READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST ANY PICTURES OR FILES AT AHS
WHAT IS HOTLINKING AND BANDWIDTH THEFT?
Bandwidth theft or "hotlinking" is direct linking to a website's files (images, video, etc.). An example would be using an <IMG> tag to display a JPEG image you found on someone else's web page so it will appear on your own site, journal, weblog, forum posting, etc.
Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a website to a user's computer. When you view a webpage, you are using that site's data transfer to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over it's monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline.
A simple analogy for bandwidth theft: Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.
(Definition copied from altlab.com)
Hotlinking to images and videos is against the AHS rules. DO NOT link directly to any files stored at sites other than your own.
This means that you cannot
post links like this at AHS:
If you want to re-post an image or file this is what you can do:
- Post a link to the site, but not the file.
- Download the file to your computer and then re-upload it to your own site.
- Download the file to your computer and then re-upload it to a free hosting site like www.yousendit.com or www.imageshack.us.
- Upload the image to AHS as an attachment.
- Ask a staff member for help.
Under no circumstances should anyone be directly linking to pictures and other files hosted by (or uploaded by, in the case of YSI, MU, etc links) someone else.
Posts containing hotlinks will be deleted or edited, without notice, at the discretion of the staff.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, or if you need help hosting a file please just ask a staff member.