And just as a reminder: is not a production-level
service, and therefore any data within an etherpad
should be considered both public and able to disappear at any time.
This is one reason I recommend that people use Etherpads for short-term
defined collaboration sessions, and frequently do backups, and always
archive documents to a wiki after a session ends.

Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

On 08/23/2013 04:16 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
> Thanks to Mark Holmquist for maintaining for
> the past long while. It is going down in 2 weeks, so please retrieve
> your text.
> I recommend that you:
> * go into your browser history
> * search it for
> * go to each of those pads and copy-and-paste the content someplace,
> preferably on a public wiki, even if it's just in your userspace
> * replace the content of the Etherpad with a link to the wiki page
> you've moved the text to
> -Sumana
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Wikitech-l] Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two
> weeks - backup time
> Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:02:13 -0700
> From: Mark Holmquist <>
> Reply-To: Wikimedia developers <>
> To:,,
> The day we have all equally hoped for and dreaded is come to pass: Etherpad
> Lite has now replaced Etherpad "Classic" in production, and the labs
> instance
> is on its way out.
> This is my as-wide-as-possible email warning to say that everything on the
> labs instance, as really should have been expected, is going to be gone
> soon.
> Not immediately - we intend to give you two weeks to get your important data
> off the instance and onto the new one at -
> but you should _absolutely_ be moving things as soon as possible. We will
> also keep a data dump around, in case anything else needs to get pulled out
> of the pads, but I would suggest not relying on that if you don't have to.
> And in the future: If a URL has "" in it...don't put anything,
> ANYTHING, important there. The purpose of labs is to let us experiment with
> new technology without having to worry about reliability.
> Thanks so much for your help and understanding in the course of this
> migration.
> tl;dr: is going down in 2 weeks, get yer
> stuff off it.

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