The only option at this point is to go to a private server, which would cost over $100 a month for the current usage of the site.
Unfortunately, the community at large will have to suffer for the actions of a few. In no way am I going to sit here and throw a hissy fit about people "not reading the rules" and this didn't make me have a panic attack or anything of the sort. Am I disappointed? Of course. But I also knew this was a possibility.
Hotlinking has been the major issue. Hotlinking will ALWAYS be a major issue. There's no way around it.
I will be systematically going through the comm in the coming weeks and deleting any post that has direct links on it. The ONLY ones I will be replacing will be my own DVD rips/scans.
Subsequently, I am taking a break from encoding. School has started up again and there is a lot more work than I'd originally anticipated and a lot I need to focus on. I will still be doing personal DVD rips and sharing those, but hosted only on MU and MF.
I apologize to those of you who have been watching the community since the beginning that it had to end this way. last_of_days will still be uploading weekly shows so I suggest you head over there and join if you're not already a member.
It's been fun, but all good things must come to an end.