On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Ryan Shaw
So, my question is: is there any way to query for first revisions in
batches? Alternatively, if there some other source of this
information, such as data dumps? Since I am only looking for the
timestamps of the first revision of each article, I'd like to avoid
downloading complete histories for each article.
You could use the query service on the toolserver:
The toolserver doesn't keep the content of revisions, but you only
want metadata anyway so that's not a problem.