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Old 30-06-2017, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Photobucket... WTF!!

Just received an email from Photobucket saying my account has been locked due to 3rd part hosting.
Says I need to upgrade to their Plus500 plan in order to restore features.
Ok, I thought, have had it good for a while now, am happy to pay a few bucks for this.
Went to log in to upgrade... its US$400 per year...!

Had a look at a few other threads and it looks like its happened to alot of us just now.

Have we lost photobucket for uploading pics?
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Old 30-06-2017, 03:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Photobucket... WTF!!

Photobucket updated their Terms of Service, effective June 20, 2017.

Most of us using a Photobucket account to display images on this (and other Fora) were probably using Free Accounts. There's even a sticky thread in this section showing how to do it (using PB as the example)

The new ToS now states "The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If a free account Member exceeds their Content Limit, their account will be immediately suspended and they will need to become a “Paying Member” (defined below) in order to continue accessing their account. You can upgrade to a Plus account at any time."

To re-enable 3rd Party image hosting, you need to sign up to their highest package at $400 per year.

I wouldn't mind paying a reasonable charge - but this is ransom.

There is outcry all over the Net from the Forum and Blogging communities, and on the PB Facebook page. There are lots of posts on lots of Fora about alternatives - so I think that Photobucket has shot themselves in the foot. There are even posts predicting the demise of Photobucket due to the reputational damage they have self inflicted.

This has screwed up my Project Thread because all of the images are no longer visible and I can't edit the links to point to a new image hosting service even if I wanted to.
It's almost to the point where it not worth continuing to post in the Thread
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It seems to be happening quite widely so yes, I'd say they have decided to monetise their service which would be fine if it was aligned with similar storage options for cost - which it isn't.

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Those having issues with hosting build thread images do have the option of using the internal AFF gallery and linking from there. I can arrange bulk uploads for those with a lot if the original images are supplied and we can automate updating the image links that are broken to point at the new location.

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Upload to fordforums that way they can't go MIA.
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Those having issues with hosting build thread images do have the option of using the internal AFF gallery and linking from there. I can arrange bulk uploads for those with a lot if the original images are supplied and we can automate updating the image links that are broken to point at the new location.

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Sounds tricky, no...?
Also, won't this consume a lot of storage space on your servers?
The whole reason we used hosting sites in the first place?

I'm shattered by this and I ain't paying $400.
My project build thread is in tatters now.
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Mine is still working OK
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This is fairly serious for AFF.

I don't think many members here have realized the implications of Photobucket's decision and what it will have on AFF.

Many members over the years have used Photobucket to host their images used in threads here... Especially ones related to tutorials and troubleshooting. This stuff is timeless and a great resource.. and will be just as valuable 10 years from now for members.

All the photo essays using Photobucket for example in the tech resources section including mine are now ruined.

It's not a question of just uploading the original photos to here or another photo hosting site.... The problem is remembering which photo you used at which place in the right order in say a thread or photo essay since you can't see them.

Even if you could, it would be a ton of work for mods to do all the relinking on hundreds of threads.
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A bit more warning than a week from PhotoBucketHead would have been nice.
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It is problematic certainly but not impossible.

Image links are stored in the database as URL's and the bulk of the Tech Portal docs use images hosted here. It is easy enough (using database commands) to amend the URL for a hosted image to another one as long as the image name hasn't changed. It's a basic find and replace task that can be done per user or per thread.

Yes it is not ideal but we'll go through the exercise for anyone who wants to do so.

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Well F U photobucket you have lost all my images on AFF I hope you get burnt in a big way I will be not using PB never again
I am very annoyed now so I'm not posting anymore on here until it's fixed

Ps.. Russell did fix my images in my AU2 GHIA build thread it takes some time to do, but that was by making them smaller
I don't know how the other way is going to be


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You have to wonder if there will be a world wide backlash re PB's decision?

Let's hope they reverse this idiotic move...
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Wow just seen this. All my pics through all my build threads have completely vanished just like that. Photobucket you big mofos.

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PB is buggy as all hell anyway. And they want people to pay for their joke of a site? Never seen a site freeze up as badly and continually as theirs.

Haven't seen my build thread but if the pics are gone i won't be happy. They can shove $400 up their clackers.

Edit- seems my pics are still up.
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Pretty terrible what they have done, they have destroyed so many resources and peoples documentation of their history.

I'm hoping it gets reversed, it would be good if it does and if we could edit our old posts, as id repost all of mine with a different hosting site then remove my account with them.

Ps. Crossing fingers and toes they restore it
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Me Again haha


I was reading through face book, and saw someone mention that if you
log into your account - select the image - click the zoom - then back out of the image when you refresh your threads window the images reappear.

Ive just tried this and its true. I dont know if others can view this or not however. Still not much help for those that have threads extending past 161 pages for example
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I was reading through face book, and saw someone mention that if you
log into your account - select the image - click the zoom - then back out of the image when you refresh your threads window the images reappear.

Ive just tried this and its true. I dont know if others can view this or not however. Still not much help for those that have threads extending past 161 pages for example
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It is problematic certainly but not impossible.

