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Hi from the United Kingdom
Just had an e mail reply from Support @ PB but I will not post it as the moderators will take it down
Simply it tells you in polite words pay up the $400’s or you do not see your images live on my forum ever again
Sad days after nine years of hard work and research by 239 members my forum is now laying in tatters
Thank you PB for nothing
Photobucket if you thought you could get by with charging this ridiculous amount, for a service you have been offering for free or at a very reasonable price, because you have no competition in the market, guess again. There are plenty of image hosting sites that have a basic subscription plan that allows third party hosting and direct linking, for either around the same price, or less then your plus50 plan, which allows neither.
If you think that the savvy business owners of these sites aren’t going to take full advantage of your stupidity, by offering some special pricing incentives to entice YOUR customers, who you decided to screw over, guess again.
Whatever marketing genius told you this was a good ides, needs to be fired, because he is clearly out of touch with reality.
Photobucket, you have destroyed your users blogs, forums and websites but your users will find a way to ‘bounce’ back – will you? You managed to destroy your reputation and trustworthiness. Something which is not so easy to regain.
While your maintenance might be complete, sadly there are NO replies when Support Request Tickets are opened up!
4 Requests remain unanswered about significant upload ‘problems’.
This is not what I would call even middle class ‘Customer Service’ never mind the term ‘Good’
Thanks for the warning Well you created a cash cow now. Even if 50% of the users quit. You will still be laughing all the way to the Bank. I hope you all rot in well you know where.
So here’s what I ended up doing: I re-saved everything I had collected in my bucket over the past twelve years (which came to just over 800 pics) to my computer, then seeing that I apparently had a Google Photos (formerly Picasa) album that I wasn’t using, decided to re-upload everything there. This entire process took two days, and then come to find out that Google Photos doesn’t allow for direct linking to images (they’ll generate a link for you, but the link itself is half a window long, and is apparently only temporary). So, I ended up having to spend another day re-re-saving everything and moving them to another service again, this time I went with Postimage at the suggestion of somebody I know. Postimage’s service is so-so: you get direct linking, which is good, but like Photobucket started doing recently, they automatically resize larger images (but unlike PB’s irreversible damage, Postimage still retains the original sizes that you can download).
So, this is what I ended up doing: whatever websites and blogs I had used my PB images on I can probably fix overtime, just not forum posts over these past twelve years.
Unfortunately, many people are predicting that everybody else will soon follow suit, and pretty soon there will no longer be any image-hosting services that allow for free hotlinking, and apparently social media is to blame for all of this . . . the thing of it is, social media (Facebook, in particular) compresses the hell out of images, making them look like low-quality jpegs that were edited and saved in Microsoft Paint (but then again, PB actually did this for a short while because they were running out of bandwidth – they eventually stopped, but once again, damage to our uploads was irreversible).
I’m not closing my PB account, though. As much backlash and outcry this poor move is receiving, part of me likes to think they’ll EVENTUALLY wise up, and perhaps lift the ransom/hostage off already-uploaded content, which would certainly fix hotlinked pics on old forum posts and such.
REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL EXEMPTION FOR NGO’S AND CHARITIES USING PHOTOBUCKET
We as Africa Wild, a non-profit conservation website based in South Africa, with 750 members, sincerely hope that Photobucket could reconsider or revise its sudden change in policy regarding third-party hotlinks. There are thousands of photographs involved, and there is no way our contributors can afford the yearly fee, especially given the fact that our currency is virtually worthless against the Dollar.
The pictures mentioned are not just for entertainment. On the contrary, they provide vital information and context regarding important matters like rhino poaching, fundraising activities, and suspected mismanagement of our natural resources by officials. This information is quite unique, stretching back over 6 years or so. Major media follow specific threads on our forums, or are directly referred there should incidents occur. Most regular members have given permission for media to use their pictures instantly straight off our website as required.
Another serious consequence is the loss of information regarding the reporting and monitoring of the big tusker elephants of Africa, specifically those of Kruger National Park. Our website is the only conduit for updates linked to the most expansive Tusker site in the world, run by one of our members, and some photographs stretch back over two decades or more. These can sometimes not be replaced, as members have either passed away or have ceased activity on our site due to other circumstances.
Furthermore, one of our main functions is providing general tourism information regarding accommodation and facilities in Southern African conservation areas. These are our most popular general topics, and are extensively utilised by especially foreign visitors, who provide a massive source of international income to our country every year, also contributing to desperately-needed job creation in our struggling economy.
We therefore plead with you for some kind of leniency in these regards, even if perhaps only granting exemption to some of our main contributing members. We could supply an initial relevant list of the most-affected members, perhaps 5-10 in total? We could easily prove the legitimacy of these members’ contributions by providing the relevant links.
The Africa Wild Committee
LOL! Yeah, Good Luck With That!!
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