So, it was brought to my attention earlier today on this thread that there are changes on terms of services for the two main websites people commonly use to host images. The thread was posted on the Civ 3 C&C subforum, but I feel like this issue is really a sitewide problem, and that it needs to be brought to the attention to the forum as a whole. Because this could easily hurt every single subforum, quickly. 1. Photobucket decided to go full crazy and disabled hotlinking to any account that doesn't fork over 400 USD a year, while also making it extraordinally hard, if not impossible, for people to redownload their affected images off of photobucket. Essentially, if you had images on photobucket, you need to either pay 400 dollars or have the foresight to keep local copies of all your images. Yes, you should always keep local copies of every image you upload, but people change computers every so often and some people have been using photobucket for over a decade. Don't blame the victim for photobucket's extortion. 2. According to our own moderator Vincour, Imgur has been using bots to track websites which hotlink off of their servers, and are blacklisting entire domains which use "too much bandwidth". Photobucket and Imgur by far represent the main two services used for image hosting in 2017, and it seems that both are no longer going to be options for hotlinking, either now for Photobucket or the near future for Imgur (potentially). Every subforum uses hotlinking. We use it in AARs to visualize the story of what is going on. We use it in Creation and Customization to showcase the mods and art. We use it in General Discussions to illustrate a point better than words can. We use it my native subforum of Imperium Offtopicum in order to run the games themselves. And Offtopic uses it to showcase our personal lives (and for arguments). If nothing more, if nothing else can truely be done, I hope this thread can at least serve as a warning to users to not use Photobucket or Imgur for the time being, as one is currently unusable and the other might become unusable for everyone if we don't cut down on our usage of it. As Vincour himself said: Perhaps try using one of these services to host images for the time being?