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I have a suggestion, but don't know how well it will go over.

It seems like a hassle to get files to someone and get them linked to a web site for consumption.

A typical scenario would be one that was posted within the last few days. The poster has some .wav files of some sound that suddenly everyone wants to listen too. But, submitting them currently to Jason will take a week or two for it to become available.

Why don't we get someone (Jason preferably) to set up an FTP server and allow us to upload files to a common, publicly available location. One stipulation would be that the filenames be very descriptive AND that they be site related. Then, we could all go browse there and pull down files we are interested in. If it is setup as anonymous, then most web browsers will allow viewing the FTP directory structure and also viewing or downloading files directly.

I have seen where someone has a .wav or a picture that they want to distribute and everyone wants it, but we have to e-mail the original poster with a request. Seems like a pain and very inefficient.

I would even be willing to just throw the files on my web account and make them available to all. It wouldn't be fancy, but it wouldn't require e-mailing the entire list of members one at a time.

Just a thought. Would allow Jason to get to them whenever he could, but still allow us to get to them without a wait.

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Disk space is cheap now-a-days. But, you could impose an artificial limit so we all don't go nuts and fill up the server.

I smell a Ford-Diesel.Com FTP donation drive!


Anyway, I don't care what happens with it, I just think that it would be nice if and when someone has a file to donate, they can just upload it and publish the url or something, instead of saying, "I have some files, let me know who wants them" and then get a flood of "send me one" and "me too" posts.

Quick and dirty it should be. It would be unappealing to have to spend many hours organizing the flood of files. Just a big repository that everyone can see.

By the way kreynol2, thanks for putting them up. Saved me from being one of the "me too's".
 

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I agree completely. I am a computer systems guy and would offer my services in helping set up and administer. My oar is in the water - anyone else wanna help row?

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I'm willing to help. Of course depends on needs and implementation. I have a web account that I can put files on, but probably not through anonymous FTP.

My current FTP server here at my work is behind a fire wall or I would use it. I have 22 GB of storage there now.

I suspect that if someone can set up and have administration priveleges for an FTP server, then besides the anonymous account, another administrative account could be set up to allow others to help de-junk things periodically.

For FTP servers, it would be nice to allow anonymous users the ability to create directories for categorizing content? I haven't delved that deeply into FTP server capabilities.
 

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I set one up at work - simple to create, but takes a little thought on administering and what kind of priv's you want to give people. Once created, they take almost zero maintenance.

One big problem - keeping the site easy to use for members but not available for the general public. Otherwise, word spreads and you get others honking in on your space, trading files you might not want to be associated with.

This can all be overcome, though. I can help, but someone has to get the disk space somewhere for the anonymous site. After that, you need sysadmin priv's on that site (usually Unix, which is OK, as that is what I cut my teeth on) to set up the ftp site. After that, the site runs itself, mostly.

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Guys great idea, I'm from hardware side, but am willing to help.

I have one big concern, the virus thing, what about anyone can upload, and anyone can download, whew......... see a little administration problem there. I'll see how much space I have on my IP site, I think 20 mb. Not allot if they start loadin wavs, jpegs and such.

I want to trust everyone, but been there done that one to many times, with out controls, a pi**ed off member could do some nastiest.

I'll help, let me know.......

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I've ran ftp servers in the past. You don't have problems unless you allow anonymous uploads (which this would require). Then, anyone and everyone can upload anything to your server .. pirated files, warez, porn, etc. It's really not something I'd want to get into right now. We came in one morning to find the hard drive of our ftp/web server had been completely filled with the install files for Autocad and Corel Wordperfect Suite .. turned off anonymous ftp soon after.

We can probably come up with a better solution. Maybe have a files adminstrator. If you want something to be available, e-mail it to them and they will have rights to upload it to my server. Only they could upload, anyone could download. Anyone willing?

Moving this to Ford-Diesel.Com Forum.

Jason

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