My images of flags still seem to be in existence. They were uploaded in individual posts to the forum. I have lost alot of images, though (thanks, ImageShack), and most were made three or four computers ago and I made very few attempts at saving them.I would also like to point out that back when this series of threads got started the forum was on vBulletin. Also image hosting places like imgur weren't even up yet. vBulletin itself was particularly infuriating as it had a limited 30 day edit limit, and no threadmarking capability. In fact the only reason we have some of the earliest infoboxes is because I had saved the hard copy, and it was in a folder that missed a data purge so I could play GTA V. imagebucket, or photobucket, which we used to host all of our images in the early days shut down free accounts after a certain time period. Many things were lost. Like Tim Thomason's flags off all nations, full wikiboxes of sessions of congresses, supreme court justices back to Staub and many others.
In short research is required because quite literally we have to contend with 600 pages full of text and infoposts, scattered memories of photobucket blocked images, over the the better part of 10 years. It's hard enough keeping track of the ACTUAL congress, let alone a fictional one.
I lost my mind once trying to compile a full list of all Senators of all time, because it is a Gordian knot of epic proportions (it was in 2013) requiring a very large amount of retconning and ignoring old posts (New York insanity) and the TV show (which had three long-term Illinois Senators) and trying to keep the statistics on point with party leadership changes and then the thread suddenly dropped in another Virginia Senator when I had everything almost locked down and...
Sometimes its best to take a step back and not put everything under a microscope. Like the show did. I usually view the casting as a side bit of fun we were engaged in, and not really canonical to the storyline at large. I may have started the whole trend with my abortive cast lists in the first few pages in early 2009, although they didn't pick up steam until January 2010, mostly between Jay Cruger and Mark (and then much more when I began doing wiki images).