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>>Anonymous  21feb2018(we)09:31  No.57222  OP  P1

suggest features for swfchan even if they're unreasonable

1. add a button or something that checks if a flash you are viewing the archive is part of a visible collection
2. assuming that the flashes are scanned/decompiled when firstspotted, download any flashes that load through a Loader object or are fully hyperlinked
3. data dump: allow other people to download chunks of the database so they can scan it for metadata if they so desire.

>>!///SWFAnts  #ADMIN#  21feb2018(we)23:55  No.57235  SWF  P2R1
Just implemented a variation of 1 for the page with the GET FILE button: Flashes that are collected now have links on display to the collections that they are featured in. (These links are located below the [ COLLECT ] link.) Thanks for the idea! This might give a boost for new people to start collecting or at least increase usage of already existing collections.

2 and 3 would take a lot more work to implement so I'll put that on the shelf for now. To be honest it's probably not going to happen, maybe a lite version of 2 that simply let people know that there's code in the flash that tries to load other flashes however I won't put in any auto-downloader because it opens up possible ways to easily flood the site with spam swfs. It's probably very rare anyway for flashes to have absolute URLs that they try to load instead of just load relative filenames.

Once upon a time I had plans for a kind-of version of 3 in the way of .org's search engine: It would have indexed all the info pages of the flashes to make ActionScript, metadata and things such as MovieClip names searchable. That would have completed the search capabilities of swfchan since all three domains would have had one unique search engine each. .com for names/sizes, .net for wikis (threads) and .org for content inside the swf itself.

Alas the way things are it will probably never come to pass. At least I still have hopes of finally adding AS3 support to the info pages. Someday... Btw these "wiki" pages that now only list threads were initially supposed to work like editable wikis where people could add information about the flash for easy lookup on who created it or what music is in it, plus any other trivia. It's another thing that probably will never be implemented on my list of stuff that would be cool to have. Info about a flash can at least always be added by mentioning it in a thread but that doesn't encourage people to do it as much, nor does such info get neatly organized for display as it would on a proper wiki page. Saves a lot of potential moderation work tho.

>>Anonymous  22feb2018(th)03:49  No.57241  OP  P3R2
Cool! you're always so quick about adding features that are easy to add, thank you. Some websites (4chan as one example) almost never add features or upgrades that would make them objectively better.

I can understand why you wouldn't want to do 2 since it might again result in spam attacks and I guess figuring out the full url from a relative link would cost too much cpu time. The indicator is a good compromise.

For 3, that's a lot of work to do, especially if many of the flashes need to be redone again for the as3. I'm sure there's also a bunch of other housecleaning that could be tacked on if you're going to do a full look through all of the flashes if it ever happens.

I can think of one more feature I though of (besides the other collections specific ones that should be in which might not be too difficult to implement: make the search engine consider flashes that aren't in any category to be in the uncategorized category.

>>Anonymous  22feb2018(th)05:41  No.57242  B  P4R3
Give users the ability to upload enough files to make a multi-file flash work. Maybe the submission page lets you pick which file is the "launcher," or the one that loads the other files, and the rest of them are kept in the same directory. In example, say PPPUUUU gets uploaded and a shitload of character/animation set swfs get uploaded with it. The site loads the PPPUUUU file, then the primary file is in the same location as the other files, so they get loaded in too.
>>!///SWFAnts  #ADMIN#  22feb2018(th)06:28  No.57244  SWF  P5R4
>make the search engine consider flashes that aren't in any category to be in the uncategorized category
Do you mean that you want to be able to enter "uncategorized" in the "Categories" and "Not in cats" fields on the .com search engine? Or just that it should say "Uncategorized." in the list of results instead of not saying anything at all as it is right now?

I've thought about ways of making it possible before and what you're describing is the easiest one. However then it works on .org and not when the flash (and sub-flashes) enters the archive. Of course it is possible to also rewrite how the archive handles flashes to make it able to support multi-swf flashes. Problem is it would take a lot of time to do all of this. I've come to realize that time is something there's too little of in this world... Besides I don't really want to support the idea of "it's OK to make multi-swf flashes", personally I really dislike the concept of non-standalone swfs.

Guess that may sound weird coming from me, it's just that single swfs are so great for spreading all over the web. I've actually tried to make a program that auto-combines several swf files into one single master swf but so far I've not been successful. I'd very much prefer to archive multi-swfs that way, by merging them into a single large flash file. Easy to spread, easy to store.

>>Anonymous  22feb2018(th)08:20  No.57245  OP  P6R5
The former I meant. I thought you might simply have them classified this way already since there's a "pull uncategorized flash" button on the random page.
As for the multi-swf, there's some websites made as multi-flashes and it would be important to preserve them in the way they're built. Now that you can see what collections swfs are in it's possible to keep all the parts of a multi-swf together and any composite forms from its parts.
>>!///SWFAnts  #ADMIN#  22feb2018(th)21:45  No.57250  SWF  P7R6
It's now possible to use the keyword "uncategorized" in the two relevant fields in the search engine.
>>Anonymous  23feb2018(fr)18:04  No.57278  C  P8R7
I can only support the ideas of searchable metadata and a program that can combine multi-swfs. Both of those would be tremendous new features.
Until then, keep up the good work Ants. Don't lose hope in the future 2020+.
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