On one hand it they’re probably going into archiving more stuff, but I wish they invested some resources into polishing up the UI. Besides not being great to look at, the snapshot selection calendar thing everyone has to go through is a joke.
Also, not sure if it’s just me, but I’m proud of donating to them and would be happy about some ways of showing it. I’d probably buy merch.
Besides a small to medium UI overhaul I’d like to see some improvements in search, listings and perhaps curation. There are some amazing things in the archive, but I find them to be not that easy to discover. Some more explorability might mean more enthusiasm.
I’ve created two such lists myself, one of books by British and American visitors to Japan in the 19th and early 20th centuries  and the other of forgotten novels of the 19th century . I’m now thinking of compiling a list of direct links to writings from the 18th and 19th century about slavery in the United States.
I would love to be able to listen to other people’s playlists of songs from the 78rpm and LP record collection on the Archive.
I currently have them set as my Amazon Smile charity — perhaps something to consider for anyone not feeling up to a one off donation.
You can choose a bunch of charities, apparently IA is one of them. A small portion of your total payment goes to the charity, at no extra cost to you. No hooks or anything, just something Amazon does.
Don't give money to Wikipedia. Give it to Internet Archive.
An archive is seldom appreciated until you desperately need it, much as libraries... so you have to be a certain good kind of crazy to do this and preserve digital information like an archeologist instead of paywalling stuff... it preserves our digital history and we should support it in any form we can as noone else is doing it (looking at you national libraries)
A simple docker-compose.yml with an IPFS service and a coordinator to pin the least replicated or most wanted items would be great.
Cloudfare also has an IPFS pinning service + gateway, so they could offload some traffic to them as well.
hitting the back button after clicking on a collection is a major penalty, (cached page is force-redrawn/ RE-downloaded and re-rendered)
why are they so anal on tracking users with google analytics and PHP cookies that break modern caching. If they did it right, they could get probably 50% less cache-negative hits per session
IIRC webcitation is still taking donations as well
At the beginning of COVID, they started doing what they called the "National Emergency Library" (this is probably the best term to look up to find more articles and different takes on the topic), where they just let everyone download copies of Harry_Potter.epub. IMO this was a needless provocation and not surprisingly book publishers claim that this is copyright infringement. They're going a bit scorched earth in response- the lawsuit isn't limited to just the "uncontrolled lending" aspect of the program.
There were some textbooks (almost exclusively college level ones), but they were located at the bottom of the page below the bodice-ripper "Romance" category. The unrestricted lending wasn't limited to certain categories or anything like that.
But Internet Archive quite clearly and blatantly broke law - in situation where their operation were already on edge.
So there is no surprise at all that various entities used this occasion to sue them. Hopefully IA will survive, but I am not impressed by their strategy.
No. The borg will come for IA eventually once the old guard retires. Kahle might be left/progressive but he is not insane. You can't say that for whoever replaces him in the future.
Always remember Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics: "Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing."
They said they would get to it.
Two or three weeks passed, nothing changed. I got in touch asking why. They said my request was scheduled and would be completed soon. More time passed, no result.
I then sent them an email which listed their upstream provider. I said I felt they had adequate time but had failed to act in accordance with my request. I told them they had 7 days and then I would go upstream. Then they deleted what I had asked for.
This very much soured how I feel about IA.
The project carries no Morality and that is a good thing. It will always archive content you agree with and content you disagree with and that is a good thing. Adult content is clearly tagged. Copyright is clearly managed.
Genuine question, if we were to sanitize all archives of porn, do you believe that 80 years from now, we would have a representative idea of how people experience sexuality right now?
From others, I’ve heard some good things about the library containing books and other media, but formatting of the books may not be great (unlike standardebooks.org, which is more limited though).
Since everybody has a budget of sorts for donations, I personally see a lot more value donating to other organizations and not donating to this one for the above reasons.
There are a few things I would like them to do:
1. No more stupid mistakes, like that Free for All Covid fiasco. (Don't blatantly irritate copywrite owners.)
2. Offer all their material (non copy written) to anyone in the USA. Let anyone house the data if they want.
3. Put all salaries, and assets, on your front page, or very easily found.
I looked up their administrative salaries (CEO, BOD, etc.) a few years ago on Waystar (back then--salaries of founders seemed reasonable.)
The founder was using the nonprofit CC for questionable purchases, but I don't even think he is around anymore. Oh yea, when looking up 1040's on Waystar it's free information, but the website makes it look like you need to pay for free government information, or used too? There are many websites that offer free 1040's now though.)
I would like to see every 501c3 in the USA list the highest salaries of everyone in the charity, the number of volunteers, and the average pay of paid employees.
I see way to many people blindly giving money to charities.
Many are great like this nonprofit, but so many are overfunded, or just set up to support one, or two people.
In my county, many nonprofits are considered just a business move with a sympathetic name. Too many are run by a husband, and wife, and are just a way to live a comfortable life.
Every year it seems to be getting worse.
Obama knew what was going on in a lot of 501c3's, and was about to take action, but backed away. I don't know why, but he took it off his agenda very quickly.
I see what you mean but the amount of times I see people making a fuss about charities daring to pay a decent salary to their employees really irritates me. I have tried to explain to people that good leadership is not cheap but the only thing they ever think is that any money not spent on food is wasted. A big charity might have millions or even billions in assets, and should be run with similar gravitas and skill to a comparable business.
I see your point about nonprofits though.
- A donation hopefully frees resources to work on these things (I also find the UI terrible and think a lot of value could be freed through some curation)
Also, who cares about the UI if you only use them rarely? You don't buy ice cream from ugly ice cream sellers either? :)