Site FAQ

Warning! This FAQ was written in the future where all site features have already been implemented. Some features described on this page may be buggy or missing in the present.

Adding Comics

Is Archive Binge stealing/rehosting comics?

No. Big NO. Absolutely not. And we have no intention of doing such. Ever. All comics listings on this site point to one or more of the actual mirrors for the comic. No comics are hosted or rehosted or mirrored here. The Reader shows the primary mirror of the comic in an iframe, which ensures that the actual comic site gets the traffic and pageviews. The comic owner may see Reader traffic as a referral from Archive Binge in their analytics trackers.

How do I add a comic?

Comic submission is restricted to registered users. You can register for an account here. After that, you'll see "Add Comic" under the Site menu.

I can't edit a comic!

To prevent abuse, once a comic owner has claimed their comic, only the comic owners or the site administrator can edit a comic listing. If you own a comic listed here, you can claim it by following the instructions under the "Claim" button on the details page. After the comic has been claimed, the "Edit" button will appear on the comic details page and you may edit the listing.

If a comic has not been claimed, anyone with an account may contribute to the comic's listing.

Someone added a mirror of my comic as a listing so now there are two listings for the same comic

There are pros and cons to having separate listings for each mirror: On one hand, you may want the separate entries so the reader works on any of your comic's mirrors. However, this does dilute your readers and subscribers a bit, so if site ranking is something you care about I would recommend against splitting the entries. If you would prefer the mirrors to be listed on a single entry with only the main mirror on the reader, email me the duplicate listings at [email protected] and I can merge them together and prevent any further mirrors from being added as new listings.

It's not finding pages for my comic!

Archive Binge uses a few different methods to find comic pages:

  • Page Crawl: Based on the connection between the first page and the second page, guess how to get to the third page and so on.
  • Archive Binge: Scrape the comic's archive page for the list of pages. Best for comics with large archives or those that can't work with the Page Crawl method.
  • Tapas: Tapas comics only. Pull the list of pages from the page listing on any Tapas episode.
  • Webtoons: LINE Webtoons comics only. Pull the list of pages from the episode list page(s).

If none of the above work, I can manually add pages for a comic and work on adjusting the crawler for that comic. To avoid that situation, follow these recommendations:

  • Use a unique class, rel, id, or title on the link leading to the next page on your comic:
    <a rel="next" href="nextpage.php">Next</a>
  • Have an archive page listing the links to all pages of your comic (preferably not buried inside chapter pages).
    • Questionable Content Archive as an example of a comic that would work best with the 'Archive Binge' crawl method.
    • Example of an archive page that would not work for the Archive Binge crawl method (but works great with Page Crawl!): Spidersilk Archive.

Once you've implemented one of these methods, try initiating a recrawl. If it still doesn't catch all of the pages, email me the comic url at [email protected] and I'll see what I can do.

Some older pages are missing from my comic's listing/reader!

Uhhhhh......Unless you just recently added those pages to your comic (in which case, see next question), I honestly have no idea how that would happen. Please email me your comic at [email protected]. For science.

I removed/reordered some pages from my comic and now the page listing/reader is wrong!

It takes AB a little bit to figure out you've changed pages. AB currently prioritizes crawling newly-added comics first, then manually-requested crawls, then comics that have gone the longest without a crawl. If you want your page crawled sooner, put in a crawl request (on the info page) and it will be recrawled soon-ish. If you REALLY need it updated sooner or the crawler isn't working for whatever reason, you can manually edit the page list on the Crawler Configuration page.

My primary mirror is at Tapas/Webtoons or another place I can't edit the page HTML or DNS to claim the comic.

On your profile page or the Claim page for the comic, you'll find a unique Claim token. Drop that token in the author comments or tags of the comic (the comic site, not the AB listing) and email me the comic page/episode with the token-comment. If the token is valid, I'll set you up as the owner of the comic so you can edit the details.

Tags and Warnings

What tags/warnings are available?

You can find a full list of the tags and warnings available to mark your comics with here:

You're missing a tag/warning for [x]:

Probably! If there’s a tag you'd like to make use of and there's nothing close enough in the existing tags, please shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll consider adding it. I won't add tags that are too similar to an existing one, any tags that are offensive (instead of describing offensiveness), tags so generic that literally every comic would fall under it (e.g. a “webcomic” tag) or so specific that they could only ever fit one comic. This means that there won't be a tag for “contains stubborn amnesiac jerk that gets himself drowned because of trust issues”.

