There currently isn't a way for users to upload photos to DCSki -- the new forum software allows users to embed photos within a message (as you've discovered
), but the photos have to exist somewhere else.
I'm not too familiar with Yahoo photos -- are you sure that wouldn't work? You should be able to grab a photo's URL if you can see it on a web page (for example, right-click on a photo and open the photo itself in a new window -- that will show the exact URL of the photo.) I suppose Yahoo could be making dynamic URLs. Mac users with a .Mac account have a nice place they can upload photos to, but I haven't taken a look to see what other services are out there. A lot of ISP's will provide personal web space where folks can upload photos.
A couple cautions about the photo embedding feature: Everyone should be sensitive about copyrights and not link to photos that are copyrighted. Also, the photos will be fetched from the server they're hosted on (e.g., not DCSki's server), so you might check with the server operator to make sure it's OK first if it's not your own photo on your own web site. I've caught many other sites embedding a DCSki photo directly on their web page, without giving any indication of where the photo came from. Each time someone viewed their web page, it would fetch the photo from my server, ultimately slowing down DCSki's server. Not so polite!
Longer term, I'm considering adding a feature on DCSki that would allow visitors to upload and host photos directly on the DCSki server. But, that can be dangerous to do, and DCSki's server is getting low on disk space and somewhat geriatric generally. In the past, it has been suggested that we allow readers to optionally make a small contribution to the site, receiving recognition and extra features in return. I have no plans of going to a subscription model, but if we did have some type of optional "contributing member" plan, photo space on the DCSki server could possibly be one of the perks (and keep a flood of people from overwhelming the server.)
I am entertaining the thought of radically re-designing DCSki this summer. It would be a major undertaking, and I'm not sure I'll have the time or money. But I mined a lot of great ideas from the recent DCSki Survey and am eager to hear more. For the past several years, I've grown somewhat frustrated with design decisions I made in the late 90's, so there's a lot of things I want to improve. But there's hundreds of news articles in the archives, and migrating them to a new infrastructure and layout would be laborious, so that's one reason I've been procrastinating.