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Imgur.com: Why We Dumped GoDaddy 279 279

Velcroman1 writes "On the eve of what has been dubbed "Dump Go Daddy Day," imgur.com — the massive image hosting site responsible for an astonishing 28 terabytes of bandwidth and nearly 200 million page views per day — has already changed its registry entries, foreshadowing the potential negative effect of a boycott set to begin Thursday morning. GoDaddy.com originally supported the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) but quickly recanted its position when the call for a boycott circulated. 'The outcry kind of forced our hand,' imgur founder and owner Alan Schaaf said. 'I'm against the SOPA act and imgur as a company is against it. We just feel it is terrible that GoDaddy.com would support this legislation.'"
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Imgur.com: Why We Dumped GoDaddy

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  • Scr*w Godaddy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 29, 2011 @06:22AM (#38524168)

    I had all my domains in Godaddy but I was fed up with trying to find the hidden option to manage my domains in pages and pages of advertisements.

    It seemed to me that, if I paid for a service, I don't want to be bombarded by ads every time I need to use this service.

    I moved to Namecheap and never looked back.

  • by handsup (148536) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @06:24AM (#38524180) Homepage Journal

    This is not the first time GoDaddy is exposed. I remember transferring my domains from them years ago due to some other Bad Thing they did.

    It surprises me that they still are used by many high-profile sites who are now only transferring.

  • by Kplx138 (2523712) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @06:59AM (#38524294)

    Hopefully there will be a boycott and more boycotts if it fails to get the message across. Not something that should be given up on because it becomes all to hard and doesn't work the first time, after all how much do you value your freedom? Hell work to vote out every idiot that voted for it. Capitalism is supposed to be democratic, they tell you if people don't buy a product a company should understand that there's a problem with their product and rectify the problem or risk going out of business. Boycotts get that message across, worked well for south africa,

    I swear schools should teach kids how to organise boycotts right along side the importance of voting. Generations of kids coming up willing to drop massive boycotts on companies for even looking like doing something evil. When someone says that the market will work it out naturally they mean it'll correct itself eventually and I'll a load of cash in the meantime... oh I'm slightly off topic now.

  • by Catiline (186878) <akrumbach@gmail.com> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @07:10AM (#38524340) Homepage Journal

    For the next year (or so), this will be my counter-example when I debate politics with people who argue that a centrally regulated economy is better than the free market -- as in, "I will happily agree with you, if first you explain this one annoying fact please."

    * Constituents and businesses pleaded with Congress [the regulatory body of US "central economic planning"] not to pass SOPA. Congress did anyway.
    * People threaten to boycott GoDaddy (direct financial loss) due to supporting SOPA and they reverse course immediately.

    I feel the answer is clear, obvious, and simple: businesses are more responsive to their "constituents" then politicians are. Therefore, we should discard [most of] the business regulations -- by which I mean things like minimum wage or union laws, not universal "regulatory" laws like EPA pollution controls -- and go back to a free market.

    (Oh, and before people asks: EPA regulations are "universal" because private individuals can violate them just like big business does, for example by developing protected land, or burning waste material. Wage and hiring laws are not "universal" because private individuals cannot be in violation of those laws, only businesses.)

  • by David Gerard (12369) <slashdot AT davidgerard DOT co DOT uk> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @07:16AM (#38524368) Homepage

    > It surprises me that they still are used by many high-profile sites who are now only transferring.

    The Wikimedia one was like:

    "WIKIPEDIA! WHY YOU USE GODADDY?!?!!"
    "... We do?"

    It's plumbing. No-one thinks about it. Until it turns out their plumber is HITLER. [citation needed]

  • by Kplx138 (2523712) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @07:33AM (#38524430)

    GoDaddy would have to cease to exist for me to believe the free market works, don't get me work I believe that free markets are a good thing but they need some amount of government regulation to balance out greedy dishonest a-holes.

    A lot of people say if we had a "true" free market with out any goverment regulations or interference it would all work out in the end. Much like communists will tell you that most communist states failed because they weren't "true" communism. It's all the speak of a true believer.

    Free Market Capitalism and Communism are really get theories but turn to crap when you add people to the equation, just like a computer program will work 100% perfectly until someone uses it then it'll just crash.

  • SLASHDOT YOU MORONS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Weezul (52464) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @11:45AM (#38526386)

    Could you PLEASE STOP saying that GoDaddy recanted its support for SOPA!

    GoDaddy has NOT withdrawn its official congressional support for SOPA [reddit.com]

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