Graham Pearce wrote:
I've been doing a lot of work with history merges
in the last few months. I
started on place names, but then branched out to planets and other fields.
However I've found some pages whose page history has been lost. I have
collected some info about these pages, as well as other page history
We need more studies like this. Specially if they can be done in a
It would be good if the old history of these pages,
pages like Canberra and Glasgow, could be retrieved from the deletion
It's not that they're easy to retrieve, like normal deleted edits or
oversight ones. They're lost on the hazards of system updates, some
sysadmin would need to dig over old backups, with no certainity of
Entries available at nostalgia are the easiest ones. Next is probably
reattributing 'Conversion Script' edits
Will the deletion archives ever be cleared again, and
if so, under what
My answer is no. Not only it is undesired and unneeded (there is enough
free space for the time being, and would be better ways of freeing if
the need arised), it may be very hard/almost impossible to do, as the
real text will be interleaved with valid revisions in the chunks (you'd
only remove the references to it).
It'd take something really big for that (Wikipedia being buyed by
another company, a meteorite destroying the cluster with all the
For the definitive answer, ask Brion :)
Also, less seriously, I am curious about the page
as listed on Wikipedia's lamest edit wars. It was deleted for a good reason,
but the history would be fun to read.
I don't even know the reason. Maybe it's time to restore
[[Special:PrefixIndex/Wikipedia:Deletion log archive]], which in 2006
"temporarily deleted temporarily" and would restore "soon".