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Feedback from the survey responses here: >>>gen/8273

Writing.com exporter Anonymous 01/11/2019 (Fri) 05:54:16 Id:c16e75 No. 3262
Gday

I've had a crack at writing a program to export Writing.com interactive stories so that you can read them without all that "Interactives temporarily unavailable" mumbo-jumbo.

What do you guys think, would this be useful?

Or would an archive library of saved Writing.com stories be useful?

All stories are currently being archived here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/38pdpfgk4v94dcp/AACbiAzw677MVvbfUYfs1mfja
You can download and use the exporter yourself here: https://github.com/towerofpower256/WritingExporter.SimpleExporter/releases
I started writing it mostly because of a story that just disappeared one day, and I was gutted. It was called Marshmallow Heaven. I hope not to lose any more stories again.
Edited last time by admin on 04/27/2019 (Sat) 06:21:34.
Yes! It seems such BS that a bunch of text files would be such a hassle to host when there are thousands of free image and video hosting sites out there. Also the questions they ask you to sign up skeeve me off in a Facebook datamining sort of way.
I got a membership just so I can (arduously) copy and paste all the chapters into word docs.
mostly done; I'd like to know how your script goes.
Also, is there a decent way to download all the images on a site without having to open the links and save as?
>>3268
I can't say that I've read any stories that have images in them. Most of them just have hyperlinks to images.

Do you have an example that I can have a look at?
Can you share the program with the world? The more people helping you the more people saving stories.
>>3270
I sure will, I plant to put it up on my github, but it's sort of a dog's breakfast and a filthy mess at the moment. I'd like to get it a little more tidy and stable.
>>3262
Yes, this would be incredibly useful. There is so much classic work on Writing.com and its so obvious it's only a matter of time before it is all lost.
Alrighty, I've cleaned things up a bit and put the tool up on github.

https://github.com/towerofpower256/WritingExporter.SimpleExporter/releases

Give it a crack and let me know what your thoughts are, or if you run into any issues.
With how Writing.com has been lately, I've been looking for just about any excuse to stop hosting my stories there.

Thank you so much for this!
>>3282
Thanks man, I appreciate it.
If you like it, you can give the project a star in github. It makes me feel kinda nice :)
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I must be missing something I keep getting this error
>>3291
Oooo interesting. Can you upload the log to pastebin or another file share place? Also, does this happen mid way through using it or does it happen when you try to open the program?
>>3292
It opens just fine. It comes up when I try to retrieve a story. I will get the log right away.
Ive got the same error- system array empty
System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: '!!0[] System.Array.Empty()'.
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.<OpenStoryFromSource>d__12.MoveNext()
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.AsyncMethodBuilderCore.Start[TStateMachine](TStateMachine& stateMachine)
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.OpenStoryFromSource()
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.btnOpenStory_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Wind
>>3297
yeah you beat me to it. It is identical.
>>3298
Out of curiosity, does it work if you update your .Net version on your computer?

If it does, it means that I've used too new a version of the .Net framework, and I'll compile it for a more common version that most everyone will have.
Amazing tool. Its working perfectly here <3
I'm trying the "Update story" button for the Buttercombe Academy story and I keep getting the following error:

> ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Writing.com login failed

Does the tool not work for certain stories or am I doing something wrong?
>>3302
Does it work on other stories?
That should only happen if Writing.com keeps asking for username and password.
Or does Writing.com have locked or private stories that I haven't bumped into before?
>>3303
Well I found out that I had put my handle into the username spot rather than my actual username.

But now it keeps giving me the "INFO - Encountered 'interactives temporarily unavailable' page, pausing for 15000ms" error.
>>3304
Hahahahaha welcome to Writing.com! I still get that Interactives Temporarily Unavailable error all the God-damn time when I'm using a web browser, it can sometimes last for 10mins or more! Really kills my boner, and is half the reason I started writing this tool.

