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Made in se
Dakka Veteran




Sweden

Breaking News.

I propose that the good members of DakkaDakka 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:

Chaos Dwarfs Online wrote:

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.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2017/06/30 17:24:08


   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





I personally use photobucket for my own meagre log, but the thought of losing so many old classics on Dakka is a real concern. Obviously a money issue on their part, time to get moving images over to a more friendly, and reliable, service. But a lot of images no longer stored on computer may be lost, a real headscratcher.

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Made in gb
Dark Angels Librarian with Book of Secrets





Cardiff

Screw Photobucket. This utterly blows.

 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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[SWAP SHOP MOD]
Killer Klaivex







The logical place to move the photos to is Dakka's own gallery system, if they're wargaming related.


 
   
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[DCM]
Dankhold Troggoth






Shadeglass Maze

Argh, this affects all the pics in one of my favorite P&M blogs here (nerdfest's):

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/7800/356350.page

Hopefully everyone can save their images...
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





 Ketara wrote:
The logical place to move the photos to is Dakka's own gallery system, if they're wargaming related.


I always found the images from Dakka to be too small.

Painting Warhammer 40,000 Conquest a P and M blog : https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/763491.page 
   
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka





In good news, this will finally get me to move all of my images off of Photobucket and stop going to that absolute disastrous hive of malware and spam. I haven't been able to upload new images there in like a year without having to tiptoe through clickbait and notifications of content that has been blocked by my security.
   
Made in us
Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






 LunarSol wrote:
In good news, this will finally get me to move all of my images off of Photobucket and stop going to that absolute disastrous hive of malware and spam. I haven't been able to upload new images there in like a year without having to tiptoe through clickbait and notifications of content that has been blocked by my security.
Yeah. Photobucket killed themselves.
   
Made in ca
Posts with Authority




I'm from the future. The future of space

My imgur links from years ago seem to still work. Why bother with a bad image hosting site?

Balance in pick up games? Two people, each with their own goals for the game, design half a board game on their own without knowing the layout of the board and hope it all works out. Good luck with that. The faster you can find like minded individuals who want the same things from the game as you, the better. 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

When I started Photobucket was easier to use and more reliable than the alternatives (especially if you had a range of images, rather than just wargaming)

but its been going down hill for ages and my reluctance to have to learn how to use an alternative made me put up with it

but I guess I've got to now

 
   
Made in us
Powerful Phoenix Lord





Yep, had an account with Photobucket since 2004 (way predates Imgur etc.).

Both accounts closed today.
   
Made in gb
Rampaging Reaver Titan Princeps





Warwickscire

May photobucket rot in hell with the fax machines and photocopiers. Always hated having to visit it. Shame about the lost images though...
   
Made in au
[MOD]
Making Stuff






Under the couch

ListenToMeWarriors wrote:
 Ketara wrote:
The logical place to move the photos to is Dakka's own gallery system, if they're wargaming related.


I always found the images from Dakka to be too small.

That's entirely down to the size of the images people choose to upload.

 
   
Made in us
Powerful Phoenix Lord





Are we taking odds on Photobucket evaporating over the next week?
   
Made in gb
Dark Angels Librarian with Book of Secrets





Cardiff

Oh wow, just logged in... I can't even download my photos? I click on one and the preview turns into that image in the OP. Seriously? This is a spectacularly douchey move...

 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
Made in ca
Legendary Master of the Chapter





 Elbows wrote:
Are we taking odds on Photobucket evaporating over the next week?


I'd say they'll last longer then that, but this'll defiantly be a major nail in the coffin of an already declining site.

Opinions are not facts please don't confuse the two 
   
Made in gb
Dark Angels Librarian with Book of Secrets





Cardiff

Well there was nothing I can't replace so I deleted my account. Good riddance, Photobucket.

 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Legendary Master of the Chapter






 zedmeister wrote:
May photobucket rot in hell with the fax machines and photocopiers. Always hated having to visit it. Shame about the lost images though...


Id hope not

we still use those at the office.

but yeah gak move.


 Unit1126PLL wrote:
 Scott-S6 wrote:
And yet another thread is hijacked for Unit to ask for the same advice, receive the same answers and make the same excuses.

Oh my god I'm becoming martel.
Send help!

 
   
Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka




OrlandotheTechnicoloured wrote:When I started Photobucket was easier to use and more reliable than the alternatives (especially if you had a range of images, rather than just wargaming)

but its been going down hill for ages and my reluctance to have to learn how to use an alternative made me put up with it

but I guess I've got to now


Same as me. I don't know any alternatives. Do you or anyone else recommend other good free sites?

Agies Grimm:The "Learn to play, bro" mentality is mostly just a way for someone to try to shame you by implying that their metaphorical nerd-wiener is bigger than yours. Which, ironically, I think nerds do even more vehemently than jocks.

Everything is made up and the points don't matter. 40K or Who's Line is it Anyway?

Auticus wrote: Or in summation: its ok to exploit shoddy points because those are rules and gamers exist to find rules loopholes (they are still "legal"), but if the same force can be composed without structure, it emotionally feels "wrong".  
   
Made in es
Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain




Vigo. Spain.

Imgur is the best now.

