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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    Not to be Captain Obvious, but why can't LTG be modified to upload photos directly from our computers?
    Hear, hear! That would be sweet but I don't know what all it entails.
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    I an a Faithful Imageshack user as well. Right at $25-$35 bucks a year and completely unlimited storage as well as easy and fast access to all my images. I was a paid customer with Imageshack when they still had the free option because I didn't want any ads. Now it is a pay only site and extremely reasonable when you think about what photobucket is putting people through. Personally I won't even click n a photo or photo link if it is a Photobucket link. The last time I did adblocker blocked over 300 ads alone.

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    I use Flickr (Yahoo), and have been very pleased with their "pro" plan. $25 a year, and unlimited storage seems to be a pretty good value to me.
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    Frono, I can't see your photo.

    I don't run LTG, but I have and do run other forums. There are reasons why forums don't host photos:

    1) It adds liability
    2) It consumes disk space
    3) It consumes bandwidth
    4) Disk space and bandwidth cost money

    Photobucket is evil because they broke the Internet and are demanding payment to fix it, but free photo hosting is and has always been a bad business model IMO. First, for them because they're losing money. Second, when you store your data (any data) in the cloud, you're just using someone else's computer and that someone else can (and will) do something like this eventually.

    Why did Photobucket do this? My assumption is that they are hemorrhaging money thanks to hotlinking and 99% of their users expecting free service. From a "common good" standpoint what they did is evil. From a business standpoint, shutting down hotlinking should have been done years ago (though in a smoother, less evil way).

    Asking LTG to host the photos is just moving the problem to someone else's computer, though it could be argued that we all trust the team at LTG more than the faceless evil that is Photobucket. Still, I get it - few can or want to run their own photo hosting site these days.

    IMO, if I were running LTG as it stands today, I would consider adding the ability to upload photos in return for a paid membership. This helps the users while allowing the site to offset the cost of doing so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonneville88 View Post
    Frono - that's cool! - but will the image still be here 30 days from now?
    Several things I've read indicate the link is temporary and will expire in
    about that time frame. I guess we can use this as a test and find out!
    I had not read that. My search suggests there might be a difference between a link generated from the share thingie < and saving a real URL to a real jpg file. But I can't tell for sure either. See you in 30 days?
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    Update - Frono - neither of our images are now viewable from here... that was quick, more
    like 30 minutes.

    GAD - agreed - well stated!

    TX, will check it out.
    Last edited by Bonneville88; 07-19-2017 at 03:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    Not to be Captain Obvious, but why can't LTG be modified to upload photos directly from our computers?
    Last time the subject was discussed the following were some of the reasons. Note that Don owns, runs and pays for the site so any decisions are his alone even when he does consult the Moderators.


    • Hosting images on LTG requires space to store them. If enough space is used it will cost Don more money.
    • Hosting images on LTG uses bandwidth when they are displayed. If LTG uses too much bandwidth it will either slow the site to a crawl or cost Don more money. If images are hosted at LTG then they can be linked to on third party sites which consumes bandwidth that is not even used for LTG purposes.
    • Hosting images on LTG exposes LTG, and ultimately Don to the threat of legal action. If a LTG member posted a copyrighted image and the copyright holder chose to take legal action, the site owner would be the target. If an LTG member posted child porn the site owner could be charged with distribution.


    That said, it has been a while since this was last discussed. Rates for hosting have changed so the cost for storage or bandwidth might be trivial enough that they are no longer an issue. Many other sites host pictures for users even though that is not the primary reason those sites exist. It may be possibly to have Terms of Service that all LTG users have to agree to and those Terms of service protect Don.

    Sound like the Mods need to mention this to Don again.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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    So, are we coming up with nothing for a free alternative? That's sad. Yes, photobucket should be tarred and feathered. It's disturbing what they've done, but of course, whining about it here won't change anything.

    GAD's post pretty much cements what I was thinking. I will bring this up with our site admin, but it's territory we've been over before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    Frono, I can't see your photo.
    Insert language that is not appropriate for a family friendly web site.

    I created a shared album in Google Photos, tired to set the permissions so that anyone can see it and grabbed the Image Location (as before) from teh shared album just in case the URLs were different. Will play with caches and other browsers to check visibility momentarily.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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    Dropbox is a possibility as well.

    The process is not straight forward and whatever I remember isn't working but I know it can be done and I will eventually do so and let people know how.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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