Reply 880 of 989, by cyclone3d
Hezus wrote on 2020-05-10, 06:44:
I did not mean to attack you personally about this. I think your website and the work you're doing on it is very important. […]SquallStrife wrote on 2020-05-09, 15:38:
That's a bit unfair. […]Hezus wrote on 2020-05-09, 09:41:
Good job on throwing up a lot of hurdles to make software preservation a hard job, I guess.
That's a bit unfair.
I explain in the first post why it's done the way it is.
It's not for the sake of being obstinate or elitist, it's purely a practical decision to minimise my administrative overhead.
There also isn't a hard file size limit, I am just wishing to avoid gigabyte+ size files for the time being, until there a hosting solution with more storage is in place.
I did not mean to attack you personally about this. I think your website and the work you're doing on it is very important.
I was just annoyed at the way it's working currently. Someone who's investing time into preserving software is not only blocked once from uploading it at your site because they can't register themselves, but even twice by this stupid forum PM rule. I'm certain quite a few people would just give up and throw the software in the garbage bin at that point. I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of what you're trying to accomplish here.
I don't know if your able to do it, but a registration option and an upload limit (probably the size of a CD ISO) would save you a lot of administrative overhead and would open the site up to newcomers who just want to help out.
And it would also open up a lot of administration issues trying to weed out the useless stuff and the like that some people would upload... such as porn, etc.
Take a look at driverguide for example. They have a registration page and anybody can sign up and submit stuff. Pretty much everything on there has 10-20 copies of the same exact driver package.
I was kind of annoyed and having to send a PM to get an account for vogonsdrivers set up before I had an account. But it really is a good way to keep out people who have no business uploading stuff in the first place.
And if somebody doesn't have an account and they want something uploaded, it is easy to just post in the vogonsdrivers thread with a link to it and one of us that has an account will usually upload it pretty quickly.