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Stories about to be archived Problem

seanski1969
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Just noticed that someone else asked that the area be opened up to free users so I was exploring. Sorted list by size and was surprosed to find the following story since it was updated on 12-24-2016 "My Boyfriend Likes to Expose Me" by Vanessa Evans

Is this common on the archived to be or not??? Also as a free reader is it possible to download stories all at once like some premium users seem to suggest here in the forums or do I need to save the pages one at a time. I already see some of my favorites listed to be archived such as Burr series which is excellent but very long as well as Time. Please let me know or it will be a very long week saving stories one page at a time.

Thanks

Seanski

Crumbly Writer

I think you're hitting the entire "Free"/"Premium" wall, since the only way to download extended stories (100+ chapters) is either over months, using up your daily allotment, or paying for premium service. Given that there's a time limit on the story's availability, that produces a real dilemma.

I'm guessing, in the case that you site, that the author choose to remove the story, instead of it's being "archived" due to the disappearance of the author.

Drop me a note (with your email) and I'll send you a copy (if necessary). I promise not to use your email for anything else.

I don't recommend this as a regular solution, but since it seems time sensitive, I figured I'd best act soon!

seanski1969

Thanks for your reply. I will take you up on your offer after I finish browsing. I think the Burr series is excellent in a Mary Sue style but always wished it was finished.

I noticed that more of Vanessa Evans stories have been marked for archival so maybe she is going all premium or something.

It is also sad to see much of the Trailer Park/Wynter series going to archival. Wished my income was greater but living below poverty sucks. This is my only recreation along with the library. Hard to find erotica there though. LOL!

I will PM you later and maybe save my pennys and see if I can afford a months membership. It would be neat to try the search functions fully to find other gems like Burr.

Seanski

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
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@seanski1969

Is this common on the archived to be or not???


There was a glitch in Vanessa Evans' record (she's one of the earliest on the site) that caused her account to be marked for archiving. During the investigation I discovered about 15 other authors with such a problem. I've fixed the authors records and cleared the archiving flag from most the authors.

Tonight, when the regular maintenance script runs it will reevaluate author records and will work as it should.

Also as a free reader is it possible to download stories all at once like some premium users seem to suggest here in the forums or do I need to save the pages one at a time.


No, that would be little too much :)

madnige
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@seanski1969

as a free reader is it possible to download stories all at once like some premium users seem to suggest here in the forums or do I need to save the pages one at a time


Back when I was using MSWin, I had 'FreeDownloadManager' and 'Flashgot' (not Flashget) installed (both freeware). This allowed me to select (click'n'drag) the chapters in a story index, then right-click and download-selected links (the 'download selected' is a function of Flashgot, which will work with other download managers as well). That got the bulk in one operation but didn't cope with multipage chapters, so to catch those I'd start by opening the last chapter and work back (clicking the 'previous' link as that avoids having to scroll to the bottom of the page to get the 'next' link) doing the same select-and-download action if there was more than one page. This procedure gives you all the story pages as if you'd saved each individually (as html-only, not webpage complete, so looking a bit raw) in the background into a directory (if you'd set that up in your download manager first), but you have then to manually download the css and any pictures and edit the raw html to point to the local copies of these and to make the chapter links work locally, to get it to look and work like it does here. Getting the story blurb as well is another problem entirely.

Contrary to CW's assumption, downloading (or otherwise accessing) a number of chapters from the same story counts as only one story accessed, so you could grab an entire 100-chapter story (or 800+ jokes pages) in one go and provided your SOL story counter doesn't get reset during this, it will only use one slot from one day.

The FDM/Flashgot combination is about the only thing I seriously miss from MSWin, as the wget facility in Linux is so flexible and useful that nobody's made a similar application for Linux. However, it's nigh-on impossible to use wget to get an entire story with all its trimmings as it seems like the story page naming on site is designed to break wget's recursive download facility, although maybe it's actually to help with the not-logged-in or premiere previews.

ETA: looks like Flashgot (a Firefox addon) works with Linux and wget, so I'm going to have to do some experimenting...

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