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Wikipedia is the largest wiki on the planet, with several million articles available in English and several million more in dozens of available languages.

Wikipedia nostalgia, a frozen version of Wikipedia from 2001
April Fools Day 2010
No more Libraries of Alexandria destroyed.
English Wikipedia in August 2010, if printed.

For once, a site that recognizes the importance of third-party backups! They have a main downloads page from which you can get XML dumps from individual wikis (Wikimedia Foundation hosts more than 800 wikis: Wikipedias, Wiktionaries, Wikinews, Wikisources, Wikibooks, Wikiquotes, Wikiversities, Wikispecies, Wikimedia Commons, Wikivoyage, Wikidata).

Criteria for speedy deletions

While articles nominated for deletion are usually given a one-week long discussion period prior to a potential deletion, under certain conditions, articles may be deleted at any time, regardless of contentual quality.[1]

These conditions include:

  • Draft articles unedited for at least half a year (criterion G13)
  • Request by original author, if not substantially edited by other users (criterion G7)
  • Discussion pages of deleted articles (criterion G8)
  • Recreations of previously deleted pages (criterion G4)
  • Request by original author in user space (criterion U1)
  • Underpopulated Wikipedia portal (criterion P2)

The backlog of draft articles impending deletion per criterion G13 can be found at Wikipedia: Category:AfC G13 eligible soon submissions.



As of 19:07, 10 July 2016 (EDT), only has about 10 earlier versions of dumps for each wiki, generally going back to around October 2015. They don't seem to be linked, but they are accessible via (where wikiname is listed on the index page).

There's an old article dump (2008/03/12) up on The Pirate Bay magnet, from the ArchiveTeam TPB account, although it has no seeders as of 19:07, 10 July 2016 (EDT).

There is no current public backup for images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, which has about 32 million images and other media files uploaded on its services as of 19:07, 10 July 2016 (EDT).


Transferring to IA

Hydriz is currently transferring the dumps of all Wikimedia projects into the Internet Archive. Wikimedia itself has provided resources to me for transferring these dumps to the Internet Archive. The results are in the wikimediadownloads collection, which is still being kept up to date as of 20:38, 10 July 2016 (EDT).

Vital signs

Stable, but they seriously use a lot of tactics to get donations.

Offline readers

See also

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