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A cooperator
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:15:17 PM

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Hi everyone!

This is the bad news I have ever received. Why do any free image-hosting services, such as ImageShack, Dropbox, and so on, become preventing basic users from sharing the image links in public?

And the most worst thing is that all image links uploaded into a basic user account, and got linked to forums/other websites, would be deactivated. --- Which means, for instance, all my images uploaded into my DropBox basic account and got linked to this forum, would be inadvisable here after March 15. Isn't it a disaster? What would the solution be? What should I do before March 15 reaches? Even if I could move all my images uploaded into my DropBox basic account to another image-hosting service, to fix all the images, how could I be able to find all the threads at this forum in which all images already linked and got deactivated/invisible due to DropBox changed its policy (stopped Dropbox Basic users from using public folder).

This is the notification I received from Dropbox team:

We’re always looking to improve the Dropbox sharing experience. The Public folder was the first sharing method we introduced, and since then, we’ve built even better ways for you to share securely and work together with your team.
As a result, we’ll soon be ending support for the Public folder. Dropbox Basic users will be able to use the Public folder until March 15, 2017. After that date the files in your Public folder will become private, and links to these files will be deactivated. Your files will remain safe in Dropbox.

Why has DropBox stopped Basic users to use Public folder?
What about all the image linked in other websites, such as forums. All those image links linked to those forums will be deactivated although they will stiam remain safe in Dropbox?


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A cooperator
Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:39:06 PM

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Could anyone please at this splendid forum take some of his precious time out to reply to my concern about my uploaded images into my DropBox basic account, and linked in some of my threads in this forum?


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leonAzul
Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2017 4:31:49 AM

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A cooperator wrote:
Could anyone please at this splendid forum take some of his precious time out to reply to my concern about my uploaded images into my DropBox basic account, and linked in some of my threads in this forum?


Would you please take the time and effort to learn how to read and write HTML? It is, after all, just another language, like mathematics or Kreyol. ;^)

Would you please also learn the difference between HTML and how it needs to be encoded when inserted in many fora, aka message boards? For example, the correct URI for an image would be written:

Code:
<img="protocol:root/directory/image.jpg" />
,

but to insert that into a message on many 'boards' would require this encoding:

Code:
[img=protocol:root/directory/image.jpg]


Indeed, the protocol part is often optional for many discussion boards because one's browser can renegotiate the protocol ad hoc.

Think

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 10:13:50 AM

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Is there a similar change being implemented by ImageShack?
I received the same messages that you did from Dropbox.

I did notice a major change in how the "Google Images" search engine accesses images on Pinterest - it's really annoying.

However, to answer your questions:

Why do any free image-hosting services, such as ImageShack, Dropbox, and so on, become preventing basic users from sharing the image links in public?
I don't know - I received the same notice you received.
The impression I get is that there has been some security trouble (probably with some OTHER site being hacked), so they have decided to increase their security systems.

What would the solution be? What should I do before March 15 reaches?
I don't know.

Why has DropBox stopped Basic users to use Public folder?
Quote:
to improve the Dropbox sharing experience.


What about all the image linked in other websites, such as forums. All those image links linked to those forums will be deactivated although they will still remain safe in Dropbox?

Quote:
After that date the files in your Public folder will become private, and links to these files will be deactivated. Your files will remain safe in Dropbox.



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A cooperator
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:30:22 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

What about all the image linked in other websites, such as forums. All those image links linked to those forums will be deactivated although they will still remain safe in Dropbox?
Quote:
After that date the files in your Public folder will become private, and links to these files will be deactivated. Your files will remain safe in Dropbox.



Thank you both of you very much indeed.

Yes, I have been told by a DropBox forum super user that:
Quote:
When the deadline is reached, any existing links that you have to the files in the Public folder will stop working. Your files will remain in your Dropbox. The Public folder will revert back to a normal folder like any other in your Dropbox. You'll need to recreate any links to the files in your Public folder using the Share Link feature, and repost them wherever they're in use.


My question to him/her was: I have loads of existing image links and are in use now in many websites. So, recreate them again using the Share Link feature, and repost them wherever they're in use would require a lot of time, and would require more concentration on where they are in use.

He/she replied to me: That is your only option. All existing links to files located in the Public folder will cease to operate.


To share the information I got to probably help others:
1-All existing links that I have to the files in the Public folder will stop working.
2-I'll need to recreate any links to the files in my Public folder using the Share Link feature, and repost them wherever they're in use.
3- when copying the link generated, I can't use the link as is. I need to modify the link that I get form Dropbox so that it ends in ?raw=1 instead of ?dl=0.
4- Finally: inserting the modified link wherever I want, and it will be viewed as in-line image.
Here is an example:
I should modify the link below:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xu8n4htsn94wyxm/Boston%20City%20Flow.jpg?dl=0
to be as: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xu8n4htsn94wyxm/Boston%20City%20Flow.jpg?raw=1
And inserting the above modified link into this forum, and it will be viewed in-line image. However, as said before, the most matter is you need to be looking for all the image links uploaded into the Public folder in DropBox, and inserted here and fixing them with new links using the 'Share Link' feature. Or otherwise, they will stop working on 15 March since the Public folder will be a normal folder.


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:10:38 AM

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There's one sad issue in this; you can't edit your old posts here :-(


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A cooperator
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:19:30 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
There's one sad issue in this; you can't edit your old posts here :-(


Thanks a lot, Jyrkkä Jätkä

Yes, I agree with you. But unfortunately, I was told "That is your only option. All existing links to files located in the Public folder will cease to operate."

What other solution do you think would be?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 4:05:30 AM

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One possibility could be that you ask the Admins here, with a personal message, to give you a temporary permission to edit your old posts. I don't know if that's even possible, but you can ask them.


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A cooperator
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 4:27:03 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
One possibility could be that you ask the Admins here, with a personal message, to give you a temporary permission to edit your old posts. I don't know if that's even possible, but you can ask them.



Thanks a lot,
But I think even you and others would be faced with the changing issue of DropBox policy if you have image links here to files uploaded in the DropBox Public folder.

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