Cube Lovers

Cube Lovers (also Cube-lovers or CubeLovers) was an electronic mailing list (email list) dedicated to the mathematics of Rubik's Cube and similar puzzles, active from 1980 to 2000. Set up long before the World Wide Web existed, it was for over a decade the principal internet forum for Rubik's Cube enthusiasts to communicate: mainly those who had access to the internet in universities. Set up on a server at MIT, an archive of the list was once available via anonymous ftp from ftp://ftp.ai.mit.edu/pub/cube-lovers

The first post (which announced the list's creation) was made by Alan Bawden on Saturday, 12 July 1980. The final message by "der Mouse" was posted on Thursday 27 January 2000. From its creation to its sudden demise the number of message posted each year was as follows:

  • 1980 (Jul-Dec): 223
  • 1981: 249
  • 1982: 130
  • 1983: 37
  • 1984: 15
  • 1985: 25
  • 1986: 43
  • 1987: 70
  • 1988: 23
  • 1989: 14
  • 1990: 38
  • 1991: 59
  • 1992: 134
  • 1993: 144
  • 1994: 242
  • 1995: 366
  • 1996: 253
  • 1997: 415
  • 1998: 291
  • 1999: 326
  • 2000 (Jan): 18

It was replaced with a number of other forums, such as the Yahoo! Speed Solving Rubik's Cube Group.

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