I know there are various file-sharing apps out there. Drop Box allows you to send videos to other people whether they have a DB account or not, which makes life easier. And you can share one file with as many different people as you like, which is a major plus. I am new to the system, so I do not know about limitations on file size, but uploaders could always make it clear that such-and-such a file will be available for a limited time, and may be replaced by other files in the future (in order to free up space) if necessary. Those who wish to save their own copies of on-line videos are wont to do so pretty quickly after hearing about them, anyway, so if a file is removed from the uploader's DB box, it shouldn't be a problem. He can always upload the video again for anyone who missed it the first time.
I did not know about the video degradation on youtube videos. That's what happened when you made copies of copies of VHS and Beta tapes. The quality would deteriorate dramatically.
As it stands now, there are only a few SON members who have gotten their hands on rare material to share with other members, and they have done so freely and generously, without demanding anything in return. I've shared many DVDs and flash drives with friends and not required compensation either (although of course I love to trade video-for-video, to expand my personal collection). I think it's better to keep it casual and have SON-ers contribute what they want to, when they want to, without denying viewing access to other members. I've previously been in groups where vicious infighting erupted because one person would complain, "I uploaded a movie that was 25 minutes longer than your movie, so you still owe me 25 minutes!" Or, "My soap opera episode is more rare than the one you shared, because I got a copy of that five years ago! You're ripping me off!" Too many rules and too much nit-picking have resulted in more than one group shutting down amid acrimony. If someone wants to trade vid-for-vid, fair enough, I understand 100%, but they can simply do that privately. I love that the posters here freely share their stuff with everyone. I hope they continue to do so. It has made many soap buffs very happy.
That's true about collectors' having more material in their collections than we actually get to see. When I first suggested that we use Drop Box to upload prone-to-be-deleted videos, I was specifically thinking about sharing stuff among the existing SON crew. I'd love to draw in more outside collectors who possess rare episodes too, but I wonder: if we open things up to the internet community at large, would we run the risk of whiny and vindictive trolls reporting our activities to TPTB, the moment they get their knickers in a knot over a perceived slight? That's apparently what happened with The Doctors, when folks started spreading the news about the soap's youtube uploads. Infighting precipitated crybabies to report the show's existence to TPTB, and the uploader's YT channel was closed down. Goodbye, The Doctors. :(
We have to be careful, whatever we do.