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I tried to connect to http://www.clearbits.net/creators/146-stack-exchange-data-dump and got an error message:

ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE.

Is this a known problem? Do you expect that the problem will be solved soon?

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    Yes, and it's hard to say, that's an issue on their end.
    – Tim Stone
    Dec 25, 2013 at 14:32
  • It also appears as "inactive" here in the Whois Lookup. Dec 25, 2013 at 15:03
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    Even clear bits can be cloudy at times, I suppose.
    – Tim Post
    Dec 25, 2013 at 16:22
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    In the meantime, you can use meta.stackexchange.com/a/199303/178179 (September 2013 dump) Dec 25, 2013 at 23:30
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    Magnet link for the Sept 2013 dump: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:C472A68F39CD333816098E53AE353E8D90C3E9D3&dn=Stack%20Exchange%20Data%20Dump%20-%20Sept%202013
    – Shog9
    Jan 4, 2014 at 18:29

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I have attempted to contact the owner of clearbits.net to find out what the deal is with our hosting. As far as we were aware he wasn't going anywhere - but plans might have changed. I'm calling this a temporary outage until we know more.

Update, Jan 5th 2014: As of right now it appears clearbits will not be coming back online. We are in contact with the previous owner and working on a migration plan to move our data dumps out to https://archive.org/ - we will have an updated blog and meta post when this transition is complete

Update, Jan 23rd 2014: We have secured hosting at archive.org for our data dumps. A post will be coming soon on the details. For now you can find the new data dump here:

https://archive.org/details/stackexchange

Sorry for the delay - having ClearBits disappear came as a bit of a surprise to us.

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  • Seems to be down right now @Geoff Dalgas Jan 5, 2014 at 17:22
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    Yep, we are aware of the outage. As of right now it appears clearbits will not be coming back online. We are in contact with the previous owner and working on a migration plan to move our data dumps out to archive.org - we will have an updated blog and meta post when this transition is complete. Jan 5, 2014 at 17:27
  • Awesome. This will help a lot of talented people who don't have or can't afford the luxury of reliable, high bandwidth connections, to cross the digital divide, thank you Geoff! Jan 5, 2014 at 18:01
  • Thanks Geoff. Will older data dumps be available too? It would be nice to be able to access all the data dumps that were released. Jan 11, 2014 at 5:01
  • Dear Geoff, I am interested in exploring the possibility to host SE data dumps at my institution (one of the Australian Universities): can we get in touch directly? Thanks
    – guido
    Jan 14, 2014 at 5:28
  • @guido sure - gdalgas@stackoverflow.com Jan 14, 2014 at 6:12
  • Dammit! I read you're down for good. I would've wanted to get my hands on the music torrents because I wish I'd had downloaded them.
    – user251672
    Feb 11, 2014 at 23:29
  • @GeoffDalgas Are the oldest data dumps that were hosted on ClearBits gone forever, now?
    – Jeremy
    Mar 12, 2014 at 3:15

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