SOPA FAQ.)

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (1)

mortonda (5175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531106)

What makes you think they reversed their stance?

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (0)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38532068)

What makes you think they reversed their stance?

Presumably, the news [cnet.com] reports [techcrunch.com] of their explicit statement that they now oppose SOPA (as well as the SOPA-alternative, PIPA, being advanced in the Senate.)

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531116)

So, even though GoDaddy reversed their stance on SOPA after all the grief customers and the internet community at large gave them, clients are still leaving? I am amazed people and businesses are following suit in leaving GoDaddy even after the change in opinion. Not that I mind that at all given that the next SOPA-Similar-Clone comes out GoDaddy will more-than-likely back that as well..

I don't know how many times this has to be said; but...
GoDaddy has not changed their position on SOPA. They have said that they might review it (attempting to appease without actually backing up their words).

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (1)

mkraft (200694) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531152)

The issue is that GoDaddy didn't really reverse their stance, at least not where it counts. They now claim to not support the SOPA bill as written, but they still agree with it for the most part, which isn't surprising since the more or less wrote the thing.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (2)

djh2400 (1362925) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531154)

GoDaddy stopped openly supporting SOPA; they did not reverse their stance. Maybe they should have considered this outcome before being all loud-mouthy and supportive of something which directly goes against what the vast majority of their customers want.

I applaud this move by Wikipedia and hope many others follow suit.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (1)

tomstorey (1444585) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531274)

A cat with claws is still a cat with claws even if its hiding them.

Re:GoDaddy Reversal (3)

naroom (1560139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531448)

They did not change their position. They released some PR damage control to fool people; apparently it worked on you.

It seems like XBMC.org is also moving (2)

cjav (1331511) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531088)

They don't mention GoDaddy, but it seems they are also moving away from it:
http://xbmc.org/theuni/2011/12/29/possible-unreachable-time-tonight/ [xbmc.org]

In their case they are moving altogether from the US. Are they paranoid, or is this the right move? With the US control of the ICANN, I wonder how much better would it be to use a non-US name registrar

p.s.: How can I change the text displayed when I use URL tag?, couldn't find that anywhere in the FAQ.

Re:It seems like XBMC.org is also moving (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531648)

They provide software that can play media without DRM. I'm not surprised they're moving their hosting out of US/**AA control.

p.s: There's a url tag? I use <a href=""></a> tags for urls

Re:It seems like XBMC.org is also moving (1)

mc10 (2402526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531838)

There is on most forums; the poster probably didn't realize we use flat-out HTML.

Re:It seems like XBMC.org is also moving (1)

cjav (1331511) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531876)

From Slashdot FAQ [slashdot.org] :
To "auto-link" a URL in HTML or Plain modes, enclose it in "less than"URL : http://example.com/ [example.com] "greater than".

It was silly not to just try the standard HTML tag. I was trying to reproduce the nice feature of showing between [] the target domain. That's why I went looking for a Slashdot's custom tag. Now I see this is a feature added to the standard tag.

Thanks.

Its wacked that GoDaddy would support SOPA anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531146)

Its wacked that GoDaddy supports SOPA anyway. Apart from the owner's ultra-right wing beliefs, you would think that the guy who runs GoDaddy would clue up for half a second and think "gee, shutting down web sites would be bad for business, since some of those sites may be hosted by GoDaddy, and with them gone I get less revenue". Nope! Buddy supports SOPA. Hundreds of internet users have made very good cases why SOPA is really bad. Civil liberties people have said its a violation of civil rights and the US constitution (and are gearing up to do SCOTUS challenges if it passes). Even some of its supporters agree that implementing some parts of it are impossible, and the rest of it is wide open to abuse. Yet the GoDaddy GoTo guy gives it a thumbs up. Now, rightfully, everyone else is giving GoDaddy a thumbs down. Go figure!

Re:Its wacked that GoDaddy would support SOPA anyw (0)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38532008)

A couple of points: 1) From what other here are saying, GoDaddy helped write the stupid bill, and is exempt from many portions of it. 2) Violating civil liberties is a favorite pasttime for ultra right-wing wackos. It's no coincidence that GoDaddy is located here in Scottsdale, Arizona, home to tons of ultra right-wing wackos. Avoid any company located in Scottsdale like the plague. That includes DomainsByProxy.com.

