With his permission, here is a great quick fix to view threads with a bunch of old Photobucket picture links.
I saw this on another "fishing" forum. I did exactly as it said and was able to view one of my old posts from last year that had Photobucket links in it (all pictures were visible). I'm still going to stick it out with Flickr, but it's nice to go back through some of the older posts and be able to see the pictures.
Apparently Google Chrome and Foxfire have found a way to access the photos that Photobucket.com does not now allow you to post to 3rd party sites anymore without paying a high price.
"In the cases where former/current PhotoBucket users haven't deleted all their albums, Chrome and Firefox now have an extension, Photobucket Embed Fix, that will display 3rd party hosted images. It will fix all your broken pics, no need for you to do anything, it runs entirely in the background.
Click Tools>Add-Ons (Or press CTL+Shift+A) >select Extensions > enter "photobucket embed" in the Search box (upper right corner) > then click the install button."