Lost Custom Content from archive.tf2maps.net

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by FrostHoneyJuice, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. FrostHoneyJuice

    FrostHoneyJuice L3: Member

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    Starting all the way back to 2015.

    So for the past 13 months, I didn't realize that I actually had all of the downloaded files from our lost archive.tf2maps.net website. So when I found those files, I already understood that most of them weren't even uploaded to our updated website.

    To proof that I am not bluffing, here you can see that the last time I touch those folders was in 01.09.2015:

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    Why did you keep all of these downloaded files?
    From what I can remember, my goal was to simply reorganize files in what year they were made, do they have any .txt files, .vmf files, .bsp files, etc. by simply making a lot of folders - giving them names with special symbols.

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    To be very honest with you I really hate when my imagination is limited! Due to that, I straightforward downloaded all of the models, textures, particles & other stuff to keep myself happy! That's why I have them in the first place. Sure, it was a lot of wasted space right there, but I don't really care. My satisfaction is all what matters!

    Alrighty then. What did you do next?
    After I found the lost content, I decided to download all of the custom files from our updated TF2maps.net website and use a program called WinMerge.

    What's WinMerge?

    It's a really useful tool! I highly recommend it to anyone download it. Trust me, without it I would just waste my time & probably would delete something important in those ass-old folders.

    So anyway, I used the program and I found out that only 1/3 of those files were uploaded to our new TF2maps.net website, while the other 2/3 - weren't at all!

    Total lost file count: 399

    But that's not all what I did. I also had to check if every single created custom asset had at least one .txt file with at least one written author inside of it. Sadly, only 107 files had a .txt file. Some folders have been named with the names of the authors too.

    Now let me say this out. Before our website TF2maps.net gets updated and later somehow it loses its archive again and if you have uploaded custom conetent on TF2maps.net, please make sure that you every file includes at least one .txt file which will include your name and other imporant details. It would make everyone's lifes a lot easier. You'll be later thankful! I am really asking this for good.

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    Okay, so as of this moment, I am going to publicly upload only those lost assets, whose authors are currently known everything. I've tried to contact all of the staff members, but I received no answers.

    Here's a link for those folks, who's Internet isn't the best, want to download a file by file and/or simply want to take a peek of what you'll see in the download page: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yjxh0ggpd5fbvc9/AABGBZVR85oxwTcteK4-nubJa?dl=0

    And here for those who want to download the whole folder of the lost content:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/w6ss57yztqhwg41/archive.tf2maps.net lost assets [FOR STAFF MEMBERS].zip?dl=0

    But what about other files?
    Other files will be sent to our trustworthy TF2maps.net staff members. But before I do that, those who want to take a look at all of 399 files, please send me a private message! Thank you! Also, please tell me on what I can do with them next.

    Are you sure it's a good idea to upload files with unknown authors?
    You know what? I tell you what. Even if you have those files and you don't know who made them, YOU are the one who's gonna hold responsibilty for your created maps. If you ever get caught using custom content that you don't own and haven't credited the right authors - not my fault.

    Hope you enjoy the lost content!
     
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  2. n8five484

    n8five484 L2: Junior Member

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    Can't wait to look at this nostalgia folder.
     
  3. Asd417

    aa Asd417 L1: Registered

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    This is very helpful! thank you for organizing!
     
  4. HolySnickerPuffs

    aa HolySnickerPuffs Bad at TF2, Loves Mapping For TF2

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    Oh thank god, you have the Tom Cruise cutout.

    I can finally finish all these WIPs I have.
     
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  5. FrostHoneyJuice

    FrostHoneyJuice L3: Member

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    Okay, just get you guys & girls updated, I have sent a message (with download links) to all Staff members of TF2maps.net (except to Freyja who's absent) about all creations of some unknown authors.

    Everything will depend on their choices if some creations should be released publicly or not.

    Btw, those members who are non-staff members, please try to search for some "broken" posts that do not include any download buttons/links. If you found one, please send me a link of that post, so I can provide it with a new download link & just to speed up the whole process in general!

    Thank you!
     
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  6. HolySnickerPuffs

    aa HolySnickerPuffs Bad at TF2, Loves Mapping For TF2

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    Bumping this, as I'm curious. How many of these files have been restored to the site?
     
  7. FrostHoneyJuice

    FrostHoneyJuice L3: Member

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    Holy molly, that was so long ago. The admins haven't answered me at all, so I am making all of the lost custom content public.

    Now here's thing. If you ever use them in your maps without knowing who made certain content, remember that you'll hold the reponsibility for your actions. And... who am I kidding? If you're making a map just for fun and if someone catches you using files that you don't own, nobody would be able to do anything against you really. But honestly saying, do what you think is right.

    I also updated the whole page of the thread, so it's easier to find certain information.
     
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