[WikiEN-l] Example of unreverted vandalism

Magnus Manske magnusmanske at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 27 08:23:06 UTC 2007

On 7/27/07, Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Just an example of long-term unreverted vandalism for your amusement:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Art_Tatum&diff=32294907&oldid=29206075
> External links, language links, categories and a sound sample reference
> were deleted in December 2005 by an anon. The sound sample itself was
> permanently deleted a month later citing "orphaned fair use". The lost
> sections were progressively rebuilt by human effort over the 18 months
> following, except for the sound sample which remains lost.

Recent Changes currently shows the size difference of an edit. Maybe
it could show differences in external links and categories as well?
That kind of information is hard to come by through a tool, as a
"parsed list" (read: database entries) only exist for the current
revision. The only point in time where it exists for both old and new
revision is just prior to removing old entries from the database, upon


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