just brew it! wrote:
While I don't doubt that you've seen a lot of shady domains with hidden contact info registered through GoDaddy, that's not because GoDaddy is a disreputable registrar per se; it's because they're inexpensive and do a lot of volume (they are currently the largest registrar by far). Domains with hidden registration info are just one of the many add-on services they offer (at additional cost). Other registrars like register.com and Network Solutions (reputable enough for you?) offer similar "domain anonymizer" services too; you just see less of it from them because they don't do nearly as much volume.
That said, I wouldn't trust GoDaddy to run my hosting. I will continue to register domains through them though...Edit
: Oops, looks like you responded to a spam necro (which has since been deleted). And I responded to you before noticing that fact...
Necro or not, since the topic is back up, I will note that the only time I looked into a domain registration, back in early 2008, GoDaddy.com was loaded with a la carte fees and related landmines, particularly if you didn't also purchase a hosting contract, or mis-checked the ten thousand offers for unrelated products and services from their partners.
I ended up going with NetFirms.ca which is a typical $10/month with auto-renewal and a CPanel interface. Been like a good toaster -- always there, always works, nothing fancy. This past year I rolled over the expiry of my current credit card and forgot to update it in their system. I didn't realize this until their "unable to renew" email came in December. I updated the card online a few days later and ran the renewal manually, and in the meantime I found a message on my answering machine from customer service, checking to see if I needed assistance in getting the account fixed. I otherwise get maybe 4 emails a year from them.