Archival Tools - If you make a thread without archiving shit I will strangle you.

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The natural reaction of a lolcow is deleting fucking everything when they get found out.
The responsibility of a Kiwi is to record fucking everything before that happens.

archive.li
creates a full, living backup of a website with all its resources. (example)
full page screen capture is a fucking wonderful Chrome extension that automatically caps, records, compiles, and sends you a lossless PNG of exactly what you see. It doesn't interact with anything on the page and takes only a second to use. (example) FireFox now has this built in using the right-click context menu and it is extremely useful, but do not hotlink content from the firefoxusercontent domain. Download it and re-upload it, or use the clipboard option to paste it directly into your post.

If you're hosting files, it is always a better idea to
mixtape.moe is the better alternative to Imgur. Mega is another good file host.
If your file is very large or very important, PM me or email me at [email protected] and I will archive it to https://kiwifarms.net/archive

This is a standard of archive quality we're using on the https://lolcow.wiki, but it's good if everyone does it. Links to 3rd party websites are rarely a good idea unless you're actually trying to show people the URL, and not its content.

Do not
, however, rely on social media embeds or direct links. Take screenshots and host them elsewhere, preferably directly to the site. Imgur is not safe. Twitter content belongs to their author and simply embedding it won't always work, so take screenshots. Facebook URLs include a token that links back to your account. Save w/ different filename or screenshot!!!

If you use GNU/Linux, the tool "youtube-dl" is basically god's gift to mankind and the single most useful utility in the whole fucking world. It's available on most distros, including FreeBSD. If you know how to use the Windows command prompt, you can use it on Windows as well.

Windows users and dummies wanting to save YouTube / other video streaming content should look into youtube-dl-gui. Yes, even YOU can archive valuable, fleeting content! I will help you host it if it's a big file.

 

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cloudyys

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For Firefox (I know it works on Nightly) press SHIFT+F2 and a console comes up.
The command "screenshot" screenshots the current section of the page.
--fullpage screenshots the entire page.
--delay (x) delays the screenshot.
--clipboard saves the image to the clipboard instead of a file.
After those, you can type in a custom filename (the default filename is the date you took the photo, put into the downloads folder).
If you wanted to take the entire page and put it onto your clipboard, you would do "screenshot --fullpage --clipboard"
To save the page to a custom filename, do "screenshot --fullpage Test"
Here's an example of this page taken with this method:

Edit Note: This doesn't work on all websites (example, 4chan with 4chanx gives an error)
 
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sugoi-chan

chewing on a stick of cum
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The easiest way to take small (read: non-fullscreen) screenshots in Windows is to click Start > type "snippingtool" into the run box > draw a box around what you want to snip and it'll take a screenshot of it.

Then just click the copy button and paste the image into your message as an attachment. No mucking about with Imgur or uploading it to an external site.
 

女鬼

人就是鬼、鬼就是人。
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The easiest way to take small (read: non-fullscreen) screenshots in Windows is to click Start > type "snippingtool" into the run box > draw a box around what you want to snip and it'll take a screenshot of it.

Then just click the copy button and paste the image into your message as an attachment. No mucking about with Imgur or uploading it to an external site.
Alternately, simple screenshots for applefags:

-On a Mac, holding down Cmd+Shift+3 will take a snapshot of your entire screen. Cmd+Shift+4 will allow you to select the portion you want to cap. There is also a screencap tool under "Utilities" in your app folder.

-On devices such as iPhones and iPads, holding the 'power' and 'menu' buttons simultaneously will result in a snapshot being directly saved to your camera roll.

Easy as pie.
 
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Philosophy Zombie

I'M BACK, BABY!
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The easiest way to take small (read: non-fullscreen) screenshots in Windows is to click Start > type "snippingtool" into the run box > draw a box around what you want to snip and it'll take a screenshot of it.