Give it time to export the story. Very large stories can take the better part of a day to get the whole thing. It would also take just as long if you did it by hand.
>>3305
So just do nothing even though it's getting the error? Alrighty then. Can do. Thanks.
>>3299
I have version 4.5.2
>>3299
Updated to 4.6.2. works now thanks!
worked fine until the exe suddenly deleted itself and is now denying me access to re-download it
>>3304
>>3305
>>3306
Word to the wise, I was logged into the site in my browser when I tried using this thing and got the "interactives temporarily unavailable" error endlessly. I logged out of the site and let the tool run again, now I'm actually able to export chapters.
>>3310
Just tried that and it's working so far! Thanks for the great tip!
>>3310
Guess I spoke too soon. It was good for the first 25 chapters or so but now I get the error after every 1-2 chapters. If anyone has used this tool to download Buttercombe Academy, I would greatly appreciate it if someone could share the HTML file with me.
>>3313
Sweet jesus, that story is massive!
I'll let it run over the day and see how I go. I'll upload the HTML when it's complete.

I might have to look into a method of doing incomplete exports that can be resumed later on.
https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/1708920-FGAL-Deleted-Scenes-Nikkis-Sweatpants

Anybody able to make this one work? Every story i've tried so far works great. With this one I only get the description and no chapters.
>>3315
It worked on my end:
https://ufile.io/oht2s
>>3316
>>3315

For some reason, Chrome thought the ZIp file was suspicious. Here it us unzipped.

https://megaupload.nz/N0Nae2rebe/1708920-Nikkis-Sweatpants-An-SSBBW-Tale_html
>>3314
I ended up getting it to work thankfully. 'Tis a shame that most people who wrote chapters seemed to go with the most boring options.
Any more you guys could post that are good/iconic that are too long to read without the stupid "plz login"?

Ive never bothered to make an account so that'd be helpful.
Hey,

got into a more massive story that could not be fully uploaded, even if the exporter says so "The dictaphone". With more than 4800 chapters.

https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/1897904-The-dictaphone

Is there any way you could fully download it ? Thanks
>>3320
Would you guys like that if I started like a small library of exported stories?

I've thought about starting one and seeing how it goes.
>>3322

Absolutely
Go right ahead.
>>3322
Alrighty, I'll start collecting stories.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/38pdpfgk4v94dcp/AACbiAzw677MVvbfUYfs1mfja

Any requests? If I get enough, I'll shell out the $5 or so for an account to speed up the export.

I'm already in the process of fetching Buttercrombe and The Dictaphone, but those may take a bit because they're very large (thousands of chapters).
>>3324
For future reference, it'd be appreciate if you uploaded them as html files if possible instead of json. I can't figure out how to open it in an interactive format.
>>3326
But I've got both the json and HTML there...

Wait, are you looking at Buttercrombe or Dictaphone? I'm still going with those.
>>3324
OK, I've got Buttercrombe on there as HTML. Sweet jesus is it big! It takes a couple of seconds to open the file!

Next big one is that phonograph one
Could you upload The dictaphone as well in html ? Thanks
>>3327
I meant the Dictaphone one. Sorry, I forgot to specify which one.
This is a fantastic project - amazed you got this to work so well. The library of extracted classics is a great idea. It's pretty clear that Writing.com is close to total collapse - at least as far as interactives go. The sooner we can get all the classics extracted, the better. I'd love to see Your Fat Family saved - though that's a monster interactive.
>>3329
>>3330
Yep, grabbing that one now. It's a whopping 4,500 or so chapters so it'll take a while. Haha sorry, I called it the phonograph! It's the weird old-timey doodad thingamajig sounding one.

>>3331
Thanks man, I appreciate it!

I feel the same way, that the resource limiting and "interactives temporarily unavailable" is pushing authors and readers away, and it feels like it's losing its user base. I'm saving these in case any more stories just *poof* and dissapear one day.

Haha and I like to be able to Ctrl+F "breast" and just whack it to the chapters about titties, or whatever I'm feeling at the time!
Office Fatty
Claire Indulges With Her Mom
Mel Caryle
Fattest Town
>>3331

yesterday i had that one at 90% maybe, and my cheap office pc decided to reboot and everything was lost. I think a backup file can be a good idea, i would do it, but unfortunately i dont have time (srry, english isn't my first language)
>>3324
OK, The Dictaphone is now up. God DAMN was story story huge! Came out at some 20MB when I exported all 4,500 or so chapters!

