Skills Matter content recovery

Someone on Twitter/X pointed out that Skillsmatter has apparently ceased to exist as an entity again:

https://twitter.com/EncodePanda/status/1757011278080401805

In the responses, @kosmikus pointed out that the Haskell Foundation is working on recoverying the content. Has there been any progress on this? I know it has only been a few days but I wanted to start a thread here to discuss.

My “Why You Should Consider Haskell for Production” talk was lost and had around 10,000 views (clearly a popular resource for Haskell awareness/evangelism), along with tons of other Haskell related talks also vanishing. I’d love to see all of this content recovered/reuploaded.

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Another day, another “salvage operation”

My first though would be to try checking something like the Internet Archive for copies there. Otherwise contacting the SkillsMatter “content-managers” is the only remaining option (for content that cannot be retrieved in any other way). I like to think that the HF has a great many more “points of contact” than the majority of us have right now, so they would have a better chance of recovering that content.

That you’ve made the rest of us here:

  • aware of the problem,
  • and that the HF are looking at it;

is a good start. As for the next step…while it’s annoying, the best option for now would be to just wait and see what happens next.

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There is another possibility. Some users — like me — use yt-dl and similar to download videos on their machines and then watch them. If we are lucky some Haskell users still have them on their hard drive, for sure @christian’s message increased the odd of someone fishing it from their HD.

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I think so, please stay tuned.

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As @Bodigrim said, there has been work on this. I’m happy to say that the majority of videos have been saved.

There will be an announcement soon, as well as a call for volunteers as there is a lot of material to sort through. I just need to finalize some details with the person who will be managing the volunteer effort.

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If you know the URL of the video and the Wayback Machine has saved it, you can sometimes recover the talk using yt-dlp on the archive.org URL. I was able to retrieve @simonpj’s talk on lenses this way.

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Fingers crossed! How could I help?

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You’re timing is perfect, you posted this as I was composing this: Haskell Video Archive: Call for Volunteers

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Well, I’ve just filled the form :slight_smile:

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It seems the first batch has been published on the HaskellFoundation youtube channel:

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