Image links are stored in the database as URL's and the bulk of the Tech Portal docs use images hosted here. It is easy enough (using database commands) to amend the URL for a hosted image to another one as long as the image name hasn't changed. It's a basic find and replace task that can be done per user or per thread.

Yes it is not ideal but we'll go through the exercise for anyone who wants to do so.

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I'm keen to give this a go.

So as I understand it so long as I copy all of my Photobucket library to a new service and leave the file names intact your program/robot will be able to go through all of my threads and modify the URLs to suit the new remote server?

Russell, is there a hosting service you can recommend? I don't mind paying so long as it's like say $20/yr and not $400! I've looked at Imgur but I'm not sure.

Once it's done I'll put up an instructional thread.

I'm guessing PB has been bought out and the new owners have seen a brilliant way to make a lot of money. Only it's not going to work. It's akin to ransom ware.
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There are a couple of options open to those with build threads or tech docs that contained images hosted by photobucket.

Simplest. We can remove the current daily image restrictions on the AFF gallery as this allows bulk uploads of images to a users gallery space (which will still have to be restricted to some sort of size per user) and then I can run database queries to redirect the image URL's to that gallery space. It's a bit finite for space as we only have ~650 Gb of space currently available but it's workable as a solution and we can possibly add more disk (albeit probably only another 1TB) without much difficulty and at not much cost.

There are a couple of riders for that one (or indeed most of these). The images are going to have to have the same image name as they had on photobucket and they need to be in the users personal gallery space.

A bit harder. We can set up a public SFTP space on our server. Same space limitations as above and again it would need to be space limited to 'something' per user but it's easily accessible with a client like WinSCP which provides a Windows Explorer style interface and supports bulk upload to that FTP space. Images can then be linked directly from that space and the URL's of existing images fixed the same way as above with the only proviso that image names need to be unchanged.

Fiddly but workable. Users can migrate their existing images to a new image hosting service and we can again (probably) amend the URL's as long as they don't do something stupid with the naming and they support HTTPS. All the same riders apply as above with the added proviso that they must support 3rd party linking which not everyone will do.

Harder but probably best long term: We can just set up a dedicated image hosting server with our ISP that is in the same domain space as AFF so that it acts like a subdomain and images won't be seen as 3rd party links. It's got a cost attached to it so it would have to be chargeable based on storage size. As a guide, adding 4Tb of scalable backed up NAS or SAN storage is going to cost about 75 cents / Gb so allowing for some overhead and 60% utilisation we'd need to be looking at something around $1.50 per Gb per annum in (say) blocks of 5 Gb. We could put an image management app on the front of our current server backed onto that storage to make uploading and managing images simple. It's a bit of work to get it set up but it is feasible.

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Just tried this on a few images and it did not work for me
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Reading a lot of backlash online about this.
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Four hundred *****in dollars??? Reminds me of Dr Evil talking to the White House crew 'I want 500 million trillion gazillion dollars'
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Tapatalk also has free image hosting. For now anyway.
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Harder but probably best long term: We can just set up a dedicated image hosting server with our ISP that is in the same domain space as AFF so that it acts like a subdomain and images won't be seen as 3rd party links. It's got a cost attached to it so it would have to be chargeable based on storage size. As a guide, adding 4Tb of scalable backed up NAS or SAN storage is going to cost about 75 cents / Gb so allowing for some overhead and 60% utilisation we'd need to be looking at something around $1.50 per Gb per annum in (say) blocks of 5 Gb. We could put an image management app on the front of our current server backed onto that storage to make uploading and managing images simple. It's a bit of work to get it set up but it is feasible.

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offers free service for 14 years, changes mind as they are entitled too and whamo, freeloaders revolt!
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Quite an ironic comment to come from a non-donating AFF member.

I have absolutely no problem if photobucket wants to change their mind about their charges. It was the way they went about it.
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offers free service for 14 years, changes mind as they are entitled too and whamo, freeloaders revolt!
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:11 AM   #29
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This change at PB is massive. I expect it has ruined millions of free blogs and forums around the world. Good comments here, and thanks Russ for the canvassing of solutions and reassurance so far.

It seems to me that an AFF image server of some kind would be a great option. In this scenario, all info (text and images) would be under the one roof at AFF. This provides a more reliable image bank than a large, US based company that may suddenly change rules or possibly disappear altogether.

In my case, my build thread work over about 10 years is wrecked. I am now in the process of downloading all my image albums from PB, but it takes time... and true to the usual glitchy operation at PB, it's also not working properly. One of my albums (the main one for my build thread) contains 900 images and this one is proving hard to get... no success yet.

I still do have all my images on my computer at home, but it is the PB album that has the actual images linked to threads. As mentioned, it is the file name and image size which is the critical part.

Thanks again Russ. I feel somewhat more confident about re-building my main threads here on AFF after I had kind of let them go. For now, it's just a matter of getting ALL my albums copied back from PB.

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offers free service for 14 years, changes mind as they are entitled too and whamo, freeloaders revolt!
funny stuff.

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I doubt that anyone realistically objects to them charging something for the service they provide, particularly as their outbound bandwidth utilisation must be horrifying and the cost of storage equally so.

It's the method they have used and the actual cost they are applying that has people (justifiably) up in arms.

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