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16th Oct '17 2:37:48 AM Augusto
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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''15 Petabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of their most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.

Here's how it works: after accessing the WM website through the link at the top of this page, users can paste a URL address on the input-box next to the "Take Me Back" button, and then, after clicking said button, the user is shown a calendar-like list of archived pages (provided there are any). Dates written on blue dots are links to versions of that particular page archived on that particular date. If a dot is orange, however, then it means that the URL was not found at the time of the snapshot, usually indicating the site was already gone by that time. Green dots, on the other hand, indicate that the URL led to a redirect, doesn't ''necessarily'' mean that the website was dead by the time that snapshot was taken, but, truth is, it usually does.

For all of its 15 PB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.

The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard]], so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Merry Graves]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.

It's possible to use the IA to instantly archive any given webpage, too -- simply go to the address ''[=http://web.archive.org/save/[url_of_the_webpage]=]'' to save the newest version in the archive.

By the way, our very own Wiki/TVTropes wiki is represented in the Wayback Machine as well -- and quite nicely, in fact! So if you want to see the wiki in its earliest days, give it a spin. It also preserves articles that have been subjected to ExampleSectionectomy or [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub removed outright]]. [[http://wayback.archive.org/web/20100910084226*/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage This link]] leads to the results for the TV Tropes homepage in the Wayback Machine; changing the URL posted to that of the article that interests you can allow you to access most of the site as it used to be. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100628221425/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SoYeah It's also a good way to show]] [[ShowDontTell (and not tell)]] exactly ''why'' certain articles are now perma-redlinked.

Also, on a quick side note, while the Wayback Machine ''is'' the most popular tool of the Internet Archive, it's always good to remember it isn't by far their only good feature. For example, the IA also has a public video and file hosting system which several major archiving initiatives such as the Wiki/ArchiveTeam are ''big'' fans of. And -- you know what? -- it wouldn't hurt for ''us'' at TV Tropes to use that feature more often too. You know, for putting up copies of important videos and archives of webcomics and such. It also helps that image files hosted on the IA can be viewed as part of their "preview" feature, this makes the Internet Archive even ''more'' useful for archiving things like webcomics, as they can already be read there on a surprisingly readable format without actually having to dowload them.

And yes, it gets its name after the WABAC time machine from ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Peabody's Improbable History]]''. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle And now you know.]]
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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''15 Petabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of their most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.

Here's how it works: after accessing the WM website through the link at the top of this page, users can paste a URL address on the input-box next to the "Take Me Back" button, and then, after clicking said button, the user is shown a calendar-like list of archived pages (provided there are any). Dates written on blue dots are links to versions of that particular page archived on that particular date. If a dot is orange, however, then it means that the URL was not found at the time of the snapshot, usually indicating the site was already gone by that time. Green dots, on the other hand, indicate that the URL led to a redirect, doesn't ''necessarily'' mean that the website was dead by the time that snapshot was taken, but, truth is, it usually does.

For all of its 15 PB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.

The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard]], so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Merry Graves]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.

It's possible to use the IA to instantly archive any given webpage, too -- simply go to the address ''[=http://web.archive.org/save/[url_of_the_webpage]=]'' to save the newest version in the archive.

By the way, our very own Wiki/TVTropes wiki is represented in the Wayback Machine as well -- and quite nicely, in fact! So if you want to see the wiki in its earliest days, give it a spin. It also preserves articles that have been subjected to ExampleSectionectomy or [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub removed outright]]. [[http://wayback.archive.org/web/20100910084226*/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage This link]] leads to the results for the TV Tropes homepage in the Wayback Machine; changing the URL posted to that of the article that interests you can allow you to access most of the site as it used to be. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100628221425/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SoYeah It's also a good way to show]] [[ShowDontTell (and not tell)]] exactly ''why'' certain articles are now perma-redlinked.

Also, on a quick side note, while the Wayback Machine ''is'' the most popular tool of the Internet Archive, it's always good to remember it isn't by far their only good feature. For example, the IA also has a public video and file hosting system which several major archiving initiatives such as the Wiki/ArchiveTeam are ''big'' fans of. And -- you know what? -- it wouldn't hurt for ''us'' at TV Tropes to use that feature more often too. You know, for putting up copies of important videos and archives of webcomics and such. It also helps that image files hosted on the IA can be viewed as part of their "preview" feature, this makes the Internet Archive even ''more'' useful for archiving things like webcomics, as they can already be read there on a surprisingly readable format without actually having to dowload them.

And yes, it gets its name after the WABAC time machine from ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Peabody's Improbable History]]''. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle And now you know.]]
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15th Oct '17 4:32:28 PM Augusto
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For all of its 28 TB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.

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For all of its 28 TB 15 PB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.
15th Oct '17 4:30:20 PM Augusto
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15th Oct '17 4:29:58 PM Augusto
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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of their most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.

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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' ''15 Petabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of their most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.



