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Diana the Valkryie down ...

03 Apr 2024 18:38 - 03 Apr 2024 20:40 #77973 by ballen
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I don't know if any of the members of the community here have tried to visit DTV recently, but you had, you would have noticed that the site has been down for several weeks now.  I cannot confirm the reason, but I have heard it is because the owner(s) of the site has/have passed away.  If true, this is a HUGE loss to the community of those that love female muscle and strength.

In my opinion, Diana the Valkyrie is the OG site dedicated to female muscle and strength content and arguably has the largest compendium of content in the genre to be found anywhere.  I discovered DTV back in 1996 around the same time I discovered the Aurora/Fairchild stories in the AU and have been a loyal super-fan ever since.  It is where I discovered most of my favorite authors, some of whom still continue their creative endeavors on this site today.

If the rumors are true, I am saddened today both for the loss to families of the owner(s) of the site and the profound loss to our community.  I don't have the technical skillset to retrieve the content and revive the site, but I would contribute to the effort.  

Anyone else who has words is welcome to share. 
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03 Apr 2024 21:05 #77974 by slim36
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03 Apr 2024 21:45 #77975 by shadar
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I don't know if any of the members of the community here have tried to visit DTV recently, but you had, you would have noticed that the site has been down for several weeks now.  I cannot confirm the reason, but I have heard it is because the owner(s) of the site has/have passed away.  If true, this is a HUGE loss to the community of those that love female muscle and strength.

In my opinion, Diana the Valkyrie is the OG site dedicated to female muscle and strength content and arguably has the largest compendium of content in the genre to be found anywhere.  I discovered DTV back in 1996 around the same time I discovered the Aurora/Fairchild stories in the AU and have been a loyal super-fan ever since.  It is where I discovered most of my favorite authors, some of whom still continue their creative endeavors on this site today.

If the rumors are true, I am saddened today both for the loss to families of the owner(s) of the site and the profound loss to our community.  I don't have the technical skillset to retrieve the content and revive the site, but I would contribute to the effort.  

Anyone else who has words is welcome to share. 

I posted some stories on Diana's site back in the old BBS (Bulletin Board System) era. You know, that thing we geeks used to share files by computer before the Internet was invented. If you owned a BBS and wanted to have twenty users on-line at once, you had to have 20 phone lines and 20 modems tied into your PC. That got expensive in a hurry. And if you were dialing in, you just had to keep trying until a line came free. Some systems would then disconnect you after a period of time so others could get in. Upload/download were either 300 or 1200 baud, although that kicked up a bit near the end. So it took a long time to move a large story up or down. So stories were usually short. 

Always thought Diana's was a well run site mastered by someone benevolent who truly understood the genre.  Diana was the very best at curating and collecting what we used to call FemDom on the BBS direct dial-in modem sites. And then she moved it all to the Internet in the mid-90's without missing a beat. Now the number of users could essentially be unlimited. 

BTW... that FemDom label doesn't seem to be used much anymore, although maybe its morphed into something else. But many/most of our stories borrow from some parts of that 80's sub-genre, even today.

Diana persisted and stayed true to the genre as far as I could tell. It was fun to go back and read the early stories from the 90's on that site.

Shame to see it go. 

Note: The genre is a lot older than that given that early sharing of genre stories was done by typing them up, mimeographing them (illicitly in some office when no one was watching), and then stuffing and hand addressing envelopes, putting a stamp on them and dropping them in a maibox. The world of illicit mimeograph usage. There was a lot more to it than most people would imagine today, starting with stinking up the entire office area whenever the machine ran. (Highly volatile hydrocarbons that would be considered a chemical hazard today.)


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03 Apr 2024 22:54 #77976 by kikass2014
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Diana the Valkryie. "Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long time. A long time."

Ah the memories of the ancient internet world 

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Damn Shadar, you're making feel old 

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04 Apr 2024 19:12 #77983 by Raa
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I recall find DtV back in the early 90's. Sad that it is gone, but not forgotten. As nothing in the internet is truely gone.

web.archive.org/web/20240312161339/https://www.thevalkyrie.com/

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04 Apr 2024 21:48 #77984 by Starfurys483
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The site is down because the site owner passed away. The link below is a note on this posted on another site: 

www.girlswithmuscle.com/forum/thread/2040147/
 

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05 Apr 2024 06:04 #77985 by willow
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That is too bad. I found that site thanks to Shadar's work back in the late 90s. And I found Shadar's original stories posted there too. :-) The site had a number of great stories from various authors.

While I am saddened by their death, I am at least comforted by knowing compared to some writers and artists who simply disappear never to be heard from again, leaving everyone to wonder and speculate.

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05 Apr 2024 16:00 #77987 by freeLancer
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Wow that was very nice of the owner to keep the site up all this time.

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06 Apr 2024 04:19 #77994 by Dru1076
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DTV was the first home of my stories. Not sure if I would ever had put anything out there if not for the inclusivity and diversity of female power interests they supported. Sad news. A true champion of female empowerment. 
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06 Apr 2024 15:13 #77995 by Ffejl
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I moved Xtreme Strength off of DtV's site last year.

Very sorry to hear of her(?) passing, an OG's OG! And, based on my admittly limited interaction, a good person, as well.
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08 Apr 2024 15:45 #77999 by kreosot2
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Do some know his family?
maybe its possible to get a backup on a external harddrive for someone to try to make a downloadable archive

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09 Apr 2024 02:59 #78000 by Raa
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The site can still be accessed.

web.archive.org/web/20240312161339/https://www.thevalkyrie.com/

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09 Apr 2024 13:17 #78001 by bluedefender
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Nope, at first you can believe it does but you can’t have access to the stories….

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09 Apr 2024 23:12 #78003 by anonxyzus
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You can from here: web.archive.org/web/20231208192624/https...rie.com/library.html

at least some of them.

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09 Apr 2024 23:44 #78004 by bluedefender
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Right, and thank you for the link.
Maybe we should save some.

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10 Apr 2024 02:26 #78005 by Raa
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I was able to access some of the stories. The ones I checked were the older ones like this one.

web.archive.org/web/20170720200629/http:...ries/marknew/lad.txt

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10 Apr 2024 02:46 #78006 by Raa
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Looks like Misc page 37 is about where the cut off. I got some stories from page 37 but no luck on 38. I didn't test them all.

web.archive.org/web/20230922155805/https...es/1misc37/index.htm

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10 Apr 2024 16:03 #78010 by algae2k
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misc42 worked when I had checked, but it was only as recent as when the site was saved in Oct 2023.

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10 Apr 2024 20:44 #78013 by Ffejl
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I happen to do a web crawl of the DtV library back in 2021, still have it. It runs through "Misc 39", so not missing too much stuff I don't think.

ZIP archive is here:

mega.nz/file/8KwDSayZ#fSK5la4nFvie5xN1cz...3DfSz4cz4TEZ3Iuorkko
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