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Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:29 PM

Image hotlinking has been temporarily disabled (UPDATE: PARTIALLY FIXED)

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Update 3/3/2020: Image hotlinking has been partially restored -- however, please note that due to the nature of the fixes, some images will still not display if certain special characters are included in the image URL.

While we continue to work on this issue, here is a temporary workaround: if you attempt to post an image and it does not show up when you preview your post, try uploading the image to a different image hosting service (such as imgur.com) which will "normalize" the characters in the URL.

We are continuing to work on fixes for this issue. Thanks for your patience.

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Original post:

Unfortunately we are still having some issues with the fixes that were made earlier today to head off a problem with image hotlinking. (See this thread.) As such, we have temporarily disabled image hotlinking again. DU has not been hacked, and no data has been lost. We are doing this as a precaution in order to prevent future problems that may occur if the software is not patched now.

What does this mean?

Normally, to post an image at DU you simply post the URL of the image and it will be displayed in your post -- this is called "hotlinking." As of right now, this functionality has been turned off, so images will not automatically show up in your posts -- they will just appear as a plain link to the image. If people want to see the image you posted, they will have to click through and visit the source page.

If you are hotlinking images in your signature line, you will notice that those images also do not appear.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience -- we know that posting images is a big part of posting on DU -- but we need to make sure this issue is dealt with in a timely fashion. Bear in mind that although your images are currently displaying as links, when we turn hotlinking back on they should simply reappear as images again.

When will image hotlinking be back?

As of this moment we do not know how long this fix might take, but Elad is working on it right now, and as soon as we have an update we will let you know immediately.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

-- The DU Administrators

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Reply Image hotlinking has been temporarily disabled (UPDATE: PARTIALLY FIXED) (Original post)
EarlG Feb 2020 OP
TwilightZone Feb 2020 #1
sheshe2 Feb 2020 #2
lapucelle Feb 2020 #3
2naSalit Feb 2020 #4
Rollo Feb 2020 #5
Demsrule86 Feb 2020 #6
katmondoo Feb 2020 #7
malaise Feb 2020 #8
littlemissmartypants Feb 2020 #9
yuiyoshida Feb 2020 #10
EarlG Feb 2020 #12
yuiyoshida Mar 2020 #19
Snarkoleptic Feb 2020 #11
Dem2theMax Feb 2020 #13
TygrBright Feb 2020 #14
Dem2theMax Feb 2020 #17
Pepsidog Feb 2020 #15
JHB Feb 2020 #16
Initech Mar 2020 #18
George II Mar 2020 #20
joet67 Mar 2020 #21
bobnicewander Mar 2020 #22
EarlG Mar 2020 #23
bobnicewander Mar 2020 #24

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:34 PM

1. Hey, as long as it's fixed by the time SCE posts the cat thread, we're good.

Just kidding. Keep up the good work and thanks for being proactive.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:35 PM

2. Thank You!

A tad of an inconvenience is nothing compared to the safety and well being of this site.

Thanks guys.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:36 PM

3. Thank you for keeping us posted.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:38 PM

4. Thank you!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:39 PM

5. I noticed the graphics in my signature were turning into urls...

So I backed them up and removed them from my signature line, until we get the all clear.

I'm assuming there was nothing anyone found objectionable in my sig photos... LOL...

Later...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:40 PM

6. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:40 PM

7. I don't even know what hotlinking is so I can't miss it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:44 PM

8. Thanks for the update

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:44 PM

9. Thank you. ❤ nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:03 PM

10. All my

Monster Hunter images have been replaced with links, so I erased the links. I guess I will have to wait to see if we get these back anytime soon... sigh.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:20 PM

12. If you leave them as links, the images should reappear when hotlinking is turned back on

I recommend just leaving them (I'm going to add this info to the announcement).

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Response to EarlG (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 1, 2020, 04:59 AM

19. oh, thanks...

Guess I will have to wait till its turned back on....in the meantime...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:16 PM

11. Thanks for taking necessary steps to keep DU secure.

n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:52 PM

13. I must be so out of the loop.

I remember that years ago we were allowed to hotlink. And then all of a sudden we weren't allowed to hot link anymore. And I had to get a Photobucket account.

So imagine my surprise when I'm reading that DU has been allowing hotlinking for heaven only knows how long, and I didn't even know it!

Me --->

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 10:02 PM

14. You still need a photobucket or similar account, or a social media image-sharing account...

...such as Instagram or Pinterest, to post YOUR photos here. You cannot directly upload your own photos to a DU post, as you can on many social media services.

Before the ubiquity of social media services, an account with photobucket or some similar photo fileshare utility was necessary if you (for instance) made a meme and wanted to share it on DU.

Now you can tweet it out or add it to your Facebook page, Instagram account, etc., copy the image location from there, and hotlink it here in a DU post.

Or you could.

And hopefully will again.

I do love image sharing here on DU, especially SCE's Sunday Special. But I remember 2016, and keeping the site safe is WAY more important.

affirmatively,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 11:08 PM

17. Thank you for the info!

I do remember that I had to use Photobucket for anything that came from my computer. But at one time we could hotlink when we found something online, and then we weren't allowed to do it anymore. Something about using up too much bandwidth. I think.

I don't have any social media accounts at all. This is the only place I post online.

And absolutely, the safety of DU is first and foremost! I don't think any of us could survive without this place.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 10:35 PM

15. You people are terrific. Keep up the great worl

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 10:50 PM

16. Thanks for keeping us updated

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2020, 03:34 AM

18. As long as it doesn't affect the Top 10 on Wednesday it's all good!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2020, 05:23 PM

20. Just an aside, I noticed that I can't edit posts. Keep getting an error message. Is that related?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Mar 3, 2020, 06:05 PM

21. more problems during a primary? 😂

My sincere congratulations to the neoliberals on the coup, btw! I predict, given my years as a political strategist, another epic failure for 2020. actual Democrats will be wandering the political desert for the next 40 years.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 10:04 PM

22. It seems

that things were working well before this latest attempt at "fixing" things was begun.

Now, unless I log in I cannot see replies to a thread. Why is this necessary? If somebody who isn't a member desires to follow just 1 thread on occasion they would miss any change or addition that would alter the OP that has been posted in a reply.

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Response to bobnicewander (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 8, 2020, 01:56 AM

23. You can't see replies when logged out?

First Iíve heard of this. I just checked and I can see replies while logged out...

What are you seeing? Just the OP and then the end of the page?

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Response to EarlG (Reply #23)

Sun Mar 8, 2020, 08:25 AM

24. All is fine now

Thanks for your attention.

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