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Post by wildfire393 » 2 years ago

The Previews section is exclusively for posting official, Wizards of the Coast-sponsored Previews, as well as Wizards announcements of upcoming products as well as other significant, Magic-related news such as rules changes, ban announcements, and announcements of related media like tie-in board games, TV series, novels, and similar. As such, please do not post any of the following as topics in this section:
-No Rules Questions on new cards. These belong in the "New Card Rulings" topic that will be created for each set.
-No General Discussion of the sets being previewed, i.e. "This Set Seems Great", "This is the Worst Set Since Born of the Gods", etc. These belong in the "[Set] General Discussion" topic that will be created for each set.
-No Speculation as to upcoming sets. This includes "Mark Rosewater said we might see <X>" or "When will we finally see <thing>" threads. These belong in the Speculation section.
-No Leaks/Unofficial Spoilers. These belong in the Unofficial Spoilers section. This forum is only visible to users who opt into the See Unofficial Spoilers group by clicking "Always Show" on a Leak tag. Because of this, there are no longer any restrictions on using card names in thread titles.
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Guidelines for posting Previews:
-Your topic title should include the name of the source. For cards posted on the official Wizards website, use "Mothership Previews" along with the date of the previews, i.e. "Mothership Previews 5/31"
-If two or fewer cards are previewed by the source, those should also be included in the topic title, i.e. "The Mana Source Preview - Celestial Colonnade".
-If more than two cards are previewed by the source, provide a general description of the cards previewed, i.e. "Loading Ready Run Preview - Five Commons"
-Your topic body must include a link to the source article, video, or post.
-If possible, please try to provide the text of the previewed cards
-Your topic body should include the images of the cards previewed as an attachment, or included in [img] tags linked from an image hosting website.

A list of acceptable image hosting websites is provided here. Using image tags to link a card from a website other than one of these is considered image leeching and may result in a warning or infraction.
Other image hosting websites may be approved on a case by case basis, but when in doubt, download the image and upload it to the website rather than directly linking the image from another site.

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Post by BeneTleilax » 5 months ago

this isn't the 00's internet, who cares about image leeching lmoa
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Post by Feyd_Ruin » 5 months ago

BeneTleilax wrote:
5 months ago
this isn't the 00's internet, who cares about image leeching lmoa
This is still important for a number of reasons, beyond being simple internet etiquette.

Most CDNs, Cloudflare, etc, don't allow hotlinking. When you see the image and link to the address, you won't even notice the image is replaced with a no-hot-link placeholder since you've cached the image, but the rest of us are met with a random image that isn't the card. This one of the largest reasons outside of simply being respectful.

Additionally, WotC has graciously expanded its previews to allow smaller websites, or even individuals who rely on cheap/free hosting, to show previews. As such, it absolutely can matter. Link to them to allow them the traffic and source, absolutely, but leeching the image provides unneeded stress and bandwidth on a shared server with limits.

Then you have sites that will eventually delete their preview card, go down, etc, and having that image still there for people who are taking trips down memory lane is nice. Not huge, but it's annoyed me before, so I'm sure it's annoyed others as well.

So no, the bandwidth leech doesn't matter to 99% of the sites, but there's still reasons to do this, it's still proper etiquette, and it's just the proper way to handle it.
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