I tried to add an article I wrote to my profile but I receive an error response of: "Sorry, we could not retrieve that URL for some reason."

I have been able to add links from 2 other domains, so I am not sure if there is some issue with the host of this blog post. The link I am using is: https://career.eng.ohio-state.edu/blog/?p=843

  • I'm also getting an SSL error on that site, which is also a problem. – TRiG Dec 3 '12 at 17:39

We do a HEAD request to the URL to see what type of content it is, followed by a GET if it’s HTML. In this case, the server is returning a 403 Forbidden on the HEAD request, at which point we stop.

(I also tried doing manual raw HTTP HEAD requests with the same result.)

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    You mean people actually use HEAD requests? – BoltClock's a Unicorn May 10 '12 at 14:21
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    Heh, yes. In this case, we want to know if it’s HTML before GETting the payload. If it’s not HTML (eg PDF), we don’t want the payload, just the URL. – Matt Sherman May 10 '12 at 19:31

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