Then just click the copy button and paste the image into your message as an attachment. No mucking about with Imgur or uploading it to an external site.
I have a Firefox add-on called Nimbus Screenshot that does the same thing, click "selected area", box in the area that you want to cap and copy it to your clipboard, but it's even easier because it's accessed through a simple button on the toolbar. I'm absolutely braindead when it comes to computers and will bashfully admit that this was the only way I knew how to take screenshots for a while.
 

Ravenor

Purge.
Supervisor
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For anyone interacting with a cow from Deviant Art and you want to archive there who gallery use this tool called RipMe.
Install the full JDK on your system.
Go to the gallery in question, make sure you have selected all in the left hand column of the DA page.
Copy the URL from the address bar.
Paste it into the URL field in RipMe.
Click Rip.

You can change the location of the download folder in settings however if you don't it will create folder in your default downloads folder called rips you can find the archive there.
 

sugoi-chan

chewing on a stick of cum
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
For Firefox (I know it works on Nightly) press SHIFT+F2 and a console comes up.
The command "screenshot" screenshots the current section of the page.
--fullpage screenshots the entire page.
--delay (x) delays the screenshot.
--clipboard saves the image to the clipboard instead of a file.
After those, you can type in a custom filename (the default filename is the date you took the photo, put into the downloads folder).
If you wanted to take the entire page and put it onto your clipboard, you would do "screenshot --fullpage --clipboard"
To save the page to a custom filename, do "screenshot --fullpage Test"
Here's an example of this page taken with this method:

Edit Note: This doesn't work on all websites (example, 4chan with 4chanx gives an error)
Since a recent release, you can also use the tag --imgur and it'll upload it there and give you the URL.
 

BILLY MAYS

Hi, Billy Mays here
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If you guys are too lazy to copy-paste links to archive.li/tweetsave/whatever, use these bookmarklets instead:
archive.li:
Code:
javascript:void(open('https://archive.li/?run=1&url='+encodeURIComponent(document.location)))
tweetsave:
Code:
javascript:void(open('https://tweetsave.com/?tweet='+encodeURIComponent(document.location)))
go1dfish (for reddit stuff):
Code:
javascript:if (window.location.hostname.match(/reddit/)) {window.location = 'https://r.go1dfish.me' + window.location.pathname + window.location.search;}
save the shit in the code tag as bookmark and click them when you open a page you'd like to archive
 

autisticdragonkin

Eric Borsheim
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
If you guys are too lazy to copy-paste links to archive.li/tweetsave/whatever, use these bookmarklets instead:
archive.li:
Code:
javascript:void(open('https://archive.li/?run=1&url='+encodeURIComponent(document.location)))
tweetsave:
Code:
javascript:void(open('https://tweetsave.com/?tweet='+encodeURIComponent(document.location)))
go1dfish (for reddit stuff):
Code:
javascript:if (window.location.hostname.match(/reddit/)) {window.location = 'https://r.go1dfish.me' + window.location.pathname + window.location.search;}
save the shit in the code tag as bookmark and click them when you open a page you'd like to archive
How do you do this in chrome
 
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Pepsi-Cola

Fuck Cumrobbery!
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Recently, a few different threads have had problems with YouTube based lolcows mass-deleting their videos, so I though I'd help you guys out and recommend a program called "Video Downloader Ultimate"
https://videodownloaderultimate.com/en/
It's a program that pops up in your browser when you turn it on, and if it scans pick up a video in one of your browser tabs, it will be copied to the program itself so you can download it. So, let's say you wanted to download several videos all at once, all you'd have to do is open all of them up in your browser. The full version costs money, but the free version is basically just as good.

As for reuploading them, you could open up your own YouTube archive if you really wanted, but if you're lazy like I am, you can use this little website called mixtape.moe
https://mixtape.moe/
It's sort of like Imgur but instead of just images you can upload a variety of file types, including MP4s and MP3s. The cool part about this website is, you don't need an account to upload stuff, and anybody can view and download said stuff openly as long as you give them the link. So basically, you can download videos, then upload them to mixtape.moe and drop the link here so anybody can view and download them.

A little wordy, but I thought this would be at least a little helpful for you guys.
 
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