I will try to address this as one of thes Admins and I think you'll see why this feature just isn't there yet.
It comes down to cost and some technical expertise.
It's easy to think that web sites are cheap to run and adding a simple thing like picture uploads should be a given. After all, there is a website for just about anything you can think of, and you're right on a lot of forums you can upload pics right from your computer. It makes it a lot easier to upload, no doubt.
Most websites are paid for by selling a product, and often forum sites on a hobby/interest/lifestyle will indeed sell a product or be associated with a commercial interest. Or more often, they may not sell a product, but your "free membership: is in exchange with being blasted with ads and having your email address sold to spammers.
Other websites like this one that are not selling a product, not associated with the manufacturer, members can enjoy no advertising, (which is an income stream), no membership fees, and no selling of users email addresses. You won't start getting mail from magazine offers or West Marine mail if you join this site. And, we make darn sure that spammers are kept OUT of here. These things cannot be said of most internet forums these days, I think all would agree. From the security perspective, you are safer here than most other sites.
Internet access bandwidth, hard drive space, servers, software, and several pieces of network equipmentcosts a lot of money. The forum software is at least free. Costs are both large upfront chunks and a monthly cost. And to be available 24x7x365 and perform well, the equipment should be located in a real data center, not out of your house. And maybe have an offsite copy of the site data, replicating often so we don't loose data should a crash occur. And don't forget about maintenance costs and insurance...if something breaks you need a backup plan.
The point is, it's pretty expensive to run websites. VERY expensive. Without income streams, costs skyrocket as more bandwidth is consumed, more hard drive space needed, more processing power needed. More cooling. More extremely expensive per sq. ft. space in a data center. These add up extremely quickly.
Our text posts hardly take any bandwidth at all. We can post as much as we want, and costs aren't going to change much if at all simply because it's very small amounts of data. Pictures need way more resources coming into the site from you, then going out again, each and every time pictures are pulled up. Just one of my DSLR pics can run into 13Mb each and the iPhone takes 4.5Mb pictures. Sending that amount, or even a fraction of that amount resized from the website to you-all of you, chews up bandwidth fast. In fact, these costs can be so high--say on a merchants' website with a lot of pictures, music or video..iTunes, Netflicks, Facebook, etc...the pictures aren't even stored by the merchant. Content Delivery Network providers store them around the world so the huge amount of bandwidth doesn't have to go back to their server, and a very large server can then handle many, many merchants so economies of scale can be taken advantage of. It's simply cheaper and faster, so why wouldn't they do it?
A lot of websites tend to share each others equipment and bandwidth; software these days let's you run dozens of websites with multiple copies of an operating system (doing different things) running on the same server. It will literally blow your mind what happens inside of a black box that is 21"W X 24" D X 10" H. A very expensive block box mind you. Same thing happening here. The site owner runs other sites from the same "stuff"...sailfar.net is an example. Another no cost, no advertisement, no spam site. He's getting paid $0, tends to refuse donation, incurs all the costs, and doesn't plan to start making this site a giant advertisement for West Marine. I can't think of anyone that would be willing to put out so much cost without any return, I certainly would not want to write the big checks to the data center, internet provider, maintenance and insurance each month without getting something from it. But that is the case here, and we have Capt K to wholeheartedly thank for this generous service he is providing to our community.
With the pictures how they work today, all the bandwidth and resources needed to delivery these pictures to you are coming from another website, not CPYOA. They incur the cost.
So I say we have it really good here without all the annoying ads all over the place and no spam to pay for the extra costs of uploading pics, and yes I do wish it was easier, but I really think people blow it out of proportion too. In everyone's defense, it is harder to do but gets much easier once you do it once or twice. I can upload pictures right from iPhone on the photo bucket app. Then I can just open it there, click on the link for the IMG code and paste it into a post. You can build libraries to keep the type of pictures better orgaized Or I can upload them from my computer. And, I can pull up these pictures on any computer to show family/friends, or from any tablet or smartphone. Another benefit is these pictures are in one those expensive server/data centers, so if I happen to loose all my pictures and backup copies (say, a fire, lightening bolt, stupidity), they are still out on photo bucket. It's a free backup to your most valuable pictures.
Could we turn the ability to upload pics directly here? Yes, probably, I'm sure it could be figured out from the technical perspective.
Internet security is not a reality anymore. Your real secure info is already out there with the banks, insurance companies, government, healthcare, etc. I use life lock..that's an absolute must have, IMO. And never post anything private out there (our name and email isn't really private anymore) or give any information out to anyone over the internet, phone, etc.
My vote is to learn how to do it. I'm telling you, it's not that bad.
I will shameless steal an excerpt fron rbrh1515 for quick and easy instructions: (except I changed downloaded to uploaded)
"Go to Photobucket and set up an account.
Click on Upload....you can upload from Computer, Facebook or URL. My photos are on my computer. Click "choose photos and videos" Choose the file your photo is in, click the photo and it will upload. Once it is upload, the photo shows up on the lower part of the page. Click on it. Then you see the photo and to the right click in the box to the right next to IMG ("Copied" shows up in the box). This will copy the link. You can now go to CPYOA, start a reply, and paste the link (easiest way is to click "control v"). The photo should show up in your post and you are good to go.
The directions I posted were for a PC. The only difference for an iMac is the last part when you paste the link. Instead of "control v" click "command v" on the iMac. It really is a pretty easy process using photobucket. I had not used photobucket until a few months ago, and just kind of stumbled my way through it. If you are an "old guy", you can always get grand kids to help you. I was new to the iMac about a year ago and my 18 year old daughter was the expert that showed me the ropes.
I am available to help if anyone needs it. Just click on my name to see my email address, email me with your phone and best time to call and I'll call you to help.