Re: no more bandwidth theft. just host it yourself!
"Most forums--and a lot of other consumer focused sites--don't give users the ability to upload images."
That's the real shame of this, isn't it. All those useful tutorials and product reviews that people have posted on forums, going back years, now all broken.
We can start using another image host but it won't fix all that old content; and how long before the new image host does the same, or goes out of business?
It's much safer when forums allow direct upload of images, but funding the bandwidth and storage for that can't be easy when so many are hobby projects.