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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2017, 06:49:54 AM »
Well, it's happened to me now!

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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2017, 07:30:38 AM »
I had an email from them too last night ...which just means I will not be using them again. Holding someone's images to ransom is poor customer service in my view, and I certainly don't intend to buy a subscription under these circumstances.
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2017, 07:42:58 AM »
I see it happening to various people around the board now.
I looked at someones profile and a picture there is gone and replaced with that 100% image. And the person who does the pony of the day threads, their avatar and signature pictures were gone for a while showing the 100% image. They have normal pictures again now but not the same pictures they used to have.

Is it random or is it happening to the people who have an insane amount of pictures uploaded? Did photobucket just lower the limit but still allow hotlinking?
 
*edit* Taffeta, what did the email say?
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2017, 07:45:53 AM »
Yeah I'm really really confused about what's going on... and is it true that photobucket is locking people out of their accounts and not letting them access their pictures at all without paying like $100???
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2017, 08:11:01 AM »
Well it just happened to me, I didn't get any emails or anything just some (not all) of my pics being replaced. I'm not particularly fond of Photobucket, so I guess I'll make sure all my pics acre backed up somewhere and upload them for use elsewhere.

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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2017, 08:53:27 AM »
I googled and found some information.
It seems PB is replacing random pictures with the 100% image. So even if for example your signature picture is ok other pics in your account could be affected.
And they are asking $400 to let you use your account and post pictures again.
It's ridiculous... People around the net are asking if it's a hack or something but it seems not.

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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2017, 09:56:03 AM »
I googled and found some information.
It seems PB is replacing random pictures with the 100% image. So even if for example your signature picture is ok other pics in your account could be affected.
And they are asking $400 to let you use your account and post pictures again.
It's ridiculous... People around the net are asking if it's a hack or something but it seems not.

Are you still allowed to look at the pictures on your account, just not post them anywhere? I'm not sure if I should be quickly downloading all my photos (((I don't have them all on my current computer...))) or if they will remain safe for my viewing only and I'm still allowed to save them to my computer?
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2017, 01:21:12 PM »
Are you still allowed to look at the pictures on your account, just not post them anywhere? I'm not sure if I should be quickly downloading all my photos (((I don't have them all on my current computer...))) or if they will remain safe for my viewing only and I'm still allowed to save them to my computer?

No, you will not be able to look at your photos, download or delete them. This blog post that I came across googling for answers sums it up very well.

I was lucky that the changes had not yet affected me. I started by downloading any pictures that I had not already saved on my external hard drive, then deleted everything from my account, and, lastly, deleted the account itself. After 12 years of using the service, it was a rather brutal farewell.
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2017, 02:02:24 PM »
I got an email too. Mine says I have to upgrade to the Plus 50O membership to enable 3rd party hosting. I'm not even sure I can get in Photobucket anymore.

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What's up with photobucket
« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2017, 02:04:28 PM »
Do i now have to upgrade my photobucket account if I want to link pictures here?  Is there anyway around it?  I am part of a photo contest here and is a set back for the participants and anyone else who uses photobucket free account

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Re: What's up with photobucket
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2017, 02:11:02 PM »
Photobucket is doing strange things. My signature on another site changed to a different image and I got an email from Photobucket that says I need to upgrade to a Plus 500 membership to be able to allow 3rd party hosting. I switched to Flickr for hosting/posting photos.

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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2017, 02:25:26 PM »
YIKES. Thanks for the heads up!! I'll be saving my photos asap, I hope it's not too late :(

This is insane, what on earth are they thinking?!?!
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Re: What's up with photobucket
« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2017, 02:25:41 PM »
there is a long thread about it here

http://mlparena.com/index.php/topic,386878.0.html

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Re: What's up with photobucket
« Reply #43 on: June 30, 2017, 02:26:37 PM »
This thread has some more info.. basically, if you've got anything on Photobucket, it's probably a good idea to back it up ASAP because apparently some people are getting locked out of their accounts and being forced to pay to get their pictures back D:
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Re: Photobucket no longer allows hotlinking from free accounts...
« Reply #44 on: June 30, 2017, 02:26:48 PM »
Guess I know what I'll be trying to do when I get home tonight...