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Old 06-30-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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If you use Photobucket ...

If you use Photobucket to host your images here (or anywhere else), you'll note they're all broken links. (See my signature image, for example)

Photobucket simply decided to roll out a pricing plan ($399 USD/yr) that requires you to pay for third-party hosting. I'm guessing just about every image I've ever posted here is now gone. I was with Photobucket for 13 years. And fine, if they want to start charging, great. However, let users know before they simply stop letting images display on forums/blogs/websites.

I'm not sure what the best alternative is. Luckily, I pay for web hosting, so I can host my own.

Here's PC Magazine's take:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/354711/ph...s-the-internet
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:25 PM   #2
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The bastards!

All my images here are attachments in my posts and therefore hosted by and 'owned' by YW. No worries of them disappearing with only downside is them only being visible to registered users. Never used Photobucket myself.

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Old 06-30-2017, 12:38 PM   #3
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Never used Photobucket, but I was curious about the message that recently appeared in your postings. Mystery solved.

Does that mean Photobucket users will lose their stored photos unless they pay the new fee?
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:58 PM   #4
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i pay $60/ year for smugmug unlimited hosting/ storage
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:10 PM   #5
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Screenshot that Photobucket replacement image class action lawsuit

Screenshot that Photobucket replacement image for a class action lawsuit.
Lengthy agreed-to terms undoubtedly let PB stop free hosting. But do they really let them mess up all your third party writings with that lying defamatory image?
Lying, in the sense that for a lot of us it won't be "temporary," because we're not going to pay the ransom.
Lying, in the sense it is showing a dial needle swung past 100%, when my free hosting usage, per their report, is 1%.
Defamatory, because it makes it seem like I ran past some data storage limit when I wasn't even close, and not doing something about it.

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Old 06-30-2017, 02:35 PM   #6
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Photobucket third party hosting ransom

Wow! Seconds after I posted, they removed the "temporary" sentence and reduced the image size.
Photobucket has always been difficult to use, but am I the only one w/ at least a few photos (left on) there that are part of message forum posts, etc.?

(Screenshot that Photobucket replacement image for a class action lawsuit.
Lengthy agreed-to terms undoubtedly let PB stop free hosting. But do they really let them mess up all your third party writings with that lying defamatory image?
Lying, in the sense that for a lot of us it won't be "temporary," because we're not going to pay the ransom.
Lying, in the sense it is showing a dial needle swung past 100%, when my free hosting usage, per their report, is 1%.
Defamatory, because it makes it seem like I ran past some data storage limit when I wasn't even close, and not doing something about it.)
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Old 06-30-2017, 03:01 PM   #7
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I'm not sure, but I don't believe this is targeted at individuals. Seems to me they are wanting to hit up forum owners for the privilege of allowing links to images PB are hosting.

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Old 06-30-2017, 03:13 PM   #8
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Photobucket shakedown ransom

I'm an individual PB user, not a forum owner, and got an email on the subject from Photobucket<info@pbdeals.com>("Some features on your account have been disabled.")the morning this started happening.

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Old 06-30-2017, 03:54 PM   #9
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You know times are hard when you want to charge people hundreds of dollars just to store and host photos on the internet.
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Old 06-30-2017, 04:52 PM   #10
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Like Wee, I resize my images so they're forum friendly and then use the paper clip icon to upload them directly.

Google offers free, unlimited photo storage (at HD quality) with Google Photos. You can share single images, albums, animations, etc. by link. I wonder what would happen if you grabbed the link to an image and used that as the image URL?
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:14 PM   #11
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Like Wee, I resize my images so they're forum friendly and then use the paper clip icon to upload them directly.

Google offers free, unlimited photo storage (at HD quality) with Google Photos. You can share single images, albums, animations, etc. by link. I wonder what would happen if you grabbed the link to an image and used that as the image URL?
That doesn't work. Viewing shared images require login and permissions.

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Old 07-01-2017, 01:31 AM   #12
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All the pictures I've got linked appear to still be working...

ex. http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26728
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:03 PM   #13
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That doesn't work. Viewing shared images require login and permissions.

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Gotcha. I figured as much, but never actually tried it.
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Old 07-01-2017, 03:23 PM   #14
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I've also been using the basic SmugMug plan for years, which is just under $50 per year now. I like it because it's easy to use and doesn't try to be a social media site.

This Photobucket deal really sucks for everyone, though. Invaluable old how-to's on this forum and others are going to be riddled with broken image links now.
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:31 PM   #15
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lol, well, there goes my build thread.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:42 AM   #16
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Those bastards!

My posts here used Imgur because i was giving it a try but i have stuff from my PB account all over the internet dating back to 2004. 😣

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