Grimmond
 member, 460 posts
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 "RALPH" The Wonder Llama
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 09:42
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I have been using PhotoBucket for years. Over the last few years their service has become so full of loading ads as to make the page nearly un-use-able.

Does anyone have a better free service ?
NowhereMan
 member, 145 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 09:44
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I personally prefer tinypic, but imgur is also pretty popular.
Yaaraer
 member, 138 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 10:07
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Pixxxels.org is a nice one as well. It actually allows you to have the site itself adjust the size of all pictures you upload to your needs. That was a nice feature that I make use of. And if it is something that you might have a need for, they also allow for adult styled pictures as well. Sometimes something that you might want if you are playing in an adult game or running one.
Shannara
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Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 11:12
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Imgur seems to be pretty good. :-)
horus
 member, 169 posts
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 Western Wastes
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 11:50
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I know that hosting photos on Google Drive is beyond my meager Google-fu.  I use a hosting service ran by a friend of mine for a Linux community I'm involved with.  He made it super-easy, because his site will auto-generate the HTML or BBCode needed to link to a picture hosted there.  Drop, copy, paste, Done.
nauthiz
 member, 531 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 22:02
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I second tinypic.
swordchucks
 member, 1401 posts
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 02:16
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I'll third imgur.  It's fairly simple to use and lets you directly link.
Kioma
 member, 30 posts
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 05:22
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I just use the Public folder of my Dropbox.
Grimmond
 member, 461 posts
 Antler-care by LIV THATCH
 "RALPH" The Wonder Llama
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 20:52
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In reply to Shannara (msg # 4):

Just tried IMGUR. WOW !

So much easier than Photobucket and no ads that make you wait forever, uploads really quickly ! I am sold ! Thanks
praguepride
 member, 1175 posts
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Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 21:45
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Also photobucket down-rezzes your uploads and imgur doesnt unless you ask it to
Legbreaker
 member, 435 posts
 If it moves, shoot it.
 If not, use explosives
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 09:50
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Photobucket has just changed so that you can't hotlink without paying a ridiculous amount (AU$400/US$313.24 per year) and is now virtually useless for our purposes.
mickey65
 member, 52 posts
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 Love several systems
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 13:36
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I've had good experiences with Imgur. They also don't seem to charge anything, but I might have missed the for-pay options.
Legbreaker
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 14:06
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Just opened a Imgur account. So far it's looking quite good. Certainly a bit easier than photobucket.
Jaysi
 member, 169 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 02:02
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How do I link a picture here to Imgur? I tried but it didn't do anything.
mickey65
 member, 74 posts
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Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 02:06
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In reply to Jaysi (msg # 14):

You need to select the picture itself once you've uploaded it. There will be a list on the right-hand side, with each item having a copyable link you can use in different situations. My best guess is that you should use Direct Link or Forum Link.
lesavagedamsel
 member, 366 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 23:12
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The updates to photobucket are a nightmare. I hate to even imagine trying to go and pull anything off my old albums. -_-

I would caution the use of Imgur, as of 2016 they updated their TOS with extensive mention of hotlinking. Seems like under their updated TOS they can shut you down if you're using images on other sites (yes, even images you have uploaded yourself). It's pretty outrageous reasoning. They've banned use of Imgur on various forums, and I'm sure that extends to most sites in general.


Good options, postimages.org and mediafire.com.
Shannara
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Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 16:44
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I've not seen Imgur banned on any site, myself.

However, any free site is suspect -- or any site, for that matter -- so it's always a good idea to keep your own backups.  If you pay for a site, you might have some limited recourse.

I use Pinterest a lot for easy finding of pics I like, but I think I may even make sure I have a local copy of things I don't want to lose.
bigbadron
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 but mostly he's Ron.
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 19:23
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I don't trust these free sites, which is why I always host pictures on my own paid for website and domain.  Means that I have full control over my own images.  Don't have to worry about some site changing their ToS and messing everything up.
lesavagedamsel
 member, 367 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 02:39
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@Shannara
(I wasn't intending to dismiss your suggestion, I'm sorry if it came off like that?) I never have used Imgur, but know people who did. One of which did lose their account, the other lost their uploads. It's probably just a risk, and I doubt they catch everyone. There had been a lot of discussion about it on a resource site I'm member of, so it came to mind. Seems like the reason is site traffic, and they aren't getting it when users link the images on other sites. They want direct linking to their pages.

Saving stuff (on back-up) is certainly the way to go, and as @BigBadRon said it's safest to self-host. All sites are fickle with updating TOS etc.. it gets crazy. :)

I know a lot of people just want something quick and easy for RP use, which is why I threw in a couple of site suggestions that work well (better than photobucket in any case xD).