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« Reply #2265 on: 2020-11-26 13:31:37 »

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. :)
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« Reply #2266 on: 2020-12-03 00:18:58 »

HEADS UP TO EVERYONE WHO USES ATTACHMENTS OR HAS AN AVATAR

PSF has nearly used up it's memory space for attachments.  So this is for everyone who uploads attachments, uploads photos and uses our site as storage, or anyone who uploads an avatar to our site.
I recommend you save the files you want to save.

We are going to have to remove OLD attachments from two years ago or older, or images that have gotten very little attention and traffic, usually under 10 views.  But we will keep all avatars.  This only affects people who post attachments and use our site to host images. But I am giving everyone plenty of time to save images.  We won't do this change till January 1st, 2020.

In the meantime, you are no longer able to host new images via attachments here at PSF.  You will have to use a third party image hosting site.  If you have questions, ask below or send me a message.

Thanks and have a super week.
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« Reply #2267 on: 2020-12-03 00:34:13 »

Is it better to use links instead of attaching things? Normally when I upload art here I just use an image link from Deviantart.
That shouldn't be adding to the storage right? I'm not sure how it works.

I guess as this place grows it's going to need a storage upgrade maybe yeah?
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« Reply #2268 on: 2020-12-03 08:04:11 »

Damn, just three days after I joined?  :{
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« Reply #2269 on: 2020-12-03 14:34:23 »

I know that I use attachments for posting my art.  I would be happy to take down the older ones if someone could tell me how to.
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« Reply #2270 on: 2020-12-03 14:48:41 »

Go to your posts and click edit, then it should show attachment options untick the files the you want removed.
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« Reply #2271 on: 2020-12-03 15:43:07 »

Thanks for the update.
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« Reply #2272 on: 2020-12-03 15:51:14 »

Is it better to use links instead of attaching things? Normally when I upload art here I just use an image link from Deviantart.
That shouldn't be adding to the storage right? I'm not sure how it works.

I guess as this place grows it's going to need a storage upgrade maybe yeah?

You are correct, linking to your art has no affect on our site's storage.  You can also use a third party image hosting site or "hotlink" your photos from DeviantArt and it has no effect on our site's attachment storage.

The only time our site's storage is used is when people click the "attachments" button and upload an image using our site's memory.  It has taken five years to fill up, so we did pretty good. :) 

Our site's bandwidth and memory is fine.  We are nowhere near ever reaching limits for that.  It's purely out attachment storage which we allowed as an option for users to use.  :) 

We already spend roughly $160.00 on site costs annually, and with the current structure our site is built off of, we can't increase the site's attachment storage, which is kind of strange.

Damn, just three days after I joined?  :{

As long as you use a third party source for a little bit, you are completely fine. :) 
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« Reply #2273 on: 2020-12-03 15:54:02 »

I know that I use attachments for posting my art.  I would be happy to take down the older ones if someone could tell me how to.

There is no need to take them down.  I am just warning people incase they wanted to save art.  Our goal is to eventually go through are "re-host" the older attachments to a third party source so they will still be seen on the forum.  That will then allow us to empty our attachments.

You can host your art on several free image hosting websites at zero cost to you or our forum's attachment storage.  If you need help, we can help.  Some popular ones are Imgur or iPiccy. One's with more control on privacy and several steps above would be something like Flickr or a Photobucket, Imageshack, etc.
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« Reply #2274 on: 2020-12-03 16:18:20 »

To further answer some questions, in five years, our site has used about 1TB (terabyte) of attachment space.  It is at 90% capacity right now. 

This is roughly the cost of a TB of space for storage.
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« Reply #2275 on: 2020-12-03 16:48:02 »

Good to know, Darrin.  Never have used attachments except for my forum avatar before, but good to know.  Hopefully it won't be too much work.

And please, offer a donation drive someday to allow us to help with site costs.  It isn't fair this all comes out of your pocket.
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« Reply #2276 on: 2020-12-04 00:12:02 »

Ooh, that is important.  Thank you.

So I know you said it above, but I just want to be UBER clear.  Our avatars are safe, right?
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« Reply #2277 on: 2020-12-04 00:23:37 »

Well, the avatar isn’t so big (even yours in full size ;D), so it’s not a problem to backup it ;D.
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« Reply #2278 on: 2020-12-04 00:29:40 »

^ Thats true.  I can imagine it is only a few hundred KB's or something.
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« Reply #2279 on: 2020-12-04 00:30:35 »

So I know you said it above, but I just want to be UBER clear.  Our avatars are safe, right?

Everyone's avatars are 100% safe.  No one will lose them.  They are being kept. :)
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