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Wikimedia Foundation Starts Switching away From GoDaddy

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Wikimedia says bye bye, GoDaddy.

At the end of last year, GoDaddy faced a boycott because of its support for the controversial SOPA bill. Among those committed to switching from GoDaddy to another provider was the Wikimedia Foundation, which declared its intentions on December 23 of last year.

Though things calmed down a bit when GoDaddy appeared to do an about-face, many of GoDaddy's customers followed through with their plan to take their business elsewhere. This week, the Wikimedia Foundation revealed that it too will go ahead with the move.

Buzzblog's Paul McNamara today points to a February 13 message from Jay Walsh, Head of Communications at WMF that was linked in the Wikimedia engineering February 2012 report published yesterday. This message confirms that Wikimedia's plans to switch away from GoDaddy's domain name services remain intact.

"Hi folks - you may have seen some media coverage recently about Wikimedia's intentions around GoDaddy. It is true that WMF is still planning to move 100% away from GoDaddy for all of its domain name services. I've been informed that we're currently working with MarkMonitor to carry out a full switch-over, which as many of you will appreciate, takes time.

"WMF is going to post to the blog and generally share this information as soon as the process is complete. Until then, it does mean that you'll see in some of our DNS registrations that GoDaddy is still listed. We're working on it :) Thanks - and stay tuned for more news in the next week."

In yesterday's engineering report, Wikimedia confirmed that the site had indeed started the process of moving its domain names from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor. We'll update you as soon as that blog post confirming the process is complete goes live.

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    willard , March 9, 2012 6:12 PM
    Good job Wikimedia. Show them the cost of corruption and others won't be so eager to jump behind the MPAA and their attempts to legislate higher profits.
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    alidan , March 9, 2012 6:39 PM
    got to love conviction.... wow i have used that word allot lately... anyway, anyone know how much this will hurt godaddy? i mean i would love it if they went under, but i doubt they are big enough alone to do that.
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    COLGeek , March 9, 2012 10:29 PM
    Good for Wikipedia (et al). They are standing on their principles, something often lacking these days....
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  • 27 Hide
    willard , March 9, 2012 6:12 PM
    Good job Wikimedia. Show them the cost of corruption and others won't be so eager to jump behind the MPAA and their attempts to legislate higher profits.
  • 15 Hide
    alidan , March 9, 2012 6:39 PM
    got to love conviction.... wow i have used that word allot lately... anyway, anyone know how much this will hurt godaddy? i mean i would love it if they went under, but i doubt they are big enough alone to do that.
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    JamesSneed , March 9, 2012 7:01 PM
    This won't really hurt GoDaddy much. I still like that Wikimedia went though with it.
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    erunion , March 9, 2012 10:10 PM
    JamesSneedThis won't really hurt GoDaddy much.


    Ever seen a snow ball rolling down a slope?
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    COLGeek , March 9, 2012 10:29 PM
    Good for Wikipedia (et al). They are standing on their principles, something often lacking these days....
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2012 12:03 AM
    /clap good for them, and everyone else who followed through.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2012 12:43 AM
    Business should stay out of Politics, and Politicians should get out of the way of business...
    Hollywood needs to do the same. I'll never watch another Tom Hanks movie again.
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    freggo , March 10, 2012 8:48 AM
    The only language understood by management... quarterly sales reports.

    You do something that effects their sales and they start listening to you ! :-)
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2012 3:27 PM
    Ironically, this is why I like GoDaddy.. they actually listen to their customers. Ever try getting anything changed at DreamHost or Moniker? Schyeah, fat chance. I moved all of my domains (close to 60) to GoDaddy for this reason.
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    smithereen , March 10, 2012 3:56 PM
    I don't like Wikipedia taking a political stand. Doesn't that kind of go against the idea of being an open, NPOV encyclopedia?
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    belardo , March 10, 2012 7:06 PM
    Godaddy sucks as a company. I don't recommend ANYONE use them.

    1) A client bought a 2nd domain through them (without telling me) - because another Registar is bad at English and their support is bad (joker.com). ie: we couldn't get control of their domain because of an email change, lost password. The domain has a ".net" address.

    So the plan was to let the domain expire then buy it again with someone else. Its a very small business with an obscure family name.

    2) But before my client could re-buy his domain.... GODADDY stole the domain and offers to sell it back for $280!? WTF?! GoDaddy is a domain hoarder / stealer - simple as that. Their prices suck, their service sucks, their business ethics slut.

    3) My client is NOT paying godaddy a red cent.

    4) I wish the very worst for GoDaddy, easily an evil company.
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    belardo , March 10, 2012 7:10 PM
    Drak3Ironically, this is why I like GoDaddy.. they actually listen to their customers.

    GoDaddy is a scam-artist company.
    I REPEAT! DO NOT even do domain searches with Godaddy... they will just buy it themselves and lock you out unless you pay for it.
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    randomizer , March 11, 2012 12:27 AM
    smithereenI don't like Wikipedia taking a political stand. Doesn't that kind of go against the idea of being an open, NPOV encyclopedia?


    Wikipedia is not taking a political stand. It's a website; it doesn't have views. The Wikimedia Foundation which owns the domain (and several others) is taking a political stand. As a charitable organisation and not an encyclopaedia I don't think that's extraordinary.

    belardoSo the plan was to let the domain expire then buy it again with someone else. Its a very small business with an obscure family name.2) But before my client could re-buy his domain.... GODADDY stole the domain and offers to sell it back for $280!? WTF?! GoDaddy is a domain hoarder / stealer - simple as that.


    That is not theft, the domain was unregistered and thus could be bought by anybody. I could have bought it. Now I don't think that GoDaddy was making a good ethical decision to go and buy it, but this is how the domain industry works. The solution is to not let your domain expire (and the Registrant is given more than ample time to prevent that happening). However, it's the Registrant's responsibility to keep their contact email address up to date. Unfortunately, most don't realise that, especially if they are a small business that had their website built and domain registered by another company on their behalf.
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    Anonymous , March 11, 2012 4:35 AM
    Great! Show those scum what we are capable of.
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    dontknownotsure , March 11, 2012 6:01 AM
    erunionEver seen a snow ball rolling down a slope?

    yes, its cracked and broke in to tiny insignificant pieces
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    Burodsx , March 11, 2012 9:50 PM
    Good job wikimedia. I'm glad that GoDaddy learned a lesson in supporting the wrong cause.
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