GeoCities Archive Retired, Dockerisation Abandoned

There’s something about waking up at 3am every morning that just gives you that extra bit of time to blog. Today we’re touching on what happened to my GeoCities Archive. A while back I had an idea to dockerise my Apache-based web server.

There wasn’t much point in having a dedicated piece of hardware when I could just use Docker Desktop on one of my other computers. I began to put pen to paper in early September. I could merge a better version of the GeoCities Archive, make it use a Mac OS native filesystem such as APFS.

I rsycned my data with a little help from Jon and it was all looking good. Until I realised how much smut and gore was in the archive. What’s interesting is most of it appears to be after Yahoo’s purchase of GeoCities.

This posed a very big problem for me. While Cloudflare’s CSAM implementation helped, it couldn’t help me purge any user content that would have violated the original terms of service (ToS).

Sure, I could manually search for pornography and gore based on filename but I was finding that only had a discovery rate of 5-10%. Plus I had to look at these sites to assess whether they were worth keeping.

In most cases, they were not worth keeping and I made the decision to pull the plug. Only a few days ago, I reverted back to the Raspberry Pi setup without the GeoCities Archive. I also trimmed away Sci-Fi and Assembler Games. If I remove GeoCities, I can also remove the blade hard drive from the web server.

The good news? Any violations of the original ToS for GeoCities has been reported to to purge. I just hope they do actually purge all the questionable content I had to sift through. It was nice knowing you GeoCities, but perhaps you are best left in the past – in our memories. 🥲

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