Talk:The Esoteric File Archive

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Adding files to the archive

There should be some info about how to add files to the archive. What is the preferred method of doing that? Emailing Graue?

Besides me, Chris Pressey, Pgimeno, and Rune currently have access to the archive. --Graue 02:50, 28 Aug 2005 (GMT)
The current way of adding files is a bit impractical in my opinion (except for the four of us with write access). I have considered making some method for submitting files (either by F T P or a web form) where anyone can submit, and where I regularly go through the submissions and add them to the archive. Is this something that people would use, or should I not bother? --Rune 12:53, 20 May 2006 (UTC)
I would very much like that, Rune! More files would be uploaded that way. Although having the publishers read through the files every day might be a bit tiresome. --Iconmaster 22:39, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

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Moved to Git

I've moved this to a git repo, as noted on the page itself.

What do folks think? Is this a good idea? A bad one? Do we even need an Esoteric File Archive in this day and age?

What motivated me to do this was seeing this awesome Fractran self-interpreter, noticing it's attached to a closed Stack Overflow question, and thinking, "What if Stack Exchange's business changes, and they no longer see fit to host this content?" It would be a shame to lose such things, so I wanted to preserve it. I then noticed that at some point, probably last year, I broke the Archive so it wasn't actually a SVN repo you could check out. --Graue (talk) 04:37, 1 August 2013 (BST)

Stack Exchange offer a periodically-updated, permissively-licensed data dump. Beyond that, I think the archive is certainly important as, well, an archive, though whether it's particularly relevant for new material in the age of GitHub is perhaps less clear. ehird (talk) 02:02, 2 August 2013 (BST)
I think having a plain archive is good, rather than the interface of GitHub. You could store them on git and make a mirror which is a plain format, though; that would work (and is probably a good idea to have both, anyways). --Zzo38 (talk) 09:00, 2 August 2013 (BST)
I think the current is very impractical and using GitHub doesn't actually solve the problem for THIS site. Adding plain source to the page as I've done on the easy page is wrong too. Mostly because it only works for small pieces of code less that (say) 100 lines. MediaWiki does have file handling facilities, can these be used for general files not just images ? Is there a directory tree navigation/building facility or plugin? Rdebath (talk) 09:17, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
PS: "Pull request", WTF is a "Pull request" ... okay 'I request' you "PULL" the source off that easy page to were you want it then! Rdebath (talk) 09:20, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
In response to your question about needing an Archive, I'd give a resounding YES. I've been searching for BF resources and most of them are rather difficult to find and resources for other languages are frequently dead links. Internet archive does have a lot but it doesn't catch everything. The current eso archive has a moderate amount of older stuff, but not some of the (possibly) most important. For example, isn't easy to find. Further I think the copyright requirements for file uploads (ONLY) should be lower; ie: "Believed to be freely distributable in an unmodified state" rather than "Known to be PD". Rdebath (talk) 09:34, 25 September 2013 (UTC)