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Photobucket images broken, $399 a year!

So Ive noticed this image popping up on BLF
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If you use photobucket to hotlink your photos you’ll probably see the above image in your posts instead.
Photobucket now want $399 a year subscription! Ludicrous!

I’d assume a very large proportion of internet forums use photobucket for hotlinking images, they’re going to lose alot of, ‘now’ angry and frustrated customers.

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Fuk them

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Seems a bit steep….. Facepalm
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botophucket..

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sp5it wrote:
Fuk them

To put it mildly Big Smile
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Some poor folk have got alot of post editing to do.
What the heck were PB thinking of?

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If Photobucket think they are going to make money from this exercise I’d suggest to them otherwise. All they are going to achieve is a lot of unhappy customers and trashed forums.
In the early days here it was one of the recommended places to host pictures. Not now.
Get your act together Photobucket. Flat Stare

 

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As unfortunate as it is, it’s not exactly surprising. Bandwidth might be cheap but it’s not free and hotlinking images makes no money for the host (ie. no ads or anything of the sort). They don’t even get visibility as nobody knows where the image comes from. Until it no longer loads anyway, in which case it’s not very good publicity for them Wink

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I stopped using photobucket a while back because it’s slow as s*it. Imgur works for me, and it’s free.

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As unfortunate as it is, it’s not exactly surprising. Bandwidth might be cheap but it’s not free and hotlinking images makes no money for the host (ie. no ads or anything of the sort). They don’t even get visibility as nobody knows where the image comes from. Until it no longer loads anyway, in which case it’s not very good publicity for them Wink

Their original business model was based on allowing hotlinking with advert support for funding it. When you go to upload an image you are exposed to adverts.

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MRsDNF wrote:
If Photobucket think they are going to make money from this exercise I’d suggest to them otherwise. All they are going to achieve is a lot of unhappy customers and trashed forums.
In the early days here it was one of the recommended places to host pictures. Not now.
Get your act together Photobucket. Flat Stare

Except for a lot of people who have all their pictures on there and will pay $400 so they don’t have to endlessly search the internet to relink all of their pics.
Pretty big scam tbh.
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As someone who has a forum (unrelated to ‘lights) I am only surprised that it took PB this long to tire of providing free anonymous hosting of images that are only or mainly used to post to forums. Everything costs. I have used them a lot and never contributed a nickle. Perhaps I am partly to blame,but I think I understand the costs they face. No free lunch. Theycould care less about where the images are used.

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atbglenn wrote:
I stopped using photobucket a while back because it’s slow as s*it. Imgur works for me, and it’s free.

I went the same way for the same reasons
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Another forum I read hasn’t allowed external image links for several years now. You have to upload them to your album on the forum to link them.

He was tired of old posts with broken links.

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Not all forum owners / operators can afford to pay for the bandwidth and disk space images use. Don’t have any idea about BLF.

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a torrent/audiobook site I frequent seems to host their own pix

butt it’s not small, and it gets support

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Hi everyone, this is indeed frustrating, but please avoid swearing and thinly veiled variants of swear words. Thanks in advanced for going back and cleaning things up.

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those who use PB will do hell of job to re-link their pictures in case they don’t want to pay $399/ year

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Hmm, they just collected my annual fee and my pics are still up. I haven’t received any notice of this.

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Rufusbduck wrote:
Hmm, they just collected my annual fee and my pics are still up. I haven't received any notice of this.

 

Deeeeeeeep pockets one must have not to care much about this… 

 

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Sorry guys,
I had over 300 pictures on photobucket. Most linked here were in the “Guess the place” thread but there were a few in other posts. All now broken links.

I am NOT going to resurrect them (I have copies).

In future I’ll either use a roll-your-own site on one of my domains, or imgur/abload,
with the understanding that any 3rd party site can disappear (picasa).

I will fix my .sig !

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Lj-_- wrote:
Their original business model was based on allowing hotlinking with advert support for funding it. When you go to upload an image you are exposed to adverts.

That might work with low view counts. But it’s not a very reliably model. And it’s still crap that they gave no warning at all.
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Lj-_- wrote:
Their original business model was based on allowing hotlinking with advert support for funding it. When you go to upload an image you are exposed to adverts.

That might work with low view counts. But it’s not a very reliably model. And it’s still crap that they gave no warning at all.

I agree, and yes, it’s terrible that they didn’t seem to give any warning.
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Mine are affected too. Created a small utility to help migrate the pb links embedded in my forum posts to either imgur.com or ImageShack.

now slowly migrating away from pb... as of v1.0.3, it now supports migrating my posts in BLF, CPF and TFF. Now, just hope I can still find all my photos from my local drive to be uploaded to imgur or ImageShack.tongue-out

this utility is to address the tedious process of identifying those hashed filename from imgur or ImageShack. Unlike photobucket, imgur (and imageshack, etc.) do not use our original filename when linking to the file. For example, when I upload the file named "S1RvsH1RvsH102.jpg" to photobucket, I get a link like "http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss200/rookiedaddy/Flashlights/Olight/..." from photobucket where the original filename is intact. But when I upload to imgur, imgur gives me a link like "http://i.imgur.com/ydb5bRs.jpg" where the filename is hashed and original filename is preserved (luckily) as one of the file properties.

this makes updating our posts in forum very tedious. So the app's purpose is to look at photobucket's filename and do a lookup to user's imgur image from a local repository and try to find a match from the file property and replace it with imgur's link. 

 

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Sorry… 

 

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My all pictures disappeared from forum!!!

Oh DEAR LORD come help me please!!!

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zelee wrote:
those who use PB will do hell of job to re-link their pictures in case they don’t want to pay $399/ year

That is really a hell of a job and almost impossible mission especially if you delete that pictures after uploading them.

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I do recall a heads up warning this was about to happen but didn’t pay much heed since it’s not my host,
However when I’ve seen things start like this before it always seems to set the trend, so currently setting up a standalone backup driver and transferring all my pics to that and downloading all from Imgur in a separate folder for what might be the inevitable with Imgur and the others as well.

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Rookiedaddy I can see where you may become one of the most beloved members of all time at photobucket for sure, that is really cool how you have that setup and saves a lot of people I’d bet.

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