[Foundation-l] Old Wikipedia backups discovered
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Tue Dec 21 17:06:09 UTC 2010
Larry didn't have an exaggerated role, he really did run the project in the
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 7:50 PM, Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org>wrote:
> On 15/12/10 11:17, Brian J Mingus 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
> > NuPedia with a less formal "wiki" encyclopedia project. " -
> > http://grey.colorado.edu/wikipedia_2001/979694938.txt
> > "EditorInChief of NuPedia and instigator of Nupedia's wiki. "
> > http://grey.colorado.edu/wikipedia_2001/979690096.txt
> > Sanger's claims to coming up with the idea of adding the wiki concept to
> > online encyclopedia concept clearly go all the way back to the beginning.
> > course, that doesn't speak to offline conversations that gave rise to the
> > idea.
> I've long suspected that the early FAQs and history pages gave Larry
> Sanger an exaggerated role because he wrote them himself. It will be
> interesting to see if any such conclusion can be drawn from the
> archives. Note that 979694938 was by dhcp058.246.lvcm.com, which
> appears to be Larry.
> By the way, the numbers in the revisions, e.g. 979694938, are UNIX
> timestamps. That one was 17 Jan 2001, 01:28:58 UTC.
> -- Tim Starling
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