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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:09 am 
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Until recently members of forums could include in their forum post a link to an image held on Photobucket's free service. I've just discovered that Photobucket have changed their policy and now require an annual payment if an image is linked to a third party site, such as the mk1-forum. The minimum charge is USD$400 p.a.

See here - http://photobucket.com/p500/

It appears Photobucket are over-writing the images with a warning sign. If you search through some old posts on here that have links to PB photos you'll see what I mean.

As a result of this change any and all images on this forum that are hosted on Photobucket will eventually become unviewable unless the user signs up to a paid plan. This would appear to have significant ramifications on the integrity and possibly usefulness of historical posts that include PB hosted images.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:27 am 
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Thanks Doug.

I use Photobucket (though only through laziness to find an alternative) and I have been growing increasing frustrated with it, though, what do we want for free? I've noticed over the past year or so a pop up within it that says 'go ad free for $2.49 a month' (I'm guessing that's USD).

I wouldn't mind if I was making money from the photos or some sort of return, but like most of the guys here, I'm not and only an enthusiast.

I did ask a while back and still open for ideas on alternatives. One that was mentions was flikr, though on going to sign up, it wanted a phone number, which is getting as invasive as the faceless Facebook.

I know some of our forums, like MKI can host our photos, but apart from putting an unfair burden on the finances of the forum, I also sit across a few forums, and so I don't think I'm able to use those photos to these other platforms.

I did use Photoshack ages ago, but it didn't have any facilities for organising and filing photos, so was one big mess.

Any other options out there?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:13 am 
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I've just signed up to Flickr and it never requested a phone number................


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:23 am 
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This will happen more & more as the likes of FB & Google hoover up the vast majority of advertising on huge areas of the entire web other smaller firms need to find different ways of monetising their offers that were previously paid for by advertising.

It is getting harder & harder to compete against FB & it is inevitable that a lot of forums like this one & facilities that people think of as free will inevitably wither away & eventually die.

I'll give Photobucket 6 months. The only thing they were ever any use for was 3rd party hosting & no one who used their site will pay a few hundred pounds a year for that privilege.

Sad but true.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:40 am 
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At the moment my pictures are not affected, yet. A year after signing up for Photobucket I used up the "free" 2Mb of space so paid for some space for a small fee (considerable less than what is being asked now). I checked out the new terms and conditions and the plan that I have is not listed. However when they last changed the terms and conditions what I signed up for did not change, nor did my fee, so hopefully this time I will get lucky again. My next payment is due next April so that may be crunch time. If I do loose what I have there will be a lot of empty spaces on forums as it will be impossible to reload all the pictures that I have linked to another site.
It appears to me Photobucket is using a kind of "legal" RansomeWare obviously hoping that people will sign up so their pictures can be viewed again. I wonder if anyone will bring a legal challenge to what they have done?

I have tried flikr, and it does work, but is not as easy as photobucket to use. Also you always have to leave a link to you photos so it makes it easy for others to find all your pictures and nick them for their own use (Mini and British Lifestyle).

In the mean time I will plod on with photobucket.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:45 am 
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Photobucket is using a kind of "legal" RansomeWare obviously hoping that people will sign up so their pictures can be viewed again.

This is EXACTLY what they are doing!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:22 am 
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I have now signed up with flickr, but unfortunately I have no chance to change all the links in any historical posts, It really is bad what they have done and I don't expect many people to take them up at $399 per year.
Flickr may go the same way in the future but it really is a blow to forums as many historical how to guides are linked to photobucket pictures and these are effectively now useless,


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:26 am 
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surfblue63 wrote:
I have tried flikr, and it does work, but is not as easy as photobucket to use. Also you always have to leave a link to you photos so it makes it easy for others to find all your pictures and nick them for their own use (Mini and British Lifestyle).

In the mean time I will plod on with photobucket.

I find photobucket much easier to steal your photos from! Right click on your photo, click "open image in a new tab" or equivalent
Attachment:
Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 7.25.28 PM.png

Then it shows the user who uploaded the photo. Click on that...
Attachment:
Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 7.21.50 PM.png


Tada!:
http://s710.photobucket.com/user/surfbl ... t=2&page=1
Attachment:
Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 7.22.50 PM.png


Flickr isn't too bad for me. You can do a couple of things if you want to protect your other images though:
Upload images as "private" and they will only be visible if you share them. You can also remove the linking from the image

Image as you copy the code. If you click on my name you can see all public photos I've uploaded:
ImageIMG_3058 by timmy.beazley, on Flickr

Same image with linking removed:
Image


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:32 am 
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That Boye guy keeps popping up in photos. ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:36 am 
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I have also just signed up with IMGUR and this appears better than Flickr it has an easy BBCode link very similar to photobucket


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