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People are currently being told to upload fixes to Mediafire so that they can be linked to. However, is there any form of redundancy in place so that should Mediafire stop hosting those files that they exist somewhere? This could be of concern in the future and implementing a solution to maintain a backup of these files early would be benificial.
Be interested to hear your thoughts on this, Andy.
I am slightly more concerned about the veracity of files and whether we should be linking to MediaFire at all because the files could be unverified and contain malicious files. I'm interested to hear thoughts about this as it's a tricky area that could get us negative press.
In terms of backing up files in case MediaFire goes down.. I will explore this issue. I'd be very interested in hearing some suggestions about where they could be hosted.
I dunno, I think linking to files is sometimes necessary.
Perhaps what we do is prevent any article with file sharing links to be the approved article until someone verifies the files at those links?
And as for redundancy, might be worth looking into file front.
Maybe a script which will mirror any non image files to mediafire, fi they're are uploaded to us, and then link to that mirror. Obviously that would be a tricky solution though, and depending on copyright, against TOS/U for the files.
People are gonna post what they want, even if it goes against TSU. We just gotta be proactive about removing links if a publisher complains, but other then that we can't really be held responsible for what links people post.
Yeah, its a loosing battle, but thats fine. As you said just be careful about it. We relly should restrict sites though, not just a free for all, otherwise we'll have a virus problem somewhere.
Agreed. Perhaps mediafire, rapidshare, and filefront? I've used those and they seem to work well enough.