What does that mean? Anyone who has used Photobucket to link to an image will now see "Please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting" in place of your image.
The wiki page Posting images in the Bogleheads forum recommends using tinypic to host images.
BigFoot48 also supplied two helpful websites which suggest Photobucket alternatives. Look under "External links".
If anyone has a suggestion for updating the wiki page, please post here.
(We are not changing our policy regarding attachments. They're still not permitted.)
However, in one of my threads with multiple graphics they have not yet been disabled. So perhaps Photobucket decided that not giving notice was not a good idea and are waiting a week or two before disabling. If so, this will allow time to move the graphics to another host and edit the posts in threads that may be still actively viewed.
It's also possible your browser has the images locally cached and your browser hasn't pulled the latest from Photobucket, so what you're seeing may be different from what others see.BigFoot48 wrote:However, in one of my threads with multiple graphics they have not yet been disabled. So perhaps Photobucket decided that not giving notice was not a good idea and are waiting a week or two before disabling. If so, this will allow time to move the graphics to another host and edit the posts in threads that may be still actively viewed.
Excellent point! I use Firefox and checked via Chrome and my PB images are still showing. However when I click on them which links to Photobucket I see their statement "Moving forward, new and legacy free account users will NOT have third party hosting available.", so the end is coming. I hope to get my graphics set up elsewhere and re-linked within a few days - at least in the threads I know I posted graphics in.Mudpuppy wrote:It's also possible your browser has the images locally cached and your browser hasn't pulled the latest from Photobucket, so what you're seeing may be different from what others see.
I see that Postimage also offers hosting for forums that would make it easier for users to post images (if that's a good thing): "If you want to add our image hosting service to your forum please install the appropriate Image Upload extension."
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It works quite well, it's quicker and less fussy than others... but I worry about its chameleon-like characteristics.
It began at postimage.org.
Then it moved, and postimage.org began redirecting to postimage.io, which means it is masquerading as being hosted in the British Indian Ocean Territory (!), perhaps Diego Garcia Island. I guess there's nothing shady about this, and people think it's cool because it sounds like computer IO. It was at postimage.io as recently as last week.
Now it redirects to postimages.org (plural, postimages-with-an-s). In the time I've been using it, it's sometimes been offline for a few days, other times has displayed a small notice saying they're running out of money and need a business partner. At first it welcomed both "family-friendly" and "adult" images but has asked you to say which kind your image is; then for a while it said they only wanted "family-friendly" images and suggested a different URL for "adult content." Now they say nothing at all about this one way or the other.
I'm not sure whether or not I ever used the url postimg.org but it seems to be the same, as it, too, is currently redirecting to postimages.org.
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I uploaded my favorite wiki test image: File:Calculator.png, which is a .png file.
The sharable link is:
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