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Imgur picture links on simtropolis no longer working due to maintenance, database error´s, site conversions ? Since my move to Imgur some 1 1/2 year ago everything have been transvered to this site ! Recently somehow randomly due to cache some appear lot not, but refreshing last CJ links wich got corrupted I aswell see these corrupted within no time, what is the matter ? Maintenance of simtropolis has trippled last year due to the site new site version or does it be to crowded, some ellements on the mainpage I may believe makes loading times take too long. Reeditin all content I will not do so any one who want to see of my work I liket to point to the two gallery´s Mayon Province and ANNO Europe as these contain most of these CJ series pictures. Long as this issue is around I will update the last two CJ, more may be deleted due. Hope we will find the cause of this issue !

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  • Imgur not displaying 02 !

    Today continued my invastigation. Imgur seem fine as recently updated CJ displayed for some time ! Web browser aswell not the cause of this strange behaviour . Inspecting the links element with firefox a clear link to Imgur is found so erased links isn´t the issue. Addblock maybe the cause external links won´t work! Hope there will b some light !

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    After investigation and subsequent findings by @_Michael, it has come to our attention that Simtropolis has been blocked from hotlinking Imgur hosted images. As a result those posted anywhere on the site will no longer be displayed with a "403 Access Denied" status. Viewing the images directly and the images are intact at the source URL.

    For example in Firefox using the network inspector:

    Imgur 403 Error 20180513.png

    Initial correspondence with an Imgur support representative has revealed this is due to an apparent breach of their Terms of Service. However as far as we're aware, Simtropolis remains compliant because we don't use them to serve elements of our site such as banners or logos. These are hosted locally on the ST server. It could potentially be due to the sheer quantity of images in CJs and posted in the forums, causing us to be auto-blacklisted. At this stage though, details remain unclear.

    Out next step will be to seek clarification on the precise reasons for the block. Hopefully that will determine what steps may be required to reach a settlement, or establish whether this has occurred by mistake. Understandably images play a key role in our community, and this is something which we'll endeavour to resolve as best we can.

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    Relevant to the site, our site gives error when I post my reply. More specifically, it throws "no such file or directory" error. It's temporary but annoying for users who post their replies in that time.


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    Since the begining of the last year, imgur pictures haven't been showing up for me as well (at least on first tries, but after a little trick, I could watch them apart from a few exceptions), but it was due to a technical error in the Vodafon UK broadband network, which is still standing. The problem was about something that the imgur generated an infinite loading loop with the Vodafon network, therefore the Vodafon built in a blocking system which prevented the happening of the infinite loop, but with this they were blocking the imgur site too... For example after doing a little trick, I could manage to load in most of the player's pictures (I could force the "system" to make me allow to see the pictues after I went trough on a process and  refreshed the simtro page), but I couldn't manage to load in any of @korver's pictures from his CJ. But it happened only on Vodafon  UK broadband.
    Now, with @nycsc4 recent pictures, the previous trick doesn't work, I got the 403 error message, and his pics don't show up after I refresh the page.

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    I’m not aware of that particular issue, but my contact with Imgur confirmed to us that, as @Cyclone Boom said, ST has been blocked, and that is the cause of the current issue. 


    As for korver, I had a similar issue on my phone, and it was due to the way Dropbox images links work. Chrome on a desktop worked fine for me. 

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    23 hours ago, madhatter106 said:

    Ugh I just shunted everything in my BAT thread from Photobucket to Imgur last summer...

    I think there are going to be more issues with pictures this year, got an email from Flickr a couple of weeks ago


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  • On 17-5-2018 at 5:57 AM, Cyclone Boom said:

    Images Restored!     

    I'm pleased to confirm the fine folks at Imgur have reviewed our case and ruled in favour of removing Simtropolis from their blacklist. This means all existing and subsequently posted Imgur images on the site will now display as normal, and without the need to update any links.

    Following email correspondence with an Imgur support representative after an internal investigation, Simtropolis was deemed to be fully compliant with their Terms of Service. The block had been triggered automatically, seemingly due to an erroneous classification with how Imgur images are distributed on our site. By being set for our domain name, the images themselves were denied from loading on any site page. However now it's been lifted, they are viewable intact as they were before the block was enforced.

    Thanks everyone for your patience during the downtime, and we hope this was simply a one-off blip which doesn't happen again.

    -The Admins

    Thank you, !

    Sincerely yours,


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