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> Are all the message boards and forums where this type of material was likely posted really defunct or unusable now?

The original source of this material (and the other articles) was John Carmack's .plan file. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_protocol

The .plan file is by its nature ephemeral, as the user can change it whenever. But the content was archived.

The GitHub is just the latest mirror.

> Will the next historian have to unearth it from github just to copy it to the next platform?


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