m – I would suggest the wayback machine but I suspect that was one of your first stops.
I have a similar experience with PC-Link/AOL. They blasted their archives not that many years ago and it’s really a shame because there’s a lot of ‘net History in there.
I did find some interesting archives people did that have the potential to contain some stuff I wrote but after downloading a few, converting into something I could read, I put it aside ’cause I realized that most of my talking was done in chat rooms. [or IRC] and that stuff rarely gets archived.
[it’s probably a ‘good thing’ but still, one would’ve expected webpages to have some longevity but nope, not in the least].
I remember the stuff they tried through the years, trying to make permanent URLs [which were already supposed to be permanent] – and I suspect they realized that it was kind of a futile effort, although I’m sure some people are still working on it.
A lot of information will come and go like a blip on the radar and be irretrievable until the ‘net gets a permanent memory, but I don’t see that happening for a while, although I’m REALLY grateful for those who take the time to make archives and save them because, well, it’s something.