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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  07:33:25 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Photobucket (picture hosting) had decided, without prior warning, to change it's user policy. This will have a huge effect on this forum. Pictures that have been hosted by Photobucket will no longer appear on the forum unless the owner of those photos stumps up approx 40 per month.
Some Photobucket accounts have already been closed for policy breech and other users locked out.
If use PB as your host and still have access to your account it would be wise to save your pictures elsewhere (but the other host companies are being flooded with new members and are thinking about going down the same route.


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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  15:14:53 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Loads of great pictures have recently disappeared from my favourite threads on a few different forums. Hope Flickr doesn't do the same (or worse: gets killed completely) now parent company Yahoo has been taken over by Verizon.

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deggsie
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
279 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  18:20:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
A simple search for "IMG photobucket" shows 76 pages of topics with at least one 'hit' - that's an awful lot of photos potentially lost to the forum.
I can't imagine many of our members will be able to justify the expense of paying PB for third-party hosting.

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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  18:31:24 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I'd rather see all the photos being lost than people playing along with these corporate thieves and paying the insane ransom they're demanding.

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UK_Sub
Moderator

United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  20:09:42 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thank for the heads up, I've downloaded all my photos just in case...
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72sonett3
V4 Fan

Spain
187 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  20:23:32 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That is one good reason more for this forum to have its own picture gallery.

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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1778 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  23:02:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I went through hell late last night with PB. First it took several goes to get it to upload. The page layout has changed and I was getting advert bombed whenever I tried to do anything. After several close and then reopening the site I did manage to get the picture up, actually two appeared. Then the IMG wouldn't copy. Again did several restarts. Eventually it opened with less adverts and I managed to get it copied. It still opens on the Volvo Forum where I posted it. Across the top of the PB page it did say they were changing their terms of services but it wouldn't open for me so this is the first time |I've seen a few details. I always reduce the size of pictures for PB so I don't think I will actually lose anything as I still have the originals in most cases.
Can the mods list what other systems we can use? Imgur?
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melle
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United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2017 :  23:05:49 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I'm using Flickr, although that hasn't gotten any better lately either.

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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2373 Posts

Posted - 19 Jul 2017 :  22:40:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hadn't seen this when I started my topic. Have n' t decided what to do yet. Going to seriously affect all my postings here. Other forums that I subscribe to don't accept images in the same way as you are saving the images to their server.
All my photos on photobucket are saved on an independent hard drive. Photobucket have confirmed that the security of my photos is not compromised. The will disable the third party links so the photos won't be visible any more. They just view the account as an online photo storage facility.

Edited by - Woody on 19 Jul 2017 22:46:28
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green96v4
V4 Fanatic

Canada
290 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2017 :  14:16:10 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
Forum Admins/Moderators - do we have a sense of how large the photo portion of this forum is? I would hate to see a large portion of this forum's image posts disappear because Photobucket got greedy - it's been a massively valuable resource for me and we have an FTP server, so I'm wondering (and I'm not the tech expert on this, that's my business partner's expertise) if we can host the images on WeDesign's space. Any of my posts that included images are hosted on our FTP

Edited by - green96v4 on 20 Jul 2017 18:19:30
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v4admin
Forum Admin

United Kingdom
364 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2017 :  18:47:08 Show Profile Visit v4admin's Homepage Reply with Quote
not sure to be honest and cant think that I would be able to work this out...
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 24 Jul 2017 :  22:51:36 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I've always been more or less happy with Flickr, but I've now started hosting my pics on my own web space, just to be sure. Should some of them disappear over time, be sure that's entirely due to my clumsiness!

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72sonett3
V4 Fan

Spain
187 Posts

Posted - 28 Jul 2017 :  19:48:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by green96v4
... I'm wondering ... if we can host the images on WeDesign's space.
I assume WeDesign is on your webserver? Then if you make one FTP user+password account for saab-v4.co.uk members on your FTP server, we can all upload pics to it and link to them from our posts here.
Your webserver can ignore any requests not from www.saab-v4.co.uk so linking from another domain is not posible (similar to Photobucket).

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Edited by - 72sonett3 on 28 Jul 2017 19:50:09
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v4admin
Forum Admin

United Kingdom
364 Posts

Posted - 02 Aug 2017 :  20:03:00 Show Profile Visit v4admin's Homepage Reply with Quote
I have been trying out using Imgur, it allows unlimited free image store and links to use in forums such as this.
the website is http://imgur.com/ you dont actually have to sign up but probab;ly would be a good idea.

this immage is on the site as a test, you can even set it to auto resize for the forum 640x480 is good

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green96v4
V4 Fanatic

Canada
290 Posts

Posted - 02 Aug 2017 :  21:00:20 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
Great idea, I'll ask David and we could set up an account for everyone to use...

He's back in the office on Friday, I'll bug him then

quote:
Originally posted by 72sonett3
quote:
Originally posted by green96v4
... I'm wondering ... if we can host the images on WeDesign's space.
I assume WeDesign is on your webserver? Then if you make one FTP user+password account for saab-v4.co.uk members on your FTP server, we can all upload pics to it and link to them from our posts here.
Your webserver can ignore any requests not from www.saab-v4.co.uk so linking from another domain is not posible (similar to Photobucket).

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72sonett3
V4 Fan

Spain
187 Posts

Posted - 03 Aug 2017 :  01:41:25 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
...Your webserver can ignore any requests not from www.saab-v4.co.uk so linking from another domain is not posible...

On second thought that may not work as the request for an img does not come from www.saab-v4.co.uk but from each his own browser, in my case from online.nl (when I am at home). :-(

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