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August 13, 2010

Jonathan Slocum

Indo-European Publications Lists

N.B. The email exchange below may have been edited, e.g. to remove content not essential to the main point(s) or to standardize English spelling/grammar.

Query

Hello Webmaster,

[An] obituary of [a certain Indo-European linguist] cites a complete bibliography at [a defunct LRC web page, using a] rather munged URL... I did find my way to Scholars' Publications and I see there the note saying that most such documents have been relocated. The page listed at Indo-European Scholars for [this individual] is at [another site] but that page has no link to any documents, specifically not to the bibliography.

Can you find out what has happened to this document? I want to include a link to it in [a] wikipedia page...

Thanks for your help. B. N.

Response

Dear Mr. N.,

[...The former developer/maintainer of this section of our website died some years ago...] Meanwhile, the design of the LRC website had changed dramatically (excluding content controlled by this other individual). The now-orphaned page content could not effectively be [re-used], so my choice for each orphaned page/area was either to re-create it by hand or to delete it. I used page-visit statistics to help me decide.

Lists of Publications had never really been up-to-date... Plus, they were browsed very rarely. I therefore decided to abandon Publications pages other than for personnel associated with the LRC. I could not leave [the old pages] in situ... Thus they had to go.

And so it is that [those] publications are not now available on our website. You could seek the pages on the Way Back Machine (Internet Archive) with any date in/before 2005; but even if found, there's no guarantee that the lists are complete. ...

Sincerely, J. S.