I have been trying to use the data dumps from the failed Digital Preservation and Library and Information Science stack exchanges. In both cases, the data dumps are, at best, incomplete.

I believe the Readme out of date, (c.f. https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/2678), and there are a number of missing exports, e.g no Tags export, so there is no link between Tag and Tag Wiki Post entities. There are also some semantic issues, such as migrated questions not being clearly marked up as such, and the fact that the post history appears to log both tag and body changes as 'Text changes'.

Is there any chance that the quality of the data dump could be addressed, at least in terms of completeness and consistency with the main SE dump?

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The dead sites data dump is created using the same views as the SE export - there "should" be no difference. I'll look at it here in a bit.

  • It appears to be behaving as if it's running an older version of the same code, but of course it's hard for me to tell. Jul 16, 2013 at 20:20
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    I know this is an old post that probably isn't going to get much further attention but I tried to resurrect the lis.stackexchange.com data dump using stackapps.com/questions/3610/…. It did not work and I suspect it's partly because the data dump for lis is different from living sites in that the .xml files are split up between regular and meta directories and there is no PostLinks.xml file. That's just what I noticed off the surface.
    – roy
    Mar 8, 2014 at 16:12
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    BUMP - any news on this? If the data's gone, the so be it. But it would be good to know this and confirm if the issue is fixed for future exports. May 12, 2015 at 9:01
  • Every ten years or so I like to check in on these kind of things... :-) Any news? Apr 3 at 8:38

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