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Title: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Overlord on June 30, 2017, 09:33:04 AM
...unless you give them 400 USD a year. I'll need to fix my old posts...
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on June 30, 2017, 09:40:36 AM
This is crazy. I will too have to fix my posts now. Images have disappeared already! >:(

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on June 30, 2017, 10:38:14 AM
When will they stop third party hosting, and where can I find more information on this?
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on June 30, 2017, 10:52:19 AM
They have already stopped it. All my images are gone! I got a mail from saying so on Wednesday (or Tuesday) and it was implemented with immediate effect.

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on June 30, 2017, 10:54:17 AM
They have already stopped it. All my images are gone! I got a mail from saying so on Wednesday (or Tuesday) and it was implemented with immediate effect.

Aditya

I have not received an email, and all of my images that I have on Photobucket still appear on the forum.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on June 30, 2017, 11:16:49 AM
Mine too:

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,15809.0.html

Fortunately I have saved most of my web pages, so I will resurrect the big topics first. Over the past couple of years or so, I stopped using images hosts, as the image size here has become sufficient.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on June 30, 2017, 11:30:25 AM
They have changed their Terms of Service and it is now prohibited to use 3rd party hosting if you have a free account. Apparently they have a system which detects 3rd party hosting. There now also is a bandwith limit for people who link to photobucket, so that too can cause that images disappear. They then change all of the images in "You need to pay"-crap. Anyway I will be moving everything to Flickr, which I am sure will also soon start to charge for third party hosting.

Disaster.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: capnbirdseye on June 30, 2017, 11:50:48 AM
I'm glad all my images are safe on the WoC server, in the first months of joining WoC I used Tinypic but those images eventually disappeared without notice  >:D
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: asm on June 30, 2017, 12:53:22 PM
Fortunately, I forgot my passwords for Photobucket twice and had since stopped using it. However, a lot of old images may be lost and I lost many images when my computer had crashed some years back..............

I currently use the Office Picture Manager from Microsoft which permits size reduction of images without loosing a lot on image size.

Amit
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on June 30, 2017, 01:00:34 PM
I'm fine with Photobucket's decision as a matter of their policy, but they should have informed us earlier with some notice period. Implementing the decision immediately is ridiculous!

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2017, 02:21:40 PM
I have replaced two images so far but it is almost impossible to upload files today as maybe others are trying too. It has taken about 15minutes for each image so I shall try another day. Fortunately I only have a handful on Photobucket as they upset me years ago with a previous change!

My photobucket ones haven't fallen off yet! see here (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,4983.msg70790.html#msg70790) for instance.

I have others using my own Google sites images these too will fall off later this year.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Overlord on June 30, 2017, 02:29:29 PM
I'm fine with Photobucket's decision as a matter of their policy, but they should have informed us earlier with some notice period. Implementing the decision immediately is ridiculous!

Aditya
Exactly. If the decision/change in TOS was communicated well in advance, with the option to purchase a reasonably priced upgrade, I may have considered paying. The current communication has the tone of a ransom note that'll result in most people not paying them a red cent.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2017, 02:40:15 PM
Imageshack did exactly the same thing two or three years ago with only paid accounts now permitted. Dropbox did the same a couple of months ago.

Google+ may be a good option? I have used this for several years now.  ...although Google have dropped their google sites which is ending in November and being replaced with a fairly useless New Google sites.

Picasa can be used to edit and upload to Google+ but this too is finished as far as updating is concerned but it can still be used and downloaded.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on June 30, 2017, 05:09:01 PM
Whatever images I have uploaded on WoC through Photobucket, I have a back-up of those on my PC (or at least, majority of them). However, it's almost impossible to find each and every topic with embedded image(s) and update it to show the correct scans. So I guess many of those topics are now practically dead. :'(

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on June 30, 2017, 09:18:40 PM
I will repair my affected topics, tho it will take me some weeks. No topic is 100% affected - I rarely used a host for all the images in a topic. My very long topics will take the most time to repair. I'll concentrate on my "Decimal Coins of the Sterling Area" series first.

I did repair my various African "country" topics today, but the African statesmen portraits topic is very long, and it will have to wait some weeks before I tackle it.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on June 30, 2017, 09:36:13 PM
Even although my images have not been affected (yet), I am currently moving them to an image host of which I am certain that it does have a future, which is Flickr. Very very bad move of Photobucket but hopefully part of the damage can be undone with the help of the Waybackmachine and Google Cache.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on June 30, 2017, 11:58:55 PM
Just read that the images of people who have paid do not re-appear on the websites where they have embedded them.. Unless Photobucket reverses this decision they will very soon be out of business. It seems to me that no copies of the lost images were made in the Webarchive and google cache is worthless too.

