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_DeltaForce_

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#21 3 months ago
Posted by Mikey
I used Thunderbird... but if it is something client-side then that's the user's problem, isn't it? I just thought that maybe that was a general issue. I wasn't able to try again myself with another client obviously.

Noticed something with regard to this - were you already logged in when you clicked the link from the email, or no?

I believe yes, I was logged in.



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But another question: The file listing of a game doesn't show all the files that there are, right? I first thought that only a small amount of files was recovered and is back up on GameFront, but all files I tried so far work, and as you said, all links taken from the mirror site work here too. I reckon you are aware of this already?

The game page such as this page: https://www.gamefront.com/games/bridge-commander should show all files for that game. For brevity, it shows only a few files on the overview, and you have to click the "View All 4,372 Files" button on the page below the "Recent Files" listing to drill down through all of the files within the game.


If there are files which we know are missing within a game, tacking on ?missing to the end of the URL will make those appear too. Bridge Commander I don't think has any, but you can see this technique being used on all of the games shown on our Missing Files list on https://www.gamefront.com/missing

Alright, I haven't seen this all-file overview yet. It's quite tedious searching a thousand-entry list, that's why I browse the categories on the side. However there appear to be files that belong to a certain category, however they aren't displayed when browsing the category.

For example this file is listed as belonging to "Category: Maps". When I click on "Category: Maps" however the file isn't displayed there.

That seems to be the case with a lot of files, as I would expect much more than the single page in "Maps". That is also the reason why I thought that a lot of the files are actually not recovered yet - I couldn't find them in the categories and unfortunately glossed over the "View all" button.




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#22 3 months ago
Posted by _DeltaForce_

Alright, I haven't seen this all-file overview yet. It's quite tedious searching a thousand-entry list, that's why I browse the categories on the side. However there appear to be files that belong to a certain category, however they aren't displayed when browsing the category.

For example this file is listed as belonging to "Category: Maps". When I click on "Category: Maps" however the file isn't displayed there.

That seems to be the case with a lot of files, as I would expect much more than the single page in "Maps". That is also the reason why I thought that a lot of the files are actually not recovered yet - I couldn't find them in the categories and unfortunately glossed over the "View all" button.

I've identified the issue with the categories not showing all files, and I have pushed up a fix to it. The maps category you were looking at should now show all the content contained within that category as well as any child categories of maps. :)



Mikey - GameFront.com - Lead Developer



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#23 3 months ago

Yup, now I see a lot more files! Thank you. It's great that you work with the community to make the site better, rather than ignoring the users like so many websites do.

Btw, in which way are the file lists sorted? They aren't alphabetically. Would be nice if they were IMO. Are you planning to add some proper file sorting/filtering stuff like the network sites used to have? Sorting by different criteria would be nice, a filter to exclude files that don't match some criteria, too and an advanced search function with a filter would be really handy.


One last question: I still don't see all the maps that were originally on the network site (of SWBF2 in this case). Will those come up over time or are they lost - or can we help somehow by telling you which ones are missing?




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#24 3 months ago
Posted by _DeltaForce_

One last question: I still don't see all the maps that were originally on the network site (of SWBF2 in this case). Will those come up over time or are they lost - or can we help somehow by telling you which ones are missing?

They should all be there, do you have any examples of ones which are missing at all?


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#25 3 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker

They should all be there, do you have any examples of ones which are missing at all?

Yes. Both examples for SWBF2.

Example 1: SWBF2 Map Packs

There are 18 files there. Looking at the archived network site, there should be 30 files at least. Basically all files are missing that were uploaded past some time in 2009.

Example 2: SWBF2 Contest Maps

This is only a single category here on the new GameFront, but on the network site there were three sub-categories. It also appears that all files in the "Contest" category here on the new GameFront are the ones from the network-site-sub-category "Nov-Dec 2008 Map Contest". The files from the other sub-category "Jul-Aug 2009 Map Contest" and the ones in the root of "Contest" are missing entirely. All files that are missing were uploaded later in 2009 than the ones that are still there.

So there is a pattern, all files past some time in 2009 are missing - judging from these two examples. The files displayed as "Latest Files" are from 2009 and there are many files on the network site uploaded past that date.


I remember that at some point the network websites really broke (or at least SWBFFiles did) and the admins had increasing difficulties maintaining the site. Comparing the snapshot of the network site from 2009 and the one from 2010 the layout changed a bit and the black bar on the top appeared which was from Break.com (with the Break logo missing in the snapshot for some reason, but it was there at the time), after they acquired FileFront.

The FileFront network sites also stopped at some point to have hot-links to the files on their website, but rather made the "Download" button forward to the file's entry on GameFront. Maybe those things coincide, I don't know anymore.