Greetings fellow scale builders. I hope you all here in the Northern Hemisphere are having a great flying season. Our brothers down under are knee deep in the shop these days staying out of the cold I'm sure.
This month just a few items to cover...
1. I have removed the ability to link to an external avatar as this is breaking our SSL cert on some pages with externally linked avatars. If your avatar was externally linked to a URL and not uploaded here you don't need to do anything. We took care of this for you and all those that were externally linked to a URL have been uploaded to your profile.
2. A reminder that we will be removing the ability to link images externally September 1st. With SSL now implemented we are going to have to eliminate outside linking of images in posts from external sites like Photobucket or Flickr and other unsecured private sites where images are stored as it breaks the SSL certificate and causes the page to be insecure (and pop up annoying warnings) from the linking of HTTP inside a HTTPS page.
Also, after doing some research there are only 170 threads out of more than 11,700 using external image linking and guess what, almost 40% of those have had images missing because the person leaves the site, leaves the hobby and deletes their Photobucket or Flickr account, or deletes the images from their personal site. This is very annoying for someone coming to read about building a specific model only to notice none of the images are there. All current threads will still have the external images linked, but as of September 1st, you will no longer be able to link images externally moving forward.
Before all this happens I will be writing more detailed information in the FAQ about how to pre-process your images before they are uploaded making that step as simple as possible on ALL platforms. It is really simple and to many folks try to make it more complex than it needs to be. There are simple tools for every platform (Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux) to batch process images making them web friendly.
I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause any of you, but this is a necessary step we must take to ensure the long term security and integrity of the site.
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