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Message 1875813 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 6:20:05 UTC
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I received this email today from Photobucket


WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*

Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting with your current account level.

*What is 3rd Party Hosting?
Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.

TO RESTORE YOUR 3RD PARTY HOSTED IMAGES,
PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN.


The Plus 500 is $5.99 (£7.99) a month or $59.99 a year.

In the meantime all my photos have been replace with a "please upgrade" image.

I assume this will affect other so it's pay up or no pics.

Not good business practice as there was no warning that they were going to do this and have allowed me to link to third party websites at "my current account level" for years

So sorry but I will not be paying. I will have to find an alternative in future.

Any suggestions
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Message 1875815 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 6:32:58 UTC - in response to Message 1875813.  

First Photobucket started blocking you from logging in UNLESS you disabled your ad-blocker(s)......... now this. Guess it is time to look for somewhere else to store photos for forums, etc. Currently do not know of any others.
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Message 1875816 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 6:37:21 UTC - in response to Message 1875813.  
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I got that email as well, but my email service routed it to spam. Are we sure it's genuine?

(edit - all my recent images seem to be showing normally, but they're not third-party. I see yours are gone, so I suppose it was genuine after all. Sigh.)
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Message 1875817 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 6:50:12 UTC - in response to Message 1875816.  

I got that email as well, but my email service routed it to spam. Are we sure it's genuine?

(edit - all my recent images seem to be showing normally, but they're not third-party. I see yours are gone, so I suppose it was genuine after all. Sigh.)


So far I have not seen any email(s) at my in-box or spam folders. This could be because I use a 3rd party "disposable" and unique email for most web sites and the service automatically filters out spam/junk mail before it reaches my real in-box. Will keep an eye out for it.
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Message 1875818 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 6:56:11 UTC
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Yes and I notice some other posters images are gone too.

However I made a big mistake with the prices in my first post.

The cost of the 500 Plus plan is $39.99 (£30) a month or $399 (£306) a year.

I really cannot afford £30 a month!!
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Message 1875819 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 7:01:24 UTC - in response to Message 1875818.  

The cost of the 500 Plus plan is $39.99 (£52) a month or $399 (£518) a year.

I really cannot afford £50 a month!!
I think you must have the exchange rate the wrong way round - pounds are still bigger than dollars, despite our government's recent attempts to drive them through the floor.

But either way, it's still too much, I agree.
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Message 1875821 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 7:05:11 UTC - in response to Message 1875819.  
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The cost of the 500 Plus plan is $39.99 (£52) a month or $399 (£518) a year.

I really cannot afford £50 a month!!
I think you must have the exchange rate the wrong way round - pounds are still bigger than dollars, despite our government's recent attempts to drive them through the floor.

But either way, it's still too much, I agree.

Thanks Richard, tired eyes using an app without my glasses on.

I have corrected it. now £30 a month. Yes still too much!!
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Message 1875822 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 7:29:40 UTC - in response to Message 1875821.  
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Here is a picture from Photobucket:

Looks like it still works just fine.

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Message 1875830 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 8:18:54 UTC

When I first started using Photobucket in 2004, I was on a free plan, but at some point I "upgraded" to what they call Plus20, which runs $24.95 a year. I may be grandfathered in, because I don't think they offer that tier anymore.
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Message 1875839 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 9:01:37 UTC

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Message 1875844 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 9:29:37 UTC

I have had a paid Photobucket account for years, but it is middle grade one. This is a test to see if it still works.



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Message 1875847 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 9:37:19 UTC
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I guess SETI (or someone else) will have to provide space for uploads if we're going to be able to post images on the board. Be sure that other free image hosts will follow Photobucket pretty soon.


Yes that is the problem, with Photobucket charging the other popular sites will start to see increased traffic and their costs will rise!

Oh well I suppose it was inevitable.

Big blow for me as I did get enjoyment both viewing and posting many pictures over the years.
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Message 1875852 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 10:14:12 UTC

Me I get a nag screen asking Me to upgrade, I started deleting old pics, I guess that shall continue, but just on ones that are no longer relevant.
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Message 1875853 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 10:15:53 UTC

I very much doubt that SETI will provide a photo hosting service :-(
I know it's been discussed on a number of occasions, but the disk space required is "stupid".
One solution is to find a REALLY CHEAP hosting company and set up the world's simplest website, which takes just a few minutes to do. Set up a folder the photos you are "going to use on your website when you find the tuit". Upload your photos into that folder and use the direct URLs from there. There is an advantage to this - you should be able to get your own personal email address as well, something like "joe@soap.me", and your web address as www.soap.me .
I think such services cost about £10 PER YEAR...
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Message 1875859 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 10:26:32 UTC

You can copy and paste in word processors, why do bulletin boards not allow that?


Some forums do allow uploading of pictures, but again, you are usually limited to picture size.

This is due to pictures taking up space and bandwidth and this is part of the problem,

When you view a picture on SETI@Home linked to Photobucket the bandwidth comes from Photobucket.

To allow pictures here at SETI they would have to increase storage (I wonder how many actual pictures there are linked on here??)

And also they would see the corresponding rise in bandwidth usage which may or may not be a problem.

Not sure what the answer is.
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Message 1875862 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 10:38:21 UTC - in response to Message 1875859.  

Using URL links still works but you have to click it to show the image.
http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/BERNIEV/media/cGF0aDovc3Vuc2V0LTAxLmpwZw==/?ref=
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Message 1875875 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 12:03:26 UTC - in response to Message 1875862.  

Using URL links still works but you have to click it to show the image.
http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/BERNIEV/media/cGF0aDovc3Vuc2V0LTAxLmpwZw==/?ref=

Which is exactly the heart of the matter.

With a hotlink as soon a you open the thread with the picture in it is displayed, so if you open the "pictures" thread then all the Photobucket pictures appear.

So if say there were 100 pictures in the thread and it is opened 50 times in a day, that is 5,000 links established to Photobucket.

However if you just used the URL then it would only be the number of people who actually clicked on the link, probably a lot fewer.

So URL's cost Photobucket a lot less in bandwidth than hot links.
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Message 1875877 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 12:07:55 UTC

I see that greed has finally gotten the upper hand at Photobucket.
I have been complaining about them for quite some time already when trying to use Photobucket to post a pic in the caption contest. The flippin' pushed ad content took up more bandwidth than storing and accessing a picture, so the site was dang near unusable for me. Log on, and an endless stream of ads brought my computer to a slow grind.
I can understand the need for the site to be for-profit, but methinks they have gone too far with this move.

Have not tried yet, but is it possible to download your library from Photobucket back to your computer? There are a few old kitty pics I have there that were since lost on this end due to hard drive crashes.
It would be nice if I could recover them before they go down in the flames that they deserve.

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Message 1875882 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 12:44:10 UTC - in response to Message 1875877.  
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Have not tried yet, but is it possible to download your library from Photobucket back to your computer?
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Yes.
http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en-us/articles/201892970-Downloading-Albums
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Message 1875885 - Posted: 30 Jun 2017, 13:08:52 UTC - in response to Message 1875882.  

Have not tried yet, but is it possible to download your library from Photobucket back to your computer?
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Yes.
http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en-us/articles/201892970-Downloading-Albums
Arf:)

Thanks.
I was able to download my library.
Before Photobucket sees a lot of download activity by people jumping ship and they disable that option as well.

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