markeb wrote in post #18399804
I've been following this thread, and Photobucket threads everywhere on the web!
FWIW, someone on another, not exclusively photography, site, did apparently get a reply from Photobucket. "Apparently", existing "Plus" accounts (mine is apparently a Plus 20; it used to be a "Pro" account for bandwidth use on some other collector/hobby sites) are grandfathered for third party hosting until the end of 2018 if they stay paid up.
I eventually found this on their Blog
"What users are affected by the changes to our 3rd Party Hosting
Moving forward, new and legacy free account users will NOT have third party
If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
Non Plus 500 Account subscribers that purchased after June 1, 2017 will not
have access to 3rd Party Hosting."
Which explains why some posters who clearly have low cost "Plus" accounts still have photos showing up in their posts. They are spinning this as a benefit for large commercial accounts versus a hit on small users...
Interesting to see this new twist...it does leave me a bit perplexed, however. So 'paid' accounts pre-existing June 1, 2017 continue to work fine with 3rd party hosting until Dec 31, 2018.
I have a 'free' account (only 2GB) but with the ad-free paid option...so I wonder if I technically fall into the 'paid' accounts pre-existing June 1, 2017 category; as of now my links still work fine!
Pekka wrote in post #18392330
I have done some tests and there can be a simple code solution in AMASS to all those forced ads replacing pb images. There are over 400,000 posts which have some photobucket images embedded.if photobucket does not revert the decision and lift their embed ban and ad delivery system soon I'll do this
- all photobucket images will get "banned" from being embedded: they will instead display a text and a link to the image. Something like:
The effect would be instant over the whole forum. The ban is only "virtual" which means the actual embed codes are not touched, because:
- all members who have functional photobucket embedding (i.e a paid account there) will be
added to a "white list" which allows normal embedded image display from photobucket.
I'll do now some work to find those members who have functional pb accounts, if you have one please reply to this post.ABOVE POLICY IS NOT ACTIVE YET. It will be activated if photobucket keeps the embed ban policy. We'll wait few days to see about that.
Pekka, I am trying to understand the implications of such an action (above) upon folks like me...I have a free PB account with the no-ads paid option, and all of my links appear to still remain functional on the various forums in which I participate. So after your next POTN software release, what happens to MY still-functioning links to PB...do they stop working by virtue of the POTN software new 'PB ban'? and what happens if I 'release'
And in seeking alternative hosting sites to use, I am considering Google Photos, but only if you can provide instructions to how the Google "https:" link to a photo can be parsed by POTN as a hot link (that is, one which does not have to be clicked on by a post reader to see the linked image)...instructions from anyone on how to do that?
Google Photos link ...what changes to parse this to a hot link? "https://photos.google.com/u/1/photo/AF1QipPRMW2XuJ5gAhcZ4Ue_4MPamUS4a_Z2iTxIy_JE"
(Like some other folks, I only seek a site to host images intended for forum posts on various web forums, and am not seeking 'photo storage' but merely a place for selected copies to reside. Sometimes the limit of images stored in POTN and used within a thread/post on POTN does not work for me.)