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On January 13, 2005, I purchased chronicled.org from Globat.com, and it entered registration 3 days later. It was my first domain purchase, and required quite a bit of investment on my part: I paid $148.95 for 2 years of hosting, which for a high-school senior getting ready to graduate was quite the lump sum amount.
I transfered the domain on December 27, 2007 to a registrar that had suggestively posing models on its front page, and as others have said before me it’s been hard to load up GoDaddy.com without wanting to do it surreptitiously.
GoDaddy recently revealed itself to be a supporter of the Stop Online Piracy Act, a draconian measure being suggested by the House of Representatives - I listened to some of the arguments held during the first hearing, and it made me fearful of the “nuclear approach” to piracy. I had been dismissive of the bill and any possibility that it could be reality, but the hearing made me see how serious everyone was about its passage. It’s not that big of an exaggeration to state that it’s our parents’ generation who are deciding how we use our technology, and somehow I don’t trust the American Representatives to convincingly make the case for good anti-piracy measures.
Oddly I was more disturbed by GoDaddy’s swift rejection of its support, and I think my desire to move away from GoDaddy culminates from a terrifying hosting experience (after which I transferred to Dreamhost) as well as the desire to tell them that it’s not so easy to try to keep your customers. Cheekier still is their non-chalant “but we have not seen any impact to our business.”
NameCheap was doing a promotion where they would donate $1 for each domain transferred, so I jumped in. Glad to note they’ve raised $51,856 as of this writing (and also now are donating $2 for each transfer)!