Is it just me or has the focus shifting from SOPA to GoDaddy (reddit too has the same trend). I'm as anti-GoDaddy as the next person but let's remember that calling your representative will help the cause more than punishing a domain registrar. Maybe if you run a popular website then informing your site visitors about the evil of the bill (like tumblr) can do much more to help the cause than moving your domain name to namecheap.
Bingo. If you take out GoDaddy and a few others who either are or have potential to donate funds to election campaigns, those representatives will pay attention real quick. Much more effective than sending letters or calling.
There's not enough of us to take out GoDaddy. I really can't be optimistic about this. But in all honesty I get the whole boycott as a way to raise awareness and support that but there seems to be an underlying theme to some people's comments of wanting to put GoDaddy completely out of business. I think that's just immature. GoDaddy may be wrong on this issue but they're free to take whatever stand they want and really they aren't the problem here. The real problem is this legislation. If SOPA passes then we're fucked and we'll look back and realize that focusing so much on GoDaddy didn't really matter. GoDaddy supporting it or not, if this passes its bad either way so let's be aware of this stuff but stop focusing so much on all the minutia
> GoDaddy may be wrong on this issue but they're free to take whatever stand they want ...
Just as free as the people who think they should lose business for it, in shifting to a more social responsible company.
They are trying to enact broken and biased laws. Why shouldn't they go out of business?
No, they aren't the issue, but it's not like it takes energy or money away from fighting SOPA. And it adds ammunition to the anti-SOPA camp by establishing the instantaneous and painful consequences of speaking out against the 99%.
We shouldn't underestimate the message we're sending by outcasting GD. As we've already seen, other businesses in the domain/hosting world have already taken notice and adopted an anti-SOPA stance. If the backlash against GD is great enough, it's a pretty clear warning to every other company out there - if you support SOPA, be prepared to face the consequences.
Don't forget the millions that Godaddy invests in their lobbying activities each year. They had a hand in drafting SOPA, testify before congress etc. They are active in helping promote this type of legislation and haven't agreed to stop this political axe-grinding - they've just suspended judgement until a more final product with broader support has been forged. We haven't seen the end of this one.
Another key thing is that this is a bill being pushed through with corporate support. We're not going the change the minds of Big Media, but we can -- and have -- change the minds of companies that are supporting it for reasons periphery to their core businesses.