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Project Archive: A Digital Ark For AG's Treasures.

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 12:52am

CommanderPaladin

CommanderPaladin

506 posts

It's Coming...
AGv3 is soon to pass from looming into being, despite the concerns and objections of those among us who are opposed to some of its "improvements."  According to official information, it is highly likely that during the transition the content of the forums will be lost. 
While it is questionable and ultimately unknown whether the forums would be able to successfully recover from this, one fact stands out: there are some things in these forums that simply can't be replaced. 

Project Archive: Saving The Best of AG's Forums for the Future.
While it is impossible, and indeed unnecessary, to keep all of the forum's contents, it would be a definite loss to AG and its denizens if certain threads were forfeited.  Fortunately, there may be a way to save them.
How?
What I am proposing is simple: All of you loyal forum-dwellers who have flash drives and hard drive space, put it to use.  Copy and paste the contents of certain landmark threads to word-processing documents and save it for eventual reposting once the transition cycle is completed.
What should be saved?

Only keep the best and most useful subject matter.  While the erasure of the forums would take a long time to recover from, there are many threads that the forum can survive without.  Thus, only the real gems should be archived: the most comprehensive and used game guides, the greatest debates, the deepest art and writing, the best and most identified-with stories, and the most popular and longest running games. 
Where Do I Start?
Here is a preliminary list of candidate threads for archiving:
>Tavern: Cenere's legendary discourse on internet behavior, "Super Cool and Awesome Bunnies!"
>Forum Games: You're Banned (This one will be the hardest due to its sheer size.  That size, however, is part of why it should be saved.)
>AMW: The two constant writing contests (Poetry and Haiku)
>WERP: The Introductions to Logic and Rhetoric
>Tavern: Your Most Painful Physical Experience (A lot of people can identify with this one)

This list is by far not complete.  Therefore, I would welcome any serious suggestions regarding threads suitable for archiving. 

Project Archive Wants YOU!
Obviously, this isn't a one-man operation; it would be physically impossible to carry this out effectively if it were.  Project Archive needs volunteers.
If you are willing to help out, please report to this thread that you will help, what thread(s) you will copy and store, and if possible when you will do so.  Additionally, some larger threads may have to be copied in sections by multiple people; such efforts would have to be coordinated via this thread.

Some Guidelines
When Archiving, copy and keep the pertinent information and nothing else.  Usernames, date/time of post, rank of poster (optional), and of course the text of the post should be copied and stored in an organized style, preferably as close to the original forum's format as possible. 

AGv3 may gut the forums in its rise, but there's no reason why we can't salvage some things and try to improve the situation.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 7:17am

soccerdude2

soccerdude2

1,588 posts

First of all, I think I might be able to help with this, however I'm not totally sure about that. With school starting again my schedule might get totally out of whack. Not to mention I have to look all over the house for my flash drive again...

Second of all, Gantic made a thread about this too, I remember Tales of the Tavern (Threads of Repute).

Also Legendaria Imaginaria.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 8:21am

jeol

jeol

3,565 posts

Humm, I was thinking about this recently. It's nice to see some action about it.

This, if we want to remember the old forums, will be even more necessary since AG closed the community to 'crawlers', which means no more web archives of the forums. :/

I can help with the game guides, since I sort of already started since I gathered my Raze 2 thread when it disappeared. How are we going to handle communication of what has been archived and what still needs to be?

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 8:28am

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,164 posts

Knight

Get certain people to manage certain sections, and work from that idea for better organization and efficiency....

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 12:57pm

Graham

Graham

6,422 posts

Would've been nice to see Starscream's suicidal threats again; gone from the forums.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 1:14pm

soccerdude2

soccerdude2

1,588 posts

I believe the Video Games, Flash Games, and the Game Walkthroughs are still overlooked, as they have been time and time again. AG is a flash gaming site, yes? I myself have seen some at least decent threads in them, like this, this, some of these, and others I can't find/don't remember.

I don't really go in video games much.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 1:39pm

Cenere

Cenere

12,941 posts

Knight

Wouldn't it be sad to keep the poetry and haiku contests, and then forget about the old Art Skill Competition? Or the Draw That Pokemon thread, which is still a legend in the AMW.
And, well, anything mentioned in Gantic's rather nice threads about threads of repute.

Personally, I wouldn't say the thread on online behaviour is much of a novelty, it simply behaved as most of my threads of that type as, so if that is suggested, "fave food" (or whatever the name was) with a similar irrelevant title and interesting discussion should be considered as well. But I personally can't remember the actual name, nor when it was made.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 5:28pm

spikeabc

spikeabc

1,004 posts

i dont really get it, they should just bring back every forum!

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 8:20pm

Tactical_Fish

Tactical_Fish

429 posts

I don't know where they are, but those April Fools threads are imperative to AG history.

 

Posted Aug 21, '12 at 11:32pm

CommanderPaladin

CommanderPaladin

506 posts

Wow, I'm actually surprised at the response this has already gotten.

@Soccerdude
You can also use your computer's hard drive/desktop for these saves if you so choose. 
Also, those threads you linked may be useful in finding good, salvable material.

@Jeol
It's good that you have a head start.
Communications will be centered in this thread, including reports of threads to be saved, who's working on what, and threads successfully archived. 

@Nichodemus
It may of necessity be that certain people are only assigned certain threads.  Full sections are to large for one person to handle.  If we get enough manpower, we may be able to establish teams for each section.  However, this would require some degree of recruiting to find people willing and able to assist.  If you know any such people, please spread he word.

@Graham
...?

@Soccerdude, Cenere
Clearly, I don't know nearly all of the good forums.  Anything that's worth saving, please, by all means, mention it here!
And yes, Cenere, your thread was/is significant.  You're not taking enough credit for that one.

@Spikeabc
In short, they can't.  There is simply too much data to "roll over" without crashing the system.  You may or may not remember, but a few months ago AG tried an experiment with switching everyone's profiles to a new server.  They were unprepared for the volume of data they encountered, and the result was that everyone's profiles were fried for several months.

@Tactical_Fish
Okay, you're in charge of those.

 
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