Shakedown artist politicians take note! (2, Interesting)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531162)

Hey, dickheads, yeah you, Mr Shakedown Artist politician. You and your dipshit friends jumped the shark tank with this one.

GoDaddy is just a precursor of what is going to happen to your political careers. It's a snack for us, a little bit of blood to tithe us over until we can mash the vote button for the other guy so hard it breaks. You can tell the other bums huddling around the burn barrel keeping warm. "I was a rich Congressman until I got fucking stupid and greedy. GOD DAMN YOU SOPA....I had a life!"

Yeah, it's going to be like that.

Re:Shakedown artist politicians take note! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531490)

Occupy Wall Street?

No. Unemploy Congress.

Re:Shakedown artist politicians take note! (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531666)

Whats the name of this "other guy" who isn't going to do the exact same thing?

Re:Shakedown artist politicians take note! (2)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531940)

Uh, the phrase is "jump the shark", not "jump the shark tank". And your knowledge of politics seems as shallow as your knowledge of internet memes. Frankly, we've seen things like this come and go many times in our day. In a couple months, after SOPA and PIPA have passed, been reconciled, and the reconciled bill passed, this will be forgotten. And no one in Congress will suffer an iota from it, because the majority of citizens really don't give a damn as long as they can get to their Facebook accounts and cute cat videos on YouTube, your bravado and posturing notwithstanding.

Two messages being sent by GoDaddy desertions (5, Interesting)

Morgaine (4316) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531228)

1. Politicians and government no longer represent what the people want. The bribary by the copyright lobby has gone way beyond the pale, and the political corruption of government seems unstoppable.

2. Politicians and government are now costing businesses money. While traditionally the government has supported businesses more than individuals, this has now reached the point where business finds itself at odds with the customers that provide its income, and that is a terminal situation.

The messages are pretty clear. What's unclear is where this is going, other than sending SOPA to hell.

Re:Two messages being sent by GoDaddy desertions (2)

NitroWolf (72977) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531374)

1. Politicians and government no longer represent what the people want. The bribary by the copyright lobby has gone way beyond the pale, and the political corruption of government seems unstoppable.

2. Politicians and government are now costing businesses money. While traditionally the government has supported businesses more than individuals, this has now reached the point where business finds itself at odds with the customers that provide its income, and that is a terminal situation.

The messages are pretty clear. What's unclear is where this is going, other than sending SOPA to hell.

Unfortunately, it's not a terminal situation for big business. Take a look at the telecom and to an extent the cable industries. When they start losing customers, they lobby to get "fee" attached to their bills (and other companies bills WTF!) that directly benefit them. Universal Service fund immediately springs to mind, but there are lots of other examples. Just pick up a bill and read it carefully.

Canada has that goofy law where you pay taxes on blank media... which goes directly to the recording industry. Government mandated payments to a business because the business forces away customers.

What does a $10 registration mean? (2)

BlueCoder (223005) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531304)

Losing these a handful of big websites doesn't cost Godaddy more than $100 a year. The negative publicity affects them much worse.

I think what is really needed is to get all the big name companies together and sponsor research into an alternative to DNS that can't be touched by any government and you can't sue for trademark infringement. Perhaps some combination of public key encryption and p2p. Then webpages the world over could provide links to the public key to search for. Instead of being able to directly go to a website you would need to go through (gasp) a search engine, then forever hence your web browser could find the site. Perhaps the public keys could even be encoded in those newfangled 2d bar codes.

Re:What does a $10 registration mean? (3, Interesting)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531422)

I think what is really needed is to get all the big name companies together and sponsor research into an alternative to DNS that can't be touched by any government and you can't sue for trademark infringement.

The problem ist't DNS blocking, it's the capacity of Gov't to block any website at the BGP level right in the main routers of Tier-1 backbones. That's the whole point of the uproar: the copyright lobby and their politicians have embarked on an arms race with us, the Internet Community, and who knows where all this will lead to?

Re:What does a $10 registration mean? (1)

Just Brew It! (636086) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531542)

Agreed. The negative publicity is the main thing, since the publicity will get more people to think about transferring their domains. That's why it is a big deal.

Re:What does a $10 registration mean? (1)

mc10 (2402526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531972)

I think what is really needed is to get all the big name companies together and sponsor research into an alternative to DNS that can't be touched by any government and you can't sue for trademark infringement.

