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September 2019



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curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

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Sorry to be spamming you all at present - I really don't make a habit of it!

Some people are having problems with their pictures being locked even though they have set them to public on Scrapbook, which must be rather frustrating, especially if you are a new member and almost the first comment is 'I can't see it!'.

It looks as if, if your journal is set to Friends Only, the pictures from your Scrapbook are currently defaulting to that setting so that your own friends can see them, but other members of the community can't.

If you are having this problem could you possibly contact LJ and ask their advice? My own journal default is Public and I am not having the problem, so can't really ask! If they can advise, can you pass the advice on, here?

If you want to use a different site to host your pictures I wouldn't recommend photobucket as it is no longer allowing most people to post from there to anywhere else, like here. Personally I find that Flikr is good, and I see lindahoyland suggesting the same thing to someone with the 'locked despite being set to public' problem.

If you have other suggestions, again, it would be greatly appreciated.



I cannot default my LJ to public. I prefer to set it to public when I need to. I am too scatter-brained to default to public because I would forget to f-lock it and I know I would be airing my entire personal life to everyone in the world more often than not.

I find Imgur friendly and convenient as a photo-server. So I would recommend that. It has free usage limit well beyond the volume I will ever need and does not have an aggressive marketing posture like many others.

If someone else wants to wrestle with LJ and finds anything out, let me know.
I cannot default my LJ to public.

Oh gosh no - I wasn't suggesting anyone should!

Thanks for the recc for Imgur - we can suggest this to other people too, now. And if anyone does get an answer from LJ we will certainly let everyone know!
Good! Glad you understand. Mainly I post loads of very personal family and friends' photos and yammer on about what we do hour-by-hour, where we live, go to school, work, etc.! Yes. F-lock was designed for people like me!
I'm usually using my own website to host my pics, but as I can't use it currently (for he first time in 15 years) due to a technical glitch I tried google photo as temporary measure. This seems to work fine, except that the links you get are horribly long, which might become an issue when posting more than a few pics to one post. But I don't have any long-term experience with that.
Thank you - so another workable solution as well - that gives us 3 options we know work if Scrapbook is playing up!
I also found this site with some recommended options, including those alrady covered here except of dropbox, which of course also works well.

Some more possible suggestions
Tinyurl.com is your friend.
Yes, I love Flickr and recommend it.

A thought about LJ, when you upload a photo, it gives you the option to set the picture to public of friends only. I use that when posting photos of people. Maybe some people trying to post to the com, have the post set to public and the photo set to "Friends"?
Oh - good thinking!
Another rec for Flickr - having been seriously screwed by Photobucket I'm now using Flickr and it seems pretty good.
Yes - I am thinking of removing all my pictures from photobucket and just leaving one - a piece of paper with 'Get Stuffed Photobucket' written on it!