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I think adding a way to approve/reject low-reputation users' images would be a nice addition to the StackOverflow feature set.

Right now, when attaching images for a low-rep user, I have to edit the question, copy the URL to a new tab, make sure it's not spam, and attach the image.

Maybe allowing new users to normally link an image but giving an orange flag box saying Your image will be hidden until approved?

A typical scenario:

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Hmm, are there any known cases of porn in question/answer? (No, I do not want to look at these images, I'm just curious if there are (were) such posts) –  genesis Nov 8 '11 at 14:45
I have yet to stumble upon one. But I'm just adding that in for literary effect ;) –  Blender Nov 8 '11 at 14:47
Not AFIAK (but we had one user post a M.SO question on why the profile field doesn't filter images, only after putting a slighty NSFW image into the field). I'm trying to find the link (possibly question deleted) but there tends to be very little NSFW material posted. On the main sites, anyway - chat is another kettle of fish. –  tombull89 Nov 8 '11 at 15:11
Sorry for the confusion. I used that as an example. Replace it with "unwanted images" if you will. –  Blender Nov 8 '11 at 15:20
Not actually related, but the comments reminded me and it's kinda funny: Mysterious Butt (yes, that link is to a question on MSO). –  Pops Nov 8 '11 at 16:27
This meta post on Electronics shows a need for this functionality: meta.electronics.stackexchange.com/a/2674/3525 –  Rory Alsop Feb 15 '13 at 16:49
Similar proposal: meta.dsp.stackexchange.com/q/195/29 –  endolith Mar 6 '13 at 21:33
Related posts on Graphic Design: here and here –  JohnB Aug 8 '13 at 3:44
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As I understand it, the new user restrictions are in place to reduce spam, not to prevent porn (though that is also desirable).

Rather than making a whole new feature just for images from new users, how about changing the behavior of the existing feature?

Currently, the new user restrictions are revealed to the user through a banner stating that they can't do that. The user has to remove the content before being allowed to post the question or answer. This leads to good users with good questions linking to images on other hosts instead of attaching them via the image uploader, obfuscating URLs, and asking for edits. Then, editors like Blender need to come in, upload the links, un-obfuscate the URLs, and then the post is ready. Hopefully, it hasn't attracted downvotes for the formatting yet. This does limit some spam, but is less than ideal.

Instead of this mechanism, how about stripping the restricted content from the post, and suggesting an edit with the diff? This would not only ease the task of the editors but also allow new users to post great first questions and answers.

The current "Your suggested edit will not be visible to others until it is approved" banner could be amended to "Your [link[s]] [and] [image[s]] will not be visible to others until [they are|it is] approved" for this system.

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That's what I was referring to. It would make moderation a bit more streamlined, as the image approval flags could be merged into the suggested edits pile. –  Blender Nov 8 '11 at 15:08
@Blender - Right, I didn't see any reference to 'suggested edits' in your proposal, so I wanted to cement that methodology. The last thing we need is yet another queue to check. –  Kevin Vermeer Nov 8 '11 at 15:14
Plus, with the arrival of an 'images' category in the reviews, the queue will be a hell of a lot more interesting! –  Dan Hanly Sep 5 '13 at 16:14
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We examined this issue and decided that on most sites, the restriction is doing more harm than good. The restriction has therefore simply been removed on all sites except Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Ask Ubuntu and Super User. We may revisit this list if we notice, or the moderators inform us of, unexpected issues.

The default for newly created sites is that this restriction is off – i.e., that new users are allowed to post images unless we specifically decide to reinstitute the restriction.

The privilege wiki has been updated to remove any mention of images in the "remove new user restrictions" privilege.

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Is this also valid for guest accounts? –  Dan Sep 5 '13 at 16:51
@Dan Yup! Unregistered accounts should be able to post images. Let us know if you run into any trouble with it. –  Abby T. Miller Sep 5 '13 at 16:55
This is a huge change and improvement for sites like Gardening & Landscaping and Home Improvement. Thank you! –  Niall C. Sep 18 '13 at 14:42
We've had one user abusing it on DIY: diy.stackexchange.com/users/15160/… –  BMitch Sep 18 '13 at 14:57
@BMitch Let us know (ping someone in TL, email us, whatever) if they keep cropping up and we can take further action. –  Abby T. Miller Sep 18 '13 at 14:58
I am able to post images as anonymous user in stackoverflow. I think the restriction is removed in all sites and you have to update your answer. –  Praveen Apr 15 at 10:11
@Praveen status-norepro. You have to be logged in to post a question, and we just tested posting an answer anonymously - no images allowed. The system is behaving as I described. –  Abby T. Miller Apr 15 at 15:39
@AbbyT.Miller I have uploaded an image as anonymous user for this question(by hitting the improve this question). You can check this suggested edit but sorry for doing this.. I think I have conveyed correctly, let me know if not clear. –  Praveen Apr 15 at 16:06
Ah, yes - thanks for the clarification. Anonymous users can add images to suggested edits, but not original posts. That's by design. –  Abby T. Miller Apr 15 at 17:11
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