What is happening to the content generated by the users on the site in the beta phase, when this site is closed?

I'd like to participate in beta sites, but when I think all could be deleted and lost, I'm wondering if it is worth effort... It's quite depriming that your effort could simply dissapear one day.

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The knowledge that went into these sites is not lost. In keeping with our promise not to hoard what was given freely, all content on closed sites will be available for download from the Area 51 page corresponding to each site, in the same format and with the same open license as the data dumps for graduated sites.

From the blog post: When a site grows quiet

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    But what with googlability of such sites? Jun 11, 2012 at 11:32
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    @Robert Cartaino - This information should be added to the FAQ for Area 51.
    – JoshDM
    May 23, 2013 at 20:57
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    Forgive me for commenting just to "bump" the answerer, but since you're a mod, I can't resist. The above comments really deserve some attention! Jan 25, 2014 at 10:07

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