[Foundation-l] Archives missing

Cormac Lawler cormaggio at gmail.com
Sun Aug 20 15:27:11 UTC 2006

On 8/20/06, Andrew Gray <shimgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 20/08/06, Cormac Lawler <cormaggio at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I was trying to find a permalink to a mail (to this list) that I had
> > in my Inbox from August 2005. After ages of searching, doublechecking,
> > and much confusion, I'm pretty sure that a substantial chunk of the
> > archive from that month is missing.
> >
> > If you go to the 'by date' view for that month
> > <http://mail.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2005-August/date.html>,
> > there's a post from Robert Horning sent on the 6th [1], immediately
> > followed by a post from Walter van Kalken sent on the 14th [2].
> >
> > So, I'm wondering if anyone else can shed some light on this, or how I
> > could go about referencing a mail sent between those dates?
> WikiEN-l is also missing mail from those dates (I had the same problem
> as you...). I asked about it in December.
> On 29/12/05, Mark Ryan <ultrablue at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The mailing list server(s) suffered some sort of catastrophic meltdown
> > and the data they contained was lost. The developers had to reinstate
> > a week-old backup of the entire mailing list server, including bans
> > and subscriptions (on multiple, if not all, lists). This meant that
> > users who had unsubscribed during that week started getting list mail
> > again and those who had subscribed stopped getting the mail. It was
> > very inconvenient.
> Not much help, but at least it explains what happened.

No, but thanks very much for clearing that up, Andrew. So, absolutely
nothing we can do, right?


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