[Foundation-l] Old Wikipedia backups discovered
Brian J Mingus
brian.mingus at Colorado.EDU
Wed Dec 15 00:36:41 UTC 2010
Here is an interesting bit of history - the Wikipedia logo was first an
American flag. Then Scott Moonen suggested we make it a globe:
In its first day of existences, because the nearest thing to hand for
JimmyWales that was suitable for a logo was an American flag,
WikiPedia had the American flag, OldGlory, for a logo.
> ScottMoonen sensibly suggested:
> I'd recommend you change the American flag logo. Exremely ethno-centric ''et. al.'' I think a globe logo would be much more fitting, if you want to keep with that metaphor. Or perhaps a book.
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
> Browsing through the earliest revisions in the revision index (
> http://grey.colorado.edu/wikipedia_2001/revisions.html) is rather
> interesting and full of fodder for founder debates. Consider these very
> early revisions:
> "[http://www.nupedia.com Nupedia.com] is an open content, international,
> peer reviewed project run by LarrySanger, who got the idea of supplementing
> NuPedia with a less formal "wiki" encyclopedia project. " -
> "EditorInChief of NuPedia and instigator of Nupedia's wiki. "
> Sanger's claims to coming up with the idea of adding the wiki concept to
> the online encyclopedia concept clearly go all the way back to the
> beginning. Of course, that doesn't speak to offline conversations that gave
> rise to the idea.
> And Sanger clearly didn't have much faith in the concept:
> None of this is to say that the Nupedia wiki will ''replace'' the main
> encyclopedia; of course it won't. But it will be an interesting ancillary
> endeavor! http://grey.colorado.edu/wikipedia_2001/979695982.txt
> - Brian
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 2:41 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
>> Here are a couple of quick indexes into the dump file. I didn't venture
>> into the binary revision data. You'll find an alphabetized list of articles
>> that contains all the diffs for each article in the order that they occured
>> in the dump and a sorted index into each revision as well.
>> <http://grey.colorado.edu/wikipedia_2001/>Given that it's finals I don't
>> even have enough time to dig through this at all. Guess I just wanted a
>> distraction =)
>> - Brian
>> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.wiki at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> FYI, there is an existing timeline at:
>>> And lots of other wikipedia history pages on English, too.
>>> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM, Moka Pantages <mpantages at wikimedia.org>
>>> > This is so exciting! To Steven's point: we've also started a page
>>> > where folks can add bits of interesting information as they excavate
>>> > the files . Can't wait to dig in!
>>> > Congrats, Tim!
>>> >  http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_in_the_Beginning
>>> > Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:20:10 -0800
>>> > From: Steven Walling <steven.walling at gmail.com>
>>> > Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Old Wikipedia backups discovered
>>> > To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
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>>> > This is fantastic, and the timing could not be better.
>>> > If anyone finds anything noteworthy, please add it to the timeline of
>>> > Wikipedia that we're building at the 10th anniversary wiki, as well
>>> > the other tools for cataloging interesting tidbits from our history.
>>> > 1. http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_timeline
>>> > 2. http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share
>>> > On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Chad <innocentkiller at gmail.com>
>>> >> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:54 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
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