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Posted by: thunderstruck May 19 2017, 09:47 PM

tinypic

please use an alternative host

hello, caution!

for those of you who are not aware, tinypic has been an unreliable image host for a number of years. it will often swap out the images you upload and post on forums with something completely different without warning or reason. this seems to especially be an issue for those users viewing your image who are outside of north america.

other than the inconvenience this might not be a big issue, except that tinypic has been known to frequently display very nsfw images in place of roleplaying graphics. as a site that has members 13+, and knowing that unsolicited images of the sort are never a pleasant surprise, we would like to ask that any of our members who are still using tinypic consider switching to an alternative. although imgur has taken a stance and begun removing images being used on forums, there are many other options that are available to us. among some staff favourites are:

  • https://nickpic.host/
  • https://postimage.io/

overall, we recommend image hosts that 1) allow for hotlinking on forums, and 2) can use https in doing so. we understand that this may cause some inconvenience for those of you who use tinypic, but ultimately a switch will be better for you -- you will have security in knowing that your images are as you intend them to be and are not displaying inappropriate content that you may not know about -- and better for our community.

let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


Posted by: LOU NEED May 20 2017, 08:23 AM


https://imgsafe.org is another host that provides a nice short url which is the only reason i ever used tinypic in the past tbh

Posted by: AMATERASU May 20 2017, 10:46 AM
http://imgur.com/ is a blessed site.

Posted by: mardy bum May 20 2017, 11:24 AM
QUOTE (AMATERASU @ May 20 2017, 03:46 PM)
http://imgur.com/ is a blessed site.


imgur is not a safe choice, http://cttw.jcink.net/index.php?showtopic=7691&view=findpost&p=56458.

Posted by: VERONICA LODGE. May 20 2017, 11:51 AM
    i use http://abload.de/. it's in a different language but if you have chrome as your browser, you can have the pages translated!

Posted by: All Perspicacity May 20 2017, 06:57 PM
Another good option is https://imgfly.me. Allows hotlinking, huge file size, very fast, reliable, free.

Posted by: annalise keating May 20 2017, 06:58 PM
On the opposite end - what are there ones that don't work aside from imgur?

Posted by: thunderstruck May 20 2017, 07:56 PM
QUOTE (annalise keating @ May 20 2017, 06:58 PM)
On the opposite end - what are there ones that don't work aside from imgur?

as far as i know, the image hosts to avoid are mainly imgur, tinypic, and any that don't use https. i've also heard that some people have used tumblr as an image host and had some issues.

Posted by: Kuroya May 20 2017, 08:51 PM
honestly for anyone not aware, i would highly recommend that for site images (ads, affiliate banners, skin images, etc) that you just use the file manager (admin panel > jfh resources > file manager). free sites have up to 500 mb of space (and to put this in perspective, two skins with board description images and a bunch of ad stuff have only covered about 5.5mb on my site rn), it can't go down unless jcink as a whole is down, and if you delete something, you can reupload a new image with the same file name and it will replace it. and y'know, if you're concerned about space, disable the ability for people to upload avatars and all the space will be for the site stuff and that's it.

ofc that doesn't do much for personal graphics and icons, so for that, i use either http://ultraimg.com or http://imgbox.com/. imgbox is a lot more stable and i've literally never had issues there where ultraimg has had issues where they sometimes go down for weeks at a time (though it's been stable for the past few months so yay). but imgbox is silent on hotlinking in their terms while ultraimg flat out states it's fine so. there's that.

there's also the issue that photobucket (and by extension tinypic since they're owned by the same company) can take what you upload and use it however they like, including for things they make money on so. yeah.

edit: proboards also has a similar option within the admin panel somewhere under the themes option where you can upload unique images and get the direct links if you open them up. it's just been a while since i've done anything with proboards so i don't remember how to get there off the top of my head :c sorry. and sorry to all the other forum hosts i have no idea about

Posted by: thunderstruck May 20 2017, 09:27 PM
QUOTE (Kuroya @ May 20 2017, 08:51 PM)
ofc that doesn't do much for personal graphics and icons, so for that, i use either http://ultraimg.com or http://imgbox.com/.  imgbox is a lot more stable and i've literally never had issues there where ultraimg has had issues where they sometimes go down for weeks at a time (though it's been stable for the past few months so yay).  but imgbox is silent on hotlinking in their terms while ultraimg flat out states it's fine so.  there's that.

as far as i can tell, ultraimg doesn't seem to use https and so i wouldn't recommend it. please feel free to correct me if i'm wrong though!

