Post by xordevoreaux on Jan 17, 2021 20:49:13 GMT -5
Sims4Studio has no file hosting capability. That could become problematic for some.
Because Sims4Studio has no file hosting capability, I uploaded content to share on Sims4Studio using my free Google Drive account. In less than 2 years, the oldest content that I posted will disappear entirely from Sims4Studio because under Google's new cloud storage policy, any Google Drive content that is 2 years old or older will be deleted from free Google accounts.
Even before Google announced its new cloud storage policy, I've slowly been moving my content to NexusMods.com. It's file hosting is free, even though free users do have a download speed restriction.
To be fair to Sims4Studio, I have a thread here where I link to what I've uploaded to NexusMods.
I'm not sure how ardently I'll ensure that content disappearing off my Google drive over time is reloaded to NexusMods. Some has been, but not all. I do plan, at some point, to put some of my templates that I've shared on Sims4Studio on NexusMods.
I like Sims4Studio, I like the community, but know that whatever vanishes off my Google drive might very well never be seen again here.
Please fix the terrible misinformation in this post. Deletion of content is NOT based on the age of the content, it is based on how long an account has been inactive.
So with that qualifier, the statement still stands. I'm hit by a bus tomorrow, my content, as well as anyone who has retired from making updates who posted to Google Drive and no longer using it, disappears in 2 years. Not so on NexusMods, it's there forever.
It disappears two years after either June of 2021 or your last activity on your Google account, whichever is later. That's not what you said in your first post, and you have not corrected it; it still says things will be deleted just for being two years old. (Also, nothing will be deleted before June of 2023 even if the account is already two years inactive now, so there's plenty of time to archive things even from creators who are already gone now.)
It's important for people to know what the limitations of the services they are using to store important content are, and it's absolutely a good idea for people whose work is stored only on Google Drive, Mediafire, or other services that have recently put time limits on how long they will keep data from inactive accounts, to look into other hosting options. But the information they're using to make decisions must be accurate, and they must have that kind of information about ALL of their options. What prevents content on Nexusmods from disappearing? If it's your website, won't it also disappear if you're not by a bus? (If not, then why can't whoever promised to pay the bill for you also keep your Google account active?) If it's someone else's website, what are their terms about deleting content, and what assurance do they give (since they're not a big company that millions of people worldwide rely on, and there won't be any news stories about their decisions) that they'll keep your content, and their website in general, up for the long haul? No website can promise to be up forever, but some give better assurance of keeping your stuff available than others.
If you really want to be sure your work stays online even if something happens to you, whether that's being hit by a bus or just no longer logging into old accounts for old hobbies, put it in multiple places and state in your TOU that you want your work to be reshared if you have become unreachable and the original places to get it have gone down. If your work was important, people will reshare it anyway, but they'll be able to do so more openly if your TOU clearly said it was okay.
Post by xordevoreaux on Jan 18, 2021 11:14:06 GMT -5
I don't need to labor to scatter my creations pell mell across the Internet to preserve them. The oldest Skyrim mod on Nexus with a valid upload date was uploaded in 2011. That tells me plenty that I've chosen the right place to store my stuff, and that my content will be on Nexus longer than EA will be supporting Sims4. That's long enough of a haul for me.
I mean, Johnny Dust was last active as of August 2019; might be a different story if they'd been inactive since 2011. And Nexusmods is telling me that ads are keeping it alive (or, if I were kinder, a one-off payment of £1.55 ($2) which isn't too bad but still.) Who's to say people like me, with adblockers constantly on, won't kill the entire website? (Not that I think I've ever been to NexusMods before, but I can't be sure.) Nothing is permanent and while I understand your desire to have everything in one place, file storage is expensive and that's why most companies charge for it and probably why Google made the decision that it did (edit: well, and the... you know, the plague. They have no idea who's dead from that.) Yeah, if profit wasn't a concern they could probably leave everything forever but we don't live in the best time-line and regardless, the more files there are, the more servers they need for the cloud. That's probably the reason S4S doesn't have file-storage for Simmers; they'd have to pay a lot more to upkeep that deal.
I think stating that people can share your CC in your TOU if you're unreachable isn't a bad back-up plan to add on to your current one (maybe even letting people include the mesh if you're feeling really generous), even if you don't dump your stuff on Simfileshare or One Drive or whatever as well.
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