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Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

Postby Bob Ionta » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:35 pm

Hi,

I'm not really new here but I have not been visiting a lot recently. Now that I've returned I find I can't view pictures that folks have posted. Instead of a photo I see an icon from Photobucket with some text saying I (or maybe the original poster?) should update preferences to enable offsite hosting of photos. I can't find anything in the MIMF preferences that would affect this. I'm using a Mac and I've tried 2 browsers, Safari and Chrome, with identical results.

Can anyone give me a clue?

Thanks.

--Bob
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Re: viewing posted pictures

Postby Peter Wilcox » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:23 pm

Photobucket went from a free service to paid a few months ago, and their rates are really unrealistic, so pics posted there are not viewable any more unless the poster pays up, and most don't, so those pics are lost.
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Re: viewing posted pictures

Postby Bob Ionta » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:58 am

Ah. I see. That's a shame. Thank you for explaining.
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Re: viewing posted pictures

Postby Jim McConkey » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:59 pm

There are extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that can trick Photobucket into displaying old hotlinked pictures. Search your extension store for "Photobucket." There is, of course, no guarantee that Photobucket will not change something else to disable these. I just installed Photobucket Hotlink Fix 1.3.14 on Firefox and can verify it does work as of today (12/3/2017). If you install it (no reboot required), you still need to refresh whatever page you were looking at. It is an open-source project and is available here (source code is on GitHub):

Firefox version: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... x/?src=api
Chrome version: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... apbifiaedg
Opera version: https://addons.opera.com/es/extensions/ ... otlink-fix
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Re: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

Postby Peter Wilcox » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:30 pm

Thanks, Jim. That's good to know. I just installed it on Firefox and it works seamlessly.
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Re: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

Postby Glenn Cummings » Sat May 19, 2018 4:12 pm

So ... in general the take away is that we 'hate' photobucket. (I do)... we will not do business with them
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Although I am a free market capitalist, this sucks, because they changed the rules for everyone, now matter when.
I put some pictures there in good faith because I felt they would show me some adverstising, they would do well, etc.
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but Photobucket sucks in my opinion... and I would imagine in the opinions of all free men..
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Re: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

Postby Pat Foster » Sun May 20, 2018 11:59 pm

After all the uproar from their draconian plan changes last year, they're dropping the price for 3rd party hosting (which used to be free) from $399/year to $25/year, and for a limited time, $19.99/year. It doesn't seem to be on their web site yet, but there's this article:

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/17/photobucket-image-hosting-plans/
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