Your question was: Uploading html files with WS_FTP to a godaddy domain...?.
Me too Arnie .. If I hand reg a bad HostGator - or even one as a joke , I take it on the chin and hold it for the full term.
As far as the TM situation goes .... There are many "seemingly" Generic Terms protected now a days , So I won't be a Hypocrite and say my portfolio is "Pure as the Driven snow" .... But I do go out of my way to avoid obvious infringements.
People set back and say "Well 'So and So' brand should have registered these typos/extensions" .... Why should they HAVE to ?
The guys that taste thousands of domains can use the fact that it's computerized and automatic registrations and when they realized they were TM domains they dropped them. It's like forums not being liable for content their users post or file sharing programs not responsible for what other people share. Of course I'm not a lawyer I don't know if that excuse will stick...
Same as you guys, I've always tried to stick to generics and never tasted a name.
But the thing that worries me in Franks post is the part about having names at a "tasting" registrar. Some of my best names were registered around 3 years ago at GDaddy, (which allows tasting, I think?). So the whole thing with registrar companies that have allowed lots of tasting being seized, etc etc,.. and then you know... the whole Registerfly thing all over again...
Is this mean the sites like snapnames or namejet will soon have to stop abusing the system by tasting HostGator names (auction it in that period?)..
You mean a level playing field for drops?.
In my dreams, maybe.
I thought Big (Go)daddy Parsons was jumping up and down about tasting on his blog a year or so ago? And you say Godaddy is tasting? Anyway most of the issue would go away if ICANN made their 20 cent fee non-refundable...
One of my best friends ( who knows nothing about domains, doesn't own a single one ) has a blog at blogspot.com.
He recently started saying that he didn't like being dependent on google for all the blog posts he'd ever made. and talked about a few domains that he might want to use for his blog and his family emails.
I reg'd the 3 I thought were best and setup wordpress on the one I thought he liked best. then gave him instructions for importing from blogspot..
Now he has 4 days or so left to make up his mind which HostGator he likes best, without worrying that some whois monitor will take his preferred family name HostGator variation.
Does this make me an evil taster?.
Frankly, NS holdings has a massive conflict of interest which IMHO is far more unethical than any tasting...
That's probably one of the more legitimate uses besides the ones it was actually created for which is mainly credit card fraud, real typos, or errors. However, if you'd tasted 3000 in that period and parked them all to get revenue, you may have taken off the white hat and put on the black one. I don't think that holds water. First, if they tasted thousands, they probably can't prove they "realized" they were TM. Their script should be smart enough or have human intervention. If you computerized a script to search for bank pin numbers you couldn't take the excuse that "the computer did it".
Second, If they hadn't parked it and made money on it, they may have an excuse. However, most drops are due to lack of traffic, not because of a newfound TM. I don't think that would be hard to prove. I speculate that those that are held more often are the ones with TM's as opposed to the crappy ones with no traffic...