The ARK

Address: the-ark.info


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Now fully operational:

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[ Fully Operational ]
You can now apply for registration on The ARK.
PGP listing is free and has to be signed with your PGP.
We added some extra (paid) features which you can view here:
http://the-ark.info/addvendor.php
Vendors can add their contact address or a link to their OB/Onionshop.
Vendors will have to wait 2 weeks before they get listed on The ARK.
In these 2 weeks we can verify the data of the vendor.

[ Grams Database ]
We have decoded and uploaded the Grams database in XML format.
Now you can easily view the database with notepad++ or kwrite.
You can download the database over here:
http://the-ark.info/grams.php
The download links to the Grams database will be removed after
it has been merged completely with The ARK database.

[ Backup System ]
We will upload our database at the end of each month.
In case we are being ddosed or taken down by LE.
People will still have a copy of The ARK database.
You can download the backups over here:
http://the-ark.info/backup.php

[ Search by PGP ]
It is not yet possible to search vendors by PGP.
The reason for this is that the PGP’s are now added as plain text in txt format.
If we upload the PGP to MySQL, the search engine could be very buggy for all users.
Grams solved this issue by formatting the PGP to UTF-8mb4.
This is a simple solution, but it will be a problem for other users if
they download our backups. You would have to download XAMPP or something similar
to decode the UTF-8mb4 to plain text.
We will try to look for another solution in the future.

[ Example Vendor Information ]
In the search option type: “TheBookofTor” and hit enter.
We will try to upload all 23.000 grams vendors in the same database.
We don’t have an exact deadline, but we plan to finish this within 30 days.

[ Javascript and Tor ]
The ARK does not contain any javascript.
You can view the clearnet link and use all of the features without enabling JS.
We advise people to use Tor or VPN to access the website.
Your ISP could still monitor your internet activity.

[ Password Protected Pages ]
Some of the pages on The ARK are password protected.
We did this to prevent google or spammers from automatically scraping the data.
Of course, people could just download our database and scrape it anyway.
But at least you don’t have to worry that your contact details
are going to be used by nigerians.
To view the password protect pages, just fill in this password: theark

[ New Mods ]
2 moderators will be added to the subreddit /r/ARKdirectory.
We will post an announcement in our subreddit.

[ Onion Domain ]
The ARK onion domain has been offline for a while.
The reason for this was because of ddos issues in the beginning
and some financial issues.
The same domain will go live after we have added some plus/pro users to The ARK.
Until then, the clearnet domain will stay active and will be used in the future
if the onion goes down again.

[ Rating / Review System ]
We already have a rating/review system working.
However, we are not sure if it’s a good idea to use it on The ARK.
It is easy for us to change the data. Which makes it unreliable.
Also, users could add negative feedback without dealing with the vendor.
In the same case, vendors could easily add fake positive reviews on their own page.
If anyone has a solution to this problem, please let us know.

That’s all.

We do our best to satisfy all vendors, customers and visitors on The ARK.
If you do not agree with some of the features, or if you are willing to
add better features or implement better idea’s, then you know where to find us.

Take care, and be safe.

– -tbot
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