Update: Just found out that it is still possible to access the images, by right-clicking on the ransom banner and opening the image in a new tab. This means that no images are really lost but they do have to be uploaded to a new image host.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 02, 2017, 12:44:26 AM
 this is interesting from about a month prior to their policy change.

http://streetfightmag.com/2017/05/23/photobucket-driving-targeted-user-experiences-with-new-cuebiq-partnership/ (http://streetfightmag.com/2017/05/23/photobucket-driving-targeted-user-experiences-with-new-cuebiq-partnership/)

and here is the message people are receiving:   http://photobucket.com/p500/ (http://photobucket.com/p500/)
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: capnbirdseye on July 04, 2017, 10:36:03 AM
The photo's that disappear from WoC are still on Google images but will no doubt eventually disappear, I just spotted several of Overlords Mughal script overlays but clicking takes you to the WoC page with the Photobucket update messages
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Figleaf on July 04, 2017, 11:04:20 AM
I would suggest that when you see the Photobucket ransom message, you warn the author of the post by PM, so they don't have to go hunting for all missing pictures. We'll have to live with the Photobucket action, but we can limit the damage.

Peter
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on July 04, 2017, 11:26:23 AM
I would suggest that when you see the Photobucket ransom message, you warn the author of the post by PM, so they don't have to go hunting for all missing pictures. We'll have to live with the Photobucket action, but we can limit the damage.

Peter

I have some serious doubts about the effectiveness of this suggested solution.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on July 04, 2017, 12:04:50 PM
I have some serious doubts about the effectiveness of this suggested solution.

It's still useful, if you want to see which image you displayed at that point in your topic.

However, I would suggest you should also log into your photobucket account, select an album, then look at the right of the screen, where it says "Download album". I've downloaded all my albums now. You should too. We've no guarantee that they will be available for much longer - unless you pay, and assuming photobucket does not go bankrupt.

 
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on July 04, 2017, 12:11:08 PM
Here's what I think is happening. In recent years, a lot of companies have provided free internet services. When you use them, they also target you with adverts, and they get paid for this. However, the internet adverts market is now becoming saturated. Many companies can no longer afford to provide free services in this way. Some of them will even go bankrupt. After all, plenty of people are expecting another big economic crash (world recession) in the next couple of years.

So, I would retrieve all your images from any and every free supplier. I imagine that even Google and Microsoft will start charging for their services soon. After all, many online newspapers are no longer free now. I expect that many currently "free" services will go down that route.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on July 04, 2017, 12:38:07 PM
Why did I start using a host? Well, when you post on the forum, you typically post some text, then you attach a number of images at the bottom. The images then also show a paper clip icon at the bottom left. This can sometimes look crude, but mostly it doesn't matter.

Sometimes, however, I like to present a subject in a more ordered fashion - photo, then text, then photo, then text, all in a single post, like this:

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,33316.msg209934.html#msg209934

It's all on one subject so fits well in a single post.



However, now I find that a lot of my topics have been affected by Photobucket's actions. I have plenty of free time, so I have started repairing them, though this will still take me some weeks.

I have used a couple of strategies to make life easier for myself. I now post ALL my images on the forum, and if I need a neater presentation, as in my Syria topic, I post the images elsewhere on the forum. I deliberately created this topic:

Ruined buildings on coins (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,39491.msg249755.html#msg249755)

so that I could then link to the images in that topic and present them in a more order fashion in my Syria topic. I still think my "ruins" topic is a worthwhile one.

Otherwise, I can attach a single image in the thematics board, say in the "Penguins" topic, and then link to that image, so that I can present it more neatly in my big "Falkland Islands" topic: image then text, instead of "text, then image with paper clip". I suggest you could use the same tactic for similar purposes.



And with my "Milestone" topics, I have a related "comments" topic. To rescue my "Milestone" topics (missing images), I have gone to my old comments and attached images:

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,11471.msg199332.html#msg199332


They are not relevant to the old post, but it doesn't matter. However, it allows me to restore the image and presently it neatly in my main topic:

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,11469.msg224617.html#msg224617



So these are two methods that I have used to restore my old topics. However, you then get the « Last Edit: July 01, 2017, 01:07:21 PM by <k> » at the bottom of a corrected post, but that is a small price to pay.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Figleaf on July 04, 2017, 12:59:29 PM
Here's another option: you can use this thread (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,74.0.html) to get your pictures on the WoC site. They will be available for embedding elsewhere on the site.

Peter
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on July 04, 2017, 01:43:18 PM
When this first happened, I looked at an old topic of mine. I found it had had about 20 images, all now replaced by the Photobucket message below.

