Yep. We were a 3 men organization right until archive.moe died. We realized we couldn't just sit idle so we set up and IRC, got hold of the back ups, and began contacting archive owners and recruiting people.
Since then our scope broadened and now we archive more than just imageboard culture. We are still deeply specialized in it - I myself maintain the horribly typo'd 4chan Historic Summary, which delves a little into overall imageboard culture.
>I'm not going to pretend I understand how archive.org works though, are you saying that swfchan has a spot reserved for it over there?
archive.org has a spot open for everyone on the net as long as they are not blatantly breaking the law (and even then, bad tongues say that they just hide that content). Luckily the "blatantly" part of this lets us upload imageboard related stuff to the site, ensuring our history doesn't die.
All it takes is making an account, uploading and tagging your stuff. That's it's, you could even do it (if it doesn't rape your connection), ensuring your stuff is easily accessible and public on the strongest independent site there's on the web.
>If so I'm honored but I'm not ready to hand over all the content of the site just yet.
>I understand you guys would want to get an image of the site ASAP in case I die in a car crash tomorrow but I'm just not ready to give it away yet.
This can be discussed. If you think that the site back-ups shouldn't be public, I strongly encourage you to contact antonizoon. He will happily arrange for transfer and the image will be kept private - we have a special Ark of Endowment specially in case someone would want it. Antonizoon has considerable resources, several teras of space and even solid drives / some mumbo jumbo I don't really understand but is meant for long term information archival.
>As for eventually handing over the site's source code, I'd have to think about that simply because it's so damn ugly.
That was't in our plans, but if you feel it's a good idea, we have no problem with it. We will happily ensure it survives online, or in private.
>Everything but the files (all information, except search indexes I suppose) is already available on the crawlable pages of swfchan btw so they could be archived today by the wayback machine's spider bot. I understand you're probably asking because of the flash files though.
It's not just the flash files! I've been an /f/ goer for years now and took my time to explore your site in full. I've come to appreciate it, from the impromptu /f/ scrapper, to the resources list and the boards. It's good to know that people take their time with this little, obscure niche culture that not only surprisingly old but easily forgotten. Hell your archived threads go fas far back as 2008, only the /a/ archive goes as far back.
Well, so where both archive.moe and chanarchive, and one died and the other flat out disappeared. The latter's death practically erased most of the minor board's history (and funnily, /b/'s). Then archive moe happened, and some people are wary of it happening again.