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Downtime of Image Hosting Sites - What Next ?

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by Sristy, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. Sristy

    Sristy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Of late, there has been lots of issues / problems with image hosting sites like imgur and imageshack. Some of them suddenly change their ToS like imageshack which went premium and imgur which is down frequently. I believe they had at least 5 or 6 outages during 2015. Some of the outages took them forever to retrieve.

    Latest is, being a file sharing / image sharing site they land up on the wrong side of law frequently. Atleast in India they were banned few times by Court rulings. Like this here

    Even now for some reason imgur is down here in this part of the world, while it is opening with a proxy. Looks like another ban by ISPs. I am unable to see any sales thread images.

    My suggestion is to let users load the images from their hosted domains or offer a wide range of file sharing sites to host their images.
     
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    I've not noticed any significant downtime with imgur. However, I did have an issue a few weeks ago when malwarebytes decided to blacklist their ip range and none of their images were visible - if you're using mwb, might be worth checking?
     
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    My BST had some downtime too! I had to refresh it 5 times just to make sure it was loading. After the 5th refresh, it loaded normally. Used imgur.
     
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    Not using MWB though. However, ISP says they have orders to ban something on this domain and they decided to block it altogether. It is basically some type of file hosted which might have got the ban, but they find it easy to ban the whole domain itself to comply with court orders. They might act on my complaint and work on it in the next few days.

    My suggestion is for BHW to have a image hosting site with premium memberships so that at least the sales threads will start showing up images without breaking. I am quite sure there are good number of service providers on BHW who would support this initiative by taking up premium memberships.

    OR can include more number of image hosting sites to the list.