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It is possible to perform search on Wikipedia, which includes history along with current page content. It would be especially good to search in deleted articles or deleted passages of articles.

(If no, is it possible to do so with at least Mediawiki engine?)

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There is a Wikipedia Revision History Search here;

http://wikipedia.ramselehof.de/wikiblame.php?project=wikipedia&lang=en

Hope this helps.

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Thanks. Its interesting! do you know is it possible to use this engine with any wikimedia engine? –  sergtk May 30 '11 at 6:27
    
Yes, just change the text in the 'Project' field to the one you'd like to search (meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Complete_list_of_Wikimedia_projects) –  Whitingx Jun 1 '11 at 10:26
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Wikimedia provides dumps [0], wich depending of your intention, can be helpfull. Delected revisions or articles aren't shown on those dumps nor are publicly avaiable, but depending of the objective, it's possible to request access to non-public data. [1]

[0]- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Data_dumps

[1]- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Access_to_non-public_data

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There is also an archive of deleted Wikipedia articles called Deletionpedia. The archive is updated by an automated bot, which saves copies of the pages prior to their deletion (thus saving them from permanent destruction).

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Unfortunately, it appears that this archive has not been updated for a long time. I will continue searching for recent archives of deleted Wikipedia articles, and post them here if I find any. –  Anderson Green Dec 28 '12 at 3:55
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There is a Speedy Deletion Wikia which archives articles that are scheduled for deletion. –  Hydra Dec 28 '12 at 6:04
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