Monday, July 17, 2017

The Second Post About Being Pissed at Photobucket

There was a thing, a good while ago, where Photobucket tried some "Load more" crap with their site, making it impossible for me to get to older pictures.  I made a post, things were annoying for awhile, and they eventually fixed it and all was well.

All is no longer well.

I guess Photobucket can no longer allow people to post pictures wherever they like - hotlinking - which is a word I haven't heard since I had dial-up internet.  Maybe I'm just clueless.  Maybe this is serious.  Maybe it's something they can't do without charging for it.  Maybe they're not screwing around with us.

Doesn't matter.  Here's the deal: I can't do what I want with my pictures unless I shell out 400 dollars a year. I wasn't told about this.  No email.  I had to look online to see all the outrage.  I guess Photobucket left a little post on their own blog, but just went ahead with the plan and screwed us all. So far my pictures are showing up here and there, but not all of them.  I don't know if they'll all disappear or if this will clear up.  It would have been nice if Photobucket had given me a warning before ruining everything I've worked on, we are.

So!  Where are we?  Well, considering my glut of old Joe reviews, it's no secret that I've had a harder time keeping this going since my boy was born.  I'd be lying if I said that was the only problem.  I've got a MAJOR cleaning project in my toyroom and basement, before I can get back to regular posts.  So there's that hanging over my head.  Now we've got this, as well!  If Photobucket doesn't get pressured back to their old model (and like I said: I am clueless.  Maybe they're legit) then I have to move somewhere else.  Since nearly all my picture links are broken, that means I have to read the file names, line then up with the pictures on my computer, upload them wherever I decide to go, and reload everything all over again (hopefully in the right order).  Or, I suppose I could just upload them directly to blogger, I dunno.

I already had a project on my hands with now we have yet another project of re-picturing the WHOLE BLOG.  I don't think I need to say that this kinda kills the blog for the time being.

The only good news I can give you, is that my Instagram is still going strong (and over 1000 followers, somehow).  I have been doing some minor focuses (like a recent MotUC focus), but now that the blog is dead in the water, I may try to do some short insta-reviews. They'll be more to-the-point and lacking in my little comics, but at least you'll get some toy info and my special brand of incessant rambling in the comment part.

Thanks for sticking around as long as you have, thanks for reading, thanks for laughing (at or with, I don't care), and thanks for giving me my little section of the internet.  I'm gona keep going so long as my toy interest thrives, so this isn't an ending, just a State of the Blog address.  If the pictures stay mostly dead, then you know I've got a lot of work ahead of me.  If they come back all at once, then yay! Regular work continues.  Only time will tell.

 ~ Alexx


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    1. Most certainly, though all my pictures are back. For some reason. I'm suspicious.

  2. This is one of my favorite sites to visit and revisit again and again. I hope everything works out right for you with your pictures!

    1. WELP, all my pictures seem to be back up! Don't know why, don't care, for now. All I did was send an angry message to them, but I haven't heard anything back yet. On with the show, I guess.

  3. Fuck a photobucket man, they really shot themselves hard. Hotlinking was the only reason anyone was ever using them! The TF forum I go to is currently littered with lots of dead photos links in people's signatures and throughout older threads. It's a wasteland.

    I hope they fix their issues for the sake of not losing all those images, but I sure won't be using them ever again.

    1. Yeah, since I've got so much invested in them, I'm going to stick around and see what they decide. Doesn't seem like they're going to budge, though, so that means I'll have to go through my blog like a madman to find out what pictures go where before they bring the axe down. I'm assuming that's why my pictures are back up. They've got some sort of deadline set, and since I'm already a paying customer, they're probably letting me have what I used to have until the end of the year.

      That's a new thing, though. I think. They screwed the pooch and somehow thought people would be cool with getting everything taken away from them all the sudden, so they're probably backtracking but still not letting go of that 400 dollar price tag. Funny thing is that I wouldn't have minded upping my cost a little bit, considering how useful they've been to me over the years, but rather than try to keep customers, they decided they only need a small handful of crazies that'll pay the 400 bucks a year. I suppose they're right. If you only get a few people giving them a shit ton of money, they'll probably be okay. Still, I gotta wonder why the hell anyone who tries to run a business would ever think that's a better idea over thousands and thousands of people giving them smaller amounts of money.