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Why Are Image Links are so Involved

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#58648 (In Topic #12787)

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I'm looking at the html for an image that I attached to a comcode page. Gees, does all that code and sessions have to be added? Why not a simple link to a directory.


<img alt="Image 1" title="Image 1" src="/data/attachment.php?id=3&amp;keep_session=4152770&amp;thumb=0&amp;keep_session=4152770&amp;for_session=ae33c3de8239b99ff7333b17c32b4e2f" id="te_17184_3498" />

Why not


<img alt="Image 1" title="Image 1" src="uploads/image1.jpg" />
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It's for 3 reasons:
  1. the system will track where the attachment is placed, and only allow access to it by members who have access to those locations. So people can't guess/steal resources they don't have access to.
  2. so the download count can be maintained.
  3. so the system can keep tabs on what's still being used, and auto-delete what is not.

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