I just discovered this, so I know very little. I only know that a lot of my images are replaced with an image stating:
3rd Party Hosting Has Been Temporarily Disabled. To Unlock Your Account Visit: PhotoBucket.com/p500
I don't know if this means I have to pay a fee or what. If I do have to pay a fee, I'll probably just delete all of my own personal boards instead. And I'll leave Pro-Whoosh & Yuku-Whoosh as they are. Too much work to replace all the images when it's just 2/4 of us posting at the moment.
It just seems to be the emoticons, yes? The ones in your posts, and the ones in the main menu on the board for each forum (don't know if my wording is correct on that; what I'm trying to say is the emoticons in the headings for "Off Topic", "Arts and Entertainment", etc). The avatars are still there; aren't they hosted by Photobucket too?
I wonder what would happen if you just deleted a bunch of the emoticons that aren't used from your Photobucket page to free up space?
I've no idea what Photobucket is up to. Lesa said it would be a whole lot cheaper to pay for website space and upload the images there than to pay the high prices at Photobucket. She's looking for a new site to move all the images to ... which would involve tons of work to switch out all the links on all my boards.
We'll see. I can just delete all the images and have a plain board.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2017 22:21:50 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
Yeah. It _is_ a huge major pain in the a$$! I took time away from downloading the albums last night to remove all the images from the front page that were an eyesore. I still have a lot of boards to fix today. Once I have all my albums downloaded, I plan on blocking photobucket so that all those huge images turn into a little blank box. I'll probably archive all the old threads with missing images and start all over again with new threads.
Can you spell, N-i-g-h-t-m-a-r-e? I don't just have this board to redo. I have my other boards as well ... plus the other two Whoosh boards.
Once I have all my albums downloaded, I plan on blocking photobucket so that all those huge images turn into a little blank box.
Does that mean that all the photos that have been posted over the years will disappear too? (Just checked the gardening thread for example, since I knew there were photos recently posted in there - they're still visible.) Just wondering because I was going to download a few new pictures to PhotoBucket so I can post them here, but if you're going to block PhotoBucket, I won't bother.
I'll probably archive all the old threads with missing images and start all over again with new threads.
Now, that sounds like a whole lot of extra work you're making for yourself, no? Since it just seems to be emojis that were affected(?), and every single thread probably has tons of them, it'd mean archiving pretty much everything!
It isn't just the emojis. It also includes the board title images, header images, the background that Lesa put behind the links at the very top of the board, and several avatars. And other decorative images that Lesa added to the CSS/HTML design code.
And who knows what other images they'll hijack. I won't block them, but I will have to remove all the hijacked images from the censored words list and the smiley plugin, headers, etc. And eventually I'll remove all of phorobucket's images from my end of the board. Members can still use them if they wish. I'll have to go through all the coding Lesa put in to find and replace the images she added to make the board look good.
You, and many others, I'm sure. Can you imagine if it was your livelihood they messed with - a home-based business in which you earned your income? Not only are they in effect, holding images for ransom, they've replaced hosted images with their images, and the header across the top of the site "advertising" photobucket.com/P500. It's a sh!tty move by them, and that header is kind of like a slap in the face.
I discovered that if I click on the "Download" link to the right of the page, my original image will download to my computer, and not their hijacking image. I started out downloading each album one by one, but my computer is way too slow, so I've had to download the 100s of images one by one. Plus, the only way to download gifs and videos is one by one.
And, yeah, I'm grateful that I haven't used them for business. It would be far cheaper for them to purchase a website to upload their images to. PB wants far too much money.
Slowly removing the emojis from the censored words list. I'm copy/pasting each one to a document so I can search through the list and switch out the links ... then copy/paste back into the censored words list. Some of them I am keeping, and switching out the images for text, such as: :crossmyfingers: becomes: *crossing_my_fingers* ... just text, no image, or hijacked PB image either.
There are over 400 to cut/change. Wish I was getting paid for all this work.
This is one of those times when that Fairly Bored Mom wand of yours would come in handy, I'm sure! Wish I could help, Joxie - not that my "help" would actually be helpful though; I'm not really understanding half of what you're describing!
I see that annoying "PhotoBucket 500" header is gone. Did you have something to do with that, or did they decide that maybe it was hypocritical of them to charge for hosting images, but at the same time, get free advertisement on sites they were holding images hostage, I wonder?
