So, recently, Photobucket has been migrating free user accounts over to a new tier which does not include image hotlinking. Hotlinking allows you to host an image on Photobucket, and then have the ability to embed it anywhere on the Internet, such as our forum for example. In order to have hotlinking enabled, Photobucket kindly requests that you pay them $400 for the elite privilege of that. Photobucket can fuck right off. People with free accounts will have all hotlinked images now show up as a "P500" error, saying that you don't have that feature.
It appears this is a rolling change and has not affected all accounts yet.
This is TERRIBLE for so many forums across the Internet. Until the last couple of years, we did not have any way of hosting images locally. MANY old posts on our forum utilize pictures that are hosted on Photobucket. Those posts, including FAQs, write-ups, and tutorials, are now effectively lost or incomplete. If you have any FAQs or other important threads on this board, I urge you to please re-upload all of the PB-hosted images, either to the forum or a service like Imgur.
"VIP" users, or anyone who has contributed a great deal of content or time to this board, can contact me and I can set you up with storage on my own server if you'd like. For now, Imgur is probably one of the better solutions for us as they don't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. They're effectively the image hosting backbone for Reddit.
If you have any issues using the file attachment feature when posting, please let me know so I can look into it.