I just got the dreaded email from Photobucket that davydd had eluded to a while ago.
"We have noticed that you are using Photobucket for third party picture hosting", etc. so now you need to pay us to be able to do that" yadda, yadda. IIRC, they were very happy with using them for hosting when they thought they could survive on advertising and printing pix, encouraging all of us to put our pix on their site for storage and third party hosting. Now they can't make it that way, and they try to make it sound like we are doing something illegal or unethical, taking advantage of them. I will call BS on this one, as they are the ones that changed the rules, after encouraging the use they are now saying is so horrible.
Time to move all the pix to the home computer or cloud and let the sites host them like the forum here allows.
Bummer is that ALL the links to photos in the many threads here will be gone, leaving folks with no information or help on the topics.
It looks like the bean counters won out on this one, and didn't even think it was reasonable to admit that they had miscalculated the market. For me, if they just came out and said, we messed up and are losing money on hosting, please contribute, I would. Come at me saying I am abusing the service that Photobucket told me to use, and I will be quickly gone.
I guess it is the way of business these days.
I would encourage folks not to submit to blackmail, even if it is inconvenient.
I think that most of us don't mind paying for a service that we use, and understand it cost money to do this stuff. But, when you push free hosting and sharing and then hold the pix and links hostage later, I think that crosses the line.