Okay, probably by now all of you know that Brickshelf is back up, but only till the 31st of this month. An online chat buddy of mine is trying to come up with a solution to the Brickshelf dilemma. I will post more about the project as we progress (I'm helping him with the design of the site).
Update: If you want to get in contact, here is his email:email@example.com
Not to be a wet blanket, but doesn't it seem to be a bit premature to just dive right in and start creating a whole new image-hosting site?
I could not agree with Steve (Athos) more! His mantra of "Caution, thoughtfulness, organization, and unity" is critical if we are to avoid fragmentation caused by eighteen competing solutions to the now-confirmed demise of Brickshelf.
I realize that some will see this as a business opportunity for themselves (not saying that's the case for BrickImage.net), but I believe we need to take a step back and start thinking about what it is we actually want. Once a consensus is reached across all online communities, then perhaps we can begin moving forward on actual implementation.
Now, I will say about BrickImage.net that moving forward 48 hours after Brickshelf's initial downtime, and without soliciting truly broad support from a variety of communities seems hasty. I have to ask: How can implementation be moving forward so quickly that Princess_C is already helping with site design? I'll certainly get in touch with the BrickImage.net team, but I'm not saying I'm willing to jump on board just yet.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither should the next LEGO-only image-hosting site.