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That's also how the most popular guestbooks and forums in the 90s worked. e.g., WWWBoard, which seemed to be used almost everywhere for quite a while. A perl script would generate a new HTML file and update the index HTML for each post.

The only trouble was they didn’t do it atomically, so if two people posted at the same time everything would get horribly mangled.

There was a reason we moved to database-backed sites.

I surely hope that wasn't the reason.

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