Next I'll grab Your Fat Family, but it's another pretty large story, it'll take a little.
>>3333
I found some, but not others.

Office Fatty
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1933610-Office-fatty

Fattest Town
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1363002-The-Fattest-Town

Claire Indulges with her mom
???

Mel Caryle
???

Do you have the links to the other 2?
>>3324
OK, Your Fat Family is now in there as well.
>>3324
Ok, Office Fatty is done
>>3324
OK, the Fattest Town is now on there now as well.
>>3337
Unfortunately you ended up with the same issue I had. Only the first chapters are available. The rest of the cahpter do not seem to be saved. Click on option 2 at the beginning of the story, it is not reachable.
>>3350
That's strange, opening the HTML file, I can see all of the chapters. See screenshot.

But it does look like the HTML is screwy. There is an ongoing issue where some of the HTML tags are left open in Writing.com, which messes with the story when I try to export it (e.g. it looks like a <i> tag is left open after chapter 1-1-1-1-1-1-#2 which is causing some issues. The same happens with a <b> tag after that in another chapter. I haven't tested the HTML story in IE or Firefox, it may not be reacting well.

Damnit Writing.com, why is your HTML so shonky?!? It's been a real mission trying to interpret the WDC web pages, it's either intentionally ambiguous, or it's just sloppy. Unclosed HTML tags, div's upon div's with no names...

A method of sanitising the HTML is on my radar, I'll re-export The Dictaphone when I've got a working solution.
>>3350
>>3351

Sorry, screenshot attached
This is a fantastic development, massive kudos for making this a reality. Even beyond not having to wait for upwards of an hour in the Writing.com queue, it feels great to know these stories will be preserved when the site finally does croak.
This is a fantastic project - I'd never have imagined this was possible. I was sure that thousands of chapters were doomed to be lost when Writing.com inevitably goes under. Amazing job coming up with this fix.
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>>3353
>>3354
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it! I'm glad that people are finding all this useful.



I could use everyone's opinion. I'm considering splitting all the chapters into separate HTML files instead of 1 giant one.

Giant file pros:
- More portable and less "moving parts"
- Can easily search for keywords across all chapters (e.g. boobs)

Giant file cons:
- Large stories can take seconds to minutes to open in a browser
- Browser performance on large stories can be an issue
- Shonky HTML from a chapter can affect all chapters after it (e.g. unclosed bold or italic tags)

What are your thoughts?
>>3324
OK, the following stories are now up:
Office Fatty
Fattest Town
Clair indulges with mom
Super sized the mel carlyle story
Mall of Transformation

Any more you guys want saved?
>>3358
Look up Stuffing or Weight gain with no filter and search for the results with the most pathways and just do all of them.
>>3360
Eyyyy someone else is backing them up now as well! This makes me smile!

Say, how do you know who's talking on a Chan board? This is the dude who wrote the tool, do I have a unique ID or anything?
I think the buttercombe HTML is only partial. The chapters don't appear after a certain point.
>>3363
I can't seem to replicate that issue, the files open normally on my end. Granted, some of the HTML is still a bit screwy from dirty chapters on WDC's end.

What browser are you using? I've tested in Chrome and IE11, but not in Firefox.

Which chapters can't you see? Just a sample of chapters you can't see will do the trick.
>>3364
Got it: it's a firefox issue. No problems in Chrome.
>>3365
Good to know though, and makes a good argument for splitting up the chapters into individual HTML files vs 1 big one. Any dirty HTML would only affect that chapter, and nothing else.

Thanks for the report, I'll look into it further.
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>>3369
Done, Cartoon Gluttony and Weight Gain is now in the collection.
>>3371
Would you mind trying Mollycoddle's interactive Alice story? I tried it, but it wouldn't work on my end. It wouldn't even start downloading.
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>>3372
Done, Davens Port is now add to the collection.

>>3373
Hmmm, you are correct, good find.
Turns out there's a message I've never seen before that says "Access Restricted".

I've updated things now, and giving it a test. So far, so good! I'll add it to the collection anywho.
>>3373
Done, Alice the Fat Cheerleader now added to the collection.