There were too many lost images. I looked at them all and couldn't face replacing them. Then I became curious about the first one. I right-clicked and opened it in another tab. It looked good, so I attached it to my first post and deleted the Photobucket message. My topic was coming to life again! I restored another 2 images, then the phone rang, then I had to go to the shops. In the afternoon, I restored another 5 or so images, before I grew tired. In the evening, I had more time, so I restored the rest (approximately 12). So, it's better if you take it in stages. A surfer will still look at a topic with some restored images, but if there is just a page of Photobucket messages, like the one below, then they will probably leave.



Well, you say, that's just one topic, and it all takes time. OK, you can't do everything at once, so you should prioritise.

Which topics do you most want to restore? Your own favourite topics? Or the topics that get most views? The choice is yours. You must make your own priorities.

Realistically, accept that you may not be able to restore all your topics, so just concentrate on your priorities. Then, you have at least rescued something, even if it takes a few weeks or months. Some of my topics took several hours to prepare and write. However, restoring the images took only a few minutes - it was much quicker. That's the good thing about it.

Another advantage was that I re-visited some old topics. Some of the images were around 8 years old, small, and of poor quality. In the meantime I had maybe found a bigger image of much better quality, so I posted that instead, and my topic looked much better.



If a topic is full of lost images, but you don't want to lose it, yet you don't want surfers to see it in that state, move it to the Test board, until you have time to repair it. Then you can release the restored topic. I know some of you work in teams, so that will speed things up.

As for me, I still have to restore a few of my "coin designer" topics, but also a lot more of my "unrealised designs" topics. Then there are even more "Thematics" topics. I can't do them all at once, but by the end of the year, I will have restored most of them. I have already achieved a lot in a week - I have restored most of my African, Asian, UK and Continental European topics. By the end of July, I will have restored many more topics. But I will never use a host for images again, and in fact I had moved away from that practice from around 2015 - I still have a "legacy" problem, though, but slowly I am solving it.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: constanius on July 06, 2017, 04:02:36 PM
  Started to re-image my posts and because I often use the same images on more than one site I am hosting my own pics on constanius.com, which is its sole purpose and have taken steps for it to be maintained in the event of my demise as I appreciate this site and the sterling work performed by everyone who contributes to its success and do not wish to undermined that in anyway.
 
  I have started with what I considered the most important posts, obviously they have multiple images ::) Sod's Law.  I will plug away as I do not wish to leave any post held hostage or to pay the ransom so abruptly required by "you know who" to rectify the loss of images.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 07, 2017, 01:31:09 AM
Apparently this is the message being sent out by Photobucket, I haven't had it myself as they have yet to discover my account as I rarely use it.

Moss (Photobucket Support)
Jul 5, 9:13 AM MDT

Hello,
Photobucket continues to have the distinct pleasure of hosting 15 billion photos from 100 million unique users since inception fourteen years ago. In recent months, management has made some changes that will enable Photobucket to continue providing excellent services to our user base while maintaining an economically stable position.

In the past we’ve had solutions for everyone. From free users to paid subscriptions, there’s been an option for all types of people that care about their memories, blogs, or businesses. We continue to commit to offering free services as well as enterprise support, but we’ve needed to reinforce standards we’ve been historically lenient on.

It is our business to serve our users with valuable benefits that are otherwise very costly for us to support compared to our competitors, especially as it relates to third party image hosting. Starting several weeks ago, we began telling our users that the nature of how we work with them will be changing with the tide of the photo hosting environment via messaging in email, on site, etc. In staying true to our word, we’re asking that customers using our service as an image serving facility buy a subscription to continue with that level of service that has historically been overlooked for free users. This feature is a costly one, and we are asking our patrons to help support our infrastructure. We aren’t deleting photos or holding any photos at arm’s length for download; we are simply asking our non-paying users to join our subscription service to continue enjoying benefits of our site.

The subscriptions we are offering are price competitive for the greater photo hosting landscape, and we hope to bring additional functionality in the upcoming months to further delight our users that support their businesses with our service. We are continually evaluating our subscriptions, committing to the needs, feedback, and desires of our valued user base.

If you are seeing the "3rd Party Hosting Usage" image on your site, it means that your Photobucket account has been restricted for 3rd party hosting. Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting for your current account level. Due to this, we have disabled linking for your account.

We ask that you upgrade to our Plus 500 subscription to continue using us to host your images. This subscription is the only option for off-site photo hosting at this time.

