I guess the basic question is, "What should GFX be?" Should it be just like old GF? Should it be Tumblr (before it was shut down)? Should it be Grindr? Should it be something else? I don't personally think it can be all of these things, or at least that it can't do a good job of being all of these things.
To NewdDawg's existing points:
> Safe Space for Tumblr Refugees
I understand the idea, but I don't like the phrase. To me, a "safe space" is for people who are getting bashed because of who they are, or whose families can't accept who they are, and things like that. A "refugee" is somebody who bailed out of their country because there's a war there, or drug gangs shooting everybody, or a big natural disaster, and walking across the border with the clothes on their back seems like a better option.
I don't think that losing a place to post porn online is on the same level as either of those situations.
> Provides much needed content for the site to help in its growth
If your metric for "growth" is "site has a lot of pictures", then I guess you want to be Tumblr. I feel like there's a "quality over quantity" argument to be made here, though.
Before maybe about 2005, and definitely before about 2000, some kinds of kink were rare enough online that if you found it, you posted it or reposted it; the sites didn't care that much if the content was original or not, because there was so little of it around. From looking at what little archives there are of old GF, I'm pretty sure it was like this too in the early days; it accepted both "found" images, and original images made by GF members.
I feel like those days are over, now, though - if you just want to see random images of whatever kink, there are plenty of places to find them. If you want to see original images or videos, made by people who aren't actors, that's maybe a little bit harder to find; i think that's what GFX and similar sites should concentrate on. (By the time I joined GF, in about 2010, their policy was to only accept original images made by members.)
> Copyright Infringement (Commercial or Personal)
I am not a lawyer, but I don't think there's really any difference, legally. Practically, there is a difference, because individual people probably won't get a lawyer or make DMCA requests, and companies might. One thing that inadvertently helps a little is that most commercial porn sites don't seem to care that much about copyright, or at least they don't care about it once their content is not very old. But if they did decide to care, suddenly the GFX admins have to go through 32,000 images at once.
> Clogs up "New Photos" Feed
I agree that this is a con. Some of that could be mitigated by different site design (for example: only post the most recent 3 or 4 photos from each member in "New Photos", and then have a link like "See 6 more new photos from John Doe"), but you're probably constrained by what Dolphin allows you to do.
I also agree with butts12567's points: it feels like spam; it hinders using the site for hookups; people don't know who they're talking to; it may turn off new members or potential members.
If GFX is going to allow random porn dumps, eventually somebody is going to dump something illegal. I don't mean "not my kink", or "squicky", or even "wouldn't be acceptable in some highly religious country". I mean flat-out illegal in the USA or Canada (where the server is), to where if anyone complains, or the 5-0 see it, the server gets pulled out of the rack and the admins suddenly require legal counsel. This is a big part of why Tumblr went away.
New point, not sure if pro or con:
If you do decide to have mostly or only original content, somebody has to be in charge of deciding what is allowed. Once you state the policy, it's easy to implement it for new uploads. You can either allow new uploads to become visible immediately (the way it is now), and then the admins review them all later and maybe move or delete some, OR you have new uploads go into an approval queue, and then the admins say yes or no to allowing each one to be visible (this is how old GF worked). For images that are already on the site, you can either do nothing, or the admins can go through them all and move or delete them.
On old GF, the site owner could do approvals of new uploads, and it also had at least one (and maybe two) paid, part-time employees, whose job it was to do approvals. Depending on how much time the GFX admins have to spend on the site, having an "original only" policy may require additional admins, to get photos approved in a somewhat-timely manner.