I'm on a roll guys, keep em coming!
Maybe get 'Your Expanding Sister' and 'Magic Ring from Ancient Times'?
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>>3390
>>3391
>>3324

Done, "Your Expanding Sister" and "
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Magic ring from ancient times" added to the collection.
>>3392

Thank you young man.
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>>3397
>>3324

You betcha my dude!
"Butt Expansion" added to the collection.
Maybe I'm dumb, but how do I turn the json into html?
>>3403
All good my dude.

Those JSON files are how my program WritingExporter.SimpleExporter saves things. The HTML file is a human-readable version of the story.

1. Grab a copy of the program and open it.
2. Click on "Open story from file" and open the JSON file.
3. Click on "Export to HTML".
4. Beat your meat like it owes you money.
So will this exporter allow us to read entire interactives offline with the choices and branching paths intact?
will we have to re-export a story if someone adds new chapters to it later?
>>3418
Yes and no.

If you save the story after exporting from WDC, you can open the story later and update from WDC and it'll only grab the new chapters. You won't have to grab the whole thing again.

But yes, you'll have to re-export it to HTML and replace the HTML file you made before.

The grander plan if I find the time is to have it so that you give it a bunch of stories and it'll actively synch them all automatically, and have it show desktop alerts when a new chapter is found. But that's if I find the time.
So, while trying to donwload a story this message appeared

ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Couldn't find the interactive chapter's source choice, and this isn't the first chapter

Any idea what causes this?
>>3421
That'll happen when it tries to open a chapter's page but it can't find certain parts. In this case, it can't find the source chapter (the choice that led you to this chapter).

What story did you use it on? There might be some crazy WDC shenanigans going on there that I haven't seen before.
>>3519 the absolute madman
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>>3519
>>3520
Sweet Jesus, that's over 7,000 chapters long. This is gonna take a while...
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>>3533
>>3519
>>3520
>>3526

OK, added the below to the collection. I've also started updating some of the existing ones:
- Its Great To Gain
- Weight gaining women and men

Found that issue with "weight gaining men and women", there was a line break in the chapter source choice. I've updated the program with a fix.
For some reason, I'm not able to export the JSON files as HTML files.
>>3342
>>3549
Done. Curse of the Lipomancer is now added.
Sorry for the trouble, but could you add wealth and plush as well? https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1667310-Wealth-and-Plush
You are the best for doing this! could you get Legend of zelda: weight gain interactive
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1093746-Legend-of-Zelda-Weight-Gain-Interactive/map/1131

and pokemon weight gain journey? https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1532375-Pokemon-Weight-Gain-Journey

Thanks!
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>>3568
You are an absolute legend. I can't believe you've gone and done this. Mad props.

EXCEPT

For the fact that I have to re-read stuff I wrote so fucking long ago that it physically made me cringe and curl up into a ball of self loathing.

But that's not your fault.
>>3568
You fucking hero holy shit
now add Persona 4:Growth Edition
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Y'all know you can just use the program OP made and shared to do this yourself don't you?
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Just found this...I updated the OP with the dropbox you guys are using, pretty damn cool project! Love it!
>>3613
Honestly no, where's the download good sir?
>>3618
Right, I've got the file, how can I view it? like is there a way to re-organize all the downloaded text so the chapters are in order or am I just stuck with what I've got?
Can someone export "Madison Freshman 15" I think it's one of the best wg stories on writing.com by far.
>>3568
Thank you very much!
Thank you very much!>>3568
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1790375-Ben-10-Weight-Gain-Story/map/1

Can anyone export this. I would but im on android and the .exe isnt supported
For those interested, I made a backup of writing.com stories on Internet Archive

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1No4zjBzV81O9G3lNx6Z6ib3idqIdJEH_KCAcVkO0VnE/edit#gid=1562740179
>>3267
It's a total horseshit, writing.com's owner is a pity son of a bitch who rather see the stories on his site being deleted then trying to save it.
anyone happen to have a backup of these? my top list of stories that i bookmarked, that got deleted, before I discovered there was a way to save them :( :( :(


http://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1284566-Star-Trek-Seven-of-Nine-Expansion

https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/1380998-Mother-weight-gain

https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/995957-Simpsons-Weight-Gain-Story

The star trek one was JUST recently deleted, the others are probably years long gone, figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
Ops, sorry wrong link. Here is the actual link to "Mother Weight Gain" story:

https://writingbackupproject.000webhostapp.com/01C/1380998/intro.html

About "Simpsons Weight Gain Story" I didn't find.
Again:

For anyone interested on finding deleted stories check internet archive, it's a godsent:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/https%3A//www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1941668%2A

Replace "1941668" with the ID of the story you are looking for, every story there has an ID.

