So I decided it's time to give a little update on the project for those who are interested and are following our progress.
First of all, we have officially entered Phase 2 of the project.
Phase 1 was, more or less, the testing phase. See how my bookbronies are, what's their style, work-morale. I tried to answer questions, clear up a few misunderstandings and make sure everything falls into place.
In this first phase we kinda worked on archiving Nightly Roundups, ATG Alumni art, Imageboard pics and Vectors.
Of course, we didn't just work on these. Meanwhile in the background the comic section, drawfriends, wallpapers, custom ponies, every other material and news are being covered and archived, on a daily basis, so I don't list them seperately.
In Phase 2 the Vector section gets finished, we start working on the Fanfiction and GIF sections and try to do something with the Imageboard folder.
These are the last few big chuncks in the project. Once this is done, the Project reaches beta status and we enter the last phase.
Before we enter Phase 3 I will upload The Book, but exclusively for those who are working / helping with the project, so they can give feedback, toss in some ideas and so on. This will be a raw, "unedited" collection of everything, regardless of permissions granted / withdrawn. This is for ourselves.
I decided to devote the majority of Phase 3 (along with some polishing) for administration, and try to get most of my bookbronies to send out letters and notes regarding permissions.
We will try to reach as many people as possible and in case somepony does not wish to be included, we will remove his/her art in phase 3. Also some major advertising will take place, if everything happens according to our plans
Before anyone points out, no, it's not easier to ask first before putting in content. This work requires us to push hard and keep up a fast pace. Since we are downloading everything from the source (well, if there's one) and add tags and credits to everything we can, it's actually easier to remove content later with simple search tags. Don't believe me? Go an make a collection of 57.000 files and we will talk again. Oh yes, that's where are at the moment. 57.000 files. And we aren't even done yet. I predict the final collection will hold around 65.000 - 70.000 files. This fandom is wicked
Also, happy happy news, our programmer brony made us a nifty little program that scans through the filenames and creates a list with all the artist names and sources. (Only works for dA, FA and Ponibooru images, due to their 'unique' naming format.) This will make our lives a lot easier
So yes, overall we are progressing, working, so no worries, The Book is on its way
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or some other matter you wish to discuss, don't hesitate to contact us at bigbookofbrony[at]gmail[dot]com.