Namecheap as I hoped have been fast to clarify that their affiliate program will work with their standard coupon codes.
For 4 years I have been an advocate of using Namecheap for domain registrations. They have had the occasional technical problem, but overall I am extremely satisfied with their service, their interface, and above all knowing they are not going to switch off a domain just because of a single spam complaint.
Google might well have goofed again with Gmail domain registrations. I live in Poland so this is quite comical for me, and thus the comical headline. The Polish court system isn’t quite as well organised as the US, but decisions are often made faster and a lot cheaper. What that means to Google is that they can’t throw a fit and expect a small group of poets to concede defeat, and that their size as a company might not give them any advantage (unless they know someone who can influence decisions).