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What’s up with imgur?

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by Vapor_Eyes, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Accept

    Accept Well-Known Member

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    Since the admins don't appear to see it's in their interest to fix this...

    Any ideas for what to do with Tor browser? Surprised others aren't using it, given the https problem.

    Tried blocking tracking as strictly as possible without success. It's a portable installation with no cache. Closing the browser clears everything. All other security settings appear to be maxed by default. Scripts are allowed for FC, which is needed for most sites to function these days.

    There is an ultimate solution that's beginning to have more appeal - a certain alternative forum in which many of the same topics are discussed by many of the same participants. For now, FC appears to get higher traffic, but as problems like this make FC less competitive, that could (and sadly, maybe should) change.

    Love FC - learned volumes of useful information here. It's sad to see these issues bringing it down.
     
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  2. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v4.0a (unstable) Staff Member

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    Have you not read anything we've posted on this topic? There is a clear explanation for what is happening and I've posted the only solution that will avert it. Imgur has banned direct links from FC and our choice here is to drop the Classifieds or suffer as we're doing. Since the only administrator for FC isn't available, we can't close the Classifieds even if we wanted to. We can see the problem perfectly well, we've posted several times on the subject, and it's pretty disappointing that you would still say such a thing.

    You are welcome to leave for the unnamed forum any time. We certainly don't need you around here undermining this one.
     
  3. Accept

    Accept Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a tricky problem. Don't have a solution to offer, not an area of expertise. Truly hope you solve it eventually. Post was deliberately provocative to encourage mods not to give up, but to think outside the box.

    There's room for both fora, and it's more fun to use both for different reasons. Is there nothing to be learned from its approach to security?
     
  4. Summer

    Summer Well-Known Member

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    What??? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v4.0a (unstable) Staff Member

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    There is not, because this isn't a security issue. They haven't been cut off because their forum doesn't consume enough imgur bandwidth to attract notice.
     
  6. Accept

    Accept Well-Known Member

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    Alright, best of luck with this. Just want the best for FC. May have been too hard on you. Difficult to imagine running a forum under the conditions you have to work with. Feel free to delete post, if you'd like.
     
  7. cybrguy

    cybrguy I mean really, WTF

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    The very simple solutions to this problem is to not use imgur until they relent or change their policy. It is a stupid excuse to blacklist FC anyway and I am NOT installing an addon just so I can view imgur pics. Imgur offers nothing that the other image hosters don't, and they are only hurting themselves by blocking a huge number of advertising opportunities.

    Sometimes we have to vote with our feet, folks. It's a good lesson. Most of the time I just see the image tag I don't bother going out of my way to see it so posters that continue to use imgur are just limiting their audience. Entirely up to them.

    So, just as a data point, here is a tinypic test post I made in the sandbox thread soon after joining this forum in 2014 that is still available, so tinypic is no fly by night hoster...
    [​IMG]
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  8. KeroZen

    KeroZen Chronic vapaholic

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    Well, at least imgur pledged to not delete user images, even when posted anonymously without registering an account, and also to not set bandwidth limits. To me that was of clear interest and contrasted to all the previous image hosting services, which either removed images after some time or displayed a "monthly bandwidth exceeded" icon...

    Some even closed or merged and changed their policies and were not viable options anymore.

    No really, imgur wasn't that bad. And I can understand why they want to limit their services for "commercial uses". Speaking of which, @pakalolo did they offer a paid for alternative? Do we have any idea of the amount they would charge?

    I mean, hosting images has a cost. If we can't host them on the forum server then I don't think it would be that outrageous to pay for such a service, and imgur could be the provider we need.

    And about hiding the classified section, I imagine it's something we can't do without vtac? Your moderator account rights are not sufficient to change forum visibility settings?
     
  9. Summer

    Summer Well-Known Member

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    Why would they relent or change their policy? And hurting themselves? I don't recall seeing any ads on imgur. If they are there I guess I'm just not cognizant of them. I go, do my business, maybe peruse a couple of posts while I'm there & leave. And, I ask seriously, what would their motivation be to blacklist FC?
     
