Domain transfer update and sad news!

Posted on July 10th, 2009 by Jim

Hello coffee smellers, just when we thought things were going to return to normal!

It appears that domain provider www.1& can’t transfer back to me from without an authorisation code from RYK who is trying desperately to release it back! So whilst 1&1, myself  & RYK work out what authorisation code is needed GO! Smell the flowers remains as it is for the time being.I’m still locked of my GO! Smell the flowers admin so can’t post an update there!

As soon as GO! Daddy clarify the authorisation code to RYK flowers will be transfered back to me – I get the authorisation code, enter it and the transfer is done but nobody knows where the code is! Come on GO! Daddy…help!


Sadly there has been a case lodged against one of my team in India for an alleged Cyber crime! – the  ‘cyber police’ are involved and require the passwords for the posts that I’ve protected (a goodwill gesture on my part for damage limitation) and I have the passwords for.  I sincerely hope the charges are dropped and this whole domain issue doesn’t become my media focus that drags the last 20 days back up and spend time and money on legal!  The ‘cyber police’ have asked to meet one of the team this Tuesday but it is me they should be talking to as the action of the last week stand squarely on my shoulders aiming for a positive outcome to all this.

I’ve taken all your comments, emails and phone calls on board regarding the futures of flowers & coffee and am beginning to get clarity on the future direction. I’ll be in a position to post about this when everything has been cleared up. RYK also has a couple of excellent suggestions on how the communities can grow and the energy focused to a positive.

Suggestion have been made that the last few weeks have been staged and it has all been done for self promotion of a book and a blog. Could anyone have scripted this, really?

I’m not granted admin access back to my site so can’t post an update but anytime soon. Local radio sation Dubai eye have invited me on to talk about the community and anyone can listen – wherever you are in the world : 09:30am Dubai time on Saturday – the Saturday extra show!

Just click here to stream and listen.

Afterall, it’s about bouncing back, Alan:

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What happens between now and then will dicate what is discussed on the show. What a start and a wake up call to the coffee community! What wake up calls have you had recently?

Thanks & Rgds,


23 Responses to “Domain transfer update and sad news!”

  1. Jim, I am in the process of transferring my domains from 1&1 to Godaddy and both parties have been very helpful.

    I suggest you email my contact at GoDaddy – Timothy Kearns – – and explain what you need. He has been most helpful :-)

    Also, Rehan should be able to get the authorisation code from the GoDaddy user panel.

    Note that the whole transfer process will take 5 days and that is normal. They have to carry out checks I guess.

    Hope this helps – and good luck!

    • Jim says:

      Thanks Arvind…

      I’ve taken the initiative of opening a GO! Daddy account myself, right now and have sent Rehan the details so transfer is at least done between GO! Daddys…instantly I’m told by GO! Daddy…

      Then it’s my GO! Daddy to my 1&1.

      I think complications arise when different providers transfer to different providers…

    • Jim says:

      Thx Susan…long time!

      Hope all ok with you in Tehran and checked your amazing woman blog out…Great job…
      Tweet tweet…

  2. (((((Jim)))))

    I wish that there was something I could do for you. Sad news indeed, but it will eventually work itself out. My heart aches for what you have been through/going through. I know you will make all the bean picking into a wonderful cup of coffee or turn fertilizer into a beautiful garden.

    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..My 42 Day Adventure!!! =-.

    • Jim says:

      All part of the learning CC and hopefully they’ll be big learning and moving forward with ensuring it is a positive place to be.

      I meeting Emma later to plan what we’re going to do with the book and flowers…..

      Did you read the manuscript by the way? Any thoughts..?

      • Jim,

        I loved it. Serious, and funny. You both write very well. I love the think time and the questions…like GO! Smell the Flowers/Coffee. I had a mess at the hospital. I dropped the entire manuscript on the floor…had a heck of a time trying to get it back in order. :)

        .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..My 42 Day Adventure!!! =-.

        • Jim says:

          Thanks CC – we’re meeting to run through the plan for the book and the site! Glad you enjoyed it…..sorry about your hospital mess, spilling the flowers :-)

  3. Jim says:

    Domain transfer update:

    My GO! Daddy account is now active.

    All that remains is for the transfer between to godaddy accounts and it’s done – I then transfer it from godaddy to 1&1 in the uk.

  4. Jim says:


    I spoke to 1&1 and I’m to contact the current holder of my domain name and ask him for
    the authorization code.