Posted by: space bisexual May 21 2017, 11:28 AM
QUOTE (LOU NEED @ May 20 2017, 08:23 AM)
https://imgsafe.org is another host that provides a nice short url which is the only reason i ever used tinypic in the past tbh


imgsafe seems to go down a lot, because it was my host of choice for a while, but after having it go down for a week or more a couple months ago, i've been wary of using it.

Posted by: sidhe May 21 2017, 06:20 PM
In my experience, imgsafe goes down a lot and even if you have a "registered" account with them, a good number of your images may or may not be available for use. I recently switched to https://imgbox.com/ and it's been great. Smooth uploads, short hyperlinks, and you can sort everything you upload into different galleries for ease of use.

Posted by: Islington May 22 2017, 01:26 AM
Personally I always recommend NickPic, if only because I know the guy who set it up, and why he did. He's a roleplayer just like us, and I like that he's concerned with the things we'd look for. So much so that he pays for the image host out of his own pocket, barring the occasional donation; and has been this whole time since setting it up after the whole imgur mess. Plus down time wise, usually he actually gets notified and fixes it pretty quick on the rare times it does go down, because someone pokes or panics at him on skype thoroughly lol

Posted by: SithLordOfSnark Jun 3 2017, 05:37 PM
QUOTE (Islington @ May 21 2017, 10:26 PM)
Personally I always recommend NickPic, if only because I know the guy who set it up, and why he did. He's a roleplayer just like us, and I like that he's concerned with the things we'd look for. So much so that he pays for the image host out of his own pocket, barring the occasional donation; and has been this whole time since setting it up after the whole imgur mess. Plus down time wise, usually he actually gets notified and fixes it pretty quick on the rare times it does go down, because someone pokes or panics at him on skype thoroughly lol


I totally agree. I have personally been using nickpic for all my images since I heard about it.

Posted by: Lyric Jun 6 2017, 10:30 PM
A lot of people use Tumblr, just upload everything into a photoset and draft it. But either than that, I can vouch for imgbox.

Posted by: Kuroya Jun 8 2017, 09:00 AM
Adding this in since I just found out and tagging thunderstruck, annalise keating, and sidhe for relevance.

http://prntscr.com/fheuft

Posted by: thunderstruck Jun 8 2017, 09:58 AM
QUOTE (Kuroya @ Jun 8 2017, 09:00 AM)
Adding this in since I just found out and tagging thunderstruck, annalise keating, and sidhe for relevance.

http://prntscr.com/fheuft

thank you for sharing that!! i miss the days when we had our pick of image hosts :c

Posted by: YunoTheNinetales Jun 9 2017, 03:08 PM
I just host mine on my test sites

Posted by: Canadian Alygator Jun 10 2017, 11:03 PM
Imgsafe goes down a lot and I have many images never get recovered even though all got uploaded on my account I made there. Also doesn't really let you make folders or organize but Nickpic does let you make folders. And it has been nothing but reliable for me since I started using it.

Posted by: SithLordOfSnark Jun 30 2017, 04:54 AM
And here I am, the bearer of bad news all over again.

Photobucket is turning into a serious cash grab and no longer allows 3rd party hosting unless you pay for an account. I lost several of my ad and button images because of this, so just a headsup that if you're on Photobucket, start moving your pictures to another, secure host.

Posted by: Islington Jun 30 2017, 05:31 AM
QUOTE (SithLordOfSnark @ Jun 30 2017, 09:54 AM)
And here I am, the bearer of bad news all over again.

Photobucket is turning into a serious cash grab and no longer allows 3rd party hosting unless you pay for an account. I lost several of my ad and button images because of this, so just a headsup that if you're on Photobucket, start moving your pictures to another, secure host.


Not just any paid account too, only the highest tier of their premium allows 3rd party hosting. And that one is priced at $399.99 a year. So yeah, if anyone has images on there, make sure you have copies saved!

Posted by: SithLordOfSnark Jun 30 2017, 07:36 AM
QUOTE (Islington @ Jun 30 2017, 02:31 AM)
QUOTE (SithLordOfSnark @ Jun 30 2017, 09:54 AM)
And here I am, the bearer of bad news all over again.

Photobucket is turning into a serious cash grab and no longer allows 3rd party hosting unless you pay for an account. I lost several of my ad and button images because of this, so just a headsup that if you're on Photobucket, start moving your pictures to another, secure host.


Not just any paid account too, only the highest tier of their premium allows 3rd party hosting. And that one is priced at $399.99 a year. So yeah, if anyone has images on there, make sure you have copies saved!


I just can't believe they're going that route - Nobody in their right mind is going to spend 400 dollars a year for a bloody hobby.

