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satan 02-15-2013 07:54 AM

Photos from old Forum's Gallery?
 
My apologies for starting a new thread on this, but for all the world (and searching), I could not locate the existing thread:

At one point there was a discussion about attempting to recover the images from the old-forum structure and have them (in some way) available in this new forum.

Having just gone through a similar operation, I know that trying to "map" or "port" the photos can be a complete nightmare, and now that members have created new Photo Galleries, the task is all that much more complex.

I was just wondering if any effort or thought had been put into creating some sort of access to the old photo galleries?



As an aside, the approach I used on my similar project here was to spider the site for "IMG" links to my URL that returned 404 errors to create a list of posts sorted by post-author. This would provide a list of contributions where images hosted by the old platform had broken. Each author with "broken" images was provided a list of their affected posts, as well as access to a directory of the old images. I used the dispersed labor of all these authors to copy their old gallery images into the new gallery space, and also to update their old posts with links to the new gallery image URLs. I was working with just under 2700 broken hosted-image links across fewer than 500 authors, but the task was completed in about 6-weeks of "casual-time" by the helpful authors. As an added bonus, a minor modification to the original search allows me to run monthly reports of broken image links that are NOT from my domain, and dispatch the break information to the individual authors - I'm told that this is helping to keep the image content more viable. Something like this could be done on a forum-by-forum basis (ie: the Technical forum first, and the "For Sale" forum not at all ?)


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wingmin 02-15-2013 01:15 PM

Hello satan,

Our tech team is working on making the old gallery accessible again so they can retrieve images and recreate any albums they want.

The issue should be fixed by - latest - the end of the next week.

Thanks for addressing this issue.

~Alan - Community Support

SETHAN12 02-25-2013 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wingmin (Post 1813090)
Hello satan,

Our tech team is working on making the old gallery accessible again so they can retrieve images and recreate any albums they want.

The issue should be fixed by - latest - the end of the next week.

Thanks for addressing this issue.

~Alan - Community Support

:sleepy::waiting::sleepy2:

satan 03-05-2013 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wingmin (Post 1813090)
Hello satan,

Our tech team is working on making the old gallery accessible again so they can retrieve images and recreate any albums they want.

The issue should be fixed by - latest - the end of the next week.

Thanks for addressing this issue.

~Alan - Community Support

Next week (or even next month) would be amazing indeed. I was just noting the number of Google and other searches that resolve to broken image links - Traffic that we are all missing. I'd even thought about running a few Google-scrapes to develop a thumbnail index of the images to recreate broken links, but our stuff was not as popular with the search engine (we all know that Google loves GoldwingFacts.com .

Thank you for the update, and I do wish you luck on the effort (I do not envy the work).

Rudy 03-06-2013 07:24 AM

You know, one thing that would be fairly easy is to have the admin 'backup' the images folder(s) and then using a file manager, extract from that all the full size images for .jpg and any other and save those in one large html accessible folder.
Then let the members have read only access to that folder and let them copy an paste their own images out of the pile. They should be able to identify their own images and then let them insert them into the new gallery themselves.
Don't worry about whose is who's, let the members figure that out. None of the images are high security issues so there is no reason not to do that. Leave the extracted image folder up for say 180 days and then kill it.

In summary...

1. Admin simply grabs all the existing full size jpg images from all of the archived member galleries.

2. Admin save those in a big pile accessible from ftp or html.

3. Admin allows the users to copy the images that belong to them from the pile with their browsers (read-only).

4. Users find, copy and paste their own images into a local folder

5. Users create their own new gallery in the new system and upload the recovered images themselves.

6. Admin notifies the membership that they have 180 days to access and sort through the pile of old images and how to get to them.

It's way less overhead for management and it distributes the load and responsibility for getting the work done. Also no programmers required since there is no import / export going on.

That's how I do it when needed with my member galleries.




satan 03-06-2013 09:05 AM

Yep, Rudy... very similar to the approch I've run with previously, and since this formum permits the users to edit older posts, the forum members could be encouraged to 'repair' the broken image links in their existing posts (I see too many fine posts that are now much less meaningful without their images).

My fingers are crossed.

SETHAN12 03-26-2013 01:27 PM

Pictures available soon?????

BrianInPA 03-27-2013 07:52 AM

Next week Sam....

SETHAN12 03-27-2013 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brianinpa (Post 1941202)
next week sam....

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::r ofl::rofl:

BrianInPA 03-27-2013 07:34 PM

At least you are still laughing about it! :)


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