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Postby Leeds Hippo » Sun 12 Dec, 2010 3:51 pm

Noticed another thread has "dissappeared" - some months ago I created a thread about Charles Dickens in Leeds but now can't see it with a search or in my threads.

I know threads do get deleted if they break the rules but I can't understand why this particular thread should have been deleted - it contained some fascinating comments made by Charles Dickens during his visit to Leeds in 1866.

If threads are being deleted at random then it brings into question the security of the data on the site. There is a lot of valuable research material and it would be a shame to lose this for future generations.

Could the site have been hacked?
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Postby chameleon » Sun 12 Dec, 2010 6:31 pm

Leeds Hippo wrote:
Noticed another thread has "dissappeared" - some months ago I created a thread about Charles Dickens in Leeds but now can't see it with a search or in my threads.

I know threads do get deleted if they break the rules but I can't understand why this particular thread should have been deleted - it contained some fascinating comments made by Charles Dickens during his visit to Leeds in 1866.

If threads are being deleted at random then it brings into question the security of the data on the site. There is a lot of valuable research material and it would be a shame to lose this for future generations.

Could the site have been hacked?


Threads which attract no interest can be deleted to save space however, if there is information of interest for future reference, it is left for that very reason - even with no responses. No responses can indicate no one is interested but that is often a judgement call. I don't recall seeing this one when I last trolled through in the aftermath of recent events. someone may have deleted accidentally, nothing's perfect - I'm not aware of Dickens in Leeds - do you have the info to repost?    

(Storage is expensive so choices have to be made sometimes and we're long overdue a tidy-up but, that really means going through every thread!!!)    
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 9:10 am

Yes I'll try to repost

I'm curious - does anyone know if this site is archived? Seem to recall there are sites that store historical websites. It would be useful if this site was replicated by a USENET group - that way the data would be distributed around the world.

Failing that - is it possible to download the entire site for backup.    
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Postby chemimike » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 9:30 am

It seems to be archived for 2007 and early 2008 at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.secretleeds.com

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Postby raveydavey » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 6:31 pm

Given the threatened cuts in public spending for the next financial year, perhaps it would be prudent to have the site backed up in case a decision is taken to withdraw funding?

At least then the important historical stuff could be saved for future use.
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 7:33 pm

raveydavey wrote:
Given the threatened cuts in public spending for the next financial year, perhaps it would be prudent to have the site backed up in case a decision is taken to withdraw funding?

At least then the important historical stuff could be saved for future use.



Very good point raveydavey - will this site be available 2, 10 or 100 years from now or will all the information be lost.
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Postby The Parksider » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 7:56 pm

chameleon wrote:
Leeds Hippo wrote:
Noticed another thread has "dissappeared" - some months ago I created a thread about Charles Dickens in Leeds but now can't see it with a search or in my threads.

I know threads do get deleted if they break the rules but I can't understand why this particular thread should have been deleted - it contained some fascinating comments made by Charles Dickens during his visit to Leeds in 1866.

If threads are being deleted at random then it brings into question the security of the data on the site. There is a lot of valuable research material and it would be a shame to lose this for future generations.

Could the site have been hacked?


Threads which attract no interest can be deleted to save space however, if there is information of interest for future reference, it is left for that very reason - even with no responses. No responses can indicate no one is interested but that is often a judgement call. I don't recall seeing this one when I last trolled through in the aftermath of recent events. someone may have deleted accidentally, nothing's perfect - I'm not aware of Dickens in Leeds - do you have the info to repost?    

(Storage is expensive so choices have to be made sometimes and we're long overdue a tidy-up but, that really means going through every thread!!!)    


Don't lose mi mining/foundry thread until I extract the info this week!!!!
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Postby chameleon » Mon 13 Dec, 2010 10:46 pm

The Parksider wrote:
chameleon wrote:
Leeds Hippo wrote:
Noticed another thread has "dissappeared" - some months ago I created a thread about Charles Dickens in Leeds but now can't see it with a search or in my threads.

I know threads do get deleted if they break the rules but I can't understand why this particular thread should have been deleted - it contained some fascinating comments made by Charles Dickens during his visit to Leeds in 1866.

If threads are being deleted at random then it brings into question the security of the data on the site. There is a lot of valuable research material and it would be a shame to lose this for future generations.

Could the site have been hacked?


Threads which attract no interest can be deleted to save space however, if there is information of interest for future reference, it is left for that very reason - even with no responses. No responses can indicate no one is interested but that is often a judgement call. I don't recall seeing this one when I last trolled through in the aftermath of recent events. someone may have deleted accidentally, nothing's perfect - I'm not aware of Dickens in Leeds - do you have the info to repost?    

(Storage is expensive so choices have to be made sometimes and we're long overdue a tidy-up but, that really means going through every thread!!!)    


Don't lose mi mining/foundry thread until I extract the info this week!!!!


I'll be at the head of the war party if that went awol!!

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Postby Leeds Hippo » Fri 17 Dec, 2010 11:06 pm

Found a site run by the British Library that may be of use

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/info/nominate

I've nominated the secret leeds site - might help of others do the same to persuade the British Library to archive this valuable resource - Thanks
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Postby chameleon » Fri 17 Dec, 2010 11:53 pm

Leeds Hippo wrote:
Found a site run by the British Library that may be of use

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/info/nominate

I've nominated the secret leeds site - might help of others do the same to persuade the British Library to archive this valuable resource - Thanks


That's a good find - after all, they archive every book there, as trends change, seems only right to archive electronic publications and documentary data in the same way.

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