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Meta.stackexchange.com now redirects here, at meta.stackoverflow.com. The discussions held there were not migrated. While most of those discussions were specific to SE 1.0 sites, there are many discussions and feature requests that ultimately made their way into the SE 2.0 sites we are using now.

Further, there are discussions of historical interest contained in that old site.

I would appreciate it if Stack Exchange, Inc, would consider making a meta.stackexchange.com data dump available for download.

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Was meta.se an SE 2 site itself, though? i.e. is creating the dump trivial given the SE2-schema-exporter they already have, or would it be extra work to export this because it's on an older schema? –  Rup Mar 18 '11 at 0:04
    
@Rup The SE 1.0 sites had built in export capabilities, although it was a full export so it would have to be munged a bit to make sure voting and personal information isn't released. So in theory they could do it easily, but depending on how they took it down, and if they left it around in any form it might not be so easy. –  Adam Davis Mar 18 '11 at 3:05

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What type of questions are of historical interest? Being that the product no longer exists, the information contained in that archive would range from wildly deprecated to outright incorrect.

For the tiny handful of users still utilizing the platform, they can bring their questions here to be answered (and properly maintained) by a live community… rather than providing an inappropriately out-of-date collection of "answers" which can only become increasingly incorrect and irrelevant.

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For instance there are stack exchange 1.0 sites where it would be nice to know who started them. There were nice discussions on how to promote sites. There were discussions on monetization strategies. I suppose Stack Exchange might not be interested in releasing it for business reasons, but throwing it all away does result in the loss of some good knowledge for the community. I don't think that releasing it will help stack exchange - I'm asking because some of the information contained in it can be useful to others for their own use, similar to the other datadumps. –  Adam Davis Mar 17 '11 at 19:12
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Or, in other words, not all of the discussions were intrinsically linked to the product that no longer exists, and thus they are still useful sans product. –  Adam Davis Mar 17 '11 at 19:13
    
I don't think having SE 1.0 questions here is allowed or even encouraged -- SE 1.0 owners are told to "email for support". We definitely don't want SE 1.0 questions here as the software is almost two years behind us now, so creakily ancient that there is zero value in having that content here. –  Jeff Atwood Mar 18 '11 at 4:45

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