To upgrade to a Plus 500 account, click here. Once you've completed your purchase, please clear your browser's cache and cookies to update your pages.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: capnbirdseye on July 07, 2017, 10:17:21 AM
On the BBC news website it says there are a huge surge of complaints from professional sellers on Ebay & Amazon who's images have all gone, 'People who have used Photobucket for hosting these images successfully for over 10 years are finding that they will have to literally start again with what for some, amounts to a lifetime's work."

Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Figleaf on July 07, 2017, 11:38:04 AM
I am appalled by the difference between the tone and content in the Photobucket message above and reality. This may be the time of alternative facts, post-truth and fake news, but do they really think people will fall for their brutal spins when they are confronted with the destructive reality of what amounts to attempted blackmail? The lesson of this episode is that stocking your information on the net is risky, unless you have a local back-up.

I would like to take stock of the consequences for WoC. For me personally, there are none, because I didn't embed. For <k>, it means a lot of work. Others are working on a new solution, like constanius, or somewhere in-between, like overlord. I am most interested in highly interesting threads, active members who are particularly affected and ideas to help them.

Meanwhile, I would like to commend eurocoin, who has been replacing pictures quietly for some time. :applause: :applause: :applause: We are also making progress for malj1, a victim of policy changes at Google. Call it The Resistance ;)

Peter
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Overlord on July 07, 2017, 07:58:29 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=74.0;attach=73364)
We replace all our images on Photobucket with the ransom image, so they won't be able to tell them from the the real ransom image. Then we find and edit the real ransom image to show the image of a coin. Photobucket will think that this edited ransom image is the real image and switch it with the links of the fake ransom images we have uploaded on the site. Then we cunningly go back and replace the fake ransom images with the images of the coins.  >:D

I'll start fixing my images this weekend.  :-\

Update: I had two Photobucket accounts. I managed to download one album (nearly 900 images) from the newer one and am reducing file size as a single batch using Irfanview.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 09, 2017, 01:44:30 PM
I mentioned previously that I use Google+ they now call this Google Photos

I did some checking of my Google account and found that if you use the High Quality option you then have unlimited free storage.

After selecting this option i/o Original my storage use of 1547 photos dropped 1GB and the Google photos now reads zero used. This took an estimated one hour whilst I went off and had dinner.

I have 15GB free storage.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: <k> on July 09, 2017, 01:51:10 PM
The danger is that eventually Google will also drop its free services. For that reason I am also slowly moving my Google-hosted images to WoC.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 09, 2017, 01:58:25 PM
Maybe but these are purely photos which are backed also on my personal MyCloud and on a third hard drive.

I prefer not to share my coins publicly with the neighbours!
Title: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on July 09, 2017, 04:03:38 PM
Considering the recent experiences, I do not think I'll ever take the risk of embedding my images from a third party website. Direct upload on forum henceforth. :)

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 10, 2017, 12:31:34 AM
Here's an article from Yahoo (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-lesson-learned-photobuckets-ransom-images-debacle-191026772.html) about the Photobucket debacle.

It hadn't occurred to me that it has also affected the philatelic fraternity in a big way.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: constanius on July 10, 2017, 12:50:25 AM
Well it turns out it is was not Photobuckets fault that the links in my posts are broken, it was mine!

(http://constanius.com/img/whoops.jpg)

What the  f**k now they are blaming us for picking the wrong plan :wall: not that they changed the terms.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: WillieBoyd2 on July 10, 2017, 04:48:16 AM
I have three pictures hosted by PhotoBucket due to an unrelated problem with my website hosting company.

As of today (July 9, 2017) the images are still there.

:)
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on July 18, 2017, 01:09:50 AM
This is interesting,  ::) even libellous ? ???

Photobucket victims wanted! (https://secure.fotki.com/payment/view)

If you are a victim of the recent price change at Photobucket and if you are affected with their new hotlinking policy, we welcome you to Fotki!
Title: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on July 18, 2017, 05:29:07 AM
This is interesting,  ::) even libellous ? ???

Photobucket victims wanted! (https://secure.fotki.com/payment/view)

If you are a victim of the recent price change at Photobucket and if you are affected with their new hotlinking policy, we welcome you to Fotki!

That sounds good (although I don't think I'm going to try it), but unfortunately won't solve our problem of embedded images. The links will have to be replaced by new ones manually which is not an easy task!

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Figleaf on July 18, 2017, 12:22:03 PM
If you are a victim of the recent price change at Photobucket and if you are affected with their new hotlinking policy, we welcome you to Fotki!

