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09-06-2013, 14:40
Several times now, pictures that members have posted from Photobucket come up as "Sorry this picture has been moved or deleted by the owner." This is happening both with Firefox and Chrome.

Any ideas?

Peter Piper
09-06-2013, 14:42
Any example links, Bob? Just Photobucket, or other host sites?

09-06-2013, 19:06
I've noticed this on some of the older posts. I think we recently changed the settings on the forum software to allow for hosting of photos on our server, provided you select the correct options when posting them. When I get back to my computer, I'll try to post instructions. Remote hosting is a more efficient use of space for the forum, but does lead to such problems when people take down or move photos on other sites.

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09-07-2013, 14:33
Any example links, Bob? Just Photobucket, or other host sites?

Seems to be entirely Photobucket. As to links, the one that comes to mind is Steve Laug's treatise on pipe refurbishing. No photos visible in any of the early sections. Then, more recently, dog-walker's reply in my thread about my Capt. Warren. Would have really liked to see that Pete he referred to.

Peter Piper
09-07-2013, 15:14
Hmm, perhaps the poster in that recent thread could shed some light?

09-07-2013, 16:55
Unfortunately, I can't really do anything with regard to the pictures that are missing from these threads. As I mentioned before, remote hosting of photos is prone to this problem if the user of a Photobucket or other remote hosting account moves or deletes pictures. It's just like a dead link anywhere else, because the photo is not on our server.

I will, however, take the opportunity to give a little tutorial on posting photos here. You can do it several different ways, which yield different looking results in the posts, although some of the ways of doing it may result in the above problem at some future point.

When a user views their pictures on Photobucket, to the right of the photo it gives you links you can use to include the photo in your forum post (though it is still living at the original Photobucket address).

1. When you paste the HTML code copied from the "Direct Link" option into the body of your post, only a link to the photo appears in the post:


2. "IMG", places the full-size photo in the body of your post:

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/PSU/IMAG0037-1_zpsbaf1f4e2.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/PSU/IMAG0037-1_zpsbaf1f4e2.jpg.html)

3. "IMG Thumb" yields a smaller photo which will link you to the original image if you click it:

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/PSU/th_IMAG0037-1_zpsbaf1f4e2.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/PSU/IMAG0037-1_zpsbaf1f4e2.jpg.html)

Again, using any of the above options may result in the photos in the thread disappearing if you move or delete them from your Photobucket account.

When you create a new thread or reply to an existing thread, you will see a tool bar like this above the box containing your text (I've darkened it and increased the contrast for illustrative purposes):

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/Menuimp_zpsb5c0d071.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/Menuimp_zpsb5c0d071.jpg.html)

In the tool bar, you will see a little picture frame button here:

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/Imagebutton_zpsd91f8ba3.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/Imagebutton_zpsd91f8ba3.jpg.html)

When you click the button, a box flies out like so:

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/Flyout_zpsf897a14b.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/Flyout_zpsf897a14b.jpg.html)

Notice that there are two tabs on the box. By default the "From Computer" tab is selected. This option allows you to select files from your computer and directly upload them to the forum.

If you wish to copy photos from Photobucket and save them here, click the "From URL" tab at the top of the box:

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/tumbao2_bucket/FlyoutURL_zps127504f2.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/user/tumbao2_bucket/media/FlyoutURL_zps127504f2.jpg.html)

Now simply paste the HTML code taken from Photobucket's "Direct Link" box into the box on the fly-out, making sure that the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" box is checked (it is by default), and it will copy the photo to our server. The resulting photo will appear like this in the post:


Clicking on the photo flies out a full-sized image. Any photos added this way should remain on the server with the post, and aren't dependent on the integrity of your remote hosting account. They are, however, a little less attractive and user friendly when you are trying to write a short article, as I've done here, which is why I used the IMG option from Photobucket for the screenshots I used in this piece. You are free to post photos however you wish, but understand that any changes you make to your Photobucket or other remote libraries will affect your historical posts here if the photos aren't locally hosted.

As I said, although we couldn't solve Bob's problem directly, I hope this helps everyone decide how to post photos to future threads.

09-07-2013, 17:29
Flawless work once again Herd, I thank you Sir.

09-07-2013, 17:46
Flaws work once again Herd, I thank you Sir.
Jeff, are you trying to post from your motorcycle again? Don't text and drive, my friend. :D

09-07-2013, 17:55
Ooops….I know you know what I meant anyway…..2559

Thank you again, Herb.

Peter Piper
09-07-2013, 18:00
Looks to me like Mr Craven is a Mac user, he goes up in my estimation even more. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/smile.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

09-07-2013, 18:05
I'm an apple too……….

Wonder if we could have your post stickyed(?) in the appropriate forum, Herb?

09-07-2013, 18:30
Looks to me like Mr Craven is a Mac user, he goes up in my estimation even more. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/smile.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

I wish I could say that I was, but lo, I'm too economically challenged for such fine hardware, so it's Windows and Android for me. I did spend 5 years with a Mac in my old office though. Amazingly reliable machines.

09-07-2013, 18:45
I'm an apple too……….

Wonder if we could have your post stickyed(?) in the appropriate forum, Herb?

I've stuck this thread for now, though in reviewing the help forum, I see where Paul posted a similar tutorial in the past. Perhaps I can try to incorporate the parts of my post that he didn't already cover into that thread, and then stick that one. We'll work it out.