Also, again, I created a google spreadsheet with all stories archived so far, the link is above.
>>3672
>>3676
>>3675
>>3674

There's about 20% of the seven of nine story on the internet wayback machine, and your link was the entirely incorrect story, but I did manage to find a 60 out of 67 or so of a perfect copy of seven of nine somewhere higher up in this thread! It was an archive backup from 2015.
Unfortunately I do think there were 7ish updates between 2015-2018 that maybe no one on earth has anymore. I think they may have also been by the original author? and in the weight gain sub-branch of the chapters :(

That archive also had mother weight gain (the link you gave me just 404'd).

The simpsons story wasn't on the wayback machine at all. That one might be lost to time, it was apparently deleted before 2015.
>>3677
>>3672
while I'm at it... I can't find these on the wayback or the archive higher up in this thread.....

http://www.writing.com:80/main/interact/item_id/1654411-Mass-Effect-Weight-Gain

http://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/968251-Star-Wars-Weight-Gain

just in case anyone has a lead :) sorry for these long shot requests!
>>3678
You are searching it wrong in wayback, you have to type type the following address (including the "%2A" in the end), also don't put the full story name. In short, just swap the story ID for the story ID from the story you want it.

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http%3A//www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1654411%2A

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http%3A//www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/968251%2A
There are some copies saved from Simpsons Weight Gain Story here:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http%3A//www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/995957%2A
>>3680
>>3679
THANKS!~
I was actually just swapping the numbers, I wasn't dumb enough to be using the full title.

I WAS however dumb enough to be leaving off the %2A over and over! Thanks.
>>3262
me again, this time I'm trying to create my own backups using the program in the OP.

anyone have any clue what I'm doing wrong? tried the url, the url minus the title, page 1, and outline page, they all failed utterly (to do anything except save the description of the story before entering it, and nothing else at all).
this is what it told me:


> INFO - Main window ready

> INFO - Opening story from Writing.com

> INFO - Story opened: 885928-Television-Women-expand

> INFO - Updating story content from Writing.com

> ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Couldn't find the interactive chapter's title

> INFO - Opening story from Writing.com

> INFO - Story opened: 1911783-Madisons-Freshman-15

> INFO - Updating story content from Writing.com

> ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Couldn't find the interactive chapter's title

> ERROR - Error while exporting story to HTML
System.ArgumentNullException
Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: input

> INFO - Opening story from Writing.com

> INFO - Story opened: 1911783

> INFO - Updating story content from Writing.com

> INFO - Story export complete

> INFO - Story update complete

> INFO - Story exported to HTML

> INFO - Updating story content from Writing.com

> INFO - Story export complete

> INFO - Story update complete

> INFO - Opening story from Writing.com

> ERROR - An error occured when trying to get the story info.
System.Exception
Couldn't find the interactive description
>>3682
I tried backing up Hesper, and all I'm getting a error notice. I tried both version .1 and version .3 not really sure what's wrong.
>>3676
Do you know if it has any archived stories that were accessible only to registered members? I'm looking for a certain story that I haven't been able to find so far.
>>3693
I don't think so. Wayback Machine is only able to pages that are public available.
For those interested I did a little web crawling in the Wayback Machine registers and created a text file with all the URLs from writing.com submitted to Wayback Machine through the years:

https://archive.org/download/backup-url-registers-writing/wayback-registers.txt

To remove unnecessary URLs I deleted the URLs of the stories archived post 2018 (which were already saved in the list that I posted above). Note that the file has about 400.000 URLs, so you probably should try to open using "Notepad++" or "EmEditor", a program specific to deal with large text files.
>>3697
in a lot of cases the wayback machine will do something like obtain an outline from a story and then use it to spider it's check's for updates for say all the years from 2015-2018, never updating the outline, never spidering to 2, and as a result checking on the story 20 times between 2015-2018 and never once obtaining a new chapter, yet managing to find 3or4 url's that all refer to the same chapter as the exact url structure on writing.com has varied slightly over the years.


if something partial is better than nothing? by all means go for it. I found though in my sample of examining two stories I cared about that roughly 90% of the url's the wayback had archived were non-unique. So even if a story with 100 chapters has 100 url's saved there's a good chance it's missing 80-90 chapters just because of how the wayback setup it's spider system.
impossible question, even more so this time.