Posted by: thunderstruck Jun 30 2017, 07:42 AM
QUOTE (Islington @ Jun 30 2017, 05:31 AM)
QUOTE (SithLordOfSnark @ Jun 30 2017, 09:54 AM)
And here I am, the bearer of bad news all over again.

Photobucket is turning into a serious cash grab and no longer allows 3rd party hosting unless you pay for an account. I lost several of my ad and button images because of this, so just a headsup that if you're on Photobucket, start moving your pictures to another, secure host.


Not just any paid account too, only the highest tier of their premium allows 3rd party hosting. And that one is priced at $399.99 a year. So yeah, if anyone has images on there, make sure you have copies saved!

fortunately, from what i've seen, if you click one of their notices that replaces your hotlinked image, it takes you to that image on their site. so nothing will be lost, but all images will obviously need to be reuploaded elsewhere and the links replaced!


i would take this time again to recommend nickpic, a service meant for roleplayers (and only for us), made free by the owner/staff team. they created their host in response to this exact issue of image hosts cutting off our community, and have been extremely responsive in handling any issues that come up with their services. http://i.imgur.com/lnW2yfS.gif

Posted by: Kuroya Jun 30 2017, 07:44 AM
i mean, photobucket was already kind of shifty since they had the whole "they have the right to use your content and profit from it" thing in their tos so in that sense, doesn't surprise me

just going to add for anyone who is unaware, again, site images on proboards and jcink can both be hosted directly on their servers through the jcink file manager or proboards' skin images function in themes. so aff buttons and ad images (as well as any skin images such as backgrounds, board description images, and so on) can be directly hosted there and solve that problem.

also going to recommend that on the other side of the fence for anyone who's just not good with coding, if you have issues with aff buttons resizing since photobucket's replacing the images with a massive ugly image, just add width ="88px" height="31px" inside the image html so it's laid out similar to <img src="URLHERE" width="88px" height="31px"> and you'll force it to size back down to proper size. works for this and any other button image issue. just make sure you don't delete anything from the a tag since otherwise you lose the link

Posted by: Taylor Shaw Jun 30 2017, 09:21 AM
Just want to let you guys know, if you don't already, that https://prnt.sc/fheuft is closing down. so if you don't already know, you may want to save any images you have stored there before they are lost forever.

As the first post states, https://nickpic.host is a great service. And I don't just say that because I am biased, as Nick is a good friend of mine as well as me being a staff member there. LOL

Posted by: ashkir Jun 30 2017, 09:23 AM
Good morning, Caution.

I am Nick. Thank you all for recommending my host, I appreciate it. It is true, I and a few friends that are roleplayers created this after the Imgur fiasco of blocking all direct links. We heard the news about Imgbox, Gifyu, Flickr banning persons hotlinking, Tumblr changing URLs on you, I.Minus, ImgBox, ImageBam, and a few others are shutting down. Photobucket now wants a ridiculous fee. I don't like these at all. Sli.mg and Eroshare also announced shutdowns as well. Img.yt is now limiting the amount of bandwidth and has popup ads (plus their compression sucks). Recently, Jcink had to remove a few recommended HTTPS websites from it's own website, due to the fact some of them are now charging.

This is no bueno to us. If anyone needs any help please let us know, we'd be happy to help transfer a lot of images.

Also that $400 a year fee is ridicilous. That'd pay for 6 months of my hosting bills. I have 1,047 active users right now.

Posted by: YUKI Jun 30 2017, 11:44 AM
Just so you guys know, http://prntscr.com/fq35o4 has decided to continue their services. So, if you want to go back to imgbox, please by all means go for it.

Posted by: good old war Jul 16 2017, 11:53 PM
I wouldn't recommend anything other than signing up for a JCINK forum and using it for storage. That's what I do for all my images, and it's totally reliable unless JCINK is down, in which case it's sort of a moot point. Plus, the File Manager allows for folders to organize things, which makes everything much simpler, supports HTTPS as of the HTTPS encryption beta, and preserves the file name in the url for easier access.

Posted by: tom hardy. Jul 17 2017, 02:19 AM
QUOTE (good old war @ Jul 16 2017, 09:53 PM)
I wouldn't recommend anything other than signing up for a JCINK forum and using it for storage. That's what I do for all my images, and it's totally reliable unless JCINK is down, in which case it's sort of a moot point. Plus, the File Manager allows for folders to organize things, which makes everything much simpler, supports HTTPS as of the HTTPS encryption beta, and preserves the file name in the url for easier access.


i think it's been mentioned before but i believe it's against TOS to register forums strictly for use as storage so i wouldn't recommend this at all.

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