Post by Edith S. Baker on May 20, 2009 13:29:52 GMT -4
I just want to clarify that if you get permission to use an avi, banner, or any other picture from any board members, it does not mean that you can hotlink the picture: YOU MUST STILL UPLOAD THE PICTURE TO YOUR OWN PHOTO PROVIDER (i.e., photobucket, imageshack, etc.).
The only one place you can hotlink from is the gallery. (But it would still be a nice gesture to use your own provider.)
I’d like to address a problem that we seem to be having lately (this particular instance is not the only instance, btw): hotlinking. Hotlinking means that you use the url of another person’s account to post a picture on this board. Now, there are certain ethical problems that are created with hotlinking.
1. The other person’s account may not have the bandwidth to support the extra downloads that will occur each time the picture is viewed.
2. The person may remove the picture and we no longer can see it.
3. The picture may be switched with another (perhaps a picture that is not welcome to be viewed on this board).
I am requesting that we should be respectful of other people’s account and refrain from hotlinking, unless you have permission to do so from the other party.
With that said, I am giving permission to all of you to hotlink from Michael Emerson photo gallery. I have no problems with it. The Web server is mine, and I have no real bandwidth problems. However, as other sites or other people's sites may suffer additional bandwidth charges when there are too many pictures being downloaded from their sites to other sites, please download those pictures to an account of your own. There are a number of places that you can sign up and get your own pictures hosted. (And they are free.) Here are a few that I can think of as of now: