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Working around Archive.is/.today/.ph/.li/.vn/.fo/.md eternal spinner “Loading” when trying to archive a page

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/01/13

I have had the below Archive.is spinner “Loading” without any progress indication on a couple of URLs the last few months and I think they are tied to having special characters in the URL-to-be-archived.

My usual workaround was to first archive in the Wayback Machine, then archive the resulting URL in Archive.is as it would automatically follow the path up to the original URL,

That of course failed when  https://web.archive.org/web/*/vx-underground.org did not want to save in Archive.is: either these would give an eternal spinner on the “Loading” page no matter the browser you were using either the escaped %2A or *:

The workaround is to use a URL shortener (I used Bitly) then archive the shortened URL (in this case bit.ly/3CrcnOw).

See:

  1. [Wayback/Archive] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers @wiert@mastodon.social on Twitter: “Oh nice, an eternal spinner at @archiveis when archiving URLs like either … or …”
  2. [Wayback/Archive] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers @wiert@mastodon.social on Twitter: “@archiveis The workaround is to save it in a URL shortener first. I used @Bitly to save the URL-to-be-archived as https://bit.ly/3CrcnOw, then archived the shortened URL.”

–jeroen

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