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 PostPost subject: [Guide] General dumping and uploading guidelines        Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:04 pm 
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As I am sitting here going through the user uploads something very annoying hits me...

More or less all uploads consists of badly named filenames, random files tucked into the archives, broken archives, re-uploads of items that already exists on the FTP and even files that already came from BetaArchive in the first place!

I don't mind sitting here and preparing all the releases you people upload, but 95% of my time goes to trying to decrypt what the heck it is you sent up! The rest goes to actually discovering that the upload already exists and has been released on BetaArchive already (thus wasting mine, and yours, time). Some of you are very good at naming your uploads properly and I am grateful for this, but the absolute majority is not. So, from now on I will require the following:

  • Dump the media using proper software. If you have a kryoflux unit then make sure to dump it into the stream format. If you don't have it then dump it into raw img format. If you believe the media has copy protection then you're allowed to use software such as Teledisk to dump it. For CD/DVD media use CloneCD or Alcohol 120% . BIN/CUE, NRG and ISO files will be accepted, but not treated as a proper dump for our preservation needs.
  • Each upload must have a proper filename. If you can't provide such then add a readme file with any info you can provide with the release. I don't want any filenames like "3dkit_Alpha.zip", "bone.zip" or "Office97.iso". I want full names including version, build (if available) and what beta/rtm stage it is.
  • Each upload must be packed up with zip, rar or 7z. Doesn't matter if it's a single file or not, everything must be packed up before upload. You may pack up individual files into individual archives (disk01.zip, disk02.zip, CD1.rar, CD2.rar etc) but be sure they are packed up. Saves you time to upload it and it saves me time verifying it's OK. Some archive formats has built in recovery support. USE IT!
  • The member must have checked the files themselves before uploading. BetaArchive does not need duplicates or random files. Be sure the release is proper, the files are intact and the filenames properly named. If your release differs from an already uploaded release then include a readme explaining the differences.
  • No open source betas! These can be downloaded and compiled from the net anyway. You may however circumvent this rule if you think the release is of a very special nature. If so include a readme file explaining why.
  • No crap releases. We don't need every version of "Dave's Photopaint 1.1" or "Windows Live Messenger"... If you want to make sure before you upload contact me.
  • Each upload must be contained within a folder (or readme file) explaining what it is with proper tags! "Microsoft Word 1.1 for OS/2" is fine. "WORD11.zip" is not fine. "MS Windows 2000 build 2345 (ia64).iso" is fine. "Win20002345alphabeta.iso" is not. "Office 97 (4.0.1234).rar" is fine. "Office97.rar" is not.
  • Each completed upload must be accompanied with a subfolder saying "completed", "finished" or anything to point out that the upload is complete. You do not need to put this in every uploaded folder, only in your "\by xxxxxx" folder.
  • Each upload must be uploaded into a folder, "from xxxx" where xxxx is the member name. If the member wants to remain anonymous then make it "from Anonymous" or "from -". Any uploads made in a name of a member that doesn't exist on this board will be credited to "-" or whomever I choose.

  • Check that your upload doesn't already exist on the FTP! If it does and you still think it should be uploaded be sure to include a note on why it needs to be added. I've had tons of uploads to the FTP of which already exists among our releases. This wastes a lot of time for me and also lowers my morale on preparing the releases.
  • Upload the files in proper folders ("from xxxx" where xxxx is your true nickname on BA, or "anon" or "anonymous" if you want to upload it without any credit). If I notice bogus nicknames then I will either credit the upload to "anonymous" (i.e "-") or myself. I am quite serious here and I don't have time for members playing around, the reason we add credits to the archives is to acknowledge a members efforts into providing us the release, not to joke around. So no "From Microsoft" or any junk like that.
  • Label the files properly. It helps if you add it to proper subfolders (thanks goes to trustBA and a few others for doing this) which saves me some time, but if you don't provide at least a proper file name then your upload will most likely be tucked away in my "look later whenever I am in the mood wasting time, decrypting filenames and looking for release numbers" folder.

And if you can do any of the following I am even more grateful:

  • Remove any warez tags (nfo's etc) from any archives. If you're unsure about a certain file however then keep it.
  • If your release isn't an ISO but is supposed to be, don't bother putting the files into an ISO. I don't want any custom UltraISO/whatever ISOs. I tend to extract these and recreate a clean ISO without any ISO header tags. Just pack up the files and I'll deal with the rest. Or make a clean ISO yourself.
  • Remove any keygens, serials etc from abandonware. These are always removed before making a release.


As it is now I have to discard or ignore a large amount of uploads because they were corrupt, I couldn't find out what they were or simply because they were already uploaded to the FTP a long time ago (prior to the upload). And a lot of the uploads were just plain pointless.

Some of the uploads looks like they were found in a random folder and just uploaded with the afterthought along with "I don't care what crap this is, I'll just upload this so I can be a good boy and I let someone else actually figure out if it's useful or not"... I don't know everything about every file you upload so you have to do the hard work of actually providing me with adequate information about your upload. Then I can prepare it properly and credit you for the upload.

And if you are in any doubt just pm me and I'll try to answer your questions. But everytime you help me making my time easier you help everyone else by providing a decent release.

And to everyone else here making good uploads, thanks for the good work!

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 PostPost subject: Re: Concerns about uploads (and new guidelines)!        Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:11 pm 
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Updated the guidelines:

When you finish your upload you must add a folder inside telling me it's completed. For example:

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\by mrpijey\Completed

or
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\by mrpijey\finished uploading


Anything that is a clear message to me that all your uploads are finished and ready for processing.

You can not as before rename your folder or delete broken uploads, if your upload fails you need to reupload with a new filename or into a new folder, i.e "\reupload" or something. All folder and file names are fixed after uploads, if you need to inform me of any major changes then PM me or upload a text file explaining the situation.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Concerns about uploads (and new guidelines)!        Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:46 pm 
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Updated the guidelines:

  • Each upload must be uploaded into a folder, "from xxxx" where xxxx is the member name. If the member wants to remain anonymous then make it "from Anonymous" or "from -". Any uploads made in a name of a member that doesn't exist on this board will be credited to "-" or whomever I choose.

Too many members now have come up with their own upload folders and I am sick of it. The whole purpose of adding a name to the upload is to credit the member accordingly for the effort of locating and uploading a release. If members start to abuse this by uploading it to a random name then I will either stop crediting members, or I will simply credit the upload to whomever I choose, even myself. Until now I've credited all fake member names to "-" (i.e anonymous), but I am getting sick of having to crosscheck if the member actually exists or not. All you do is slow down my releases and make it harder for me to bother with your uploads.

So if you want to be credited put it in your own member name, otherwise put it in "from Anonymous" or "from -". Enough with the fake names.

In addition, I will hold any sources confidential no matter what. If you want to leak something in absolute confidence that you will not be revealed then contact me privately and I will setup a special account for you. BA will then not have any records of any kind of any uploads or conversations held regarding the build leak.

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