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Past King County Democrats Officers and Staff (via the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine")

I’ve been volunteering on the King County Democrats Finance Committee and we’ve been having a conversation about the organization’s staffing history.  I was deeply involved with the organization from 2004 through 2008 but I only knew a few people from the prior years.

Thanks to the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” I was able to find the officers from every year going back to 1999.  This was something that I was really pleasantly surprised to be able to find!

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This also gave me a new appreciation for the importance of making pages accessible to web crawlers. (Thanks Andrew V. of the Northwest Progressive Institute for peaking my curiosity on this with some comments about rendering a calendar server-side.) 

In 2009, the left navigation was changed from a server-rendered menu to a client-rendered menu that leveraged JavaScript.  I don’t remember noticing a significant user experience change, but the Internet Archive’s crawler did not pick-up the JavaScript nav (and the various pages that were thus linked.)

Overall, this was a great discovery.  Check-out the evolution of the King County Democrats web presence over the last 10 years: http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/http://www.kcdems.org/ or the evolution of almost any site: http://wayback.archive.org/web/

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