...really saddens me.
Like they say, "a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts on it boots."
I really wish people had higher standards for actual evidence before jumping to conclusions.
Now let's see if this post gets a similar 1,000+ upvotes, as fairness would dictate. Something tells me it won't, but I'd love to be proven wrong. I'd be shocked if it even makes it to 50.
This is the same reason why big tech often has frontpage hitpieces about them that are borderline made-up which don't get refuted much, as they already have so many enemies and questionable practices that few people care to try to call bs when they could just nod and upvote.
I don't often say something like this, but Godaddy is a terrible company. They have a long history of running sexist and degrading ads, and they supported SOPA until they were boycotted off using it.
It's rather common -- there are tons of companies which do exactly that. They scrape all domains and instantly buy unrenewed domains their algorithm determines are valuable.
GoDaddy nameservers and their branded parking page show up for all domains purchased through GoDaddy until you bother changing them.
I'm starting to discover from these threads that people seem to be completely confusing actions by a registrar (e.g. GoDaddy) with actions by third parties using the registrar.
It was this warning everyone was given in the early 00s. I'm glad the anti-tasting provisions were brought into force by ICANN.
Interestingly I never found out if it was an urban legend or not. But I thought one of the domains I was searching for was snapped up like that while I was comparison shopping. But it definitely wasn't tasted. It's been a parked page for 18 years now. Fascinating.
It could have just been a coincidence. But the domain was released about 2 weeks later.
I can only describe my anecdote and others are chiming in. If you're still skeptical you could search. It was probably a story on Slashdot, as things were.
Is it true? I don't know, but I know I'd trust any random throwaway account before I'd trust Godaddy's sleazy PR department.
a guy searched for a domain on godaddy and godaddy sold it - afaict that’s a fact. they obviously agree that it looks bad or they wouldn’t’ve bothered with this response.