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youhn:
 :-/

The links in post https://fractalforums.org/fractal-mathematics-and-new-theories/28/mandelbrot-2d-projection-using-geometric-algebra/3987/msg26296#msg26296 seem to be broken. When re-editing the post, I noticed the links have been changed:


--- Code: ---[img width=720 height=540]https://i.BAD_IMAGE_LINK.com/7WgaAie.png[/img]

--- End code ---

Did I use some bad website? What were the original links that have been replaced?

Is it just me, or is this a forum wide feature or perhaps bug?

Linkback: https://fractalforums.org/index.php?topic=4280.0

pauldelbrot:

--- Quote from: youhn on June 17, 2021, 09:35:11 PM --- :-/

The links in post https://fractalforums.org/fractal-mathematics-and-new-theories/28/mandelbrot-2d-projection-using-geometric-algebra/3987/msg26296#msg26296 seem to be broken. When re-editing the post, I noticed the links have been changed:


--- Code: ---[img width=720 height=540]https://i.BAD_IMAGE_LINK.com/7WgaAie.png[/img]

--- End code ---

Did I use some bad website? What were the original links that have been replaced?

Is it just me, or is this a forum wide feature or perhaps bug?

--- End quote ---

Sure looks like buggy behavior to me, or perhaps a vandal on the loose.

At a guess I'd say the correct url domain is i.imgur.com, in this particular instance.

pauldelbrot:
What the hell? That isn't what I wrote. Someone is altering my own posts without my permission!

youhn:
Seems it's not just us:

https://fractalforums.org/fractal-image-gallery/18/menger-madness/1685/msg11004#msg11004
https://fractalforums.org/chaospro/56/alien-vegetation/523/msg4111#msg4111
https://fractalforums.org/chaospro/56/gimpgmiccontinuous-droste-filter/802/msg6467#msg6467
https://fractalforums.org/fractal-image-gallery/18/gimped-lyapunov-inversion/1578/msg8170#msg8170
https://fractalforums.org/fractal-image-gallery/18/heightmap-hybrid/1458/msg7530#msg7530

30 results in total when searching for I M G U R (the website that I probably used) on the forum. Didn't check them all to fully validate, but the pattern is clear.

Is it only I M G U R or even worse ... ?

3DickUlus:
my humblest apologies, I was testing word censoring to see if it affected urls, it does, and I got distracted  :fp: (married life) and neglected to remove them.

it has been reverted so the images will show if they exist... which is why I was testing this.

now that I seem to have everyone's attention  :educated:  there is some reasoning to doing this...

1) sites like tumblr pinimg picmix imgur lf127 etc. can end up as dead links if the image doesn't get enough traffic or if there is a time limit in their user agreements (which nobody reads)

2) we have no control over off-site images, they could be swapped out for absolutely anything without us knowing, potentially leaving us in a position of distributing (or helping to distribute) material that we do not approve of or agree with, which could lead to legal ramifications.

3) we provide the ability to attach images in posts so there is no need for off-site links to images, attachments will follow the forum if we have to change providers and will never leave dead links.

4) not to mention copyright issues


the registration agreement and guidelines may be updated in the near future to reflect this should it become policy. Currently our registration agreement does place all responsibility on the user regarding posted material but that doesn't address the dead links issue or other things I haven't thought of yet.

the preferred method for sharing images here is to attach them to your posts or upload them to your gallery and use the links provided there in your posts
@youhn I do agree that this should be in the guidelines too... it's a process of evolution and it hasn't made it there yet.


input on this subject is welcome and will help shape the forum.

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