lucy24 - 2:02 am on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hotlinking does not refer to linking to ones own images on one's own hosting account(s)..it refers to linking to some one else's images, hosted on someone else's hosting account, and knowing that they, not the hotlinker, will be paying any bandwidth bill..
That was my point. Morally that may be how you define hotlinking. But functionally that doesn't enter into it. A hotlink is simply an image that lives on a site other than the one that's calling it. If I send you a StickyMail and include a picture of Perdita peering down from the closet shelf-- or even a link to a picture of et cetera-- the wmw* site code neither knows nor cares if there's a relationship between the person who posted the link and the person who's paying for the bandwidth. It's up to me to say "Oh, oops, I posted this link myself, I guess I'd better add the site to my Exceptions list".
And yes, there is an exceptions list. Where hotlinks are concerned, it's whitelisting rather than blacklisting.
* It was probably intended as a convenience, like auto-linking. But sometimes it just annoys me ;)