Thursday, August 28, 2008


OK - I'm pissed-off. My photo hosting site, Photobucket, has the most fucked-up TOS (terms of service). I think they are run by Puritans just off the Mayflower or something. I have read their TOS, and it states they have the right to ban material deemed "offensive" (whatever that is), including nudity. Fine. They have their policies. So I don't use them for my Global Warmings or anything else that involves nudity; for those I upload directly from my computer to Blogger. However, there is a 1024MB (1GB) cap, so I try to limit what I upload that way.

My main problem with Photobucket is consistency (or lack thereof). They don't seem to pick-up on certain things, but on others they remove the images. The first one they removed was this one, the album of the week sometime last year:

Sorry, but if you spend enough time at the beach, you will see an errant pubic hair or twenty pooching out from a small bikini, and I see nothing wrong with pubic hair... nothing at all...nothing whatsoever...really...I happen to think that there's a bit of pedophilia going on in anybody who prefers a clean-shaven snapper, but I digress...

And what about this one?

No pooching pubes, nothing.

Here's the latest image they removed that appeared here the day before yesterday:

WTF?!?!?!?!!!! Vegetables? Are they out of their fucking minds? They're vegetables for Christ's sake!!! How can mis-shapen vegetables be offensive? And, with all the thousands of photos that get uploaded each day, who the fuck is the joker who makes these determinations, and how do they find the time? Jerk-offs.

But they haven't flagged this one...yet...
See what I mean about consistency? I just don't get it, and I'm getting a bit fed-up with their bullshit. The main problem is finding an FTP hosting site with "looser" TOS, so if anybody has any ideas or knows of such a site, please let me know either here in the comments or via e-mail (the addy is on the right, in the sidebar below the wolf eyes).

Rant off.



Blogger Oldcatman said...

Anybody making a creative decision for me is pure bullshit.

1:37 AM GMT+12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe, good luck finding a photo hosting service but in the meantime, consider this: I took your Amoria pix which was 400x400 and 46K in size, opened it in LView with compression quality set at 75, reduced your image to 399x399 and saved it. It came back as 28K in size. I will send it to you as an email so you can compare. You will be hard pressed to see any differences.

I then did some math and with 1G space available and if you can keep your image uploads to 300K per day (about 10 modified Amoricas) you can post for 3300 days.


10:28 PM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Thanks, Vilmar. I hadn't even thought of re-scaning/re-sizing with a reduced DPI to shrink the file size. Sometimes the obvious escapes us.

8:14 AM GMT+12  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Joe, what about Imageshack?

11:20 AM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Lisa, I will check it out. Thanks!

I knew if I put out the SOS you ugys would send help!

2:27 PM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

*guys...damn, my typing has been dyslexic lately. LOL!

2:28 PM GMT+12  

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