Will Stack Overflow boycott GoDaddy because of their support for SOPA? [closed]

Go Daddy’s Position on SOPA, from their website; it is obviously yet to be seen whether they will continue to hold this stance as proceedings continue with SOPA. Be aware.

A partial excerpt from the statement Go Daddy filed with the House of Representatives:

Our Support for SOPA

Go Daddy has a long history of supporting federal legislation directed toward combating illegal conduct on the Internet. For example, our company strongly supported the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP). Go Daddy has always supported both government and private industry efforts to identify and disable all types of illegal activity on the Internet. It is for these reasons that I’m still struggling with why some Internet companies oppose PROTECT IP and SOPA. There is no question that we need these added tools to counteract illegal foreign sites that are falling outside the jurisdiction of U.S. law enforcement. And there is clearly more that we could all be doing to adequately address the problems that exist.

Jeff has said Stack Overflow uses GoDaddy as its DNS provider. There's a thread on Reddit calling for "Dec 29th as move your domain away from GoDaddy day".

Will Stack Overflow join this boycott of GoDaddy?

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• I don't have any domains with GoDaddy, but doing this would definitely send a strong message to them. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Dec 22 '11 at 20:35
• I've been lazily putting off consolidating my peripheral hosting accounts from GoDaddy to Server Intellect for some time. Looks like this delay ends 12/29. I think I'll also move my domains while I'm at it. – Adam Rackis Dec 22 '11 at 20:41
• Who else sells them as cheap as they do? I'd do it but I'm cheap. Alternatives!? (P.S. By cheap, I mean using the coupon codes to get .com domains for like \$7.49/year.) – animuson Dec 22 '11 at 20:51
• @animuson: Cheap != (Quality && Good Ethics) – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Dec 22 '11 at 20:53
• @George: But I care more about cheap then quality and good ethics. I go to Taco Bell for cheap food, not because the customer service is excellent. – animuson Dec 22 '11 at 20:54
• @animuson: Well that's not going to help defeat this bill :) – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Dec 22 '11 at 20:55
• @animuson There are other low-cost registrars with lower suck quotients (NameCheap is very price-competitive, Gandi is more expensive, but has an excellent reputation.) Sometimes if we want to vote with our dollars it means spending a few more per year... – voretaq7 Dec 22 '11 at 21:17
• We should also boycott anyone who supports the so-called "net neutrality". Oh, uh, whoops... – Won't Dec 22 '11 at 21:23
• It's probably worth noting that GoDaddy is currently running advertisements for their hosting services on Server Fault - that might complicate matters. – Shane Madden Dec 22 '11 at 21:46
• This is atrocious. Last time I looked in the history books, the USA is a democracy. Will of the people and all that. Economic warfare was never part of the decision making process before. I'll put my best leg forward and talk to my congress man. The day a company like SE or Godaddy is going to have an actual say in the way I use the internet is the day I'll have to look for a better home. Well, island. – Uphill Luge Dec 22 '11 at 22:12
• @UphillLuge - are you trolling or are you serious? In America people are free to patronize or not patronize businesses for whatever reasons they choose. If you, me, or StackExchange disagree with a position of a certain company, we're free to take our dollars elsewhere. That's not "economic warfare", that's just how a free market economy works. – Adam Rackis Dec 22 '11 at 22:26
• @AdamRackis - yes, absolutely trolling. Inevitable after 27 upvotes. An aspect of democracy that is modeled somewhat well in meta, dissent is possible in comments. – Uphill Luge Dec 22 '11 at 22:54
• @animuson sorry to say it but it's exactly that "money trumps ethics" mindset which is the reason SOPA might pass and why so this country/planet is so utterly messed up in so many ways. Way to be part of the problem. – indorock Dec 23 '11 at 3:00
• read question title Oh, this will surely be closed as-- status: planned I love all of you. – Ben Brocka Dec 23 '11 at 6:32
• @uphill luge. America is a Republic not a democracy. – user175718 Dec 26 '11 at 4:26

Yes.