 Crimson Devil wrote:

Dakka does have White Knights and is also rather infamous for it's Black Knights. A new edition brings out the passionate and not all of them are good at expressing themselves in written form. There have been plenty of hysterical responses from both sides so far. So we descend into pointless bickering with neither side listening to each other. So posting here becomes more masturbation than conversation.

ERJAK wrote:
Forcing a 40k player to keep playing 7th is basically a hate crime.

 
   
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[DCM]
Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

I think Flickr may be where I end up (I've tried playing around with google but can't seem to get it to cough up a forum friendly link)

but here's a recent list for you to play around with

https://www.lifewire.com/free-image-hosting-sites-3486329

 
   
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Powerful Phoenix Lord





Also, if you have a blog - you can use IMG tags to place blog pictures on any forum normally.
   
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Ruthless Interrogator







Davor wrote:
OrlandotheTechnicoloured wrote:When I started Photobucket was easier to use and more reliable than the alternatives (especially if you had a range of images, rather than just wargaming)

but its been going down hill for ages and my reluctance to have to learn how to use an alternative made me put up with it

but I guess I've got to now


Same as me. I don't know any alternatives. Do you or anyone else recommend other good free sites?


Imgur.com or Dakka's gallery, although I find Dakka's hosting compresses the images to a point that really affects the quality of the image. That said, I still use it. Other options are Google Photos, or MS OneDrive.

You can never beat your first time. The second generation is shinier, stronger, faster and superior in every regard save one, and it's an unfair criticism to level, but it simply can't be as original. - Andy Chambers, on the evolution of Games Workshop games
 
   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut





Chicago, IL

This is really awful!

I've been using photobucket to host most of my images for years now, and although I at least was able to download all of them (I've heard of other photobucket users being locked out of their accounts), even once I find a new place to host them it will take forever to go back through every single post (here on dakka and over on the ammobunker) and relink the images.

I stopped hosting my images on Dakka because of the heavy compression artifacts and the slow uploading process, especially to get custom links to full size inline images. Is there any way to batch post images to Dakka without manually entering info for each one (picking adjusted or unadjusted, clicking copyright info, etc)?

I'm fairly active and still post my projects so will eventually fix my old threads (if I can ever find the free time). But there are so many wonderful threads that aren't really active and will undoubtedly never be fixed. Such a loss of cultural patrimony for the community!

In my dreams some benevolent computer genius writes some sort of magic widget or macro that makes it easy to automatically replace links to photobucket in old forum threads ...

   
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Ghastly Grave Guard





LA

Back when I first started using photobucket it was pretty nice and easy to use. At some point down the line they revamped the site and its only gone downhill from there. Unnecessary changes, clunky editing of images, slower website it took way too long to accomplish anything, less user friendly ...a lot of stuff made the website just a pain to use. They've shot themselves in their own foot with unneeded changes.

This is certainly tragic for all those old logs..

Same thing could happen when myspace eventually gets shut down (not sure how it's still around I don't know a soul who uses it anymore), all my old photos of me as a teen could potentially vanish for eternity...I might want to go and save those.

 
   
Made in au
Terrifying Doombull





Melbourne .au

 Ketara wrote:
The logical place to move the photos to is Dakka's own gallery system, if they're wargaming related.


Unfortunately, Dakka's gallery is only good for images posted on Dakka, and frankly, it's not even that good for those. The zoom function in lieu of just being able to see something blown up properly is horrible to use.

I'm in the process of backing up 5 years of wordpress blogging on Photobucket, and 5 years worth of my Dakka Plog. Hosting the images for Wordpress on wordpress itself, and the ones that are for forums including Dakka on Imgur, which seems to be the best of few choices.

   
Made in gb
Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Damn. Just seen this on a few forums I frequent. I don't have an issue with my Dakka gallery, although I don't need super HD images... I'll need though to work out what I have to back up from Photobucket and what I don't already have on my hard drives. Then have to re host and update the forum posts most important to me. What a drag. Have been hating PB recently anyway so no loss not using and will be deleting t he account as soon as I can...

   
Made in se
Dakka Veteran




Sweden

Attention

Saving your own pictures is quite straightforward and should probably be possible even after the changes have been fully implemented. However, saving others' of long since inactive members is a window that will soon close. If you know of anything specatcular and old you'd rather not be unable to see in the future, then head to that log and grab it.

There is one saving grace before Photobucket goes utterly dark. You can apparently download others' albums, if their privacy lets you see the album:



So some speed is won that way.

I just realized that I for a long time saved links to outstanding works of various kinds much more often than actual pictures. This might turn into a headache...

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Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





 Azazelx wrote:
 Ketara wrote:
The logical place to move the photos to is Dakka's own gallery system, if they're wargaming related.


Unfortunately, Dakka's gallery is only good for images posted on Dakka, and frankly, it's not even that good for those. The zoom function in lieu of just being able to see something blown up properly is horrible to use.



Agree totally with Azazelx here, Imgur it is then.

Painting Warhammer 40,000 Conquest a P and M blog : https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/763491.page 
   
Made in au
Been Around the Block




Australia

Their iOS apps have been sooo bad for the last couple of years - I'm glad this has happened. It's forced me to switch image hosting providers and it will also hopefully spell the end of this rancid company.
   
 
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