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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 17, 2018, 09:30:40 PM »
1.Enable image attachments on the forum. I'm cautions to do this because of the negative impact it might have on my own server. But I'm considering it.
2. Self host images by paying for a domain and webspace.
3. Pay for image hosting (still risky, in my opinion, the host can pull the plug at any time)).
4. I could host images on animaltoyforum.com (not using the attachment system, just uploading them directly onto the server as I do my own images). That would be labour intensive.
5. Any other ideas!?

Solution 1: This might work here, due to it not being particularly active, but it won't work on the DTF.
Solution 2: This would probably the best one on your list, if not for the fact that it is likely many people here don't have the resources and/or time to do so.
Solution 3: Apart from the risk you've mentioned, this also suffers the issue of not everyone having the resources to do so.
Solution 4: While I can see how this would be less straining on the server than an attachment system, wouldn't this also add an additional strain on the server?

Of the solutions you've listed. I think solution no.2 and no.4 are the best.


Another solution I've seen: Improvising social media sites and making them your image host. This suffers from two potential issues: that the site in question changes image URLs routinely (this is an issue with Facebook and possibly Instagram) and that the site could potentially pull the plug on free image hosting, or even their service in general. The two sites I've seen this used with are DeviantArt and Imgur (the latter of which I use as my personal image host). Neither site looks set to be going anywhere soon, although both have questionable communities directly or indirectly associated with them.


EDIT: Can I just express an opinion here? I personally don't get the popularity of PostImage. The ads on there disorientate from the actual image, and the whole website looks like it was designed by someone still in high school. Basically, I don't trust the website that much.

Yeah, I don't think it is reasonable to expect every casual internet user to own server space.

The trouble with social media sites is that the image addresses change over time, without warning. Since they aren't image hosts they don't worry about a permanent image address. I've experienced this frustration myself when I've lazily linked to an image I've posted on social media instead of uploading it onto my server.

Another solution that occurred to me: sign up for a free blog - Blogger or Wordpress or whatever - and then upload images to that. They come with a lot of space, the image urls should be permanent, and there is no charge even for 3rd party hosting. I guess this is similar to @sbell's solution of using google images.

I also share your reservations about postimage. It is a dodgy spam ad hell! :))

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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 17, 2018, 09:22:39 PM »
I'm using this thread to talk about general image-hosting problems. I've been browsing the forum and been surprised by how many defunct image links there are. I'm not sure if there's a different explanation for each host, but I'll list them here for consideration... and perhaps we can find a solution going forward.

Photobucket. This one goes without saying, and has its own thread: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2085.0 However, I think Photobucket reversed their policy of charging for third part hosting, so many Photobucket-hosted images are now working again. For now. I wouldn't trust them not to do it again, so absolutely a host to avoid, although I've put the purge on hold for now. Of course, some Photobucket links are not working - they just show a "Photo not found" icon, so I guess those members have deleted the photographs from Photobucket but left the defunct links on the forum. @tyrantqueen seems to be a victim of this host.

Imageshack. These images are not appearing even if one goes direct to the image URL. @Jetoar (who will fix his images in due course), @Varanus, @werb for example, all seem to be victims of this image host. I presume Imageshack have changed their 3rd Party hosting policy, does anyone know?

Dropbox. Again, these images are not appearing even if one goes direct to the image URL. @sbell seems to be a victim of this image host (although some links are broken, while other links are not).

Upic. Images aren't appearing because the host doesn't seem to exist any more. @bio-boy seems to be a victim of this host.

Servimg. Images aren't appearing because the host doesn't seem to exist any more. @Takama seems to be a victim of this host.



Most of my images work. However i did noticed that some do not appear anymore  :-\. Its not just on here, But Also STS forum.   

Funny business with your host?
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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 17, 2018, 09:21:39 PM »
Imageshack. These images are not appearing even if one goes direct to the image URL. @Jetoar (who will fix his images in due course), @Varanus, @werb for example, all seem to be victims of this image host. I presume Imageshack have changed their 3rd Party hosting policy, does anyone know?

I've changed all my image urls to PostImage and they seem to be working.  I may have missed a few, but I think I got all of my walk-arounds and photos in the taxonomic groupings sections.

All I remember of Imageshack was one day not being able to log in and then all the images became defunct.  Just as well, because that site was slow and spam ridden as heck!

Thanks for that!  8)
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Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 17, 2018, 09:17:29 PM »
I just noticed if you click on the section 'Reviews and Walkarounds' or, on right bar, 'Read Recent Reviews and Walkarounds', all of these new Yowies reviews are not showing up? Did something not carry over when the child board was made?

Well spotted. Yes, I need to add the new child boards to the list...will do it now.

Any thoughts on my suggestions to rejig the forum?

Would general discussions for a certain company be intermixed with walkarounds? Personally I like walkarounds and reviews distinct (easier to search among them)

Yeah, but we only really have one general discussion topic per brand, so I was thinking of pinning (stickying) them to the top of each board. Other more general discussion in the Lines section can be moved to the 'Animal toys (general)' section, while the "New for..." threads could, but don't necessarily need to, be in a separate section.
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Yowies / Re: Ivory Billed Woodpecker (Yowies - USA)
« Last post by Takama on June 17, 2018, 05:51:58 PM »
and thank you for makeing it easy for me to see what is and isent reviewd on this forum. (As well as what pictures need Replaceing)
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Yowies / Utah Prairie Dog (Yowies - USA)
« Last post by Takama on June 17, 2018, 05:49:26 PM »
Utah Prairie Dog

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Yowies / Devils hole Pupfish (Yowies - USA)
« Last post by Takama on June 17, 2018, 05:46:06 PM »
Devils hole Pupfish


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Yowies / Leather Back turtle (Yowies - USA)
« Last post by Takama on June 17, 2018, 05:45:00 PM »
Leather Back turtle





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Yowies / Tiger Salamander (Yowies - USA)
« Last post by Takama on June 17, 2018, 05:42:22 PM »
One of the easiest ones to find. 


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Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« Last post by bmathison1972 on June 17, 2018, 02:06:21 PM »
I just noticed if you click on the section 'Reviews and Walkarounds' or, on right bar, 'Read Recent Reviews and Walkarounds', all of these new Yowies reviews are not showing up? Did something not carry over when the child board was made?

Well spotted. Yes, I need to add the new child boards to the list...will do it now.

Any thoughts on my suggestions to rejig the forum?

Would general discussions for a certain company be intermixed with walkarounds? Personally I like walkarounds and reviews distinct (easier to search among them)
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