Hi, I'm discoball.
Unfortunately, as most of you are aware by now, the creator of imgtc.com (which I think was the 2nd most popular outgoing link on Voat) purged his account and abandoned his subverse.
It was a huge shock to me as well.
I've spoken to jmtullock over email, and although it sounded like there was a lot going on in his life, he's never even so much as hinted at abandoning his work or this community. It's even stranger that he left without a warning.
Once imgtc goes dark, which I suspect it will, Voat will once again be littered with dead links. In the meantime, I encourage everyone reading this to back up their images now or risk losing them forever. It's sad, but from the looks of things, imgtc will soon be but another in a long line of dead image hosts.
That said, I'm gonna keep working on imgoat.com.
You don't have in use it. In fact, I think you should use whatever service you're most confident in and comfortable with. But I'm in this for the long haul, and it would be ridiculous to quit now that we're getting more love than ever. I've been working long nights (thanks, insomnia) making improvements to the site, which I've listed below, and have even bigger ideas for the future...
· Forced SSL, meaning all data remains private even as it's passed back-and-forth between your web browser and our server.
· Implemented a Warrant Canary.
· Max file size increased to 10 MB.
· WebM support (edit: work in progress...)
· Redirect to actual image (rather than a confirmation page) after successful upload.
In addition, I've spoken with the Boats for Voat developer, and he's agreed to make sure our images don't get all fucked up on Boats (unlike some other hosts).
I'd also like to thank @lmkevin for volunteering to help with some programming. If any other code goats on here are interested in volunteering, we'd love to have you on board.
edit: Oh, and thanks to @elnino for featuring us first in the sidebar of /v/pics. :D
If we decide to monetize, should it be with ads, donations, or something else?
How would you feel about adding user accounts?
Or the ability to download all of your uploaded images at once, in the even of a catastrophe?
I'd like to know your opinion on what we should focus on next. What does Imgoat need in order to be the best damn image host on Voat. Let me know in the comments (bahhh).