NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.
On Tuesday, January 4th BlackRatchet and I released our latest project on the unsuspecting Internet world. DocDroppers is a hacking library of sorts. On it, you will find not only all of the texts from myself and the DDP, but any and all text files from the world of hacking. People have attempted collections like this before, but ours is much different.
DocDroppers (or DD for short) is different for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is organized and well maintained. We have started and maintained many projects and understand what an undertaking it is to maintain projects for a period of time. We know full well the time that would be needed to keep this site alive and we did our best to minimize the time needed to maintain it, but still be prepared to give it the time that it requires.
This leads to the second reason that I think this site will survive. It is wiki-based which means it was designed from the ground up to be a collaborative project. We got it started and added all of our personal articles, articles from many of the sites that we maintain, and articles from friends out there who have submitted material to us. This is just the tip of the iceburg. The project will really shine when people start adding their material to the site. We have barely scratched the surface.
Another reason that we expect this to live and grow for a long time is because we are treating it very seriously and taking a lot of care to maintain that it does not get shut down for copyright violations. We do not think that we need copyrighted material on the site. The hacking community is filled with people who write better stuff than many magazines and books anyway! Everything on the site is under some sort of open license or we have gotten EXPRESSED PERMISSION from the copyright holder to display their work and the copyright notice is displayed. While individual copyright takes precedence over the respective articles, all general contents of the site fall under a different creative commons license than usual. This "share-alike" license allows any and all transformation to the site, which enhances the collaborative environment so everyone can feel free to help improve the site. We don't need copyrighted material!
Finally, the thing that I like best about the site is the functionality. I sat down and hammered out a design scheme and a plan of attack before we even installed the software. Other sites out there collect files with little or no order. What good is a list of alphabetical files if you can't find what you are looking for? I wanted this site to be easier to navigate and fully searchable. I also wanted it broken down by keyword so that articles could easily be found by common topic or subject matter. You should be able to easily find anything you are looking for on DocDroppers and if you don't find it... please add it!
We hope you enjoy DocDroppers. We got it started and I know that with your help, we will keep improving it and making it the "go-to" hacking reference site