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Old 09-15-2017, 12:04 PM   #4
Edman
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Yeah, it does seem pretty weird. They could have also implemented bandwidth limits for accounts, which would solve the problem of cost.

There's only one real explanation - their business was going down the crapper and they decided that by suddenly disabling access they would get people who cannot afford to lose their links to images to sign up for their $400/yr subscription and thus they would make a lot of money in the short term.

This only makes sense if they decided that in the long term, their business model is no longer viable.
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