For those of you who don't know, hotlinking is when you directly link to an image using [img] tags.
Lately many people have been hotlinking to arkeis.com for the 5th generation animations and other images. First of all, it says right on the site to please not hotlink the images, and the site's server has been getting so much traffic lately from tons of people hotlinking the images that it can sometimes lag, and that can cause problem on our end as well.
So, we are making it an official rule to not hotlink to arkeis in signatures. We are not making a rule against it in posts yet, but I would still suggest that you not do so, because it may end up being a rule in posts as well soon if the staff deems it necessary. Plus it's just common courtesy not to steal bandwidth from other sites.
You have one week to remove any images hotlinked from arkeis in your signature. It literally takes 2 minutes to save the image to your hard drive and upload it to tinypic.com or another image host, so do it if you don't want a strike.