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 PostPost subject: What if the BetaArchive shuts down?        Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:46 pm 
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I'm going to be specific: Let's mean no one donates to BA so the cost for the server is higher to maintain (Without the donators help) and let's mean nor Andy nor mrpijey have the money or time to maintain the site.

I think if anyone has a backup of the server then they could make it publicily avaible again, but how would be then inside and outside BetaArchive? Will the members probably go to another site?

Does anyone has a backup of the entire server? (Or at least of an important part?). I hope this site will never shutdown, but we get old and maybe money-less

I think you will answer that will be just like what happened with BA in 2005, but I had no internet by the time, so I don't know what happened then.

So what would happen if BetaArchive would shutdown?

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 PostPost subject: Re: What if the BetaArchive shuts down?        Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:57 pm 
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There's always a risk of it shutting down. What happens if Spotify shuts down? Netflix? Twitter? Facebook?

The risk would be minimized of course if we had the funds to host it properly and found more dedicated members to help out and keep it alive, but that hasn't happened for 10 years, and BA has always first and foremost been a hobby project for both Andy and myself. We want of course to expand it and make it better but we're only two people, and any help offered in the past has been very limited and temporary and never panned out in anything useful or sustainable.

We do have backups of the site and if the day would come where we feel the work is no longer worth it we would make sure the archive survives by upload it somewhere else or let someone else host it. But for now it stays with us and us only. But nothing is certain, not as a hobby project or a multi million enterprise like Spotify or other sites. So what will happen exactly no one knows as we can't know what would happen in 6 months, a year or the next 10 years.

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 PostPost subject: Re: What if the BetaArchive shuts down?        Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:19 am 
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This topic is far from theoretical.
The owner of MSFN threatened to shut down the forum last August.
He was not receptive to attempts to take the forum off of his hands.
Fortunately, he reconsidered. I made a backup but it took several months.


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