Right now you are seeing missing photos or images that are on the smilies and/or banners.
I don't know if you know it but recently Photobucket along with TinyPic were purchased by FaceBook.
Long story short the used to be unlimited free upload/hosting of ones photos is now limited to a small amount of only 2G. From my understanding also this limit also only allows for so much usage per month or clicks. Once that limit is reached then photos will disappear until a new month time period for so many days until it is renewed at the end of the month.
I also just found out that PicturePush is doing the same thing. Now one can increase their upload size allowance easily for of course a monthly fee.
I am looking into other options, one that have a larger allowance and are free, two looking into the possibility of using my godaddy server that I personally pay for to host these/photos images and three other image hosting sites.
I am looking at Flickr right now as I understand they have one Terabyte free.
OK guys I'm going to get busy on this, sorry I haven't already, bad storms in Arkansas yesterday and actually raining right now, real weird July here. My power was off twice so my wife and I went school clothes shopping for the grandkids.
I've looked at Flickr and I may use it some because it looks like a good site but does have a 1 terabyte upload limit. Sounds like a whole lot but when you host as many images as I do and also work on two forums it can fill up quickly. Things will change when we convert to V5 and I'm considering this too.
But I think I'm going to start out with this today and see how easy it is to use and it says it has no limit and it's imageshack.
On Photobucket, I have seen weird side effects, where I would do a upload of say ten pictures and one or more would appear to be not loaded or missing, but instead it was really there. It sometimes took a while before the missing pics stopped being missing.
That is interesting on the number of views having a limit. I haven't heard of that before. But it isn't surprising though.