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Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« on: June 30, 2017, 05:20:25 PM »
Breaking News.

I propose that the good members of Warhammer Empire knock their heads together and initiates an image salvage operation to save the very best Photobucket-hosted pictures from inactive members. The works of old masters are in danger of being lost forever, courtesy of Photobucket! See more here for Chaos Dwarf Online's unfolding initiative on the issue:

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We risk an almost complete breakdown of continuity in images

With the recent Photobucket troublewe'll have to ask ourselves what legends of old should be targeted for photo backup? This is a disaster to continuity and it seems we have scarce time to act before the old photos go completely unavailable. As of now, it is possible to right-click pictures under lockdown, choose view image in new tab and copy it from there.

Remember that Imageshack has already robbed us of archive material, and the Photobucket strike is much larger in scope. We risk losing almost everything old which new members have stumbled upon through the years, taking inspiration from old masters.

I know I'll not have much time to contribute with in the coming weeks. I must fix some Golden Hat entries today and maybe tomorrow, but I could help some after that, within limitations. If many of us could help some, it would add up. This is not drudgery which anyone wish to do during the summer, but it is now or never, unless Photobucket come to their senses and change direction completely.

Volunteers?

Can we please gather links to the logs and work of inactive members which we'd particularly like to see saved from the looming disaster? Then we could chew through the threads one at a time and avoid redundant double-work by advancing which thread/member we each pick. An all-out manual trawl of the whole log section could maybe be possible, but it would be true slave labour. Realistically, we should target worthy pictures in particular.

If we can establish a link list, then some volunteers could possibly wade through it to save backup copies on their own computer, to be transferred to some free and currently stable photohosting site such as Imgur. From there, we could re-upload some stuff in big chunks with lots of photos.

Please remember that artwork should be saved along with miniature photos.

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Let's take tjub as an example. His stuff is particularly easy to find and save for backup, since he has both a compilation of picture links in his market thread and moreover an index in his monster of an army log. On the other hand, there is a lot of stuff to wade through! But it can be done.

We might wish to target long-since inactive members first and foremost, but this wrecking ball strikes at everyone's Photobucket album, active or inactive.

Also, I suppose it could be good if we tried to name the image file after its creator (e.g. "Snotling 01" or "Snotling Ballista 02"), just so it's tagged straight away.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2017, 05:24:23 PM by Karak Norn Clansman »

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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 01:04:05 AM »
Oh my.  I'm so disappointed that so many photos are not showing on W-E.  This is stunning. :icon_eek: :icon_sad:
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 10:35:05 PM »
All my photo's have gone. I do hope the Great Computer Gremlins visits them soon.
Does anyone recommend another host site for photo's ?
Not even sure if you can get the old pictures back from photo-bucket to your computer to us on another site ?

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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 09:25:15 AM »
All my stuff is down as well - I've moved to Imgur and will be changing the links in the coming weeks/months. I have all my photos on my computer but I'm also pretty sure you can download them from photobucket (entire albums even, not individual files). I'm aware not everybody will have the time to do so, so the forum (and all others) will remain permanently scarred due to this  :-(
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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2017, 10:35:52 PM »
CDO is well into manually salvaging massive amounts of surviving pictures from olden days. Lots more to do, of course. An organized volunteer effort will carry you far.

This is doable if a few members voluntarily sacrifice some days or a week of sparetime. Such a brief but intensive salvage sweep of old worthy pictures can save years and years of accumulated forum content!

Please think of the very best logs you have, and consider saving their images if their owners are inactive at the moment.

Worst of all? This Photobucket mess strikes in the middle of summer! Wanted to spend these hours outside. But long-term it will be worth it.

PS. Tech-savvy admins of this forum might wish to contact The Red Devil on Lustria Online right away. He might have found a loop-hole to automatically download Photobucket images and transform them into attachments. DS.
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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 08:49:30 PM »
Just found this on another forum, where people are looking for Photo-bucket replacement.
This is in their T&C.

"Also, don't use Imgur to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network. If you do and we will be the judge or if you do anything illegal, in addition to any other legal rights we may have, we will ban you along with the site you're hotlinking from, delete all your images, report you to the authorities if necessary, and prevent you from viewing any images hosted on Imgur.com. We mean it."


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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2017, 09:06:28 AM »
Wow.
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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 09:21:05 AM »
Stopgap fix to Photobucket images under lockdown (my emboldening), from Warseer's Captain Brown:

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Gentlemen,

As some long term PLOGers and cornerstones of some of the Painting Log areas, the member Ash has come up with a fix.

"With the Photobucket pictures not showing; if you go into edit post and insert ~original between .jpg and [/img] as in .jpg~original[/img] then the original picture will show again..." and it works!

I have asked him to share that in the stickies at the top of each painting forum, but thought I would pass that on to you who had large PLOGs blocked in the meantime.

Cheers,

Phil

Those who have not yet replaced their own Photobucket pictures with identical pictures hosted elsewhere, may want to scour their army blogs and other hobby threads. However,  adding ~original to the address lines will not make the linked images compatible with more advanced solutions!

Note however that we cannot consider this a permanent solution, only a stopgap option. It is possible that Photobucket may come to block this fixture, transform itself beyond recognition or go down altogether as a site.

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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 11:32:54 AM »
Thank you. That does indeed do the trick for now.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2017, 03:35:34 PM »
It's brilliant - at the moment, but thanks very much.
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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2017, 07:21:38 PM »
Anyone know what's happening with PhotoB at the moment - are people/businesses actually paying them the ransom money. Is their business in decline as was suggested would happen??

They keep offering me discounts to take up one of their options - I keep replying that I was happy with my original contract of 2GB and would like to keep that - I would be prepared to pay their fee (pro-rata) for this amount of space which would be more than covered by the sums they are prepared to discount (i.e. makes it free).

They have so far failed to reply, although they have acknowledged receipt of some of the emails.

As they haven't said my offer was not acceptable I have used the above workaround to make the pictures visible in my two Discworld related threads. I haven't done any more on either of them since June so there are no updates but at least they are fully visible (at present).
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Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 09:30:10 PM »
Just came to download my Photobucket albums for safekeeping and found that they removed the "download album" option. Now you have to do it picture by picture - I checked with PB support, and yes, this is how it is. Appears a deliberate move to make it harder to escape their clutches. Bunch of mofos, basically.  :eusa_wall:

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 10:31:01 PM »
Haha, downloaded a Chrome extension which is doing it for me!  :icon_twisted: