OK So why did we need vaping-australia.com ? Jan 25, 2020 13:14:14 GMT 10 Hoofprint, DogMan, and 11 more like this
Post by Fatman on Jan 25, 2020 13:14:14 GMT 10
First up .. apologies to all for any and all faffing about with the site name and the extra portal ... it was/is a redundancy move that was neccessary but maybe not for the reasons you might think ?
While I think its really important that everyone has access to the forum in several ways, I did have to keep mum a little about the REAL reason I had acquired www.vaping-australia.com as a secondary way of getting to the forum ...
For once this isnt so much a moment ... unless you want to blame me for not triple checking with GT that all bases had been covered before he passed ... and I will admit to not doing that in his final few days , because honestly neither of us saw his death as imminent until the last day really , and , well, I had other things to say to him that werent forum related at that time, His actual passing was quite quick , and he had kept assuring me his going into hospital again was just a blip again ... turns out it wasnt
So in planning for his possible demise , we together had both ensured that we all ( ingy included) had access to accounts , proboards, payment, emails etc etc etc ... but the one thing GT left off the list , and the one thing I didnt think would be a drama ( cos we had email access etc ) would be the actual domain name @ godaddy...
Turns out we were very wrong !!
You see Godaddy offers as part of its service a really tight privacy/security regime that will prevent Dudley Doo-hacker from stealing your domain .... and GT had set it up ( quite rightly at the time and for extra $$'s) that correspondance in that regard would be to his very personal private server email acct ... which he had left off the list of crap I needed to know !!!
So for the past 6 months I have been engaged with Godaddy Support trying to get www.vapinginaustralia.com into MY account before the registration ran out ... This has been an incredibly convoluted path and it necessitated me contacting Dee ( GT's wife ) on several occasions to provide documents that needed to be seen for the transfer to take place , we are talking wills/probate/drivers licenses/ photos of us HOLDING out licenses ( very hard for GT to do that ! being dead and all ) ...
Just last night I recieved a reply from the Godaddy staff adresssing this incident " that the email change address I had requested was approved " ... When I hadnt asked for any such thing and it was totally the wrong answer to the question I had asked ..." ie WHEN WILL THIS EFFING TRANSFER BE DONE , YOU UTTER UTTER BASTIDGES !!! "
Full of "I wanna rip someones head off it might as well be yours " ire ... I then again contacted GoDaddy support via phone ( the two processes are seperate )as I had been told previously that in order to change the account it had to be done via email thru a special secure site and it could not be done over the phone ...
Luckily the Gods had smiled at me and put me thru to the one guy there ( as opposed to 6 of his workmates I had previously encountered) that actually took into account all that I had done in the past and over the course of a TWO HOUR phone session , where even he had to pull off shyte he didnt know he could , finally managed to merge Graham and My accounts into the one entity !!!
( Max from GoDaddy in the USA .. YOU ROCK !!! )
So I was able to renew the vapinginaustralia.com domain for another couple of years , it was due to expire in FOUR days ... and then would have been placed on the open market auction where I would have had to bought it back hoping all the while someone else didnt engage me in a bidding war for it ... Hence why I had to NOT mention it publicly or even privately ... I even had to place a domain backorder on it and subscribe to the auction services ( at of course a nice $$$fee to do so ) at the suggestion of one of the previous support guys as an armagheddon scenario !
Of course on the 29th Jan when the domain expired ... it would have stopped redirecting to the forum , and thats why I needed another portal , because everyone would have been locked out if they did not have the iquit.freeforums link ...
I was actually planning my first mass email to all members with the links , but of course that would also tip everyone off that the domain was up for grabs too! That was a last ditch shoot myself in the foot move
I am now about to make sure that if something happens to me that ALL relevant accounts are in Ingrids hands to prevent this same thing happening if something happened to me
God Bless you GT , you done good , but in the end you had the last laugh on me baby!!!
Love you and miss you man!