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Old 19-10-17, 15:52   #1
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Post Our rules on posting images and why it's important

Let's say I own the domain www.example.com and I have an image hosted here: www.example.com/image.jpg and you want to share this image on the forum. You copy the image location and then insert/embed/link the image in your post, hit submit and go about your business. The owner of www.example.com can delete the original image and replace it with a different one, and this could be anything. Suddenly the image you posted has changed without notice and in most cases not for the better.

We have had many instances where popular image hosting services (ones that are now banned here) were recycling the links they give you when you upload to their platform. We have had many instances where site owners who don't want their images being hotlinked have replaced content with bad stuff.

This rule also mitigates the risks of tracking by unscrupulous site owners and helps protect your privacy on the forum.

If you want to embed or link to images on the forum, you can either enable albums or you can use one of the hosts listed here. No other hosts are permitted simply because I do not have time to keep track of every single image posted on the forum and to continually check to see whether the host is still around or if they are misbehaving.

Thank you very much for reading.

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Old 19-10-17, 16:05   #2
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You should try to install a modification that allows posting img links only from those sites that are permitted.
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Old 19-10-17, 16:05   #3
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Are we allowed to embed pictures from google images? Just kind of confused since the approved image hosts lists includes google but it seems a bit unclear.
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Old 19-10-17, 16:08   #4
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You should try to install a modification that allows posting img links only from those sites that are permitted.
This would require a third-party addon. Not something I favour.

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Are we allowed to embed pictures from google images? Just kind of confused since the approved image hosts lists includes google but it seems a bit unclear.
I believe Google Images simply create thumbnails which link to the original image. I'll investigate further and clarify.
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Old 19-10-17, 16:13   #5
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Well, that makes sense. Glad you clarified for us.
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Old 19-10-17, 16:15   #6
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Well, that makes sense. Glad you clarified for us.

Why can't we post links to videos on YouTube that contains swearing and adult humour? I would understand if it was on your page as an embedded video, but if it's a topic of interest to people, and just a standard link, then I think maybe it should be allowed.

You and the mods do your best to keep the forum as clean and productive as possible but c'mon... the newest Tomb Raider games are age 18 rated.
Feel free to add this to our suggestions thread. This one is for my image rule.
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Old 19-10-17, 16:27   #7
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Are we allowed to embed pictures from google images? Just kind of confused since the approved image hosts lists includes google but it seems a bit unclear.
Google Images is just a search engine, not an image host. On the other hand, Google's hosting service would be Google Drive. If you find an image through Google Images that would like to post here, you can simply copy the image URL, go to (for example) imgur.com, click on Post New and paste the URL to upload the image to imgur, then use one of imgur's Share Links to post it here. Alternatively, instead of copying the image URL, you can also copy the image itself and paste it using CTRL+V on imgur's Post New screen to upload it.
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Old 19-10-17, 18:18   #8
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The small preview pictures on the Google image site are hosted by Google itself, but the moment you click on anything, all bets are off. But even for the small preview pictures: Google does not promise that the same URL will always lead to the same image. Hosting these images on Google's servers is a detail of how they set up their site, not a promise they made to people.

So embedding preview images from Google image search at least violates the idea of the image rules. I would not do it. Use only images you uploaded yourself to an approved host.
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Old 19-10-17, 19:00   #9
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Maybe I'm blind (it's normal when you play TR Costum Levels...), but I can't find the Album Feature when I click on my User CP
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Old 19-10-17, 20:23   #10
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It is always good to have the rules refreshed. People can forget or become complacent. And still new people who don't know how things work.

Of the sites you listed I only use Deviantart and Imgur and Google as a search engine. I'm fairly certain NSFW stuff is banned. But what kind of images are allowed?
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