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    I have a problem with some members hotlinking to their avatars on my site on other very high traffic sites. It seems that vBulletin needs to do a database query to retrieve avatars and this is causing such a heavy load that it's crashing my site. Is there a way to block avatar hotlinking? I'm aware of the .htaccess approach, but I don't necessarily want to block hotlinking of all images on my site, just avatars. I'm not sure that would work anyway since vBulletin might still run the query. HELP!

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    One option is to store avatars in the file system. Then you can use .htaccess to block hotlinking of the storage directory:

    Admin CP -> Avatars -> User Picture Storage Type

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