Seeing broken image links on Swaylock's is breaking my heart. Over the years people have used many different methods to display their images. Some people just post text because the whole process of getting your images to diplay correctly is so complicated. You can upload the images directly to Swaylock's, but I have found this to be very frustrating. It takes a long time to select all of the categories, and then you end up with little thumbnails until you figure out the exact settings to select. I swore-off uploading my images sometime arount 2006 when the site had a big redesign that resulted in the loss of everyones uploaded images. I had several project build threads that became text-only summaries overnight.
A lot of people seem to be using image sharing sites that have low limits on file space, and their older pictures are rolling out of visibility. I think this is what is causing all of the broken links.
I have been using Flickr since 2006. Flickr used to have a 200 images limit on their free accounts, but that was recently lifted to 1 Terabyte. They also updated their instructions regarding deep linking. Thankfully, they didn't break all of the existing deep links. Now, the policy states that when you share an image from Flickr you have to make sure that it is linked back to the source image on Flickr. This seems fair to me, and they have made the process of sharing an image easier in my opinion.
Here is how you can use Flickr to display an image in your post.
1) Set up a Flickr account
2) Upload your image(s) to Flickr, and make sure that they are viewable by the general public.
3) Go to flickr.com and navigate to your photostream (mine is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/swied/)
4) Choose and image, and then click on the share icon on the bottom toolbar.
5) Choose an image size and then copy the BBCode text.
6) Paste the BBCode directly into the compose window on Swaylock's as you are writing your post. Note that you don't have to click on the "insert or update and embeded image" icon in the toolbar. Just paste the code into your compose window.
7) Click the Preview button to make sure that your images are showing up in the correct locations, and then click Submit.