Clickable thumbnails are not saving space on Roadfood.com. You are still hotlinking back to Photobucket.com to actually view the photo whether it is a clickable thumbnail or an embedded JPG image between [img]xxx[/img] BBCode. The photo resides on Photobucket.com and not Roadfood.com. Clickable thumbnails slow down message viewing with the need to access another page for each photo. That may be acceptable for a single photo but would be a nightmare reading someone's trip report that might have a half dozen or more photos.
I tend to disagree with you on a couple of things. While it's correct about the hotlinking, what I was referring to was in saving screen real estate. A post with a thumbnail is a lot easier to view IMHO than one with a large picture. As to several thumbnails in a roadtrip report, it would give the reader the option to click and view or not to click and view. Maybe a thumbnail would suffice their curiosity.
My post above was in answer to questions I perceived in previous post. I was merely putting forth a method that folks could choose to use or not.
Most of the forums I’m a member of request or require you to upload to their servers to keep the message and pictures intact until they’re archived at some point. Many have free storage on their servers; some have different levels depending upon your contributions.
Since I’ve just recently joined the RF Insider, I’ll be uploading to RF if available.
As always, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)