Image hosting blues
For years now there have been image hosting services that have offered a convenient way of hosting images that you want to display on your blogs or other sites. I used Photobucket for a while, then Tinypic, then Imgur. Imgur was so convenient that it seems to have sent Tinypic out of business. I used Tinypic mainly between 2006 and 2010.
As well as convenience, Imgur offered an explicit guarantee that an image hosted by them would remain there "forever". Once posted there it would stay there. Given that for various reasons one could not always stay subscribed to the same ISP, that was particularly appealing. One might chop and change the host for your blog, home page etc, but the availability of your images would remain unchanged.
But that has now come to an end, Images hosted on both Tinypic and imgur are now no longer securely hosted, In the case of Imgur, political correctness has raised its head. Images connected to forbidden topics are now de-hosted. They are no longer where you put them. So much for the offer of permanence.
I must be one of the most incorrect people on the net. I routinely put up scholarly comments about race, social class and IQ! That's three forbidden topics. So it was to be expected that some of my pictures would vanish from where they were previously held. The social media generally are hostile to conservative content. And that now includes Imgur.
As long as you keep comprehensive backup files -- which I do -- there is no great drama in reposting deleted images elsewhere. It takes me only a couple of minutes per image to do so. A rather objectionable feature of the current situation, however is that Imgur are not satisfied simply to dehost a picture but post instead of the deleted image a brightly colored and unpleasant-looking image whih presumably represents a troll. It certainly motivates you to rehost your image pronto.
But here's the interesting thing: EVERY image ever hosted on Tinypic is now replaced by the same troll. Imgur seems to have taken over what remains of Tinypic and proceeded to blow a raspberry at each and every one of Tinypic's former users. They seem to be penalizing anybody who once used Tinypic. It is at least juvenile behaviour. Why they could not simply let Tinypic vanish into the night is a puzzle.