I can't find any reference to this story in my history or bookmarks, so I'm concerned it may have been a portion of another story?

wasn't someone starting a story on weight gain involving the characters from the cancelled tv show "don't trust the bitch in apartment 23"?

without having access to the url, I can't really even look for it on the wayback, although it was also from 2018, which was a spotty year for wayback on writing.com..... maybe it was just part of a mega-fanfic-story and it's chapters all got deleted? I could've sworn it was it's own story, but then why didn't I bookmark it?

anyone else remember this one?
>>3699
This is tough. Did you try to check your Google history? I'm not talking about your Chrome history but the web register that Google keeps of all your web activity.

If you have some idea of which month, or even some approximate date that, you read the history, this could help you:

https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity

Try the following thing, go to this page and type some keywords, such as "don't trust the bitch" or "weight gain", it might help you.

https://myactivity.google.com/item?product=1,3,4,6,11,13,19,25,26,29,43&q=%22intitle:%22Weight%20gain%22%22&authuser=true
>>3699
This is more as a desperate measure, to be honest. I totally agree with what you said.
Sorry, I quoted the wrong post. The last message was intended to >3698
>>3700
I can remember that june was the girl with the most chapters :-p I was in private browsing mode on a browser that I don't think has ever logged into google....

I think there was a chapter started about chloe's partying lifestyle catching up with her that no one really expanded much on? and I think one of the reason's june was gaining weight was that robin was jealous of her and had some secret plot, lol.

but I'm not getting any result on my main browser that doesn't use private mode and does login to google.... (like at all on any topic at all...)
>>3703
Since you were in private mode it definitely didn't registered on your google account :\ To make matters even worse I don't think writing.com itself has a search mechanism to search things inside the stories themselves nor does wayback machine.. So your best chance is probably someone remembering it
Hoping someone remembers this interactive story. It was a lot like Hesper before Hesper was around. It followed a high school senior, I don't remember the story exactly, but I remember in one of the branches he helps a mysterious man that gives him a jar of wishing powder. Every time he wants to make a wish, he has to eat a little bit, which causes him to gain weight. Once of the branches is him wishing for all food to be desserts. The chapter that I remember the most is when he went to gym class, they were instructed to eat a two story high cake, not eating got him put on a pump to stretch his stomach. If anyone remembers this story, please tell me, I've been looking for it since it disappeared. I remember reading it back in 2010.
>>3705
Dunno what story you're looking for exactly but the wishing powder sounds like its from Its Great to Gain
>>3706
Sadly it's not this one. The only other detail I can remember from it was the main character was on the track and field team. When he goes to practice after the wish, everyone is eating instead of exercising.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but this seems to have stopped working for me. No matter what interactive I choose, I get "system.exception: couldn't find interactive story's content" once I try to update it.
I'm trying to get the story from https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1374050-Phoenix-Wright-Ace-Attorney-Female-WG/ but getting the "Couldn't find the interactive chapter's content" message, any idea why? Dunno if there's even any good writing in it, this tool is just the only way I've been able to actually read writing.com stories for months.
>>3281

I keep getting the message that inte actives aren't available. Do I still just let it run or try it in Chrome instead of Firefox?
>>3744
the program has nothing to do with chrome or firefox?

although if you see https://github.com/towerofpower256/WritingExporter.SimpleExporter/issues

I don't think the tool is nessassarily working at all right now? as writing.com may have changed html code layout recently?

try adding specific feedback on errors to the github where the dev can see it?
>>3746

Ah okay. I left a message for the dev. Hopefully they'll look into it and see what's going on.
https://github.com/Ackater/writing.com-archival

