Hotlinking

fat jez

Race Winner
Valued Member
Grizzly, no hotlinking please. Can you rehost them on a free image host and credit the source website. Hotlinking is classed as bandwidth theft
 

fat jez

Race Winner
Valued Member
the whole thread is full of images that have been rehosted on sites like Photobucket, or a URL posted to another site.
 

sobriety

Pole Sitter
I tend to avoid hotlinking also, as it's possible for a webmaster to 'punish' you for hotlinking by changing the image to one you wouldn't expect, such as a particularly horrific piece of porn. (which i've seen done, yuk!)
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
In that case, all the pictures in this thread need to be removed from all the other posters and those by mods etc.
 

fat jez

Race Winner
Valued Member
In that case, all the pictures in this thread need to be removed from all the other posters.
No, they don't. Other people have either hosted their pictures as attachments on Clip The Apex or have hosted them on their own accounts on Photobucket. They have not linked directly to pictures on F1 Fanatic.
 

Brogan

Leg end
Staff member
Just to clarify, some sites allow hotlinking and if they do then fine.
It's up to the site to decide whether they want to restrict that or not.

However, as sobriety said, if the site removes or changes the image at any point in the future then you end up with a thread full of broken images/links or something far worse.

Avoiding hotlinking just preserves the thread content in the future.

I will reword the rules slightly so it's not quite as cut and dried with regards to hotlinking.
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
I know, i appreciate that, but i don't have online storage anymore. I think the pictures received correct credit with how they were posted, under the link. Without intending to be spiky, what is the difference between a hotlink to flickr of a plagiarised image, than linking the original? bizarre rule if it has been put to me correctly!

Not trying to cause trouble, just following the trend that was already started in this thread. It makes me look like im skirting the rules or something! Not my intention!
 

fat jez

Race Winner
Valued Member
As Paul says, if you rehost them and the parent site moves the pictures, you end up with a load of broken links. Also, a rehosted picture on a site like Photobucket is not using the original host's bandwidth, which is a resource they are paying for.
 

Brogan

Leg end
Staff member
what is the difference between a hotlink to flickr of a plagiarised image
Flickr and ImageShack are specifically designed to allow embedding on sites - they even provide the code for you to do so.

This is all a learning process so don't worry too much about it.
Fat jez was just doing his job; the fault lies with me due to the wording of the rule.

I'll amend it now so it's not as clear cut as it is a very difficult rule to enforce.
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
OK, don't ever mean to be the centre of a commotion. The earlier images are posted in exactly the same way. I was just trying to make this the best thread i could, presenting the info/images straight to you.
 

Brogan

Leg end
Staff member
I should also add these rules were written several years ago so there's no harm in reviewing them.

Perhaps any site which permits images to be hotlinked is actually OK with it?

I don't really know how site owners consider this issue these days considering hosting costs and bandwidth, etc. aren't as big an issue as they used to be.
 

Brogan

Leg end
Staff member
Not your fault Grizzly, it's about time I looked at the rules anyway :)

As I said, trying to stop hotlinking is probably more trouble than it's worth and makes it difficult for members to know what is and isn't acceptable.
If site owners want to prohibit it then they can quite easily.
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
I should also add these rules were written several years ago so there's no harm in reviewing them.

Perhaps any site which permits images to be hotlinked is actually OK with it?

I don't really know how site owners consider this issue these days considering hosting costs and bandwidth, etc. aren't as big an issue as they used to be.
As far as i understand, any site that does, will block the image in its remote location, give a standard image asking you to go direct, or tell you when you copy the URL
 

Brogan

Leg end
Staff member
As far as i understand, any site that does, will block the image in its remote location, give a standard image asking you to go direct, or tell you when you copy the URL
Yes, that's how we used to do it here.
With the new site though there's no need as the image directory is protected using PHP.
 
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