methods wrote:Photobucket and the like are the worst thing that ever happened to forums. Just go browse threads from 5 years back and you will see threads riddled with holes from missing attachments. It may seem like a good idea now - but it does not persist over time. I either serve my own pictures or upload them to the forum directly.
As far as the hiccups with the forum?
phfffttt... this is nothing
Those problems are from people who move/delete their images after having linked them. I have images linked from over 4 years ago and to this day appear as they should. I must be an anomaly, you see once I link an image, I never delete it or move it. To this day I get emails asking me questions on thing's I've posted on forums I haven't visited in years. Now that I really think about it, every forum I have ever been on has lost data from both sources corrupted/lost attachments from server issues or PB noobs moving their images. So one is as bad as the other in the long run. For me it's a non issue. PB is easier to deal with when wanting to show images on a forum and I know at least "MY" images will never disappear.
That only took 30 seconds and will never disappear. The best part is I'm not using any of ES server resources on image storage. It really boils down to personal choice, and for the reasons I've listed I personally will never upload any of my images to any forum.