I found this - updated relatively recently, but can't get it working on my end, is throwing an annoying error when I attempt to run the python script: "AttributeError: 'Namespace' object has no attribute"
Did anyone ever save "One Massive Day"? It's gone from the site now.
anyone have buttercombe ii archived? i keep getting the "Couldn't find the interactive chapter's content" error when i try to do it myself
>>3835
I keep getting the same error, on different stories. Anyone got some idea what's going wrong?
>>3854
as far as i know the program in the OP just flat out doesn't work since a site rework on writing.com's part

i could be wrong though
>>3262
>>3855

it works. it's "fixed" if following this "Tip" https://github.com/towerofpower256/WritingExporter.SimpleExporter/issues/5#issuecomment-515615673


anyone want me to make an archive of anything that currently exists on the website? (presuming some of you don't know how to make exports?)

>>3835
https://we.tl/t-A4TdptrUd9

the full buttercombeII story is only 800kilobytes so i'm wondering if i can be attached to this post as an image?
>>3868
Problem with that "fix": I'm not a paid user. I'll wait for the next release.
>>3875
as far as I know it was never broken for non-paid users.

on top of that if you don't post feedback to github there simply won't be a next release because the developer has no information on any bugs that might exist, since as far as he knows there aren't any.

of course there is the other bug and other fix i mentioned, you cannot nest the program in too many folders. the next release will fix that issue. however if that is your issue you can just put the exe in a folder like c:\w.4\
or anything else with a short name directly inside a root directory and it might work for you.

on top of that if this still doesn't work you'll need the debug version of the program in order to post useful feedback for the developer (running the debug version was how i was able to show him what was wrong on my end)
For those who may be interested, I started to do some web crawling on wayback machine data, basically I started looking for all the writing.com stories that have been submitted to internet archive throughout all its history.

Which is somewhat hard because a same story can be viewed by different urls, which makes the whole sorting and organizing thing a living nightmare. But, anyway, I was able to more or less organize the things and found about 500k chapters of thousands of stories that have been submitted to wayback machine. Here's one example of them, 600 chapters of the story "Role Swaper" from "SandySeeker":

https://archive.org/download/roleswaper/Role-Swaper.html

I'm still working on it, it will probably take one or two mouth to finish all up (again: the sorting and organizing thing is very annoying). If there is any story that you guys wanted and was deleted, I could take a look to see if they were archived, maybe someone saved them.
How much of a few of the old Total Drama WG stories can be saved on there?
The biggest one was by Krusty Fan, I found about 30 salvagable, but only on the MAIN URL, I couldn't check the sideones
>>3908
I was able to find 57 chapters. And, yeah, the whole looking for sideones chapters is somewhat complicated because the numbers seems to be random, so you don't have a particular url associated with an story. Here it is:

https://archive.org/download/totaldramafemaleweightgain/Untitled.htm

The way I was able to find this was to find and download all the urls under the "http://www.writing.com/main/interact/cid" (which were about 220k) and then looking inside them, too see which sideone chapter belonged to each story and then sorting and organizing all out.

For those interested, I'm still working on the whole thing, but I think i will be able to finish it all up in 1 or 2 weeks. In the end there were about 250k unique chapters spreaded it about 8000 stories
>>3909
Nevermind, I found a guy with about 95% of it
>>3917
Could you send it to me? I don't have any interest on the story itself but I wanted to put it in my archive of writing.com stories to make it easy for other people to find it. Thanks.
estranhosidade@gmail.com
>>3918
Uh, there was a couple links.
A google drive page,and this thing
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/b6vmxc5c302y3//Writing.com
>>3921
Thank you very much!
>>3883
>>3875
Still works. It's still slow as molasses but it works. Debbie Downer is full of shit.
>>3962
it's pretty lightning fast for paid users if you have other specific requests i could do a couple
>>3900
Just to update those who might be interested on this, I finished it (more or less), here all the chapters and stories that I could savage. Some stories have like 700 chapters, some 20, some just 1, it varies... It's better nothing I presume.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1No4zjBzV81O9G3lNx6Z6ib3idqIdJEH_KCAcVkO0VnE/edit#gid=428521288

