Cubit MEMBER issues forum: embedding images

 
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ImageTrish
Jun 23, 2011 2:17 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
I'm sure you have all noticed that Dave made a change in the code that currently allows images to be embedded in the posts- hence all of the new smilies everywhere.

Oddly, people have also begun to host their photos off-site at places like photobucket and the like, and embed the image here on Cubits, rather than upload directly to the site.

Here's why this is a bad idea- photos hosted at a photo hosting place get deleted. So, when (not if) that photo is deleted, you have a bunch of posts in your cubit commenting on a photo that no longer exists. This makes your user experience both frustrating and unprofessional for the traffic that will come in the future by searching.

That's why we have always hosted our own pictures rather than relying on outside hosting services.

It is our recommendation that you encourage your users to upload their photos right here rather than embed the image.

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Imagedave
Jun 23, 2011 3:02 PM CST
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas
Resident cubit-master
I agree
ImageLaVonne
Jun 23, 2011 7:04 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

if I don't store my pictures here, I have them on my hard drive storage unit.

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Imagevalleylynn
Jun 23, 2011 10:55 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
How do I know if photos posted in my cubit are offsite links?
Imagepardalinum
Jun 24, 2011 12:07 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR
Hi Lynn-- The thing I noticed is that they don't show up in the post as thumbnails. So if you click on them they don't enlarge.
ImageZanymuse
Jun 24, 2011 12:29 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Lynn, if you right click on an image you can view image properties. It should show you the images url location.
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Imagevalleylynn
Jun 24, 2011 12:40 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Going to look. I have noticed lately with some new members that the photos do not click and enlarge.
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 25, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
There may be new members who have come over from sites where one has to load them first to Photobucket, etc. and are used to doing that. It's a bother.....love our photo system.....
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 25, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I sent a blast cmail to members of my cubit so they would understand why the change has been made. : )
Much better than me trying to explain it. Rolling my eyes.
Imagestormyla
Jun 25, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Does that mean that people who post links to their photobucket and Flikr pages won't work anymore?
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Imagevalleylynn
Jun 25, 2011 8:25 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
That's right Stormy. Some have already notice photos missing. And of course all those really funny emoticons are gone also.
I would rather have a secure site and know that things won't go missing, so I agree with the decision to disable this feature.
ImageZanymuse
Jun 25, 2011 8:26 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
They can add a link to their photobucket images but they cannot embed the image into the thread. To see the images here they must be loaded in through the picture uploads feature.
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Imagestormyla
Jun 25, 2011 8:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Zany & Lynn. I have stopped embedding youtube videos for this very reason.
ImageZanymuse
Jun 25, 2011 8:35 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Actually, youtube videos are still doable and are actually set up for that purpose. So you can continue to use them if you wish.
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Imagevalleylynn
Jun 25, 2011 8:35 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Oh wow, I never thought about the youtube videos. Does that mean the ones used in articles will disappear also?
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 25, 2011 8:36 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Cross posted Brenda. Thank you for the information.
Imagestormyla
Jun 25, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
We keep finding the embedding disabled or many times later find the video is no longer available at that url.
ImageZanymuse
Jun 25, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Lovey dubby Breathe Lynn, the videos are safe and will not vanish unless they are removed from youtube. Those used in articles usually are made by the person linking to them in their article and would not want to remove them anyway Big Grin
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ImageZanymuse
Jun 25, 2011 8:47 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Yes, youtube allows the person that uploads the video to decide if it can be embedded or not. If you are embedding videos that do not belong to you there is always the possibility it will become unavailable later.
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Imagestormyla
Jun 25, 2011 9:00 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's why I've just been making links to them, but even so youtube themselves might remove the video. So now we try to always name what the video is before we link it, that way if the url changes, a person can still go search for it. I've actually been trying to encourage the members to do that with all links, even for text items.

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