At the top of the board: I took out Lesa's image link, and left the color code. She adds both so that if the image goes down, the color code will take over. I plan on going through every header/footer of all of the boards and remove the image code. I figure since this board isn't very active, and a new photo site could go down too, then I'll leave out as many images as possible.
I am not very knowledgeable about CSS/HTML ... I only know enough that I can make small changes to Lesa's coding. Anything major will have to be left up to her ... or I just cut it out completely and have a less attractive board.
Last night I figured out a better way to do the censored words. I'll not replace the code with images ... I'll replace it with the plugin code. Then all I need do is reset the smiley plugin and the censored word list is updated too. For example: :crossmyfingers: becomes ::crossmyfingers:: and only the smiley plugin will have the image links. Still a lot of work, but only the one time set up.
I have a little over 200 to go and I'll be finished with the censored words list. Then all I have to do is upload the emojis and redo the smilies plugin. Then most of them should be back, and a whole lot less PB hijacked images. ::shrugs2::
Today I decided to downsize, and I deleted several boards on Runboard. My "Enrollment Center" board, "Whoosh Island" board, "Whoosh Fantasy Island" board ... and their test boards ... plus 3 other boards I hadn't started working on yet, and their test boards.
I have 3 other Proboards forums that I think I will combine into one, and delete two. I may even downsize the remaining boards on Runboard as well. I have 3 of my own, plus their test boards ... and I have Whoosh and it's test board. I might try and figure out how to combine my three boards into one as well. Then I'll only have 5 boards to keep up with. Whoosh1 (Yuku), Whoosh2 (Proboards), and Whoosh3 (Runboard). Then my two: one on Proboards, and one on Runboard.
I didn't even go into the censored words list today.
I guess PB thinks I shouldn't still have their images up. Like I'm supposed to work around the clock to get it all done, when they just dumped it all on my lap without warning. Got an email where they see I'm still using 3rd party hosting. Yes, yes, I am. And I'll switch them out as I get to them, and not before. Bite me!
I'm not rushing. Rushing leads to mistakes. Rushing leads to extra work. I know other board owners who jumped on Imgur.com to host their images ... and I found out they too do not want members using their site for 3rd party hosting ... see how much work I saved myself by not jumping on their site and doing all that uploading and switching out, only to have to upload to a different site and switching out once again. I'm taking my sweet time so that I only have to do this once.
You can stick it where the sun don't shine. I got all my images downloaded, and you can do what you want with my accounts and the images I have there. ***bird-flip***
I'd *take-a-bow*, but the image would get hijacked. BOLL! I feel much better after my little rant.
The sad thing is, social media isn't just killing message boards, it's killing the image hosting sites too. And I fear more and more image hosting sites are going to have to start charging to keep afloat. And this is why I'm planning on weeding out Lesa's nice designing images, and having a less attractive board. Keeping mostly the avatars, smileys & siggys. Well, and the header/footer images too. I'm saving Lesa's coding to threads on the Admin Code board should message boards make a comeback and her nice images can be put back up once again.
They were working on the internet at the end of the driveway today, so maybe they're getting closer to being done. My niece said that the last thing they did on her road was to come into the house and install a new plug/outlet. Not looking forward to that. I let my house go more and more as Mom's health declined and I had to spend more time with her. And I did nothing after her death. (Well ... very, very little.) I had to use paper and plastic, and if it didn't go into the microwave, I didn't eat. Well, the Pizzazz too. (Though, I did clean up a few things every once in a while to do a little cooking, nothing major.)
I've been slowly digging my way out. I can see how far I've come, but no one else will, since they didn't see the before. (It took more than a day to make this mess, it will take more than a day to clean it.) They're just going to see a messy house and not realize I am finally doing something about it. That I've made big progress. Oh, well. I ain't gonna keep'em out. I need/want this to be over. I'm tired of the ups and downs and the hair pulling.
This dang internet is yet another reason I'm taking my time with this mess. I tried downloading whole albums, but finally had to give it up and just download each image one by one. Oh, what fun _that_ was. ::
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2017 17:10:51 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
Finally finished with the censored words list. No more PB links in there ... now to better organize the images on my computer. Need to figure out where to upload the images to as well. I won't be uploading any images until I set up the albums better. PB is just gonna have to keep hijacking whatever images I haven't gotten to yet. This takes time. And I can't switch out the image links until I have it set up how I want it.