P.S: Search through the index page
Any chance we could get Fat Fairy Tales added to the list of exported stories?
>>4019
I don't know how to add anything to any list, but I ran the exporter and here's the export file:

https://too.lewd.se/723576efc529_1278369-fat-fairy-tales.html
Maybe I missed it in the thread, but are these archives updated frequently? Do they take new chapters into account?
>>4020
Awesome - many thanks!
>Maybe I missed it in the thread, but are these archives updated frequently? Do they take new chapters into account?
I update the new chapters every day, but the index listening these new chapters are aquived like once in a month (because it's somewhat of a pain in the ass to that so, and because if the stories gets deleted in these time interval, you can just recreate the index from the scratch),.
>>3262
note to self, turning dynamic page loads off is important, and i had to do it again, even though i never remembered turning them on, i guess they turned themselves back on randomly at some point, note this only applies to paid writing.com users

i'm writing this here as a reminder, because today I forgot

just in case any other paid users have trouble and don't know how to lookup issues on github
>>4053
Hey, I notice your archive doesn't have Alice The Fat Cheerleader in it. Is it because it's for members only?
>>4131
I just got the message about the dynamic page load, I'm not a paid user, but im still getting the message. I looked around and I can't find a way to turn it off. Can you tell me where I can find the on/off switch?
>>4154
But it has:
https://web.archive.org/web/https://writingbackup.000webhostapp.com/1819934-Alice-the-Fat-Cheerleader.html

(Because the spreadsheet is too big, sometimes it takes too long to find the story, and yes, I can archive stories listed "to member only" - it's hard and somewhat of a pain the ass, but it can be done)
Also, for those interested, just in case (for those who might not trust internet archive that much) I made a backup with all writing.com interactive stories (it's about 16GB). If you just want to read a story today, I really don't advice you to use this archive (because the main backup is working just fine), but in case of something happening (maybe wayback machine taking it all down because of DMCA or someshit like that) I created a backup. You can download the torrent file here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g0UOcbnphMYT2mz-6KMSjxRiOBgKPlcp/view?usp=sharing

Some info about the torrent:
First of all, this is a worst-case-scenario backup, just to be safe. So there were a lot tweaks that I didn't implemented cause, honestly, it would just be a giant pain in the ass to do that, to make it 100% perfect and easy to search and browse, but the bulk and the essence of it, it was saved.

Archiving things is more important then indexing and making it searchable, because you can do these two things later. As long as the data still exists you can organize it later. If you just want to read the story google to the google spreadsheet and it will be waaaaay simpler/easier:

With that said, here are some explanations about how the archive works:

• There are about 14631 stories (although the number of files is more like 20.000 cause just for sanity's sake I archived old version of some stories)

• The backup consists of a 15GB rar file. Inside this file there is about 20.000 zip files that actually contain the stories themselves.

• I seriously don't recommend you to unzip all the stories because the whole uncompressed file takes about 200 GBs, so just take a look on the story you want to see and extract only that one.

• Find a story: On writing.com each stories receives an unique ID number, I used this ID number to save each story and to organize it. To see what ID number corresponds to each story just check the Organizer.xls file that I'm uploading along with the file. Also, there's a folder called Index, that contain the synopsis of each story. Anyway, it's pretty much that.
>>4155
top right of the chapter's content section of the page on any chapter page.

AKA ignoring the border that takes up like 30% of the screen it's in the top right. So actually it's a few inches away from the top right, but I don't know how better to describe it.
>>4157
often the internet archive will say 300 pages found when in fact only 20 pages were actually found because there are a) so many repeats and b) 100 copies of an outline... etc.

so yeah I reckon a lot of those 200gb would be wasted, but thanks for doing this! hopefully you/we can keep it alive, just in case the internet archive ever dies
anyone have a copy of the hunger games weight gain interactive that has more than 107 chapters?

this spreadsheet lists it at 146 chapters, but I was only able to obtain 107....

sorry if this is a silly request...
>>4166
oh this is the spreadsheet i was referring to

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1No4zjBzV81O9G3lNx6Z6ib3idqIdJEH_KCAcVkO0VnE/edit#gid=1562740179

and this is the story i was referring to:

https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1758477

here's a copy of the version i already have with 107 chapters in it....

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