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Admin Photobucket - No more free hosting

Discussion in 'Admin Shout Box' started by Bombardier, Jul 19, 2017.


  1. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Photobucket no longer allowing 3rd party hosting of images for free
    Instead you will be asked to pay 39.99 per month

    See pricing below.

    3rd party hosting is where you use the code provided by PB and the image is displayed on the forum where you insert it.

    Now you might say well that's there choice but if you have been using photobucket on here or any other sites all your images will now look like this.


    546259-photobucket-3rd-party-hosting-broken-image.jpg

    photobucket pricing.png

    My advice : Create an album here and upload all your military photos, as you know we provide the code for you to use on other forums too :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017
  2. NebrHogger United States

    NebrHogger Mi Sergeant MI.Net Member

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    I save images to my computer hard drive before putting them in flash drives or external hard drives. Now if I could only get them organized so I can find stuff on demand!
     
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  3. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    You get them on here in relevant albums you will have no issues finding them :cool:
     
  4. bdpopeye United States

    bdpopeye Mi General MI.Net Member

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    I wrote this in another forum about photobucket;

    I suggest people use imgur or postimg.or. Both are 100% FREE.

    Stay away from tinypic also.. they are free however they are owned by photobucket and after six months of "no click" your posted image URL will be used again by some other tiny pic member and no telling what they will post. Usually some idiotic teen agree crap or maybe even porn. Oh yea it happened to me some years ago. Also photobucket "accidentally" hundreds of my photos without my permission. All they did was apologize.

    I don't like photobucket. Nope..not at all.
     
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  5. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    When PB first started I thought they were on to a good thing, but like most companies who get too big for their boots they punish the very people who got them there. :mad:
     
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  6. bdpopeye United States

    bdpopeye Mi General MI.Net Member

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    I made a couple of corrections to this post.

     
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  7. BravoZulu Australia

    BravoZulu Mi Staff Sergeant MI.Net Member

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    yep, I use Imgur pretty exclusively, tried PB some years ago and didn't like it.....just hoping the other sites don't go down the same road or I am screwed! ;)
     
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  8. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    I understand that companies who were solely reliant on advertising revenue, like PB are now struggling because of software that can easily block adverts. Some websites now have in their terms of service that ad blockers should not be used etc.

    The thing is that PB started as a free service and people joined them because of that, those people uploaded thousands of photos and posted them in their Ebay, Amazon listings and forums such as MI.Net. They were given too little notice about the change and many sellers and webmasters now have to clean up the affected posts. this is why we have set up the image caching
    https://www.militaryimages.net/threads/image-caching.6879/#post-25752

    In the future we will implement a function that will automatically convert any posted images from third parties to thread attachments. there is nothing worse than a discussion thread that has broken image links, it completely destroys the discussion.

    I have a feeling that PB will reverse the decision they have made and come up with a more favourable solution or they will most certainly go under
     
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  9. BrassMonkey United Kingdom

    BrassMonkey Mi Corporal MI.Net Member

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    I am just going create an album in the media here and use that to post images around the web.
     
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  10. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    That is fine to do that @BrassMonkey and why we provide the code for your images.
    You can create as many albums as you like and share them wherever you like.

    We have no plans to charge for that service EVER! but the photos must be connected to the military
     
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  11. Slipknot United Kingdom

    Slipknot Mi Lance corporal MI.Net Member

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    PB holding users to ransom, I used PB to post on other non military boards and now they're all gone :).
     
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  12. bdpopeye United States

    bdpopeye Mi General MI.Net Member

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    Ok.. where is this photo hosting service? what do I select to get there? Thanks..
     
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  13. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    https://www.militaryimages.net/media/

    You can upload to a pre defined category or create as many albums as you like ;)
     
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  14. Slipknot United Kingdom

    Slipknot Mi Lance corporal MI.Net Member

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    Yep I have used the code provided to post in other forums you can find the codes you need next to each and every photo you upload

    image codes.jpg

    Although the BB [GALLERY] Code seems to only work on MI.Net
     
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  15. Bigbird United Kingdom

    Bigbird The Bird Thats Big MI.Net Member Mi.Net Supporter

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    Have Photobucket lost their tiny corporate minds?
    Why dd they think people used them in the first place....because it was free!

    I can see that being the end of them and anybody who has photos uploaded to them should delete them all.

    IDIOTS!
     
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  16. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Our system shows we have 400 PB photos attached to threads and it also shows that 300 of them have the ugly little thumbnail displayed from PB. I suppose we are lucky to have so few broken images .

    I will not remove the affected posts just in case PB give their users a temporary reprieve and revert back to allowing hotlinking, if that happens our proxy image cache will capture the pics and they will be reinstated to their respective threads.
     
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  17. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Our image proxy system now has 10,780 pictures saved, that means wherever they were linked from they are now stored on our servers permanently. If you add the 116,384 in our media gallery to that number our site has a total of 127,164 military images to date. Great work everybody (Y)


    PHOTOFECKIT UPDATE

    Our Proxy system now shows that we have 517 PB images of which 96 are now saved by proxy.
    If any of the users who have posted images that are now broken pay up to PB then their photos will also be saved and reinstated automatically.
     
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