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Can I archive the EA forum on the wayback machine (internet archive, archive.org) ?

by nlacombe1 min read24th Jun 20207 comments



There are some great information on this forum that seems to be available publicly (I can access it in an incognito chrome window) and I would like to increase the chances of this information surviving for a long time.

When I try saving a EA forum page it looks like it does not render correctly on the wayback machine. Ex: https://web.archive.org/web/20200624163706/https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/8vfadjWWMDaZsqghq/long-term-investment-fund-at-founders-pledge

The https://lesswrong.com website seems to have the same issue .
I opened a github issue on LW's repo since I assume it is an issue with the source code of LW.

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EA Forum developer here. I'm not sure why the wayback machine can't read our site. The hard solution would be for me to fix this or for someone to submit a Pull Request. The easy solution would be to point archive.org at ea.greaterwrong.org which seems to render properly there

I believe this was discussed before but cannot remember where. I may be failing to credit someone for coming up with that workaround.

Thank you for pointing out ea.greaterwrong.org! I've had the problem of not being able to wayback forum posts before.

looks like to me that https://lesswrong.com/ has the same issue and I see that https://github.com/centre-for-effective-altruism/EAForum is a fork of https://github.com/LessWrong2/Lesswrong2 so I will post the same issue on lesswrong.

1Mati_Roy2yAFAIK, JP Addison is the only dev for the EA Forum, and the main code base is maintained by the LW team: Jim Babcock, Oliver Habryka, Ruby Bloom, Raymond Arnold.
2Aaron Gertler2yThis is correct.

2018-11-14, I brought up this problem here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/h26Kx7uGfQfNewi7d/welcome-to-the-new-forum?commentId=ydot255NQ3HsT4XT9

2019-08-05, we had an email exchange and came up with the ea.greaterwrong.org solution