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Common knowledge and infrastructure
- Sites that block the Wayback Machine are at risk of being completely lost if they ever shut down.
- Archive the shutdown announcement pages on dead sites.
- this is being done in every wiki page, pasting the announcement, and archiving when possible at WebCite. Emijrp 19:33, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
- RSS Feed with death notices. - Jason
- The ArchiveTeam twitter might be a good way to broadcast new site obituaries. - psicom
General categories to look for
- Archive as many file servers (FTP and HTTP) as possible.
- TinyURL and similar services, scraping/backup - Steve
- Yahoo! makes a habit of shutting things down. Keep an eye on its services, acquisitions, and divestments.
- Track the 100+ top twitter feeds, as designated by one of these idiot Twitter grading sites, and back up on a regular basis the top twitter people, for posterity.
- Various image boards - not the short-lived 4chan clones but the more permanent ones like www.zerochan.net (as of today it has over 1.6 million images, all easily available like this: www.zerochan.net/1627488), Pixiv.net, minitokyo.net
- Suggestion: An archive of .gif and .swf preloaders? Kuro 19:49, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
- We can extract all the .gif files from the GeoCities archive and compare them using md5sum to discard dupes. Emijrp 19:58, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
- Electronics datasheets: this, this, this and this for example. Many of these datasheets are already very hard to find (esp. for older and rarer parts, e.g. those required to emulate old computer systems) and the sites are often in China, Russia or other countries that might give problems in the future. Lots of data to grab, and many of these sites only have very slow bandwidth, so it might be good to start archiving them early. --Darkstar 23:47, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
- Archives of MUD, MUSH, MOO game sites and related information. They won't all be around forever. --Auguste 13:59, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
- User-created content in video games are always in danger of a being lost forever. This includes:
- Over 100,000 levels made in games like the Little Big Planet series or Super Mario Maker series.
- Custom golf courses made in The Golf Club series.
- Various banners, spray paints, weapon skins, and insignias from competitive online shooters.
- Maps in multiple Halo games have been modified and shared with the Forge game mode.
- Specialized tracks built in car racing games.
- Almost everything made in the PlayStation 4 game Dreams.
- Decal items (uploaded in SVG format) for PlayStation 4 racer Gran Turismo Sport.
- Every game, group, and nearly every catalog item in Roblox.
- Over 191,000,000 creations made in Spore and published on the official game site.
- BitTorrent DHT - indexed by various projects who tend to get shut down sooner or later:
- BTDB - has had domain seized in the past, uses gmail for DMCA notices, no other contact info
- BTDigg - has had multiple domains seized in the past and died before. Twitter and Facebook is inactive. Contact page doesn't work, but allegedly uses email form
- Torrent Project - maybe dead, see Deathwatch#2017 for more information
- iTorrents.org - torrent cache, run by the operator of limetorrents.cc (see whois for contact information)
Specific sites to watch
- Google has • • • • • • old pages on their servers which haven't been updated in a long time. Might be a good idea to save these before they disappear.
- Like Google, Nintendo of Japan has its share of ancient pages, like • • • .
- JoshW's video game music archive (links on http://hcs64.com/mboard/forum.php?showthread=26929). Not a "large" site but many many gigs of 7zipped WAVs
- Groklaw has a project proposal that we could help with. - Jason
- WikiWikiWeb - The first wiki, is still a valuable source of information on programming patterns and related topics. It's still active, but I'm not sure how much. It's been going since 1995 so its got real historical value. Plus it's all text and wouldn't take much space. The owner Ward Cunningham might be amenable to providing a copy, so I'd suggest contact first.
- ElfQuest Comics. They've recently all been scanned (6500 pages+) and are available here. They're hidden behind a Flash-based viewer though so someone would first have to decompile that to get to the links. --Darkstar 20:55, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
- TechNet Archive: here "Technical information about older versions of Microsoft products and technologies. This information is scheduled to be removed soon." --Marceloantonio1 08:24, 9 June 2011 (UTC -3)
- TechNet, and its big cousin, MSDN, are already being archived by other sites. For example, • • • has archived a huge pile of them, including older ones from the late 90's)
- Jux was going to get jammed on August 31, 2013, but not anymore. Still might be a good idea to keep them on the radar.
