Something that's been irking me for a while is how people around here on the forums are a little lax with keeping sites' bandwith in mind when they insert [i
mg]'s around in big post-your-favourite-picture threads. I mean, sure, by all means, post your favourite
image, porn or otherwise, in the designated threads. Spread the wealth, as the old adagium goes. But every time the threads and pages are opened, the images are downloaded from these different servers, and a sizeable strain indeed will be put on them with threads read by all users - excluding guests for the sake of argument and convenience - visiting Elliquiy.
I honestly wish I had a better source than Alexa to provide a modicum of insight in users perviewing the forums at any time, and certainly, not all of the 400+ active users at a moment are or will be watching these various post-your-favourite-picture threads. But free web servers are abound, and there's a reason why many sites disable hotlinking - to reduce the strain on their servers from people leeching images and just posting them willy-nilly without bothering themselves to reupload their images to a free webserver like Imageshack, Imagesocket, Imagefap
or what have you, for images that are very
likely to get a lot of views. Heck, it might maybe even remove some strain from the Elliquiy Wiki as well for small images here and there.
Would it perhaps, both for the sake of keeping others' bandwidths in mind and for the sake of keeping those resources of those favourite images of all of us (relatively, ad-wise speaking) free, be wisdom to start implementing a general guideline that's pretty commonplace on most online communities I've visited, to remind users to reupload their piccers to either private servers or aforementioned free imagehosts? No serious penalty needed either - enforcement could be as simple as 'EDIT: Images removed/turned into links. Please consider uploading your images to your personal favourite free image host. No leeching, please
'. It's honeslty just some nettiquette, really.