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Old 07-17-2018, 04:23 PM
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A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It has become geofenced in some areas due to abuse, which means a number of photos here have "disappeared." Over time, as more people (outside of VAF) find Halie.com, abuse will likely spread to other areas that will end up geofenced as well. I understand the photos are still there, but my area can no longer access halie.com so I can't see them anymore... It used to work just fine.

For maintaining long term value for the maximum number of users here on VAF, users may want to start looking for another solution now rather than later.
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:42 PM
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I've reverted to Flickr (now owned by SmugMug) in the last year or so after Photobucket pulled that brilliant move.

Been on there since 2011. 1 TB free- so far anyway.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:49 PM
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I generally use postimage.org. It's easy and fast.

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Old 07-17-2018, 10:00 PM
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I believe photobucket lowered their price to a reasonable amount.

edit: Just checked. $4 to $6 per month. http://photobucket.com/plans/
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:36 PM
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Iíve been using imgur.com for nearly a decade now with zero issues.
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:43 PM
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A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It has become geofenced in some areas due to abuse, which means a number of photos here have "disappeared." Over time, as more people (outside of VAF) find Halie.com, abuse will likely spread to other areas that will end up geofenced as well. I understand the photos are still there, but my area can no longer access halie.com so I can't see them anymore... It used to work just fine.

For maintaining long term value for the maximum number of users here on VAF, users may want to start looking for another solution now rather than later.
So here we go again? Halie promising to host our images indefinitely and then having to take measures that disrupt their availability. Don't take that the wrong way. I applaud Halie's benevolence in providing this for us. But perhaps it truly is too good to be true. The very fact that halie is a side show pet project may portend poor support and weak security. I have become leery of photo hosting services ever since Photobucket went buck wild and I lost hundreds of photos and years of technical posting forum links going wonky overnight. To the point I was discouraged from participating and abandoning a handful of specialty forums (i.e. Flyhusky.com, Luscombe List, Tundra Forums, etc). Like the jilted lover I became suspect of any and all photo hosting services that came calling. In fact I see more than half the postings in this very thread have gone "bad link". That's an unforgivable and tragic thing. But I am open to a reasonable explanation of what is going on....

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Old 07-18-2018, 12:05 AM
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Best solution: Doug should upgrade to the latest version of vbulletin, and start hosting images for all users. [ed. Doug's Law for the win!!!! v/r,dr ;^)]. That would solve this problem. If the cost is really high to store images, make that a feature that we would have to pay for. I'd rather pay extra money to Doug to store images than to a 3rd party.

2nd best solution: Pay someone like bluehost to give you a wordpress site, and then you have a blog, and a place to store images. A bit more work, but gives you more features than just an image hosting service. You can also go to wordpress.com and get a free site - not sure how many images you get there, but you also get a blog.

3rd best for nerds: get a server somewhere in the cloud or in your basement if you get a static IP and host them there, but get ready to waste a lot of time managing it!
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:27 AM
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Best solution: Doug should upgrade to the latest version of vbulletin, and start hosting images for all users. That would solve this problem. If the cost is really high to store images, make that a feature that we would have to pay for. I'd rather pay extra money to Doug to store images than to a 3rd party.

2nd best solution: Pay someone like bluehost to give you a wordpress site, and then you have a blog, and a place to store images. A bit more work, but gives you more features than just an image hosting service. You can also go to wordpress.com and get a free site - not sure how many images you get there, but you also get a blog.

3rd best for nerds: get a server somewhere in the cloud or in your basement if you get a static IP and host them there, but get ready to waste a lot of time managing it!

I REALLY wish this site would be upgraded to the latest version of vBulletin. This version is over a decade old. The newer versions handle photos WAY better.

[ed. http://www.vansairforce.net/articles...ums/images.htm for why I don't host photos. If anyone would like to start their own photo hosting site, please do!!! I certainly don't want to. The space requirements and complexity of image/video/360 panos/VR/podcasts/etc is growing exponentially - I don't need that burden to add to my current workload. Again, if you would like to take on the task, I'm your biggest fan!!! As this thread demonstrates, image hosting can be a challenge. Upgrading vBulletin won't change that.

Please give the link a read - the problems and scales are more difficult than you might imagine. There is nothing simple about it. v/r,dr]
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:35 AM
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So here we go again? Halie promising to host our images indefinitely and then having to take measures that disrupt their availability. Don't take that the wrong way. I applaud Halie's benevolence in providing this for us. But perhaps it truly is too good to be true. The very fact that halie is a side show pet project may portend poor support and weak security.
No promises and there is no support and no security. Like I've said, it's is my and a few buddies personal forum image hosting site.

You are free to use it and you'll get what you pay for -- or your money back! Guaranteed.

Due to an unbelievable amount of the worst kind of abuse, it's now available only in the US.

I'm not sure why Doug doesn't want to upgrade to a modern platform. The longer he waits, the harder it's going to be and the risk of not being able to move the databases forward easily increases. It would be trivial to use Amazon AWS to host the site plus images and it wouldn't be expensive, likely less than he's paying now with image hosting. Many of us have offered to help. He must have good reasons, but he's under no obligation to upgrade anything or even discuss it with us, it's his private property.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:21 AM
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Due to an unbelievable amount of the worst kind of abuse, it's now available only in the US.
Oddly enough, it works from my office in Victoria, but not my house in Sidney. Both in BC, Canada. I guess the geofencing isn't perfect...
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