Fans of long-standing series often find themselves confused about just what happened when and where, and as a result may go back and watch or read through a large section of the series - or even [[ArchiveBinge the whole run]] - in order to refresh their memories or bolster some particular fan theories they hold. This is especially common in WebComics fandoms, where easy access to the whole series archive makes it all too tempting to drop what you are doing and look for that particular scene you just ''know'' happened in a certain StoryArc...

Somewhat ameliorated by series guides and [[UniverseConcordance fan concordances]], and in some cases [[http://www.ohnorobot.com search engines indexing the scripts for the whole series]] (!), but still a very common form of time sink for hard-core fans.

In the tradition of the little [[ClueFromEd remarks from the editor]] in print comics referencing the issue numbers of past events, some nice creators will provide links to the archives for the relevant plotlines on the main page the day the events are referenced. Of course, this doesn't help when the archive system doesn't keep the links with the comic, and someone else catches up later.

The other solution is the community forums, where after the unavoidable insults from idiots, some angel will actually post the link and explanation you wanted.

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!!Examples:

* Pete Abrams of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' adds links to relevant past strips and plotlines upon uploading any comic that needs them. Thankfully, the site's designed so that the links stay with the strips.
* Amber Williams of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' occasionally refers to relevant past strips in the commentary that appears below newer strips.
* Any webcomic with a plotline and a 'random strip' button is particularly prone to inducing this.
** ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', ''UserFriendly'', ''LeastICouldDo'', and ''QuestionableContent'' for example.
* The random button on [[ThisWiki this very wiki]] can have this effect.
** Arguably, the reason that Tvtropes is so addictive. One page will only get you for half an hour, but the 50 pages that are linked that you opened...
* The online archives of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' used to have a very neat search-by-date feature. Now that it's gone, finding a clip in the (badly tagged) archive is not at all easy. Five or six clips per show, four shows a week... for ''ten years''.
** They fixed the search, and clip tagging is improving. Unfortunately, as this makes {{Archive Trawl}}s easier, it also makes [[ArchiveBinge Archive]] ''[[ArchiveBinge Binges]]'' more tempting. ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is the same way.
* Given its sheer size, ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' tends to cause this due to the sheer number of characters and intersecting storylines. It gets even worse if it's only a single scene that you have in mind, the wiki only partially allays these problems.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' now has a searchable archive. It's a good thing, considering it has over 1,300 strips.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' has had a number of strips with links back to past strips to explain just where something came from. Like when it turned out that Jen was [[spoiler: an international jewel thief.]]
* Averted by ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', which has a search function that lets you search the strips by theme, by any word in the dialogue, or even by the annotations. Good thing too, as it has over 3,000 strips.
* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' is in the process of indexing the script for every strip along with keywords so that it will be easy to search the archive. The author did ask his loyal fans for help with that immense job, though.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' doesn't have a search feature, so some fans decided to create a forum topic named "OOTS Quiz", where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin questions are asked about the comic]], and the one who answers it (and provides the necessary link as proof) can ask the next question.
** The fact that the comic has a list of named strips make it easier, but since the strip names are mostly punny titles with little or nothing to do with the strip in question, this makes a trawl harder than just sifting through, say, an episode list.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'''s archive is broken down by chapters. Some of them can be pretty lengthy, though. Also, like Sluggy Freelance, links to relevant strips were later added to TheRant as the stories got longer and had more callbacks.
* Gordon [=McAlpin=] of ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}'' does an excellent job of providing "related strips" links for pretty much every comic.
* Like [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Pete Abrams]] and [[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures Amber Williams]], Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' adds links to relevant past strips in his commentary so occasional readers aren't confused by events that happened months ago in real time but mere days ago in WebComicTime.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' and its predecessor ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' both lend themselves to archive trawls as their creator Andrew Hussie is very prolific (Homestuck being the longest webcomic currently) and is known for writing mind bending stories that require repeat readings to fully understand.
** Many people have re-read the latter half of Problem Sleuth because they were linked to a page in the middle.
* Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl even has a section of the website devoted to new readers so that they can catch up relatively quickly without reading every single one of the old chapters. It still recommends that the new reader read over a hundred old pages, plus everything after the artist started to use digital coloring.
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