Lots of discussion about Photobucket on other forums. 3rd party links (which is what image posting does) will now cost folks $400/yr. So, people are scrambling for alternatives. Meanwhile any images posted on a forum are now going 'dark' and coming up with their speedometer image.
I ran into a similar situation a year or two ago, when Comcast stopped allowing web site hosting. I moved all my 'stuff' over to eHost.com, but was unable to change the links on many old posts and threads on various forums.
I know the pictures that I posted here on BABC and OSO went 'dark' at that point. The folks at iBoats enabled it so I could go through and modify the links to my new web site(s) on eHost.
Few folks are going to fork over the $400/yr to Photobucket, it seems. So, many threads on many forums will be 'sans' images.