So without S3 support, DigitalOcean is very expensive to use. It’s basically unusable for a popular forum that accepts uploads. Finding a host that is fast enough to run Discourse but also has cheap scalable disk space has proven difficult. I don’t know of any modern site or app that doesn’t store user-uploaded image assets on a CDN so I don’t think there’s much of a market for high disk space web servers.
Are most people just disabling uploading and requiring their users go off-site and link external image urls?