AuthorTopic: Pixelation's Future  (Read 4657 times)

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #20 on: September 04, 2022, 06:44:01 am
On top of all this, forums in general are dying.

Hey, I remember having a solution to that problem ;)


Are there any plans to locally back up the various images from the crit threads? I've been keeping mine up, but image hosting sites inevitably crumble... Perhaps submitting this site to the Internet Wayback Machine might be the easiest approach?

The Internet Archive has luckily already archived a lot of stuff on the forums. Submitting it manually may actually be worth a shot, but I'm not sure if they accept "just a website" to crawl through and archive stuff from.

Back in the day™, I had created a (very simply) Python script to automatically retrieve images from the Internet Archive for Pixelation threads based on their thread ID. Here it is: https://gist.github.com/Ennea/92fa14fde3f466837467a5a99382cf52

Let me point out a few important details, though. It's a bit old, so it may not (perfectly) work anymore. It's also still Python 2, but updating it shouldn't be much of an issue. The domain that's used in the script is still wayofthepixel.net, so if you'd like to use this for newer threads, using pixelation.org instead might be a better idea. Finally, scraping the Internet Archive is technically against their ToS... :lala:

Edit: Well, looks like the Wayback Machine website is now a lot more reliant on JavaScript than it used to be, so that script needs a lot of adjustments to work again :yell:

Edit²: Oh yea, can I market our stuff here? Check out the cool stuff we've been doing on Pixonomicon:
https://pixonomicon.net/panorama/
https://pixonomicon.net/haunted-mansion/
« Last Edit: September 04, 2022, 07:42:00 am by Crow »
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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #21 on: September 05, 2022, 07:24:01 am
I've been here mostly for the Secret Santas that would occur every year, but other than that I sadly haven't paid much attention to this forum. Depressing to hear that it's not able to really stay up anymore, but an archive is still a nice idea since I'll be able to revisit the forums anytime I like.
Take care!

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #22 on: September 12, 2022, 12:56:06 pm
Thank you admins, mods and everybody that has been posting all this years. I have learned a lot visiting these forums, got to know (not personally, but still) many amazingly talented artists with a variety of different styles and ideas of how to tackle pixel art. I wouldn't know half of what I know today if it weren't for Pixelation and its users.

I do prefer forums as a medium to post art-related stuff in general, pixel art in particular. For me, not even Discord comes close in terms of usability no matter what they do there. Conversations just get lost.
Twitter is just bad. Sure more people will potentially see your stuff, but that's really not important to me, personally.

In regards to spammers, I have been helping some friends for I believe more than a decade now in checking for new registrations and that has kept them away. Of course it's a much smaller forum than Pixelation (or at least I think it is), but it has worked for us.
I also wonder if changing the forum engine from SMF to some other wouldn't also help solve this particular problem...

But anyways, I'll keep coming here while the forums are still up and new posts can be made, and I'll keep an eye on Discord because I have to use it in a daily basis.

Thanks again.

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #23 on: September 14, 2022, 05:29:27 am
I rise from the deep dark abyss of the past to pay my respects to the greatest of all pixel art communities. You will be missed.

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #24 on: September 17, 2022, 05:06:54 am
Goodbye Pixelation!  This place was such a formative place for me and many others as budding pixel artists.  Thanks for keeping it running as long as you have.

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #25 on: October 03, 2022, 05:38:43 pm
A genuine shame. This place was a priceless resource in my career as a pixelartist. I remember when I was first starting out stumbling on this place felt like I'd found a community where you could get professional level art critiques for free. It truly felt like my dojo and I use the job board here to find work to this day. I wonder, can anyone save Pixelation?

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #26 on: October 13, 2022, 05:56:28 pm
Wild to think I've been here since I was in my mid to late teens. I was always on and off but it was a good run and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #27 on: October 23, 2022, 12:02:54 am
Been mostly lurking but its been an amazing recourse of information. Pixel art lives on!

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #28 on: October 23, 2022, 12:30:38 am
So long Pixelation you will be missed :(

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Re: Pixelation's Future

Reply #29 on: October 28, 2022, 09:57:52 am
Mediums have their peak.
And they change, shift, move on.

So long, and thanks for all the pix.