It appears Photobucket, which has hosted our forum pictures for years, has recently changed their terms and conditions.
They have upset a lot of users (to put it mildly) as literally hundreds of thousands of websites, forums, selling sites (including eBay and Amazon), and other social media sites have lost images with no prior notice, and users are being held to ransom and asked to sign up for paid accounts to have their pictures restored
It has been reported by the BBC News and it seems fair to say there is understandably a chorus of outrage at this sudden change of use from users worldwide, and we share the frustration and rage that is echoing around the globe at this pretty despicable act. BBC NEWS
However, there are a number of alternatives that are available, here are a few of the better ones we have found...
I also recommend imgur, imageshack, and potentially flickr, though the latter may be a little trickier for linking on the forum.
I'm glad BBC news at least is reporting on it. I've used photobucket for probably 10+ years and it's disgusting the way they're trying to hold photos ransom. I can't see how they're going to be around for much longer after this, so if you have any important photos on there I'd recommend saving them back to your computer or another host before they disappear.
I've been looking at the proboards (forum) help pages, and they say forum users shouldn't use imgur, photobucket (yeah, we know)! or flickr, and some people on there have said that tinypics isn't reliable either.
I don't know what's going to happen to our forum in 18 months time... even though we have a paid account with photobucket I think from what I've read we will lose all our admin pictures at the end of 2018
Two of the hosting sites that seem to be used by a lot of forum users are village.photos and nickpic.host