- Google Answers has no longer been accepting new questions for a while, and whether it will remain for a while is debatable.
- Newgrounds is one of the largest collections of Flash games and movies on the Internet. It would be a shame if it all disappeared.
- Archive every Google Doodle.
- Save all the Alberta Emergency Alerts.
- Harmony Central User (-submitted) Reviews were around for over a decade and covered just about every musical instrument and related accessory commercially sold. Site updates have caused these to be offline, though admins say the data still exists. As far as can be determined, Archive.org has little if any of these reviews. This thread has the whole story. --Benbradley 20:41, 13 July 2013 (EDT)
Strawpoll is a very simple poll site which looks like somebody's weekend project, but I've seen it used a lot in the speedrunning community. Very simple indexed structure - http://strawpoll.me/0 to http://strawpoll.me/2317429 at time of editing. Would be nice to have a backup in case it disappeared one day. Could be very well a one person project. --Sanqui 10:20, 11 August 2014 (EDT)Dead. See Strawpoll.me for more info.
- 20 newspapers in Quebec will shutdown in the coming weeks. Here's a list  of those still up that needs to be archived ASAP.
- Rue Frontenac was a website created during a newspaper lockout in Canada back in 2009. It was saved here , but I'm not sure if anybody is maintaining it. Copy ?
- LEGO has a bad habit of deleting Flash games and other materials from their sites. Some of them still lie in pieces on cache.lego.com, awaiting their deletion. Fortunately, some games are still available to play on BioMediaProject or 4T2 Portfolio.
- These sites are getting an update in the next few months:
- Lincs FM, Trax FM, Rutland Radio [www rutlandradio.co.uk - spam filter on here blocked this url], Dearne FM, Rother FM, Compass FM, KCFM 99.8, Ridings FM. All are getting an update, so you might want to back these up; not sure what the best means are, but making a mirror of Lincs FM Group websites is good for historical reasons.
- WordChamp was supposed to have shut down on June 30, 2013, later changed September 15, 2013, but is still up and running.
- Hewlett-Packard removes any documentation for products that reach their end of life, usually when said product is 10 years old. https://support.hp.com/us-en/retired-products --DoomTay (talk) 14:52, 30 June 2017 (EDT)
- Louis Rossman runs a business repairing Apple Macbook motherboards and making videos on how to do these repairs, business advice and related philosophy. These repairs are considered "unauthorized" by Apple and he has been threatened with shutdowns in the past.
- Enderman's YouTube channel has been gotten videos taken down left and right. He makes videos about reverse-engineering Windows.
- 8chan disappeared from the clearnet in early August 2019, returned to clearnet in October 2019 rebranded as 8kun, and seems to have disappeared again.
- SteamGridDB is unable to pay for its servers, and will shut down on 31st March 2020 unless there is some sort of miraculous Patreon/sponsor intervention.
- Racing-Reference (motorsports/NASCAR stats website, owned by NASCAR itself since 2017) discontinued user blogs in January 2021 and comments section in April. These things are still accessible for those who knows the URL format for now, but it (some also fears this might also happen with non-NASCAR sanctioned content, such as Formula One and Formula E stuff) might be completely gone anytime soon.
- With this way of doing this also solves another detail; maintainability and adaptability of the code because the browser using automatization, all you have to do is indicate the search engine results page, the search term (which would something like site:whatever.com, inurl:.whatever.com/ and stuff like that), the tag where are the links results and what is the button "Next" (therefore this reduces the times of development and implementation for each particular search engine and without writing too much code). If anyone is still interested in the idea after that long explanation, then I will tell that between the browser automatization applications on which I have read, there are two that I have called attention, one is Watir (programmed in Ruby but is cross-platform and multibrowser) and Selenium Remote Control (also is cross-platform and multibrowser but unlike the previous one, this API supports C#, Java, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby) so if anyone wants to realize this project, then can choose one of these applications to start (or other similar to the above). --Swicher 09:41, 1 August 2011 (UTC)