Not if you are linking to images in your Flickr account, Alexis... I think I've got about a thousand so far.
I don't know why Photobucket did what they did. I've seen other forums where just about all the images have been wiped out by this- it didn't win them any friends.
I'm a member of Pond Life forum and photobucket spoiled a lot of great threads on there, especially some of the pond build threads where pictures are essential. There is a facility to repost photos in your own threads but it is time-consuming, I have a thread on there running at over 60 pages currently so it's very frustrating.
Thanks for the info RB, I'll set up a Flickr account today