[Foundation-l] Old Wikipedia backups discovered

Rob Lanphier robla at robla.net
Tue Dec 14 18:21:51 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 7:54 AM, Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> I was looking through some old files in our SourceForge project. I
> opened a file called wiki.tar.gz, and inside were three complete
> backups of the text of Wikipedia, from February, March and August 2001!
> This is exciting, because there is lots of article history in here
> which was assumed to be lost forever.

Wow, this is really, really amazing!  I'm not sure just how you
avoided having a heart attack after seeing this:
> ------
> HomePage|979586833
> 1c1
> < Describe the new page here.
> ---
> > This is the new WikiPedia!

Great work!


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