Domain Registration $11 a year.
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Right to censor your own content and deal with Lawyers personally...priceless.
In my experience if you don't make any noise(good or bad) then nobody knows you're there. I don't think this situation sounds like it had to do with being a nice guy as much as it did being a quiet guy.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers