With the site "On Startups" recently closed, I understand that its content now is only available via Data Dump. It is however much less user-friendly. I wonder if SE can provide any help hosting it in a form similar to the actual site? I am sure many former users will find it very helpful.
As noted in this answer from Community Manager Robert Cartaino, Stack Exchange is not going to host archives of closed beta sites. He addresses these reasons:
- It doesn't make the internet better (it will never be improved)
- It hurts the network (Googlers will evaluate SE as a whole based on closed, stale sites)
- It impedes future efforts to build better sites in the same area
This question asks why SE doesn't help; it does help, by providing an easily-parsed (or transformed) data dump and a license that allows anybody at all to take that data and set up another site somewhere else. The SE software platform isn't available to you, but hostable data is. It's up to you to host it.