You should rename tag/warning [x] to [y].

Email me at [email protected]. If the issue isn't obvious (i.e. I typo'd a tag/warning), it may help to provide a reason for the change's necessity.

I can't use [x] tag on my comic!

Some tags are special and have to be placed on a webcomic by an administrator. Mostly these are tags for collectives or publishers (e.g. Hiveworks, Spider Forest, Ink Drop Café). If your comic belongs to one of these groups or there's a special tag applicable to your comic, email me at [email protected] with the comic page listing and the tag and I can edit it in.

A comic is missing content warnings!

Unfortunately the comic listings require the webcomic owner to add the content warnings. If one is missing a content warning and the comic is egregiously in need of one, email me at [email protected] with the comic, the tag that it needs, and an example from the comic (page url, etc) of the content that necessitates the tag.

Please note that I won't honor every single request like this. If there is question regarding the validity of the tag's necessity, the request may be denied or deferred to the comic's owner for a final decision. However, I accept that my judgement may be wrong—if I receive multiple requests for a tag to be added to a comic, the issue will be reopened and re-reviewed.

If an admin adds a tag to a comic because the owner neglected or refused to, the content tag will not be removed without appeal.

Reading Comics

Subscribe → Private?

Ever have a webcomic that you like to read, but don't want anyone else know you're reading it? Yeah. You know the one.

Here you can privately subscribe to a webcomic to keep track of your place in the comic, but we'll never share that you're subscribed to it with anyone. You will not appear on the list of readers (although the comic creator will see a higher number of readers than are actually listed, so they can see the actual number of subscribers—number, not names), the comic won't appear in your friends' "Friends' Reading Lists" or recommendations, but the comic (and your bookmark) will appear in your own private reading list.

Why can't I read Webtoons comics in the Reader?

Unfortunately Webtoons makes use of a certain response header that prevents other websites from embedding their content in a frame. This is not necessarily a bad thing and is a valid (if somewhat unnecessary in this case) security practice. The downside is it prevents Webtoons episodes from appearing in the Reader.

While technically there is a workaround for this, the workaround would prevent the traffic from going to Webtoons, thus decreasing the number of pageviews the comic gets at Webtoons, which could negatively impact the comic author. This would be unethical and therefore we are at an impasse. For now you may record your place in the comic, but unfortunately the Reader is unavailable for Webtoons comics for the time being.

Archive Binge Questions

How do I advertise on Archive Binge?

I'M GLAD YOU ASKED! Archive Binge uses Project Wonderful exclusively for its ads (and therefore, its funding). Project Wonderful is a good entry-level advertising service made by the creator of Dinosaur Comics (It was made by a webcomic creator—that's how you know it's good).

You can find the listings for all Archive Binge ads here.

If you don't already have a Project Wonderful account, you can sign up for one here. Yes, that is definitely my affiliate link.

Who are you?

I'm the creator of the webcomic Galebound and an amateur programmer/career system administrator. By these powers combined, Archive Binge was born.

Why did you make this site?

Because I got peeved off at another developer for being MIA and not fixing the problems with the site I was originally using to bookmark my comic reading list.

I'll build my own website. With Python! And Crawlers!

How can I support this site?

Add lots of comics! Edit the listings for the comics you know about! The best way you can support this site is to make it as good of a resource for comic creators and readers as possible.

If you would like to support this site financially, my number one preference would be to place an ad on the site (linking to your comic *wink wink*). If you don't have a comic of your own and would like to support my development efforts, I also have a Ko-fi or you can contribute to the advertising pool via Paypal.

Can Archive Binge host my comic?

No, Archive Binge is not a comic host. We don't host any of the comics listed here. For hosting a comic, my personal recommendations are (in more or less the order of how highly I recommend them):

If you want to go the self-hosting route, you can find some extra info here: Self-Hosting Your Webcomic: Alternatives to Tapas, Webtoons

Any other issues/questions

Email me at [email protected] for issues with comic listings, your account, site problems, etc. Email [email protected] if you have feedback or suggestions. You can also reach me on Twitter @archivebinge.


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