Also, on a quick side note, while the Wayback Machine ''is'' the most popular tool of the Internet Archive, it's always good to remember it isn't by far their only good feature. For example, the IA also has a public video and file hosting system which several major archiving initiatives such as the [[http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Archive Team]] are ''big'' fans of. And -- you know what? -- it wouldn't hurt for ''us'' at TV Tropes to use that feature more often too. You know, for putting up copies of important videos and archives of webcomics and such. It also helps that image files hosted on the IA can be viewed as part of their "preview" feature, this makes the Internet Archive even ''more'' useful for archiving things like webcomics, as they can already be read there on a surprisingly readable format without actually having to dowload them.

to:

Also, on a quick side note, while the Wayback Machine ''is'' the most popular tool of the Internet Archive, it's always good to remember it isn't by far their only good feature. For example, the IA also has a public video and file hosting system which several major archiving initiatives such as the [[http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Archive Team]] Wiki/ArchiveTeam are ''big'' fans of. And -- you know what? -- it wouldn't hurt for ''us'' at TV Tropes to use that feature more often too. You know, for putting up copies of important videos and archives of webcomics and such. It also helps that image files hosted on the IA can be viewed as part of their "preview" feature, this makes the Internet Archive even ''more'' useful for archiving things like webcomics, as they can already be read there on a surprisingly readable format without actually having to dowload them.
10th Oct '17 6:17:21 AM Augusto
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The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Merry Graves]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.

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The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] standard]], so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Merry Graves]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.



By the way, our very own Wiki/TVTropes wiki is represented in the Wayback Machine as well -- and quite nicely, in fact! So if you want to see the wiki in its earliest days, give it a spin. It also preserves articles that have been subjected to ExampleSectionectomy or [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub removed outright]]. [[http://wayback.archive.org/web/20100910084226*/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage This link]] leads to the results for the TV Tropes homepage in the Wayback Machine; changing the URL posted to that of the article that interests you, you can access most of the site as it used to be. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100628221425/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SoYeah It's also a good way to]] [[ShowDontTell show (and not tell)]] exactly ''why'' certain articles are now perma-redlinked.

to:

By the way, our very own Wiki/TVTropes wiki is represented in the Wayback Machine as well -- and quite nicely, in fact! So if you want to see the wiki in its earliest days, give it a spin. It also preserves articles that have been subjected to ExampleSectionectomy or [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub removed outright]]. [[http://wayback.archive.org/web/20100910084226*/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage This link]] leads to the results for the TV Tropes homepage in the Wayback Machine; changing the URL posted to that of the article that interests you, you can allow you to access most of the site as it used to be. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100628221425/http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SoYeah It's also a good way to]] to show]] [[ShowDontTell show (and not tell)]] exactly ''why'' certain articles are now perma-redlinked.
10th Oct '17 6:09:50 AM Augusto
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The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Graves Campbell]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.

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The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Graves Campbell]] Merry Graves]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.
10th Oct '17 6:03:47 AM Augusto
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For all its 28 TB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.

The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Gaves Campbell]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.

to:

For all of its 28 TB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.

The Wayback Machine also follows the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard Robots exclusion standard,]] so if your favorite website (say, like Website/FanFictionDotNet, which actually ''does'' block its contents from being archived) blocks the Wayback Machine from saving it in its robots.txt file, then it and its content becomes inaccessible to the public (infuriatingly enough, if the domain is taken over by a cybersquatter who then implements a robots file, it will also block you from seeing the earlier, legitimate versions of the website). The IA also takes no chances with the law, and so all requests by the copyright owners to remove data from the Wayback Machine are immediately obeyed. This means it's not necessarily the best archiving service to stymie an OrwellianEditor (*coffcoff* [[Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren Gaves Graves Campbell]] *coffcoffHACK*). A Canadian mirror also exists, and has [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/internet-freedom-wayback-machine-moving-copy-to-canada-donald-trump/ suddenly become more relevant]] due to [[https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/backing-up-the-history-of-the-internet-in-canada-to-save-it-from-trump/ fears of Internet censorship]] in the United States.
9th Oct '17 7:55:37 PM Augusto
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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of the most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.

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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of the their most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.
9th Oct '17 7:53:50 PM Augusto
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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' largest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of the most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.

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The '''[[http://archive.org/web/web.php Wayback Machine]]''' is ''the'' largest biggest existing archive of the Internet (as in, ''28 Terabytes'' big). It is a section of the [[https://archive.org Internet Archive]] (and should '''''not''''' be confused with the IA itself) and is one of the most well-known and popular features, as it allows people to see past versions of web pages -- in other words, it's the browser version of a TimeMachine.



However, for all its 28 TB of data are worth, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive.

to:

However, for For all its 28 TB of data are worth, however, the Wayback Machine is not 100% reliable, as, sometimes, the particular page or image you remember most fondly will turn out to be missing from the Wayback archive either due to not many sites linking to it or, more commonly, due to it having a structure that's difficult to archive. Websites like Website/DeviantArt as well as several WebComic sites are notorious for being nigh-impossible to archive.
archive, meaning that once they're gone, they're, well, ''gone''.
9th Oct '17 7:51:19 PM Augusto
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