Everything is temporary, even the universe 😉 .
This article is about how files are temporary even though the people who uploaded the files thought they’re not. There are many examples of this that you can see in many sites of all kinds (forums, regular websites)…
Example 1: Flash is being used everywhere, so nobody thought it would get replaced by anything. I’ve seen many old sites with Java apps too, like Microprizes (in the links section). You know that Firefox, Chrome, Safari and other browsers are phasing Flash out (like, today (Jan 1, 2017, for those from the future 😉 ), Firefox made Flash ask to activate by default). Newgrounds uses Flash. Many game sites (like jayisgames) use Flash. (And as of March 12, 2017, Firefox phased Java out fully. Thank God for older versions! 😉 ).
Example 2: A long time ago, I downloaded a lot of screenmates (I was 11 lol). One of them was a wind-up bird screenmate and another was a rockhopper penguin’s head in a window that would follow your cursor across the screen. Now, they’re either not on the internet (no matter how hard I try to find them, all the links are broken (or behind viruses/adware)). This is usually because either the servers go down (sometimes they’re even from Geocities! 😉 ) or the owner of the site abandons it and deletes most of the files. Sometimes the person forgets about the site and has no money to pay for hosting the site, thus it goes down.
Example 3: Sometimes, people revamp their site (eg. BillyBear4Kids.com). Most of the time, this is a horrible mistake because they usually remove access to the old files in one way or another (even if the files are still on the server). (Edit: Billy Bear put back the original site. Phew 😉 But, Club Penguin, one of the most influential sites of the 2000s, closed down. ;( ). They could also move servers/webhosts. A site called rubaduck.com (about rubber ducks) went down, claiming to be ‘redecorating’. The next time I went there, the domain was for sale. 😉 Another site, coolnerds.com, went down and the webmaster made a different site, called alansimpson.me. It didn’t have any of the previous one’s content.
Example 4: Download.com used to be a good site, believe it or not. Then it was taken over by C|Net… 😉
Example 5: And then there’s videos. Videos can also be taken down, as people who upload copyrighted Youtube Poops can attest. 😉 For the following shows, I could find full episodes a long time ago but not now:
- Tiny Toon Adventures (I can only find episodes 1-8)
- Martha Speaks (eg. can’t find The Martha Show; although as of March 12, 2017, an account is uploading episodes of it each week so… 🙂 )
- Dragon Tales (most episodes are there but)
- Baby Looney Tunes (gah I watched it when I was a kid okay?)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (same reason!)
The following shows I can find, but either incomplete or in bad quality:
(and yes I understand why there are frames over videos, to prevent copyright, but)
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- The Magic Adventures of Mumfie (on dailymotion and toonova but the titles are wrong, like it says Episode 11 when it’s really Episode 13)
- Magic School Bus (in most videos, the Producer Says segment is gone)
Example 6: Uh oh, the worst one I think. Websites. Uh oh. Oh no. Uh oh no… 😦
The worst examples are… I discovered that the Cartoon Studio is gone… (From PBS’s site)… A long time ago Shedd Aquarium’s fun games (Build-a-Fish, Amazing Reef Movie Maker, Squish the Fish, Mysteries of Apo Island, etc.) went away… and Bug Creator from Katie Caterpillar’s site went away (actually the whole site went away)… only two of those could be found on Internet Archive… Busytown Mysteries game (with collecting shells, butterflies and leaves minigames and talking to friends) went away recently… Lizardworks (a site with cool screensavers that I loved and had on my computer, my favorite was the lizard popping everywhere) went away…
🙂 Solution to the problems:
For files: Simply host the files in multiple places (don’t put your eggs in one basket). That would solve everything mentioned above. Also, don’t revamp too much.
Places to host: (from most important to least)
Your own site: Most important because you’ll have the responsibility to take care of your own files. Eg. If everybody links to one place that is not their own, when that site goes down, all their links are dead. Don’t rely too much on one site to host the files. If you’re short on bandwidth…
Many other sites: Your affliates, your places you link to, even other sites of your own can host the file if needed.
Free file hosting services: Many file hosting services are free or cheap. I recommend Mega, Mediafire, Dropbox, and Google Drive (for documents) right now (they have a LOT of free space).
Don’t forget to back ’em up using your backup system so you can re-upload the file if needed! (You should be backing up anyway, so this might be redundant 😉 ).
For videos: Use any non-animated, non-distracting frame. You can also use obscure video names along with regular ones, even though people might not find them (eg. for Magic Adventures of Mumfie, MMOMS1E1; a real example is the new episodes of the Mr. Bean animated series on Dailymotion, although now they’re on Youtube 😀 ). Oh and don’t use misleading titles! (That move is no good even if it’s to prevent copyright strikes!)
For pages: You shouldn’t delete anything on your site (unless it’s a mistake, then put it back up soon). EVER. Or you’ll go to hell, and away from God (Joke?). 😉 (Even if it’s found in Internet Archive, since you got lucky.) Maybe if there’s an actual reason, when you remove the page, put a different page stating why, and give a replacement for it (even if it’s on another site! 😉 ). If it’s for bandwidth reasons, customize your 404 page instead, with a link to the main page, a search box and your e-mail address.
Well, see ya! 🙂 😀
P.S. (Postscript) About screenmates, Laura’s Celebrations (visit it through the links page on my site) has a bunch of them, which I downloaded. But, I also downloaded a bunch of other screenmates from other places, and will put them into a zip file on my MEGA account. Watch the main page (and probably this space?)… 😉
Dec 10, 2017: Changed the P.S. from talking about the ’90s to screenmates.