PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

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PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby Kinsie » Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:45 am

https://www.mediafire.com/policies/data_retention.php

Mediafire has adjusted its data retention policies to delete files they consider "abandoned". For unregistered users, this means files that go 14 days without any inactivity. For registered users, this means files by people who haven't logged in for eight months. This appears to be taking effect in January, if emails that people are receiving are any indication.

If you use Mediafire to host your mods and junk, then log in so they don't go up in smoke! But also, think about moving them to another hosting service. Preferably your own paid web hosting, if possible/fiscally responsible. At least then they get to live and die on your terms!

This has been another in the long, annual-ish series of Kinsie PSA threads about your shit being on the verge of breaking.
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby Gez » Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:17 am

Oh man, there's a lot of stuff hosted on Mediafire that has been miraculously working for years. Guess the miracle is about to be over.
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby Nash » Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:32 am

Hmmm. It was just a matter of time til this day would come. Gez is right - those somehow-still-not-dead-after-10-years links have proven to be extremely valuable to me in some situations where I was urgently looking for a particular download.

Guess it's time to back those files up... get downloadin'!
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby wolfman » Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:41 am

Nothing new. That has been policy since March 2019.
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby Redneckerz » Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:45 pm

wolfman wrote:Nothing new. That has been policy since March 2019.

Be as it may, i was notified of this by Gez and Xymph on the DoomWiki.

Two links were already deleted. In light of that, i've mirrored the 13 or so links there on DRD Team under the ''Redarchive'' umbrella.

Thank you Kinsie for the heads up, aswell.
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby Dynamo » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:46 am

wolfman wrote:Nothing new. That has been policy since March 2019.

I remember reading of such a policy all the way back to 2010 at the earliest. But yes, it's a good reminder to back stuff up.
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Re: PSA: Regarding Mods and Resources Hosted on Mediafire

Postby NeuralStunner » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:55 pm

Perhaps the project posting guidelines should include a recommendation to have mirrors & backups of your works. It's a pity /idgames isn't conducive to active archiving, something on the level of archive.org for Doom mods in general would be great.
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