Therefore, please feel free to use this post to organise your private emergency back-ups of your favourite fics.
Or join the Yahoo Group sshgowlproject. Volunteers over there are also trying to rescue stories.
However, please keep in mind that while it's okay to organise private emergency back-ups on the official OWL LiveJournal community, a public reposting of fics or a public redistribution of download links for fics on other websites is generally not acceptable without the explicit written consent of authors. Authors have given permission to have their stories published only on OWL. While I do believe that this permission also covers enabling access to their stories via the public OWL LiveJournal in an emergency, this permission definitely does not cover having their stories posted in public on random other websites/archives. (If the archive as a whole entity is migrated permanently, that's another matter, of course.)
ETA: mmadfan brought up a good point in the comments. Even if you're not looking for a specific fic, please comment with which fics you are backing up and a way to reach you. This may also help authors who are not yet aware of OWL's impending demise or who are also unable to access the site.
Please help to make things easy to find in the comments of this post!
- If you are looking for another author's fic, please say so right at the beginning of your comment. Provide title and author and link if possible.
- If you need help to save your own stories and reviews because you cannot access OWL, I will need the following information: your penname, your e-mail address, the titles of the stories, and if you want the reviews, too
- If you offer to share your personal back-ups, please provide title, author, format, and a download link or a way to contact you