First of all, undertake: Photobucket Migration to the Darklands - Stage I
We risk an almost complete breakdown of continuity in images
With the recent Photobucket trouble
we'll have to ask ourselves what legends of old should be targeted for photo backup? This is a disaster to continuity and it seems we have scarce time to act before the old photos go completely unavailable. As of now, it is possible to right-click pictures under lockdown, choose view image in new tab and copy it from there.
Remember that Imageshack has already robbed us of archive material, and the Photobucket strike is much larger in scope. We risk losing almost everything old which new members have stumbled upon through the years, taking inspiration from old masters.
I know I'll not have much time to contribute with in the coming weeks. I must fix some Golden Hat entries today and maybe tomorrow, but I could help some after that, within limitations. If many of us could help some, it would add up. This is not drudgery which anyone wish to do during the summer, but it is now or never
, unless Photobucket come to their senses and change direction completely.
Can we please gather links to the logs and work of inactive members which we'd particularly like to see saved from the looming disaster? Then we could chew through the threads one at a time and avoid redundant double-work by advancing which thread/member we each pick. An all-out manual trawl of the whole log section could maybe be possible, but it would be true slave labour. Realistically, we should target worthy pictures in particular.
If we can establish a link list, then some volunteers could possibly wade through it to save backup copies on their own computer, to be transferred to some free and currently stable photohosting site such as Imgur. From there, we could re-upload some stuff in big chunks with lots of photos.
Please remember that artwork and concept sketches should be saved along with miniature photos.
Let's take tjub as an example. His stuff is particularly easy to find and save for backup, since he has both a compilation of picture links in his market thread
and moreover an index
in his monster of an army log
. On the other hand, there is a lot of stuff to wade through! But it can be done.
We might wish to target long-since inactive members first and foremost, but this wrecking ball strikes at everyone's Photobucket album, active or inactive.
Saving your own pictures is quite straightforward and should probably be possible even after the Photobucket changes have been fully implemented (unless the site shuts down completely). However, saving the pictures of others' of long since inactive members is a window that will soon close.
If you know of anything specatcular and old you'd rather not be unable to see in the future, then head to that log and grab it.
There is one saving grace before Photobucket goes utterly dark. You can apparently download others' albums, if their privacy lets you see the album:
So some speed is won that way, unless non-Warhammer content is freely mixed with Warhammer content.
When it comes to salvage the work of others, there is a need to be organized. Please note that Xander and Nicodemus will address this issue as well. Nevertheless, time is of the essence, and we should not refrain from manually salvaging what we can from long-since inactive CDO accounts.
Note that this list for the moment concerns itself with downloaded/saved pictures. Uploading the pictures again is a given goal, but first we need to save the pictures from Photobucket. Mass upload can come after that.
Please note that some accounts are unregistered and thus cannot be linked-to.
Accounts whose images have been salvaged/downloaded by the users themselves are marked in BLUE
Accounts of inactive members whose images have been salvaged/downloaded by volunteers or the users themselves are marked in GREEN
. This is the most important list.
The one to keep updated. Please report when you have salvaged an account salvaged to stop double-work!
Accounts whose images have not yet been salvaged are marked in ordinary BLACK. (This list is of less importance and may not be updated frequently or given much attention. Use your own memory, the member search option or look through lists of old logs, conversions and showcase threads to find accounts. In particular, use the "Find threads by this user" option and scan for army blogs, conversions and showcase.)
Accounts whose images could not be salvaged in any way are marked in RED
. Effectively lost, not a single image salvaged.
Blue in VT
Knight Of Awesome
The Flying Beaver
Zhatek The Weird
Chaos Dwarf Artwork Compilation (Thread)
Chaos Dwarf Random Gems From Across the Web (Thread)