And, of course, Congress passes another stupid law like SOPA making that illegal as well. Good luck having technology be uncensored by the government.

it doesn't really matter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531310)

if SOPA does become a reality, the ultimate power lies with *the* authoritative registry (nic) for each tld and cctld (e.g. verisign, neustar, etc) anyway. if an isp or host won't comply with a sopa 'request', the complainer will just go up the food chain.

Re:it doesn't really matter (2)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531678)

That's true for gTLDs, but most non-US CCTLDs don't fall under US jurisdiction. Technically as well, it isn't censorable from the US, because all the US could do would be to blacklist a whole country at the root servers level. So you can always host your domain(s) with those foreign cctlds. It won't be as generically nice as .com, .org, .info, ... but what's wrong with .de, .fr, .ru, .ua and so on?

I transfered a dozen domains today. But know this (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38531380)

I wish I knew a few things before transferring my domains. I hope you find this useful.

There are at least 2 registrars who will donate $1 to EFF for each domain transferred to them:

1. namecheap.com (use coupon code SOPAsucks for a nice discount, I paid $7.17 per domain transfer + whois privacy)
2. gandi.net ($8 for domain transfer + free SSL cert + free whois privacy + ...)

I wish I knew that:

1. namecheap.com offers SSL cert for $1.99 extra -- that you can use for ANY domain including ones you don't register with them.
          Since I didn't need SSL for the domains I transferred, I skipped this offer and am kicking myself for not getting a few certs

2. gandi.net offers SSL cert for free with each transfer and it only costs $8 (US) and they provide whois privacy
          there were posts about gandi.net being more expensive than others, so I assumed the worst and found otherwise today

Now you know of 2 registrars giving you a domain name, SSL cert and whois privacy for under $10, PLUS they donate a buck to EFF.

I transferred around 12 domains to namecheap.com for $7.17/domain and will transfer additional domains requiring SSL to gandi.net for $8/domain.

If you know of other registrars (not owned by godaddy) who will donate $1 or more for each transfer, then reply here with their coupon code, etc.

Things to remember when transferring from godaddy:

1. First, unlock your domain at the godaddy website
2. Get your authorization codes from godaddy website
3. Cancel your whois privacy at godaddy's: DomainsByProxy.com
4. Make sure your Administrative Contact's email address is correct so you can respond
        (note that some changes like Company Name, etc. will lock your domain for 60 days!)
5. And finally, initiate the transfer at your new registrar

I found these instructions helpful when transferring my domains today:
http://www.sitepoint.com/godaddy-supports-sopa-heres-how-to-transfer-your-domains/

Here's your chance to vote with your wallet AND save money. If you procrastinate, you'll probably end up renewing with godaddy the night before your expiration and pay them a heck of a lot more than these prices. Transfer today and benefit.

So help fund them (4, Informative)

rbrander (73222) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531392)

Funny coincidence, five minutes ago, the Wikipedia funding request hit my mailbox. Says they stop asking for funds every year once they hit a goal...but alas this year did not make it.

Really, it is a very impressive service to offer with, as the letter says, 679 servers and 95 staff. They keep it all very, very tight. I felt good donating this year, and that was BEFORE the SOPA thing.

We need a Firefox plugin to flag GoDaddy sites (2)

slincolne (1111555) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531398)

It would be really handy to be able to easily identify web sites that are registered with GoDaddy. That way we could politely request that the admins use an alternative registrar.

Re:We need a Firefox plugin to flag GoDaddy sites (1)

mc10 (2402526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531910)

I currently use Flagfox [mozilla.org] , which provides an icon next to the URL bar with a handful of useful features, including being able to access whois in two clicks.

Name.com (2)

mc10 (2402526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531572)

I personally recommend Name.com [name.com] ; they have a nice, clean interface, and they're giving a discount for transfers from GoDaddy [name.com] with the code "NODADDY".

Re:Name.com (2)

mc10 (2402526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531662)

Oh, and of course, they're against SOPA; they've written an entire article [name.com] about SOPA. From the previous article [name.com] :

Name.com opposes SOPA and calls on Congress to search for a new way to protect intellectual property rights, while maintaining the freedom from which we all enjoy and benefit.

Re:Name.com (1)

Secret Agent Man (915574) | more than 2 years ago | (#38532012)

I second this recommendation. I've used them for years. Great tech support and nice, clean interface. No shenanigans in my years' experience with them.

Ill do the switch too (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#38531684)

in a few weeks. i have 4-5 domains there.
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