A screen shot of the EditThis.info home page taken on 27 May 2012
|Archiving status||Partially saved in 2014|
This farm is quite hard to archive, because of
- old software (MediaWiki 1.15) with several weirdnesses, both at application and webserver level (like directory structure, URL rewrites, l10n in MediaWiki namespace);
- slow servers (even after they fixed their robots.txt);
- very strict captcha and throttling (with unhelpful status codes);
- number of wikis taken over by spam since 2012 or earlier.
The owner clearly has not had time to manage it properly for several years now.
Best results to complete a download with launcher.py and dumpgenerator.py have been reached with the following:
- use API and a
--delay=60, wait 120 s between each wiki.
If you lower the delay too much, or forget to sleep between some kinds of requests, you can easily enter a loop of endless 503 errors and never get out of it (each request, failed or not, counts for the throttle).
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