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Old 06-13-18, 09:03 AM
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Hey, has Photobucket relented?

i just noticed some of the old pics i posted show again. caught me by surprise. did they give up on holding our pics hostage?
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Old 06-13-18, 09:18 AM
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I think they did!
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Old 06-13-18, 09:37 AM
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Yep. I just checked two of my older threads, and pics are showing as before.

Back when they jacked us, I was considering re-entering my pics on a few of my threads. Now I don't have too!

I wonder how many suckers paid them the $300/year, or whatever the ransom amount was.

Still, PB has become way too cumbersome. I won't be uploading any more photos there.
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Old 06-13-18, 09:44 AM
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I deleted my account. I remember getting a couple of nasty emails from them when I did.
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Old 06-13-18, 10:25 AM
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I deleted my account. I remember getting a couple of nasty emails from them when I did.
All my nasties were directed at them but I never heard anything from them other than trying to sell the ridiculously high plan they were trying to push. They've come back with a more reasonable plan and reinstating photos, BUT this may be temporary if you don't join up.
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Old 06-13-18, 10:28 AM
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Smugmug is a good photo storage/sharing alternative.
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I still wouldn't trust photobucket. You can upload images directly to bikeforums if you want to display them here.
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Old 06-13-18, 10:49 AM
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I still wouldn't trust photobucket. You can upload images directly to bikeforums if you want to display them here.
Good point, it's way easier now and they will allow larger pics, no need for 3rd party hosting anymore.
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Old 06-13-18, 11:01 AM
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PB was too slow anyway. I just keep my pictures on a memory stick and use the link below to post them.

https://imgbb.com/
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Old 06-13-18, 12:59 PM
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Screw Photobucket. I hope they die. The company, not the people but I'm not too fond of the people either.

There are so many alternatives - imgur is nice and easy and of course, you can direct upload here now.

*Edit. I didn't even think of deleting my account so I just did. Aaahhh. Nice.
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Old 06-13-18, 03:28 PM
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Screw Photobucket. I hope they die. The company, not the people but I'm not too fond of the people either.
Agree ... in essence it was borderline blackmail and what if unsuspecting people (which I believe many were) only had copies of their photos stored there .... the only way to retrieve them was to pay what was a ridiculously high ransom ... totally unethical tactics ... they deserve to crash and burn.

I hope people quickly realise and download anything they want copies of and never go near them again.
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Old 06-13-18, 05:33 PM
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No, you could go in there and download them for your own use but they cut off all the links, which is how they built their business in the first place! No thanks.
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Old 06-13-18, 05:39 PM
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Too late, I already have Flickr.
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I just deleted my account. I didn't have many photos on there anyway, just some pictures I wanted to post on other website forums a few years back, which are likely dead threads by now.
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I deleted mine several months ago. I won't go back.

There was a PB work-around that allowed images to display, nice to know it won't be needed any longer.
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Old 06-13-18, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
Agree ... in essence it was borderline blackmail and what if unsuspecting people (which I believe many were) only had copies of their photos stored there .... the only way to retrieve them was to pay what was a ridiculously high ransom ... totally unethical tactics ... they deserve to crash and burn.

I hope people quickly realise and download anything they want copies of and never go near them again.
well thats just not true.
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Old 06-13-18, 10:15 PM
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Photobucket only blocked images from showing inline outside of PB to conserve bandwidth. There was an easy workaround -- various browser plug-ins to bypass the PB block. Worked fine.

PB didn't delete photos or accounts or block owners from accessing their own photos after logging in to their PB accounts.

Most supposedly blocked photos could be viewed by other users by clicking on the PB notice, or right-clicking and choosing an option to open in another tab or window. They just didn't appear inline with discussion forums and other sites. Again, PB was attempting to conserve bandwidth.

Years ago it wasn't an issue when most folks uploaded low resolution JPEGs from the early digicams and phones. But millions of users who weren't tech savvy were uploading maximum resolution photos from high resolution cameras. This also happened on a photography website where I was a moderator for years. Even folks who purchased high resolution cameras didn't understand how to resize photos before uploading.

The best solution would have been for Photobucket to automatically downsize photos for free accounts. That would solve the bandwidth problem. Reserve high resolution photo storage for paying subscribers. Photobucket used to do this. So did many sites, including Flickr years ago. Made it easier for users who'd upload hundreds of 6000x4000 JPEGs, which were automatically downsized to 1000 pixels or so on the longest edge to be suitable for most online display. Consumed a lot of their own bandwidth, but not Photobucket's or the sites where the photos eventually were posted.
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Old 06-14-18, 01:51 AM
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Too late for me. I retrieved all of my images from PB, closed down my account, and put them on Imgur. I find Imgur much, much better.
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No, you could go in there and download them for your own use but they cut off all the links, which is how they built their business in the first place! No thanks.
Apologies for that then, I was miss informed (have seen mstateglfr and canklecats comments as well) .... They made the changes just as I was looking at using them and I happened to see a comment on another forum that stopped me from doing so, someone on there was venting saying they couldn't access them at all but that was obviously incorrect.

Still seems they shot themselves in the foot though and it'll be hard to gain back trust from people that are now using alternatives.
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Smugmug is a good photo storage/sharing alternative.
Smugmug is recently associated with but separate from Flickr, which is what I switched to from PB.
Haven't uploaded anything to PB in quite a while. Don't plan to.

Testing from PB. Keep an eye on this space and image:

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Yeah - I moved on to Flickr. I totally forgot that PB existed, actually, until this thread. Bad business decision on their part.
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How they make money?

If everye is won't pay. They sell your personal info like Facebook?
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Selling advertising, seen by those that don't pay.
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How they make money?

If everye is won't pay. They sell your personal info like Facebook?
Of course they sell your data. They also do ads. Everyone does.


You can have a dumb-phone without even GPS on it...and your cellular carrier will sell your triangulated cellphone's location to anyone will to ask and pay.
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I got rid of hosting in the late 90s, along with cable TV. I don't feel special, things evolved.
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