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Python Scraping Data From the Web Additional Scraping Tasks An Intelligent Spider

Cody Stephenson
Cody Stephenson
8,272 Points

I think the form is broken (needs updating on Treehouse's side).

I tried a bunch of troubleshooting before actually trying to submit the form manually. When I did that I get "This form isn't set up yet Do you own this website?

If so, please login and create a form. Then update your HTML or JavaScript with the new form endpoint. More information here."

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,031 Points

Where did you get stuck? I was able to use the code from the video:

# setting up my venv
$  mkvirtualenv scrapy_tth
$  pip install scrapy
$  mkdir scraping_data
$  cd scraping_data/
# TTH material
$  scrapy startproject tthscrape
$  cd tthscrape/
$  cd tthscrape/spiders
## create formSpider.py
$  cd ../../
$  scrapy crawl horseForm
from scrapy.http import FormRequest
from scrapy.spiders import Spider

class FormSpider(Spider):

    name = 'horseForm'

    start_urls = ['https://treehouse-projects.github.io/horse-land/form.html']

    def parse(self, response):
        formdata = {'firstname': 'chris',
                    'lastname': 'freeman',
                    'jobtitle': 'student',
        return FormRequest.from_response(response, formnumber=0,

    def after_post(self, response):
        print("\n**********\n\nForm processed\n\n**********\n\n")
Cody Stephenson
Cody Stephenson
8,272 Points

When I run scrapy crawl horseForm I get a massive output without any of the expected portions and I think the relevant error is

2021-06-29 15:03:59 [scrapy.core.engine] DEBUG: Crawled (200) <GET https://treehouse-projects.github.io/horse-land/form.html> (referer: None)
2021-06-29 15:04:00 [scrapy.core.engine] DEBUG: Crawled (200) <GET https://formspree.io/robots.txt> (referer: None)
2021-06-29 15:04:01 [scrapy.core.engine] DEBUG: Crawled (404) <POST https://formspree.io/content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com> (referer: https://treehouse-projects.github.io/horse-land/form.html)
2021-06-29 15:04:01 [scrapy.spidermiddlewares.httperror] INFO: Ignoring response <404 https://formspree.io/content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com>: HTTP status code is not handled or not allowed
2021-06-29 15:04:01 [scrapy.core.engine] INFO: Closing spider (finished)

but there are a few hundred lines more that I don't think are relevant. Is it expected that I would get the error when I enter information in the form manually?

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,031 Points

Hey Cody Stephenson, I have to agree that the form is broken (or at least the setup is incomplete at formspree.io). Using the form on the website https://treehouse-projects.github.io/horse-land/form directly yields "This form isn't set up yet". Sad Panda

I hacked the form.html page manually revert the change below to the form action shown in the github history:

-        <form action="https://formspree.io/ken.alger+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com" method="POST">
+        <form action="https://formspree.io/content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com" method="POST">

src: https://github.com/treehouse-projects/horse-land/commit/d559009a92a8de48ba7f2a62483fbd38060324ce#diff-c684eb10223c1ee8f91719ff3ea8b5756b5841ceb1111df54a52281e4d9a4174

When using "ken.alger" vs "content" manually as the form action, formspree.io comes back a valid response

Tagging Ken Alger, Does the form "content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com" need to be set up?

David Sampimon
David Sampimon
12,024 Points

Bump: just leaving a comment here that I am running into the same issue in May 2022.

2022-05-06 12:49:47 [scrapy.core.engine] DEBUG: Crawled (404) <POST https://formspree.io/content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com> (referer: https://treehouse-projects.github.io/horse-land/form.html)
2022-05-06 12:49:47 [scrapy.spidermiddlewares.httperror] INFO: Ignoring response <404 https://formspree.io/content+scrapy@teamtreehouse.com>: HTTP status code is not handled or not allowed
2022-05-06 12:49:47 [scrapy.core.engine] INFO: Closing spider (finished)
2022-05-06 12:49:47 [scrapy.statscollectors] INFO: Dumping Scrapy stats:
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,031 Points

It might help escalate the issue if you send a link to this forum page to help@teamtreehouse.com