We are about to change the policy of allowing externally hosted images for avatars, profiles pictures and clan logos. Instead, all images will be uploaded to RHP and hosted from our servers.
There are a number of benefits to this, including:
* Easier for non-web savvy users to get images uploaded.
* Prevents outrageously large files being used (killing forum performance for those on dial up, for example) - this includes small avatars with many, many frames of animation...
* Prevents linking to protected images (Which require user name and password to access). This issues itself justifies the change.
To help the transition, we will be sucking down all linked images and doing our best to resize where possible before hosting them. If images are too large or unavailable, then the image will need to be uploaded again, but for most users, there will be no noticeable difference.
This process will probably take 24 hours to complete, so there will be a period where images cannot be modified.