Can anyone explain 1) why pay if for less tan €100, you can hook up a 2 terabyte external hard disk weighing practically nothing to any computer? 2) what the difference between the options is apart from storage space and 3) how to get "Custom watermarks" mentioned in the long table? ;)

Peter
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Globetrotter on July 18, 2017, 01:20:51 PM
Hi,

I have all my images and other data on my 1Tb external disk, which follows me all over the world. I back it up around twice a month either on my PC in Paris or in Normandy.

The google site with my variants is no longer updated, since it's too much work.... Instead my variant documentations can be found here or in Numista under the concerned coins.

No links, no problems 8)

Ole
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Globetrotter on July 18, 2017, 02:02:12 PM
Hi,

I have all my images and other data on my 1Tb external disk, which follows me all over the world. I back it up around twice a month either on my PC in Paris or in Normandy.

The google site with my variants is no longer updated, since it's too much work.... Instead my variant documentations can be found here or in Numista under the concerned coins.

No links, no problems 8)

Ole
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Overlord on September 17, 2017, 07:15:31 AM
I have found a trick for fixing the broken links, while ensuring Photobucket still hosts those photos.  >:D

1. Open the photo page on Photobucket.
(http://s805.photobucket.com/component/Download-File?file=%2Falbums%2Fyy340%2FMajesticOverlord%2Fimage_zpsz4yasahw.jpg)
2. Click the Download link at bottom right.
3. Copy the URL of the page that loads and use it within IMG tags.
(http://s805.photobucket.com/component/Download-File?file=%2Falbums%2Fyy340%2FMajesticOverlord%2Fimage_zpshxx50ld7.jpg)

Example:
Code: [Select]
[IMG width=600]http://s805.photobucket.com/component/Download-File?file=%2Falbums%2Fyy340%2FMajesticOverlord%2Fimage_zpshxx50ld7.jpg[/IMG]
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: malj1 on September 17, 2017, 08:39:47 AM
Too late she cried!  ::)

I don't have a Photobucket account any more. :(
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Figleaf on September 17, 2017, 08:50:56 AM
As this goes against Photobucket's policy, they will find out one day and stop it. It's best to see this solution as a very handy stopgap and seek a more permanent solution.

Peter
Title: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on October 28, 2017, 05:46:27 PM
It seems that Photobucket's new policy to stop free third party hosting has backfired. They are sending me three mails everyday to upgrade to paid service (which costs around $1.10 per day)!

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: bagerap on October 28, 2017, 07:01:31 PM
Who owns Photobucket? I ask, because starting this week you will get the following message if you use HTML hotlinks in your ebay text:

We found non-secure HTTP content in your listing. Browsers display a not secure message on pages that contains HTTP resources. For a secure buyer experience, you must update your content.

If you follow their explanatory link you see this:

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and is the safest way to transmit information over the network. When pages use HTTPS, web browsers display a padlock icon to reassure online shoppers that the page they are visiting is safe.
If pages aren’t using HTTPS, they display a security warning. For example, Google Chrome displays the message “Your connection to this site is not secure” and this can turn away potential buyers as well as having a negative impact on how your listing performs in search results.
 
How could this affect your listings?
Earlier in 2017, Google announced that from October 2017, the Google Chrome browser will start to display a Not secure icon when users enter data on an HTTP page and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.
We believe that online shoppers who see this type of security warning when browsing eBay.co.uk are less likely to buy your products.
To coincide with this, from October 2017 we’ll start expanding usage of the HTTPS communication protocol across eBay for all listings that are HTTPS compliant.
After this date, if you use externally hosted content in your eBay listings that do not use the HTTPS communications protocol, buyers will see a security warning when they visit your listing in incognito mode or input any data on the listings page.


I'm pretty sure that Photobucket hotlinks have the HTTPS tag, although Tinypic (also owned by Photobucket) does not. I have looked at my listings from another account and found no sign of the aforementioned warning, but perhaps it comes on the payment page. Yet another reason for me to stick to Etsy.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on December 29, 2018, 10:52:33 PM
After an enormous amount of complaints of Photobucket users who refused to pay $399 per year and the subsequent removal of their CEO who had come up with the idea, all of the images that were at the time replaced with a ransom banner have now been restored. They do have a rather small Photobucket watermark on them though.
Title: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: Bimat on December 30, 2018, 07:20:23 AM
Excellent news! This is unlikely to reverse the damage that has been done, though.

Does this mean that whatever broken links which are on forum will be 'fixed' automatically?

Aditya
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on December 30, 2018, 08:37:07 AM
Does this mean that whatever broken links which are on forum will be 'fixed' automatically?

I believe so, yes.
Title: Re: Photobucket stops third party hosting
Post by: eurocoin on July 27, 2019, 03:59:26 PM
Unortunately they have now decided that not only will all images have a watermark, but they will also be blurred rendering them completely useless.