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Can the Photobucket "update your account" image be supressed?

Discussion in 'Forum Problems & Issues' started by archetype, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. archetype

    archetype More tone than talent Ad Free + Supporter

    732
    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Greetings, mods.

    Since Photobucket changed to a paid business model, images previously hosted with the free model are no longer served. What is served is the Photobucket placeholder image. Can this image be trapped and suppressed or replaced? At the Web server you might see if the admins could do one of these things.

    1. Rework your proxy.php script to send the Photobucket image to null and deliver an a clear, one pixel image file instead.

    2. Since tdpri.com uses Apache server, the mod rewrite module could intercept photobucket.com/* and rewrite the path to use a clear, one pixel image file instead.

    You wouldn't have to display an image at all, but using a clear, one pixel image (or a "Please Upload a Picture" image) would let you analyze the server logs for just that file. That would tell you how many broken photobucket.com links are being requested.

    I don't know how you'd differentiate between the broken free pictures and the paid pictures, but my guess is that few members will pay the $400 annual fee to Photobucket for site-to-site linking.
     

  2. TDPRI

    TDPRI Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    TDPRILAND
    Admin Post
    Hi,
    There are many things we could do. Our favorite is for folks not not use 3rd party photo hosts, at all, ever.

    At this time we're evaluating all sorts of options. We're undecided about which is the best. But we are not ready to move forward with any changes at this time.
     
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  3. archetype

    archetype More tone than talent Ad Free + Supporter

    732
    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Cool. Thanks.
     

  4. pictacado

    pictacado TDPRI Member

    67
    Oct 17, 2013
    Los Angeles
    There are plugins/extensions for browsers that will display the broken photobucket links, if you're interested.
     

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