When the Powers That Be Try to Rewrite History
I just discovered again, as has happened to me more than five times I can recall, someone sent me a URL that was public and existed when they emailed it to me, but in the 24 hours it took me to read their message.
In my work in GPL enforcement, I work a lot of beats where people tend to try to rewrite history by taking stuff off the Internet. While it's impossible to take most things off the Internet, I tend to want to look at stuff that very few people are interested in (e.g., a GPL violation report, or once-public discussions about some GPL issue) that there are a very few people (e.g, GPL violators) who want to take this off the Internet as quickly as possible.
My thought just now was that perhaps I should have a script that looks at all my incoming email, finds URLs in it, and does two things:
(a) immediately downloads a copy,
(b) submits the URL to archive.org.
Does anyone know of such a thing, or do I need to write this myself?
Meanwhile, as a public service announcement to those who care about the GPL and other things: EVERY TIME YOU SEE a URL that has SOMETHING about the GPL that looks politically important, be it evidence of a GPL violation or anything else, submit that URL to archive.org/web ASAP!
You're probably better off having a filter that matches for URLs and either auto responds reminding emailers to make a local copy and submit the URL to archive.org or that creates a queue of URLs for you to review. Or do both :)
Auto downloading links sounds like a bad way to go for many reasons.
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