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 Post subject: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Breaking News.

I propose that the good members of this forum 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:

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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.
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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:34 pm 
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CDO is well into manually salvaging massive amounts of surviving pictures from olden days. Lots more to do, of course. An organized volunteer effort will carry you far.

This is doable if a few members voluntarily sacrifice some days or a week of sparetime. Such a brief but intensive salvage sweep of old worthy pictures can save years and years of accumulated forum content!

Please think of the very best logs you have, and consider saving their images if their owners are inactive at the moment.

Worst of all? This Photobucket mess strikes in the middle of summer! Wanted to spend these hours outside. But long-term it will be worth it.

PS. Tech-savvy admins of this forum might wish to contact The Red Devil on Lustria Online right away. He might have found a loop-hole to automatically download Photobucket images and transform them into attachments. DS.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Salvation?

How to Automatically Download Linked Photobucket Images, by Sven Arild Helleland (The Red Terror)
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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:36 am 
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Red Devil's workaround will surely be blocked by the bell-ends at PhotoBucket when they become aware of it, so it's not a long-term solution.

The best thing is to identify the critical images and save them locally on our personal computers. Then we can figure out how to host them in something run by less idiotic people.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:48 pm 
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:roll: I am unimpressed by photobucket.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:59 pm 
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I have been a long term user of Photobucket. I have a premium account. I have butted heads with them over ad blockers. That is how they make money.I understand. Things are evolving.I have a buddy that grossed over a million last year on Youtube. Because of policy changes he can't pay his debts.I warned him but he was still blind sided by a change. You can't spend money like there is no tomorrow and expect a positive outcome. Get ahead of the curve don't lag behind. Expect change.

I deleted a huge number of photos from Photobucket. I will wait about a month and delete most of my old WIP photos from this site too.

Currently I have no LOTR or Hobbit projects in the works. The pro GW at the expense of third party models policy has reduced my interest here to near zero.

Flame war= I don't care :P I don't care that you don't care :P I don't care that you don't care that I don't care :P :P :P :P

I will check the news and comment from time to time 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:47 pm 
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Oldman Willow wrote:
I have been a long term user of Photobucket. I have a premium account. I have butted heads with them over ad blockers. That is how they make money.I understand. Things are evolving.I have a buddy that grossed over a million last year on Youtube. Because of policy changes he can't pay his debts.I warned him but he was still blind sided by a change. You can't spend money like there is no tomorrow and expect a positive outcome. Get ahead of the curve don't lag behind. Expect change.

I deleted a huge number of photos from Photobucket. I will wait about a month and delete most of my old WIP photos from this site too.

Currently I have no LOTR or Hobbit projects in the works. The pro GW at the expense of third party models policy has reduced my interest here to near zero.

Flame war= I don't care :P I don't care that you don't care :P I don't care that you don't care that I don't care :P :P :P :P

I will check the news and comment from time to time 8)


Thats a shame, I haven't been as active here with lots of other projects on the go. Your work has always been inspiring to me. Do you have a blog or post on another forum as would love to continue to see your work. I like to use all sorts of models for my LOTR with Heritage being some of my favourites. Take Care

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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
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, Thanks Quendil. I don't blog but I pop in from Place to place. I use the same avatar.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:45 am 
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Oldman Willow wrote:
, Thanks Quendil. I don't blog but I pop in from Place to place. I use the same avatar.



This is a good forum http://www.lead-adventure.de for a wild selection of gaming

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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:10 pm 
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OmW - hate to see you not put your excellent terrain pieces on here, not to mention your expertise and guidance on how to create projects. Even if your terrain making isn't LOTR/Hobbit related, would still like to see it.

Before you delete your wip's could you post your final bywater mill project?

Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Photobucket Third Party woes as described by Nicodemus
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:19 am 
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Mapper wrote:
OmW - hate to see you not put your excellent terrain pieces on here, not to mention your expertise and guidance on how to create projects. Even if your terrain making isn't LOTR/Hobbit related, would still like to see it.

Before you delete your wip's could you post your final bywater mill project?

Thanks.

I am only going to delete the very old WIPs. I organised the later WIPs better so I can leave them. The By water Mill is safe. I have not painted it. I will be sure to update when I can free up some work space.

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