Talking about wasting resource another waste of resource

Dumping summaries for Yahoo! (Really? Why the hell? Is it our job to dump 20 GBs every damn month for just wikidata for Yahoo! bots?)

Please explain why Wikimedia Foundation should spend resource and money for a commercial company for free.

On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 12:34 AM, Richard Jelinek <> wrote:

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 03:31:37PM -0500, John wrote:
> All dumps are scheduled to run once a month, some just take longer than others
> to run, and there are issues some time, not sure why the order really matters.

It doesn't (for us).

> The WMF dump all of their active databases (any database that is hosting a
> site, regardless of the status of the site) If you want dumps/wikis removed
> file a request on meta for the complete shutdown of the project.

Seriously? There is a difference between a closed project and a
deleted project. Many of the closed projects still remain with an
active database, because often the voting results in "close but don't
delete" And I agree with that, so I would not request a complete

My common sense tells me that dumping closed projects is just
wrong. The dumps waste resources like space, time and attention.

> Otherwise just use some common sense and ignore the inactive wikis.

You are aware that "use some common sense" in this case is targeted
at some mirror script/fetchbot?  I'd love to see an implementation of
that in some formal programming language.

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