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Contributors to this thread:
APauls 08-Sep-17
midwest 08-Sep-17
Pat Lefemine 08-Sep-17
Rut Nut 08-Sep-17
Pat Lefemine 08-Sep-17
Rut Nut 08-Sep-17
Pat Lefemine 08-Sep-17
Rut Nut 08-Sep-17
APauls 08-Sep-17
Pigsticker 08-Sep-17
BOWUNTR 08-Sep-17
sticksender 08-Sep-17
SteveB 10-Sep-17
sticksender 10-Sep-17
Medicinemann 10-Sep-17
elkmtngear 10-Sep-17
pointingdogs 10-Sep-17
Orion 10-Sep-17
elkmtngear 10-Sep-17
JTV 10-Sep-17
sticksender 10-Sep-17
Salagi 10-Sep-17
Pat Lefemine 10-Sep-17
From: APauls
08-Sep-17
I went back into my favourite threads to read Kevin Dill's moose hunt and see his pulley system again prior to my moose hunt and he used photobucket for his pictures :( Thanks to that stupid photobucket fiasco one of the greatest threads of all time is missing it's pics. So sad.

From: midwest
08-Sep-17
Oh damn!

From: Pat Lefemine
08-Sep-17
One of the reasons I have repeatedly asked (should have mandated) that people use our native photo display function here and not a 3rd party service like Photobucket. Only a few people used it, Thank goodness.

Many websites used Photobucket exclusively for forum photos. What a train wreck.

From: Rut Nut
08-Sep-17
I never used Photobucket. What happened?

From: Pat Lefemine
08-Sep-17
All embedded links went dead unless you pay them a ridiculous amount of money annually to reactivate it. Basically everyone is telling them to go screw themselves. So they are toast.

Some people used them to store all of their photo albums and cherished memories. Sad.

From: Rut Nut
08-Sep-17
Oh geez! Guess someone got greedy........................... : (

From: Pat Lefemine
08-Sep-17
Their business model could never support all that free hosting everywhere. I wonder if they are making a last minute cash grab before going under - completely. If they charged $20 bucks I'm sure they would get enough people to sustain their costs. But what they are charging is ridiculous and almost nobody is biting - so something else is in play here.

From: Rut Nut
08-Sep-17
That's what I was thinking.................................................should have charged a reasonable fee, and probably would have kept a lot of business.

From: APauls
08-Sep-17
Yes, thankfully few people use photobucket in bowsite threads. Though I have ran into it in a few old threads already. It really is mindboggling to think of how many blogs, forums, etc are going to have the stupid "missing image" icon or whatever in a photo's place.

From: Pigsticker
08-Sep-17
Sad, Kevin's level of detail and overall conveying of the adventure in writing and photography is unsurpassed. His photos were a treasure to anyone planning a moose hunt.

From: BOWUNTR
08-Sep-17
Didn't webshots do the same thing? Gone.... Ed F

From: sticksender
08-Sep-17
You can own your own website for a few bucks a month. Meaning your own personal domain name and virtually unlimited file hosting that will never be lost or expire. No ads, no restrictions, no surprises. Plus you can use an FTP app like FileZilla to upload a massive amount of pics or videos, all at once. Much better than having to rely on a 3rd party "free" service that might change their mind someday and put the screws to you.

From: SteveB
10-Sep-17
Sticksender. The "free" web host could do the same thing though.

From: sticksender
10-Sep-17
Correct, that's what we're talking about. "Free" until they kidnap your files and hold them for ransom.

From: Medicinemann
10-Sep-17
So if you posted the photos on photobucket (or something similar), you might still have them on an SD card....right? If so, can anything be done to repair/replace "locked up" photos?

From: elkmtngear
10-Sep-17
I went back and did an edit on one of my Bowsite Threads that had a lot of Photobucket images (had the images stored on my PC).

Takes a little work, but can be done.

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: pointingdogs
10-Sep-17
Sticksender: can you recommend a website company that you have faith in? I might look into that option. Thanks

From: Orion
10-Sep-17
amazon prime stores photos for free with membership

From: elkmtngear
10-Sep-17
FlickR is still free (at this point). Just make it a point to store (and organize) all your photos on an accessory drive or something, and you won't ever have to worry about losing them.

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: JTV
10-Sep-17
I store all my pics right here on the computer and then save 'em to a stick when I get enough ...

From: sticksender
10-Sep-17
pointingdogs, GoDaddy is about good as any. I've also used webhost4life.

From: Salagi
10-Sep-17
My mother recently said to me that she believed some day folks were going to regret not having pictures printed out, only stored on electronic devices. I tend to think she is correct (again). I have been suspicious of storing things on the cloud even as the school I work at is going more and more in that direction for all of our things.

On a side note, today my mother and father celebrate their 69th anniversary.

From: Pat Lefemine
10-Sep-17
Salagi: bingo.

I'm in tech and I don't trust anything. The key is simply to never have a single point of failure. Store your digital photos on cloud, then also on a solid state hard drive at home, and print out your most precious photos as well.

And don't trust any USB hard drive that is not solid state. They have a shelf life of around ten years.

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