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  10. cybrguy

    cybrguy I mean really, WTF

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    My point is I don't really care if they relent or not as I won't be using them until or unless they do. They are only one of many hosters, and if they make me jump through hoops I just move to another.
    And just fyi, at this moment my ad blocker is blocking 20 something items on the front page of imgur. Many are trackers that may or may not be visible, but as soon as I disable the blocker I see ads from Mike's Hard Cider, Papa Johns and SquareSpace.
    As to their motivation, you would have to ask them but I don't think it serves them very well if it drives customers away.
     
  11. asdf420

    asdf420 Well-Known Member

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    wtf, that's basically, don't do anything
     
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  12. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v4.0a (unstable) Staff Member

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    Here is the crux of the matter. Their TOS are deliberately vague and they reserve the right to interpret them as they choose. These are the same terms you accept when you register here, so clearly I have no problem with that. I also accept that their ruling about our Classifieds can be justified. The troublesome thing is that we have no guarantee the dropping Classifieds will get us off their blacklist. Everything hinges on their attitude towards FC, because they could easily rule something else a violation of their TOS.

    If @vtac were around, he could at least drop the Classifieds or move them to another domain and then we'd see. Meanwhile, and they must know this, it is trivial to bypass their ban but it's a nuisance that has to be implemented by users, so there's their leverage.
     
  13. DieHard

    DieHard Accessory supplier

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    The fix I have found to work on my IPad is to hold my finger on the link until some options pop up. Then I choose "Open in New Tab". This seemed to do the trick.
    It takes the request away from the FC Forum window and fools the block.;)
     
  14. cybrguy

    cybrguy I mean really, WTF

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    On a PC if I REALLY want to see one, I just hit reply and it is visible in the reply window.

    I really don't see any upside for them to block FC (unless it's purely about the bandwidth we use). It's kinda self defeating to me, but these days that seems to be a trend, and not just in the cannabis industry...
     
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  15. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v4.0a (unstable) Staff Member

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    It is, but perhaps not in the obvious way. The bandwidth consumed by FC is not noticeable in terms of load. I think they look for sites that exceed a threshold in order to detect sites using imgur for their content delivery.
     
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  16. lookhigh

    lookhigh FC member

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    I find uploading pics through a hosting site a pita. Numbers and letters are a blur to me.
     
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  17. cybrguy

    cybrguy I mean really, WTF

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    It would be a lot easier (for us) if we could just attach them to our posts, but FC must have determined early on that they either didn't want to use that much storage or bandwidth. I don't know if the economics have changed since that decision or not, but a missing sysop makes that kinda moot...
     
  18. hd_rider

    hd_rider Well-Known Member

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    So if our sysop is MIA and never to return, what are our options?

    Being as old as this board's software is, should we put our heads together, look for volunteers to help run a new board, look for new hosting options, etc.?

    I would truly hate to wake up some morning, load up my e-nano in front of the PC, and come here for the morning blab only to find it doesn't exist anymore.
     
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  19. KeroZen

    KeroZen Chronic vapaholic

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    I think you are extrapolating here. He's not MIA, he's just unavailable. We're not a lost ship on the sea don't worry! ;)
     
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  20. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    He's had a history of going dark many times in the past but he has always come back, so there is no reason to assume he's "never to return". This current absence is nothing new.

    :peace:
     
  21. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy FUCK CANCER TOO !

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    I knew it!

    FC has just been a "front" all these years for international espionage!

    Quick! To our secured ComSys everyone!


    [​IMG]

    Hehehe!

    "Mr. and Mrs. Vtac...the United States Navy regrets to inform you that your son, Ensign F. C. Vtac, is...is...not available at this time...yeah, that's right...he's just unavailable."


    .
     
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  22. asdf420

    asdf420 Well-Known Member

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    why not write some scripts to download all the imgur images linked, upload them somewhere else and replace the links?
     
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  23. cybrguy

    cybrguy I mean really, WTF

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  24. LesPlenty

    LesPlenty Well-Known Member

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    So, why don`t FC just host the pictures like most other forums already do?
     
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  25. asdf420

    asdf420 Well-Known Member

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    i imagine either they didn't like how it worked, this forum software doesn't support it, or they didn't wanna deal with the traffic or storage space
    edit: (which should be dirt cheap now, with a decent host) this forum is hosted on ramnode. i already had https on my ramnode-hosted site years ago. just have been too lazy to re-set everything up using a configuration management tool like chef

    i wonder how much traffic this forum gets, from lurkers or anything that pulls images
     
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