Okay, so the brilliant minds of Photobucket broke their own site it seems. Sure, I can hotlink to images just fine with the IMG BBcode tags, as this is how I have my character reference images displaying on this site (as seen in the link in my status, or in my O/O thread).
Now I understand, late last year, there was a strong recommendation by mods here to instead throw character images to the Wiki on here, forgoing outside image hosting services. This is understandable, as those commercial image hosts use pervasive scripts and cookies to queue up advertising specific to the user, thus raising legit privacy concerns.
The trouble is that I'm not just hawking these characters on E! alone. I'm on several communities, and I like to have one centralized hub to keep things organized, just utilizing link-backs to display images across the various forums I'm a part of.
With Photobucket's latest update, they've basically broken direct linking it seems. I have to click on the image, which kicks me to the full site page with the image as part of a 'slideshow' that people can flip through. I hate it, and I need a new host that allows just THAT image to display when clicked on.
I use Flickr as well, but that is for other interests, not RPing, and is much like Photobucket.....intrusive with advertising and such, in which with a firewalled modem/router and beefed-up browser with all sorts of 'no ads / no scripts' blockers, can cripple a site like Photobucket, Flickr, etc, useless to the one viewing the images.
I've poked into Imageshack and Imgur. I'm still pondering on what to do here. Convenience seems to come at the cost of utmost privacy on the Internet. >_<
Much appreciated in advance as I make transitions.