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I want to thank all our members for their support all these years - We appreciate every member and thank you for sharing your love of the Buffyverse at this site.  Unfortunately due to price changes we are forced into making Big Changes in number of members allowed and Big Changes in data storage.  We are sorry that all these changes have to be made and that we are being forced into eliminating much of our content and members.  If you have any content that you want to keep you should copy it to your personal files.  If you are no longer an active member or have not posted any data in the last two years, PLEASE delete your membership.  Embed Vids from other sites can be retained.

The month of July is being reserved for all our members to copy any of their content to their personal files and for non active members to delete their accounts.  After July I will have to delete memberships and content to meet the drastic reductions that the new NING prices and data storage require.

Any questions or comments - Please Post Them Here.

Thank You for having been a member of this wonderful Buffyverse fan site - we appreciate all your efforts and content that you have shared with all our Buffyverse fans.

Best Regards, 

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Comment by cil domney on July 15, 2017 at 6:21pm

Sorry for the delay in replies - Regarding the Comic Book Pages - AGREE DD - we really only need the current season - We can eliminate all the other pages from previous seasons and I can instead do a "Featured Covers" on any Buffyverse Comic Books which would be a lot more interesting plus the same page can be reused as updates instead of new pages.  Regarding uploads - I'm totally fine with you doing direct uploads to the site instead of third party site hosting.  I have eliminated a lot of my own images and the Advent Calendar plus a lot of stuff like "screencaps" As I said before I see this as an opportunity to update Buffytube.

Angel - let's plan for first part of August for the archive of the vids.  Thanks for your offer to help guide me through the process. 

Comment by Double Dutchess on July 15, 2017 at 4:16am
Hi Angel, sorry for the late response. Thanks for the imgur upload link. I don't know yet if I'll go over to imgur but if I do, this could definitely come in handy. As for replacing the links, to be honest I'm not sure at this point if it's even necessary to do it since most if my PB images were in the older comic threads and Cil indicated she's been culling those anyway.
Comment by Angel on July 11, 2017 at 7:27pm

@cil I am ready to set up time and place whenever you are ready.

@Double Dutchess. We would have to talk and I would need to get clear on your specific situation with details as this is a little abstract. On first glance it seems you can bulk download on photobucket Click here and there also seems to be an app that can upload to imgur Click here.

In terms of replacing the links to existing images that is completely possible especially with an Archive. Again it depends on the details. It may not be possible but if you have an eye towards automation almost anything is possible. It just depends on how much one is willing to invest in the solution (meaning taking the time). It might be more effective for you to start over or not but again it just depends on your goals. I've often done things I considered impossible once I gave up the idea that it was impossible.

Comment by Double Dutchess on July 9, 2017 at 2:38pm
Hi Cil, the current season should not be affected, so if it's those images you want to keep there is no problem. For the comic book archive pages, I personally don't think it's worth the effort to revive them given that (1) it is not unique content: the covers and previews (even the entire comics) can be found in several places on the web; (2) I think hardly anyone looks at them anyway.
Comment by cil domney on July 9, 2017 at 1:41pm

Angel - Really the most important content that needs to be archived are the vids - if we can do only vids that would be great - I can deal with all graphics I have already archived especially interesting content of the graphics and there is a lot of stuff like screencaps that are not needed as well as other similar content. 

How about we do the vids at the end of July?

Comment by cil domney on July 9, 2017 at 1:31pm

DD - I will leave the decisions on how to handle this to you - We can always do a update to the comic book pages later and perhaps it's best to simply work with the current season on the Home Tab.  I've reduced most of the images from previous seasons in the discussions from earlier seasons and deleted images as well.  I will do this for all the earlier season discussions in all the comic book group discussions and leave only the current season as is.

The Comic Book Pages are your project and you should proceed as you think best.  I can always do a Comic Book Covers Project at some later date - once all these changes are dealt with. 

Comment by Double Dutchess on July 9, 2017 at 5:51am
Cil, I don't think they do payment per month. In any case, I do have all the files on my own computer as well, so it would "just" be a matter of replacing all the links. (This would mean uploading directly to BuffyTube though, and that would require a lot of storage space that you are really trying to reduce!)

This is only for the older stuff that probably no one looks at anymore anyway, though. Around the time I stopped updating the comic book pages I also started hotlinking for efficiency. (Still not a nice thing to do, but with its small numbers BuffyTube wouldn't be stealing too much bandwidth from the host so I thought it would be OK-ish.) In other words, there should be no problem with any of the images from season 11 since I never linked them from Photobucket in the first place.

@Angel, thanks for your kind offer. If you think there is a way to download everything from Photobucket and reupload to, say imgur, in one go I would definitely be interested. But the main problem would be replacing all the links I made to images on Photobucket with links to the corresponding images on the new hosting site. That seems to be an awful lot of work, and not that easy to automate, or am I mistaken?
Comment by Angel on July 8, 2017 at 10:30pm

I would archive them offline on your computer, offline, and possibly with someone else. I have done that myself so that if something happens to me I am not the only person who will have access. The back up may be complicated as textual content is separated from media content. Textual content is in a format called JSON and it is sometimes not formatted properly. However, this serves as a map for the media content especially when it comes to vids.

Archive data does not include membership data by the way such as email or sign up info. It just contains site content and profile pics. All that is available on the site anyway. Good luck on Archiving.

One last thing, I know it's your call anyway but I would archive everything and then delete just in cases decisions you make now about content that "should" be deleted is looked back with regret in hindsight. You may not have permission to give access to membership data but some in the future may feel that you didn't have permission to delete their content either. Of course, as you say obvious superfluous and outdated content should be deleted but it's still a judgement call as to what is superfluous and outdated.

Good luck and if you need anything let me know.  

Comment by cil domney on July 8, 2017 at 2:22pm

DD - can Buffytube pay for one month of Photobucket upgrade and then I can copy your files - I actually already have all the same files but as you have them organized it would be easier for me to use your photobucket images.

photobucket has been a problem for hosting, IMO, for a while now - In the meantime, I will check out the comic group and re-post your latest previews.  EF does not allow members to direct upload and they have lost a lot of their banners as well.  I'm not a big user of third party hosting for my images.  

Comment by cil domney on July 8, 2017 at 2:06pm

@Angel - it's great to have you as a resource for "how to" as part of Buffytube.   I'm thinking that one way to go is for me to archive the vids and then put them on my "cloud account"  - what do you think?

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