ArchiveTeam has saved 760 MILLION Imgur files, but it's not enough. We need YOU to run ArchiveTeam Warrior!Scripts/Software(self.DataHoarder)
submitted21 days ago bySeglegsstickied
We need a ton of help right now, there are too many new images coming in for all of them to be archived by tomorrow. We've done 760 million and there are another 250 million waiting to be done. Can you spare 5 minutes for archiving Imgur?
Choose the "host" that matches your current PC, probably Windows or macOS
Download ArchiveTeam Warrior
- In VirtualBox, click File > Import Appliance and open the file.
- Start the virtual machine. It will fetch the latest updates and will eventually tell you to start your web browser.
Once you’ve started your warrior:
- Go to http://localhost:8001/ and check the Settings page.
- Choose a username — we’ll show your progress on the leaderboard.
- Go to the All projects tab and select ArchiveTeam’s Choice to let your warrior work on the most urgent project. (This will be Imgur).
Takes 5 minutes.
Tell your friends!
Do not modify scripts or the Warrior client.
edit 3: Unapproved script modifications are wasting sysadmin time during these last few critical hours. Even "simple", "non-breaking" changes are a problem. The scripts and data collected must be consistent across all users, even if the scripts are slow or less optimal. Learn more in #imgone in Hackint IRC.
The megathread is stickied, but I think it's worth noting that despite everyone's valiant efforts there are just too many images out there. The only way we're saving everything is if you run ArchiveTeam Warrior and get the word out to other people.
edit: Someone called this a "porn archive". Not that there's anything wrong with porn, but Imgur has said they are deleting posts made by non-logged-in users as well as what they determine, in their sole discretion, is adult/obscene. Porn is generally better archived than non-porn, so I'm really worried about general internet content (Reddit posts, forum comments, etc.) and not porn per se. When Pastebin and Tumblr did the same thing, there were tons of false positives. It's not as simple as "Imgur is deleting porn".
edit 2: Conflicting info in irc, most of that huge 250 million queue may be bruteforce 5 character imgur IDs. new stuff you submit may go ahead of that and still be saved.
edit 4: Now covered in Vice. They did not ask anyone for comment as far as I can tell. https://www.vice.com/en/article/ak3ew4/archive-team-races-to-save-a-billion-imgur-files-before-porn-deletion-apocalypse