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Tue Dec 27, 2016, 10:43 PM

What happened to the DU wiki?

Last edited Tue Dec 27, 2016, 11:34 PM - Edit history (1)

It was started early Dec 2004... is it still around? I can't find it.

As I remember it was to be a political wiki, a political encyclopedia of sorts. It wasn't fully connected to the main site when it started. We needed separate logins.

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Response to eniwetok (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 11:32 AM

1. 238 views... and no one knows?

Now I'm REALLY beginning to feel like an old timer. And since the v2 archives aren't available...

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Response to eniwetok (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 11:49 AM

2. I found a reference to it but the server at the link for the wiki is not active

Here is the reference: http://wikiindex.org/Demopedia

The Wayback Machine shows the last date it was archived as October 22, 2013:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/index.php/Main_Page

ETA - apparently there were problems with the site as early as this 2006 thread:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x1381105

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Response to csziggy (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 12:15 PM

3. thanks!!

That was it... Demopedia! I was "away" for over 10 years and I forgot. In some way, if I'm to believe Skinner... it was a response to something I had been pushing for going back to 04. Of course this was nothing along what I had in mind. Yes, I was looking to get past all the endless churn of posts re-discussing what had been discussed 20 times before... to come up with a "product", but I wasn't looking for a reference book, but a concise summation of progressive principles... a vision of where we might want to take this nation in 50-100 years... then to develop a strategy to accomplish that. Of course if we're talking wish list, then it's treading into areas traditional Dems don't want to touch... constitutional reform, rethinking corporate charters and power, moving to a multi-party system based on proportional representation etc. And yet without a long range vision, Dems tend to think no further ahead than the next presidential election. In contrast the far right got organized back in the mid-70's and developed a coordinated strategy to reshape the US... and it's largely worked. They developed a think tank infrastructure, created the Federalist Society to take over the judiciary, developed voter suppression strategies, created ALEC, developed a media infrastructure, worked to defund the Democratic Party, worked to change laws to allow Big Money to influence campaigns...

And the Dems? They seem to pin their hopes on demographic trends making the GOP obsolete.

So how's that strategy working so far?

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