I certainly agree about the difficulty of posting photos. I don't use external sites, either, so my trip reports (such as they are) are necessarily photo-less. I've gotten postive feedback, anyway, but I have often felt that I'm not really playing the Roadfood "game" when I do that.
Maybe it's the tension of the times, or maybe it's the online environment, or maybe it's the tone of the hot dog vendors forum, which seems to attract some folks with very strong views and very little patience. I, too, have detected increased hectoring, personal attacks, self-righteousness and intemperate reactions to relatively innocuous things. Some people seem to fly off the handle for no serious reason. I know most here take their Roadfood seriously, and don't appreciate it when people criticize their pet places, or get something factually wrong. But everyone's entitled to an opinion, and everyone makes mistakes. Rather than assuming that someone is an idiot, it might be nice to be charitable, and give him or her the benefit of the doubt -- at least, absent irrefutable proof of trolling or deliberately posting falsehoods.
I don't know what happened to the picture posting. There's a new thread about it. I've been having trouble, Holly had trouble, but none of the authorities have indicated they read it. Pictures show up in the add message box, and in the preview, but when the message is posted the picture is gone.
Regarding the hectoring, strong opinions, and personal attacks, take heart; this forum has always
been that way. The mods have done a great job of toning it down to what you see now.
I blocked the hot dog people as soon as I found out how to. I recommend anyone else who is bothered by them to do the same. Sorry, don't like them. I'll never, ever order a hot dog from a cart, ever again.
Trip reports... yeah, way down. Lots of reasons, I suppose. The top reporters aren't around much any more, is one of those. No one else has picked up the slack. Yeah, I think people feel their reports are underappreciated. I don't travel much, never have, and when I do, I go to the places I'm used to going. They're roadfoody places, sure, but I've already reported on them. I spend the most of my time here in the "social networking" part, the off topic area, mostly because of that; I got nothing to add to the other part. But I still want to keep up with what's going on.
The forum software... it's strange. It was strange before, and it's strange now, too. The old forum was too restrictive, the new one is too different. I would think vBulletin would have been a better choice, it's widely adapted and people are used to it. But, folks got their reasons, y'know.