During the last years of Thingiverse with all its problems and changes I stood by and said "well, it is a free service, what do you expect?".
Then they took the old site with its problems, crashed a significant portion of the working bits that were left and stuffed in ads instead. I said to myself "well, they need to pay the servers and the jerk who f*cked up the new design may have a family to feed, so...".
But today I'd finally like to speak up. During the last months, they almost completely stopped curating anything. And even without that, some designs stood out so significantly that they entered the front page just by being so incredibly popular. One of those designs, that popped up front regularly in the last months was the Sliding Legolini, a repeating crossbow and an ingenious design that not only is fun to make but also to use! It actually got quite a bit of coverage, even beyond the 3D printing community.
The Legolini has been online on thingiverse for months and the creator never got any notice that it could be a problem. But this week it has been deleted from thingiverse without even one prior warning to the creator, so that he could maybe move his work off-site.
Hey Thingiverse, such a way of handling users is a really, really BAD THING[tm].
Why should I keep taking the time and effort to publish my work here if I can never be sure it will still be there next day? Do you really think after all those f*ckups in coding and design, the ad plastering and the slomo site response you still have the standing that you had and can afford treating not only the community but your most creative users like that?
After all these years of shrugging, this is the point at which I seriously have begun to look for alternatives. Sorry. Enough. Is. Enough.
UPDATE: The Sliding Legolini does now live on its own website, thanks to jaaanik. :-)
more than likely thingiverse did not delete it the creator probably just got fed up with thiniverse like the rest of us and just removed it to a more stable platform
why would you think that anybody on this site would take the time to even look at any designs they don't even take the time to look at the site itself to repair it you are giving this site more credit than it deserves
This is untrue. The creator still has things here like the three clips for the legolini and has admitted confusion about its deletion though I'm not sure where I read this. I think this was on the video on the creators channel though.
then it is a glich in the new software because i have flagged quite a few interoperate things and thingyiverse has done nothing about them there is literally nobody working on anything on this site
Maybe it could have stirred controversy and they nipped it.
I dont get the deleting policy on Thingiverse.
You still can find tons of stuff related to REAL weapons (not Toys like the Legolini), sexual stuff, also huuge amounts of Spam and potential dangerous posts and infected files.
One of the things which bugs me about this is the apparent lack of transparency on the issue. If the site chooses to remove a listing I don't think it is unfair for us to expect an explanation as to "why"? Without this information given to us in a very direct, unambiguous manner we are left to guess and assume decisions are made arbitrarily.
I am a newbie at the hobby and the Legolini was my 1st big project.
This action tells me all I need to know about Thingverse.
They seem to becoming the Youtube and FB of 3-d printing.
I can live without those and anyone other tyrannical site.
"...so that he could maybe move his work off-site."
"...so that he could maybe move his work off-site."
This shite has so many issues, it's beyond funny, but.... am I seriously the only person left alive who hasn't bought into the whole "cloud storage" crap? I mean, come on people. If you don't have local backups pf all your work - maybe even multiple copies in several places around the house/shop - then you only have yourself to blame if you lose your work because some company plays fast and loose with your hard work. Getting your project wiped to the nether regions - as thingi is wont to do - is one concern, but what happens when a "cloud server" goes belly up? Ceases operation? Gets hacked? And it's not just your own work you need to worry about either. All the people who have paid good money for "cloud based" music/movies/games are going to be shit out of luck when those companies decide it is no longer cost effective or an obsolete technology to continue hosting the media that they "bought."
i think the topic should be how many are jumping ship deleting all their designs hear and moving
i have started looking for another site and have signed in to several but even as bad as thingyverse is right now it is still better than the competition
a while back i was asked to sign up to another site from a person who worked there and liked my designs so i did but the site is so hard to upload anything i had to have the person who asked me to move set up the things and since have ben unable to understand or upload anything else so last month i decided to sine up on myminyfactory as suggested by other posts hear but it only allows 100mb uplaods for the whole thing my projected compressed are min of 200mbs
so hear we stand waiting for this site to fix the problems in the last few days they have fixed only one thing the infanate scroll that people was complaining about but for me it sucks because i liked the infanate scroll do not like having to click on next window but will live with it and they have fixed the stl view but that is about all i have seen fixed since the new web site
Kind of blows that Thingiverse deleted this thing. I was going to download it. I did find a backup of the archive though.
I managed to find the files and instructions. Search archive.org, it's in a zip file that's 103.2 MB it also contains the magazine files as well.
*I meant to say, I upload really cool things, you should check them out...
I was going to start putting up some more of my fine models, starting with My Customized Dog Wiener, then maybe My Customized Earwax Dispenser, but what's the point if they maliciously delete those models?
Jealousy, no doubt.
That's pretty stupid considering all the other bow type designs hosted here, let alone the b-plugs, vibratory straddle saddles and clamps.