    For him to retrieve his authorization code, he can
    contact GoDaddy, the current provider of the domain name so that he can be able to retrieve the auth code.

    After retrieving the auth code please correct the domain name’s auth code in your control panel. Please take note to change the authorization code of your domain name

    So once I’ve got flowers in the godaddy I just do the above – the joy of tech!

  5. Tatiana V says:

    Hopefully all will be solved this time Jim, and good luck with both the GSTC and GSTF :)
    And will try to listen tomorrow the Dubai Eye :) .-= Tatiana V´s last blog ..How to Keep Your Domain Names Safe, and Privacy vs Transparency… =-.

  6. Jim says:

    Hi Tatiana and thank for increasing awareness with this issue…that is my aim.

    Hope you can stream / record the Saturday extra show:


  7. pcd2k says:


    you guys better go sing along with Gabby Young And Other Animals performing Snakebite.
    This vaudeville style musical piece should help ab-react the venom from your reconnection.

  8. Svasti says:

    Jim, given the seemingly very sudden turn around where RYK is now “desperately” trying to help you, would you care to shed some light on what happened? Why are things magically all okay again?
    .-= Svasti´s last blog ..Illumination =-.

    • Jim says:

      Well Svasti the main thing is that Rehan has agreed to transfer the domain back to me as things heated up here at coffee, twitter and facebook – it went to far, hence the password protection in previous posts.

      The gosmelltheflowers domain is still locked and he has the keys to unlock it which I’ve requested.

      I’m still waiting for him to issue the authorisation code to either my godaddy or 1&1 accounts.

      I suspect that as CEO of a global online flora company has better things to do than fight over a domain name that isn’t his. Either way my media drive and online activity should be used for positive things – not to plea to get my domain back but boy was I naive in terms of sharing passwords and agreeing to transfer from one domain provider to another.

      There is no case for ‘crime police’ as all the content was backed up on other servers, which was always the case and as I was soley responsible for all the content. I’m hoping this claim is dropped and it’s only me to holds the keys.

      As the tech guy was openly dismissed on the project to the Flower companies staff and instructed he was free to work for me from that day forth he was following my instructions.

      My priority was to save the content, over 2,900 post submitted by over 35 writers around the world which to date has led to almost 50,000 comments. GO! Smell the coffee served to do that and was possible throug hthe free spport of a brand agency here in Dubai as everything shifted from flowers to coffee with ‘one journey, many discoveries’ replaced with ‘ wake up’.

      One thing is for sure – this whole incident has me my really think what my online objectives are and I’m putting my thinking cap on on which direction to take flowers & coffee.

      Some have suggested that the community / ies should be moderated to avoid any personal insults, attacks etc – as you did in a previous thread and I tend to agree. Also in the mix is the suggestion of any profits made are put into a trust for charitable causes – maybe flower companies can do the same as my experience with CSR initiatives and chairtable not-for-proift is another can of worms.

      The reality is after 3 years of gosmelltheflowers I have yet to realise any profit and not sure I ever even want to! Flowers to save the world / coffee to pay the bills – either way a sites objectives need thinking out, planning out, sharing openly and excecuting as it does what is says on the label.

      I’ll not share all the suggestions I’ve had via email but there’s some very original ones!
      That’s about it for now – thanks for tuning in.

      • Svasti says:

        Great information, but you really didn’t answer my question. I think you owe those of us still reading a straight answer on what’s actually going on.
        .-= Svasti´s last blog ..Illumination =-.

      • Gareth in Thailand says:

        Its already moderated what with Cyril’s and my comments deleted and the youtube links removed from my last post.

        • Jim says:

          With the local media looking in including the Etisalet Internet bods and the radio team I’ve had to moderate comments..

          Will post an up-date on the domain situation now,

  9. Jim says:

    Good news – All I’m waiting for is the authorisation code from RYK as soon as he gets it from godaddy and unlocks the domain – then its done!!

  10. Lib says:

    ‘RYK also has a couple of excellent suggestions on how the communities can grow and the energy focused to a positive’


    • Jim says:

      Hi lib – After confirming that he’ll proceed with transfering the flowers domain back to me he requested a couple of things that could be done to help build the future community.

      It’s all I can say right now as I’ve been requested not to publish any more details of personal emails from RYK to myself with I’ve agreed to do on the understanding that GSTF domain is unlocked and returned to me.

      I’ll [post now and put a timeframe on it,


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