• Thanks for standing up for what's right guys! – voretaq7 Dec 22 '11 at 23:24
• :O!!! I can't believe you used a filter bypass! I should flag this for moderator attention! – animuson Dec 23 '11 at 6:20
• Go Daddy no longer supporting SOPA. Disclaimer: I already moved my domain from Go Daddy and am in no way affiliated with them. godaddy.com/newscenter/… – Brian Dec 23 '11 at 19:05
• This question should be closed as "too localized"; as per godaddy.com/newscenter/release-view.aspx?news_item_id=378 (mentioned in @Brian comment) this refers to "a specific moment in time", a fact that renders the question worthless. – casperOne Dec 23 '11 at 19:36
• @casperOne Yes, but years from now, it will spur the question, "What was GoDaddy?" – LarsTech Dec 23 '11 at 20:10
• Cut them off anyway. Yes, they've given up on supporting SOPA, but they still want to. They're only letting it go because people boycotted, not because they think it's a bad idea. Continue hurting them. – Nicol Bolas Dec 23 '11 at 22:02
• If the boycott or move goes ahead anyway, would this include the other sites that you use GoDaddy for (whois shows Coding Horror, Joel on Software and FogCreek as Go Daddy-registered)? – tombull89 Dec 24 '11 at 0:04
• GoDaddy changed (but did NOT reverse) their position on SOPA. I'll note that they still support the idea of the bill and just want "revisions" to it, I still consider them in support. Is the move still planned or not? – Ben Brocka Dec 24 '11 at 3:02
• @BenBrocka I hope it is. – George Stocker Dec 24 '11 at 6:53
• Is this still happening, or did you change your minds, @Joel? – Emil Jan 8 '12 at 12:48
• @Emil, whois queries for the trilogy still show GoDaddy as the registar – Mike Pennington Jan 19 '12 at 2:10
• @AaronFleming seems like everything is with Name.com now, instead of Go Daddy. – Oak Mar 11 '12 at 14:52
• For some reason the words "Continue hurting them." said in that comment by Nicol Bolas made me laugh – Viziionary Oct 31 '14 at 22:10

It looks like GoDaddy has reversed its position on SOPA not changed their position. While there were initial reports that GoDaddy had backed down, it turns out this was more or less straight BS

I'm posting this for completeness of information and to neither defend nor demean them in any way. in the hopes that others will join in my pulling their business from this company on 12/29.

• That article seems a bit subjective, especially in its tone towards Go Daddy, don't you think? – Mystery Dec 23 '11 at 20:29
• Would you prefer Ars Technica? – Pops Dec 23 '11 at 20:32
• Frankly, this is too little, too late. We need to set an example that this behaviour risks large, permanent damage. – dlitz Dec 24 '11 at 3:21
• @dlitz the flip side is that you will set an example that a company changing their position when they realize they are wrong doesn't matter, so why bother getting egg on their face. – Nicole Dec 24 '11 at 5:50
• @Renesis They didn't even really change their position, and there's no reason to think that they have realized that they were wrong. They just did some minor PR damage-control. On the other hand, they testified before Congress that this would be a good idea, and actively took part in creating SOPA. I'd rather send the message that doing anything to create a national censorship infrastructure (!) can result in the permanent loss of millions of dollars of annual revenue. – dlitz Dec 24 '11 at 6:47
• As @dlitz said, they didn't really change their position. Under the current draft, they would be exempt, but they remain officially supporting the bill. reddit.com/r/technology/comments/npair/… – camurgo Dec 25 '11 at 13:07
• Marked you down as it turns out this is just FUD/astroturfing – Chris S Dec 26 '11 at 20:53
• @ChrisS - I'd been meaning to update this answer...Christmas and all...thanks for the reminder :) – Adam Rackis Dec 26 '11 at 21:07
• It looks like the PR machine at work. I'm not really politically charged by the SOPA debate but they are full of crap really – Chris S Dec 26 '11 at 21:55