retrochain

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  1. I wasn't sure what category to post this in. So I downloaded and opened this file, and was informed it had a form in it that wasn't supported in my reader: https://www.retromags.com/strategy-guides/nintendo-of-america/paper-mario-players-guide-r81/ I ran it through peepdf and it shows: Suspicious elements: /AcroForm: [1143] /Names: [1143, 1146] /XFA: [1144] /JavaScript: [1145, 1147, 1148, 1149] /JS: [1147, 1148, 1149] Now, I've not done any further analysis to know if there's actually anything malicious in there (although it is a little suspicious for real scans of a book and not e.g. pirated ebooks that might come with some kind of tracking or DRM), but it got me wondering: What's the policy here when it comes to potential PDF exploits? I didn't see a way to report files (if there is one), and archive.org provides JP2 images in a zip file for anyone wanting to avoid PDF altogether (although many readers you'd have to convert the images first). I've gotten plenty of books from the generous uploaders here that are clean (either in safe formats or running through peepdf shows nothing suspicious, and the last discovery of malware on one of my machines was a long time ago). Are PDF files scanned in some way before uploading, or is anyone allowed to dump PDF files onto the site like if you were to look elsewhere? Sorry if this is a somewhat strange topic. This is a problem I see all over when it comes to downloading PDF files, and probably a hard one to address. I guess it is just download at your own risk, keep your software up-to-date, and run a trusted anti-virus? I never worried about PDF exploits until recently, since I wasn't aware of what they could do. I should probably look into converting my collection to a safer format in the future, but PDF seems like such a complicated format to me that I would be worried about loss of quality or unnecessary bloating of file size. Not trying to scare anyone by the way! Just curious what you all think. Like I said, I don't know a lot about the PDF format.
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    Magazine Donation?

    Alright then, if you're that positive, I'll sell them to the local retro games shop. Good to know.
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    Magazine Donation?

    I wasn't sure if this warranted a new thread, but in the interest of keeping things organized for everyone, I'm posting this here anyway. I've been in the process of selling off much of my retro game collection, and a portion of that is a small stack of magazines. Of the ones I have, two are classified as "Missing" in the database. Nintendo Power Vol 128 Nintendo Power Vol 143 They are in good condition, and so I would like to donate them to the cause to be scanned. That is, if they are not already in anyone's possession waiting to be scanned. I do not want them back, so I do not care what method you use to take them apart and scan them - as long as they are good quality scans, of course! I would prefer to ship inside the United States, but that is only a preference. If anyone is interested, feel free to ask questions here or message me.
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    Database/file mistakes & problems I've noticed

    When checking to see if my remaining small collection of magazines has already been preserved, I noticed the Gamepro discrepancy and almost came to the conclusion my issue of Gamepro had not been scanned yet - as 94 shows a different cover. Only on scrolling back up the page and catching a glimpse of the familiar cover alerted me that the issue numbers are off, and I came to the forum to see if anybody else had pointed this out. The explanation is satisfactory, but I feel like moving the entries 10 issues forward and adding dummie entries for the unpublished issues with an explanation of what happened on Gamepro's part would be better for anyone looking to donate their magazines to the cause.