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Old 04-16-2020   #1
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Default What is a hot link?

The following message popped up:
"WARNING: Hotlinking is NOT Allowed, you must use our sharing codes exactly as they are shown on site, by hotlinking our images directly you risk your whole account being banned and loss of all your content with no option to restore."

I do not want to break the rules of the forum, but I do not know what a hot link is. I take the codes that they offer me without changing anything.
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Old 04-16-2020   #2
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Same here.I googled it, but still confused.
Could you show us a html code example of a hotlinked image?
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From Google:

Hotlinking is when you directly use (e.g. embed/display/link) a file (such as an image, movie, audio file, flash animation, or any other digital asset) that is hosted on another site.

It is considered poor netiquette to hotlink for the following reasons:

1) You are consuming another site's resources for your own benefit.

2) Aside from costing the owner in bandwidth, by hotlinking their files you may be undermining their revenue source. Many websites may depend on revenue from advertisements, and the said advertisements are usually not placed in the files themselves, but in the html page where the files are linked to or displayed (e.g. a software developer may depend on revenue from ads on their download page, but not on ads in the actual software). By bypassing the html page, you could also bypass advertisements, and thus, deprive them of revenue.

3) It is considered especially rude to hotlink images or other embedded assets without crediting the author (which many people do). Not only are you plagiarizing their content, you are also doing so in a way that (may) use their resources and deprive them of revenue.

Additionally, hotlinking means you depend on the other webmaster not moving/removing or altering the hotlinked asset, all of which can have negative effects on your site or pose security risks.
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Thanks for that but to be honest I am still not sure what hotlinking is, or how I would do it - but I presume that if (just like I always do) I click on the "BB Code" button; then the "Large" button then copy & paste the whole code generated that I am NOT hotlinking?
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Thanks for that but to be honest I am still not sure what hotlinking is, or how I would do it - but I presume that if (just like I always do) I click on the "BB Code" button; then the "Large" button then copy & paste the whole code generated that I am NOT hotlinking?
No, this is totally ok, you are using our codes as they are meant to be used.

we are speaking about the people who take the link to the images directly and bypass our pages.
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Thought so, but thanks for the clarification

Stay safe everyone during these strange days!
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Thought so, but thanks for the clarification

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For sure kind sir! be safe also
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Now everything is clear. I take only my codes and never put strangers. Thanks for the clarification.
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Now everything is clear. I take only my codes and never put strangers. Thanks for the clarification.
You can take the codes no problem just not link to the images directly this is the issue.

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I do the same as slimjim
"I click on the "BB Code" button; then the "Large" button then copy & paste the whole code generated"
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