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Since it's exceptionally easy to only block the actual ads on swfchan (no ads are actually served from swfchan's own domain) and because the current ruleset is actually causing visitors to see more ads I thought this matter would be quickly resolved. However, I have been trying to contact EasyList for over three weeks now with no response. Therefore I feel the need to ask my visitors to e-mail them as well to bring attention to this issue and show that regular users of EasyList care about swfchan, not just the guy running the site.
They have two e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The first one is the primary mail but I've sent mail to both and received a reply from neither. Have sent using different mail accounts as well so I know there was no sending issues on my end. I should have written this announcement earlier but this whole thing felt like such an open-and-shut case that I would never have imagined swfchan still being blocked like this after three weeks. Big thanks to anyone helping out!
Note: I'm not writing this because of money, the site's income is actually the same as before (less visitors but less blockers equal same ad views). I am however worried that in the long run, in a year or so, this may lead to less links leading to swfchan which would sure enough finally kill it off the web, especially with the dwindling flash support these days. I also don't think this is a fair practice by EasyList, there's no reason what-so-ever to block swfchan itself. I don't serve ads and an adblocker should block ad providers, not sites that use ad providers. I also don't limit anyone blocking ads from using the site in any way. It feels like the EasyList authors took just a minute to look at swfchan, said "fuck it" and proceeded to block the whole thing instead of only the ads.
So if you have a moment I'd really appreciate it if you took the time to e-mail them about this. Just be polite and ask EasyList to block only the ads on swfchan, not the actual content on swfchan itself. There's a discussion thread over here.
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First flash on swfchan.
Was made to announce swfchan's existance on /f/. Song is "Electronic Performers" by Air. Song title and artist name is recorded inside the flash but hidden in a variable of the ActionScript 2 source code of all places. Dunno why I did that sometimes.
Until the end of the visuals the border glow of the "swfchan" text is supposed to change its intensity with the instuments. It's alright but I could have put some more work into that.
There are exactly 1000 thumbnails being randomly positioned in the background every frame. These were taken from the thumbnails generated during development of the site. There's a lot of anon_partyhard#.swf in there because that was the year I was doing all of those. Upon reflection I should have limited how many APH thumbs were included in this flash.
First flash I made.
Well not really, but it's the first one I made since I started dwelling on /f/. Exported 20oct2006, a few months after I discovered 4chan for the first time. The meme might be a bit outdated (orly?) but I still like the audio.
Song's "We Can't Be Cool" from Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex OST 2.
lolicatgir ls_high.swf2.54 MiB
Sexy young girls wearing cat ears while being high.
Made 4jun2007, it has become the most posted flash on /f/ since then. I didn't make the original lolicatgirls.swf but I noticed that it was already a big thing on /f/ before I arrived and I thought it deserved better quality. Somewhere down the line people started posting it as just lolicatgirls.swf so nowadays that's what it's mostly known as.
Below the visuals the source of the cartoon can be read ("GI Joe S1E20 - Cobra's Candidate") but to my eternal shame I actually forgot to put the song source down there! It's "I Wish (Skazi Remix)" by Infected Mushroom... but you knew that already, didn't you?
I remember taking care to stretch the last image a bit because it was stretched in the original flash. At the time I didn't like that stretched frame but I aimed for a good mimic and am glad that I did now since the little flaw has grown on me over the years.
Something I believe few people has reflected over is that the visuals, when going backwards, is actually the same frames being presented a second time. The main timeline is being played back in reverse through ActionScript 2! A neat little trivia on this flash. Stuff like that being possible is why the flash format beat any video codec any day of the week, in my opinion (plus you know, vector graphics).
The not found that keeps on being found.
Since creation 19sep2008 this flash has continued to deliver some consolation to people being hotlinked flashes on swfchan from various forums and chats.
This flash was (unknowingly) posted a whole lot more on /f/ before 29may2012 because before then people would press GET FILE on swfchan, wait too long and then download this 404.swf instead of the desired flash and proceed with uploading it to /f/ under false pretences. The flash's wiki page is full of such archived threads. After that day in may though I finally made the link timeout a lot longer so people would always download the files they actually wanted. 404.swf still appears under different names from time to time though but now it's done with intent.
The flash was actually created to replace the old, very dull 404.swf the site was using for its expired links. It just had a short sound effect and then redirected the user to swfchan's front page. Although it made people disover the site I felt I had to change it when I noticed it was being uploaded to /f/ by mistake all the time. Redirecting flashes has always been hated and I didn't want anyone to think I was spamming the board.
As I usually do I just sat down and played around a bit and got the spinning 404 animation, I didn't plan how it should look beforehand. Don't remember if I did the audio loop before or after the visuals... but I always regretted not timing the "drop of the 404 circle" with the music's first crash cymbal. I don't think I paid that any mind whatsoever during creation actually, it just turned out to almost sync. There's also a very tiny math oversight that make the rotations of the numbers of the outer circle not match up perfectly, but I doubt anyone on the planet has actually noticed that on their own.
The audio in this swf might have the lowest bitrate of all my flash loops (40 kbps), felt I had to keep it down since it would be delivered to all faulty flash requests. Though subsequently I wish it was a little larger. The flash is 368 KiB right now, if I had to do it all over again I would have made sure it was 404 KiB in size!
Music's "The Other Side" by Pendulum. Source is not anywhere outside the visuals in this flash, instead it was put into the flash's meta data.