Story maps: “Sorry there was a problem publishing your story.”

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08-04-2023 08:28 AM
JosephMumley
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When I attempt to publish my story map I get the prompt, “Sorry there was a problem publishing your story,” but does not anything else as to what the issue might be. I was able to publish the story a couple of weeks ago, then attempted to make some changes as of August 2nd.

Luckily I had duplicated the story map and was able to publish it, however, an hour later the same issue, “Sorry there was a problem publishing your story.” Now I cannot save the changes I made, nor can I unpublish the story map. I am confused as to what the problem might be as the prompt is vague. Any suggestions as to what the issue is?

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/78213b2f9f794e37ad2a8821d145cad5 

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AbbyE_Esri
Esri Contributor

Hi @JosephMumley ,

I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Can you recall what you were  working on in the story when this issue started occurring?

It seems like the issue may be stemming from one of the web maps. There is an express map that seems to have attachments enabled, but no image resources that are viewable. Was that a recent addition to the story?

--Abby

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JosephMumley
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Thanks for the reply. The story map seems to be working as of yesterday (August 6th). I was able to successfully unpublish and then republish, then it worked. (I tried this before but this was the first time it worked)

The express map with the attachments was not a recent addition, that was done in early June. Each point had a single picture but they seem to be gone (I did not remove the images). 

At the time I had the issue, I uploaded the final video (50 in total) to the story map. At the time I used "Upload" but this seemed to slow down the loading time (total story map size was 1,569.17MB), so I switched to linking Youtube Videos (brought the total story map size down to 50 MB). Then the issue of being unable to publish, unpublish, duplicate, or delete occurred. 

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OliviaHarrison
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We're running into this problem now too - an issue when it's one of our executive team members trying to publish a report.  Any ideas as to why?

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JosephMumley
New Contributor

Sadly, I do not know the exact issue. It took a couple days, but after I made some changes reducing the overall size of the story map, (reduced to 55mb) I was able to unpublish the story map then republish. 

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AbbyE_Esri
Esri Contributor

Hi to you both,

I'm glad the story seems to have resolved itself for you @JosephMumley . @OliviaHarrison, since this is still occurring for you, I'd recommend reaching out to Esri Technical Support, so they can help troubleshoot on your story to try to recover that publishing capability.

 

--Abby

 

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OliviaHarrison
New Contributor III

Our user also unpublished then republished which worked. The size of the StoryMap didn't seem to be a factor (<50Mb). We will try this fix if it happens again - thanks to @JosephMumley for the tip.

I do wonder if it's anything to do with having a YouTube video embedded, as our StoryMap also had this. Weird!

ErinMaehr
New Contributor

I'm having this issue now too. Most of my items n the story map are my own photos as jpg or png but I do have a few express maps I made in ArcGis. None of them have any urls within the map itself though. I'm stumped as to why i can publish....

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ErinMaehr
New Contributor

how do you know how big the express map you created is?  Where is that located?

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AbbyE_Esri
Esri Contributor

@ErinMaehr , the size of the express map is not something you can find as you can with regular web maps. Because of this, instead you can evaluate based off what you've included in the express map, for example, if you've included lots of image pop-ups.

Are you receiving any particular error when you aren't able to publish? Are you able to duplicate the story and attempt to publish the duplicated story? Feel free to send over a sample story or any error messages you're receiving on your end.

--Abby

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