The content that is being generated by SE might rival one day with that contained in Wikipedia. While I can download the Wikipedia at any point and make sure that effort is not going to be lost, I'm not sure about SE. Is there any policy covering this? (I'm confident many users have the same concern, but could not find the question formulated in any way.)


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Suppose that happens.

Thank goodness Stack Exchange thought about that already and planned for it by producing a quarterly data dump hosted at archive.org, containing all the posts, their history, comments, users and so on (all anonymized).

  • Now SE makes all the sense!
    – nightcod3r
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:23
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    Well, that still means losing up to three months worth of data. :) Apr 5, 2016 at 10:01
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    @ShadowWizard - better than all of it ;)
    – Oded
    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:32
  • While at it, what about DRP? Does SE got such a thing? Apr 5, 2016 at 10:48
  • I am assuming you mean this kinds of DRP, @ShadowWizard ? We have backups and another data center (which is only a few minutes behind).
    – Oded
    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:59
  • Yes, I thought I saw something on MSE about it in the past, but can't find it now. Apr 5, 2016 at 11:00
  • @ShadowWizard - possibly this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/207653/…
    – Oded
    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:01
  • Partially, but this is what I was looking for - too bad it got no details. :( Apr 5, 2016 at 11:05
  • @ShadowWizard The expected value drops down to 1.5 months. Still, a huge amount of work...
    – nightcod3r
    Apr 5, 2016 at 17:20

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