In Summary, heaps of members for a decade have used https://www.photobucket.com to store their images, and in turn post them here, and elsewhere. 1000s of us PAID them their annual fee to do so. I still do.
Photobucket this week for some insane reason decided to stop, with NO prior notice or advice to members, their "100 million unique users who have stored 15 BILLION images" (their figures) from doing just that - allowing them to show their stamp images on this Bulletin Board and 1000s of others - despite all these years of bragging that is JUST what they did, and offered it for free if you wanted it free.
Sure you got to endure their endless popup ads and videos as a trade off unless you paid for the PRO account, where ads were removed, and you got extra image storage, but that was a personal choice option you had.
Right NOW any image you stored to photobucket and posted on here, any other Bulletin board or Auctiva or ebay or Amazon etc, shows this nasty Ransonmare image image - unless you pay them $US399!! (=$A525) a year, up front in advance, and you have no guarantee they will be in business even in a month the way this disaster is rolling out.) Do NOT pay Ransoms, the Police always advise.
They seem to have dreamed this up on a Friday night drink session of 19 year old techies, and are rolling it out ad-hoc globally and in a messy manner. Global outrage is deafening. Countless 10,000s of Bulletin Boards just like this are a mess as you can see.
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THIS announcement is simply a heads-up for the 1000s of members they have not even bothered to tell, they are holding you to ransom.
DO NOT delete your images or your account there - I have little doubt someone at photobucket with a brain will see the disaster they have unleashed, and back off totally, or in large part in the next week. Deleting your account and/or images simply makes it worse. DO NOT re-arrange or re-index your files in there either for the same reason.
You can of course simply move anything you want to be sure they do not disappear into the *FREE** and reliable host that most of us have also used for years - https://www.imgur.com - just right click the image and save it, and then load in IMGUR. They are reliable, stable, established 8 years, family run, and FREE to use.
Way before the photobucket mess IMGUR were already the ELEVENTH largest web traffic company in the USA according to ALEXA, the industry Gold Standard tracker of such things. Just behind ebay and well ahead of Instragram and Craig’s List and LinkedIn and Bing, and CNN - or any porn site even! And WAY bigger than photobucket. IMGUR are massive. Photobucket is rated about 663 on the same list. They are a MINNOW.
Glen - Admin