JayZJay, on 19 October 2012 - 00:20, said:
Try not assuming. It is a research group. We study alternative health, banking, law, trusts, estates, and other topics. The only thing on the site is PDFs, Word docs, discussion on various topics, private presentations recorded from group meetings, webinars, etc. Those are the things on the site and there is a ton of it going back years. "Bob" encourages us to download and keep copies of stuff because 1) the site constantly changes, 2) there are times when you are in a law library or other place without Internet access and cannot access the site, and 3) "Bob" isn't very technical and he loses things, deletes stuff, etc -- so having our own backup copies is certainly a good idea just in case a problem arises.
All i have gotten from this whole thread is bob is a complete and utter idiot that runs a website that people seem to pay alot of money to join. If you are paying him money to join this secret website and he has no clue on what he's doing then he should hire someone to take care of the tech side of things including backups to another hard drive/server (after all you say your paying alot of money why can he not have more than one server?). If there are so many files like you claim then the best thing would be to get limited ftp access to the downloads directory (can access and download that directory and thats it).
In all honesty you would be better talking to this bob and telling him to hire someone for back up reasons, as for the offline content maybe he does not want that because the information could end up being on the internet for free instead of people paying him to gain access. As you said things change and people leave things laying about which soon gets onto the internet,.
Anyway im out of this thread, i personally think what you are doing is wrong you are a member of a site and nothing more.