Photobucket have started to charge for third party posting.

Discussion in 'Ask Baldy, Blame Cannonshot' started by El Ponkin, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    I see you're new around here so I'll explain. Prior to 2015 the forum hosted only one pic per post, so for Ride Reports and other picture-dense threads it made much better sense, in fact it was encouraged, to use an online picture hosting service. Baldy didn't even really like the one pic per post because in the old days server capacity was more limited and more expensive to maintain -- and those pics took up a lot of space compared to text! As a result, many of us chose to use Photobucket which was cheap, reliable, fast, and easy to use.
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  2. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    You do know that hosting cost money...ADV is paying to host your photo.
  3. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc We can't stop here, THIS IS BAT COUNTRY!

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    Good explanation.
    I worked for several large forums, and hosting photos was all part of the game, so I never gave it a second thought.

    Honestly, in todays world, that cost would be pretty negligible.
    Assuming that the avg size web photo is 500K, (+/- 100k) a 1TB HD will hold around 2 million photos. Probably not that many on ADV rider currently.
  4. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    In theory, you're absolutely right and not trying to be negative, but:
    1. Most folks don't down-size to post.
    2. ADV is the biggest of the international motorcycle forums by far. It very well may have 2 million photos. Baldy and contributors are paying that tab.
    (We each get pleasure from this place, so let's all donate!)
    3. We've also come to realize at work that between back-ups and copying to other uses, we pay for about 6 times the storage of the average image.
  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    @Sleepyc I just got a real camera and am trying to figure this one out. I can plug the sd card from the camera into my chromebook. It backs up to google drive easy enough, but I'm missing a step to get them automagically into google photos where I can then get them into albums. Care to hold my hand a little:dunno
  6. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc We can't stop here, THIS IS BAT COUNTRY!

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    If your saving your real photos to a chromebook, then you have to manually upload the photos to google photos.
    Just log into google photos and create a "Album" then select the photos off of your computer and let them rip.
    It's great as it allows you to upload, and then add more later and when you are done, you can share a link to family and friends.

    My Mom is 80 and computer illiterate, but I am able to create albums and share a link she can click in a text and see the whole album.
    It rules.
    :D
  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    Got it. Thanks!
  8. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    My ride reports all-of-a-sudden have pictures again! Must have been a policy change at Photobucket. Hmmm, just found this... it's dated 17 May '18, so looks like it's been fixed for a while. Old news? That date is after last/previous post.
  9. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    So will we now all go back to PB after what they did and the better experience with SmugMug?

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  10. maria41

    maria41 www.franglais-riders.com

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    The CEO at PB who took the catastrophic decision to charge 399$ a year and took users’ photos in hostage, John Corpus, is gone. What a surprise!

    New boss now going back to much more reasonable pricing not far from what it was before the debacle.
    You can find the new pricing online.
    Will I go back? Hell no! ! I don’t think any former client will forget anytime soon.
    Personally, I had to go through all my RRs and source photos from my blog. Took a while!
    On the new RR I am currently writing, all my photos are with Flickr. A bit of a faff to get the correct link but it is free ( to me, as yahoo host my website) so I can put up with that.
    To PB, here is my answer: :ksteve
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    PB is much easier to use than any other format I have seen, but damn if I will go back only to be screwed again later.
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  12. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    I had one of the early $59/2 yrs PB accounts, and was billed once in 2009 and not since. Not sure how it happened, but I was willing to wait and see how long it took them to fix it :D
    When the $399 shitstorm hit, I emailed and complained - and they did offer to let me retain that account until Dec '18 with photo hosting retained....so my plan was to bail when that ran it's course.
    They informed me that my account had been "lost" and they needed to restart it, so I did pay for it to be started back up - but at the original rate and time.

    I've never had a problem with them because their faux pas didn't affect my pic hosting or anything - but I was still planning on bailing because of how they treated so many customers.
    Now that I read that heads rolled and it's back to business as usual (sort of), I'll take another look and keep an open mind when this account runs it's course.
    I'd planned on jumping to Smugmug since at the time it supported this site and Baldy, but now that's all changed as well...