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Why is so difficult to download photos

Discussion in 'classifieds' started by mole0937, Oct 3, 2021.

  1. mole0937

    mole0937 pfm Member

    I know there are a few members who have no trouble , but they’re are many who do have trouble , why’s it so complicated , this is the only sight I have trouble downloading , there must be a easier way .I know and realise my age ( 75 ) doesn't help but the lack of photos by other members must prove my point.
    If this needs moving please move to correct forum
  2. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    Do you mean adding photos to forum posts? Are you using windows?
  3. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    It's not the easiest, but it's not that difficult to upload photos. By having the photos hosted on a third-party website (and thereby someone else's server) Tony is able to significantly cut the storage requirements for the site. It makes sense.

    I use (it got renamed, but the original url still works) as an easy site to upload pics to. Are you on a PC by any chance?
  4. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    I used to use Imgur but I had only about a 50% success rate - sometimes the links just didn't work.
  5. mole0937

    mole0937 pfm Member

    This is proving my point , On Wigwam , I go to my photos click on photo , that’s it done.
  6. mole0937

    mole0937 pfm Member

    Neil P
    Yes Neil , it’s so frustrating , surely the committee or whoever has the power can make it easier , how many adds are there saying ‘“ can email photos”.
    To us older members it is as said ,”frustrating and annoying”.
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  7. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears

    It's pretty old fashioned for a forum not to have its own photo housing, the new Wam software does allow it, the old one didn't.

    Its pretty easy to upload photos though. I presume you mean upload rather than download.

    Just use this

    and then copy the BB code, and paste it into your forum post.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It also really helps from a GDPR/legal perspective as it’s a whole class of personal information that has nothing to do with me legally. Linking to images is no issue for anyone even remotely computer literate and instructions can be found in the FAQ in the reference area. I have a flickr Pro account myself, but many other options exist, including many free ones.
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  9. mole0937

    mole0937 pfm Member

    I’ll try it thanks
  10. mole0937

    mole0937 pfm Member

    Don’t wholly agree , but I see nothing is going to change .
  11. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    I use imgur which it's free, you can edit and make changes to the photo and compared to the WAM there is only single additional step - paste direct link in your post , on the WAM and elsewhere still you need to find photo on the hard drive , upload and then paste or point to it in your post .
    nmtjb likes this.
  12. Goldenmouse

    Goldenmouse pfm Member

    It really isn’t that difficult to host photos elsewhere (I use a free flickr account) and I fully understand Tony’s reasons for trying to keep the forum hosting as streamlined as possible, both financially and legally.
    A bonus is that PFM has far less intrusive advertising than many other forums.
    miktec likes this.
  13. effinity

    effinity pfm Member is fairly straightforward, just ignore the ads, good to host a small number of photos before limit reached.
    Gives you a direct link which you can copy and paste into the ‘sun & mountain image icon’ above. (You’ll see the options when you create a thread or answer a post)

    Easy to upload your photos from phone or computer to the postimage www

    Try it and see.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2021
    miktec likes this.
  14. Paul L

    Paul L coffee lounge for me

    Another user of postimg, brilliantly simple for numpties such as myself.
  15. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

  16. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    Thanks for that explanation Tony, I’d never considered it from an Administrators point. One frustrating thing is seeing a small box with an X in it where I guess the link is broken or the pic no longer exists.
  17. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears

    People who also cant be bothered posting the actual image links so they show up automatically on the thread, instead oputting in the flickr web address links. Its the same amount of time people!
  18. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Maybe it’s not can’t be bothered but don’t understand the process.
    As the thread title would suggest.
    Linds likes this.
  19. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Personally, I just can't be bothered having to put the pictures on another hosting site then linking to them. I just don't bother posting pictures and am more inclined to use other forums. I use Facebook more than PInk Fish these days despite not liking the thread structure.

    Internet sites which make your life harder than it has to be, die.
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  20. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears


    It does make me wonder what these GDPR implications are, as its rare to find a site that dosen't house photos these days and I am sure they don't all have a legal team on hand dealing with it?
    Mynamemynaim likes this.

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