Man, I am sick of these liberal CEO’s who unfairly try to silence Conservative voices – or anyone that disagrees with them. The list is long and seems to be growing.
And I love to see the blow-back force the sanctimonious liberals to cave when people rise up and vote with their money. And one place that left and right thinkers are able to come together is on internet freedom.
Tomorrow – January 22 – marks the one year anniversary of internet users rising up against GoDaddy, one of the largest Domain Registrars, for their support of the Stop Online Piracy Act – known as SOPA. Most realized that SOPA was just another feel good name pretending to accomplish a good thing, but it was in reality another government power grab intent on controlling our lives.
Who could condone steeling? Be it movies, software, music or whatever. But like the “Affordable Health Care Act” that has made health care less affordable, the SOPA act may or may not have an effect on online piracy, but it would most definitely give the government far more control over everything you do online. (And we will not forget that “Republican” Bob Goodlatte of Va was one of the leading proponents of SOPA.)
A Registrar named NameCheap will be donating a portion of all transfer sales tomorrow to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that is fighting to keep the Internet free from government control.
Now, I have been a GoDaddy customer for a long time, almost since they began. But not only does their initial support of SOPA bother me, they have also shut down domains for anti Obama messages and this one because Obama didn’t like what they had to say.
And there are far more examples of the left-wing bias of GoDaddy.
I moved a couple of Domains yesterday to test out the service and response time for a couple of GoDaddy’s leading competitors.
First, I selected 1&1. I moved a domain I have had for about a year and it was expiring in about a month. The move is supposed to give me the remaining time I have and extend it for a year. I ran into a snag with 1&1 and found out that they will not register a post office box, which is what I use for all of my domains. They insisted on adding a random street name they “looked up” and automatically entered it into the transfer process. 5 phone calls to some overseas Tech Support and half a dozen emails later, my domain transfer is stuck in limbo.
I also transfered a domain from GoDaddy to NameCheap. My PO Box worked like a charm and the transfer fully completed in about 2 hours yesterday.
This morning, I tried again with 1&1, hoping Monday morning would shift the tech support to the US. No such luck. But I was told that I needed to talk to billing and was transferred, only to hear a “closed for the Holiday (MLK Day?) message. The domain is still stuck in limbo.
While I was on the phone with 1&1, I decided to transfer another domain to NameCheap. This one took just over an hour – start to finish. A bit faster because I already had an account, I suppose.
1and1 did answer the phone pretty fast. In fact, it only took a few seconds on hold to get an absolutely clueless tech support person who could not help me or answer my questions – like why they do not allow PO Boxes.
And NameCheap does not have telephone support. But I did use their Online Chat support and was given the correct answer immediately complete with links. And they answered the chat session in about the same time 1&1 answered the phone – just a few seconds.
Tomorrow, I will be moving several domains to NameCheap for “Move Your Domain Day”.
And I suggest you consider doing the same if you use GoDaddy.