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Tenbinzan



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:42 am Reply with quote
Figured I'd bump this...

I was trying to add some eBooks to the Encyclopedia today and kept coming across the "could not fetch page" error with Amazon/B&N links. Doesn't matter what I try. Sad
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BigOnAnime



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:35 am Reply with quote
Tenbinzan wrote:
Figured I'd bump this...

I was trying to add some eBooks to the Encyclopedia today and kept coming across the "could not fetch page" error with Amazon/B&N links. Doesn't matter what I try. Sad
The scraper has been broken for over 2 years, so it's nothing new sadly, which is very frustrating given just how valuable the encyclopedia is for release history, it's been my #1 resource for release history for as long as I've been collecting, from the contents (episodes, extras, etc.), MSRP, release date, etc. Really wish it would get fixed already but I'm not holding my breath.
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:17 am Reply with quote
I apologize for the wait. Unfortunately we don't have a timeline to fix this right now.
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BigOnAnime



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:11 am Reply with quote
It's been almost a year, so I felt like bumping this to ask if there's any chance at least one or two websites will get fixed so stuff can be added again. The scraper has now been broken for 3 years, that's a lot of releases that are straight up missing, and to make matters worse is how RightStuf delists OOP releases often, which makes adding stuff that was exclusive there harder if it's after it sold out.
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horseradish
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:17 pm Reply with quote
I initially kept a list of new releases to add in the future when the scraper got fixed, but quickly realized how hilariously futile it was due to volume. Anime dazed It was a very useful feature...still is, but getting more and more outdated.
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horseradish
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:19 pm Reply with quote
I've been wondering this for a while...Would it be feasible to grant maybe a handful of members the ability to only manually add and edit releases? They would otherwise make basic changes that any regular contributor can. After all, certain encyclopedic tasks can only be done by some Encyclopedia Editors, not all. If there was a quick and basic guide to releases, perhaps this would be possible? BigOnAnime seems eager to do it and has continued to show interest in this endeavor. Not me though, since I'm too busy with work. Maybe with at least one dedicated person, it would lessen the backlog?
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BigOnAnime



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:43 pm Reply with quote
I've just kept WTK's release date lists handy for this sort of stuff. That's how I would add stuff, I would go down the list to see if anything was missing, though it could still be time-consuming. Shortly before the scraper broke, I was apparently the only person bothering to add releases anymore as nobody else was really doing it. Even the person doing Shelf Life wouldn't add stuff themselves and would note how stuff wasn't added.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wFMrs5wCA-CfdyikHGFGLAq4FkkbpKqZ/view
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/anime-talk/641435-upcoming-u-s-anime-releases-2018-edition.html
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/anime-talk/645354-upcoming-u-s-anime-releases-2019-edition.html
https://fandompost.vbulletin.net/forum/anime-manga-discussions/us-blu-ray-dvd-and-simulcast-industry-news/1205-u-s-anime-release-dates-unreleased-licenses-forum-resource-links-thread

Just to note though, I only ever really added home video releases, not manga, novels, light novels, nor their eBook versions. Someone else would have to handle that task of adding all those missing releases.
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Triltaison



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:52 pm Reply with quote
For what it's worth I was helping you submit too, BigOnAnime. I was doing mostly old stuff that was hard to find information on like those weird $1 DVD releases by Digiview that were the only way to watch some anime, old comic and VHS releases that were the only format some series received, Walmart-only releases like the Attack on Titan DVD only sets, out of print manga, and other oddities. I also tried to add anything that I purchased for my own collection and couldn't find listed in the database.

If we're ever available to submit again, I'd be happy to help you out. I really hate how out of date everything is now... this used to be a fantastic resource.
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:06 pm Reply with quote
I'm going to be looking into this in the coming days and see what can be done.

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