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The original version of this answer had an imgur image embedded in it (original edit). I've just now approved an edit which removed the imgur link because it was broken. I remembered seeing a bunch of meta posts regarding broken imgur links, so I revisited them, however possible alternatives of http://i.imgur.com/JSMG8.png and http://i.stack.imgur.com/JSMG8.png both still produce no result for the ID of that image (the URL http://i.imgur.com/JSMG8.jpg produces an image of a cactus - but I'm sure that's not related to the answer, so it seems that the generated names for the uploaded images are not that unique).

This meta answer from 2 days ago indicates that some work has been done to regenerate some HTML of old questions/answers, so possibly the problem lies with those changes.

Is there a way to determine whether that link was always broken, or whether some recent changes have broken it and it is possible to restore it?

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(As for uppercasing Imgur URLs: see Mysterious Butt and its earlier revisions. And oddly enough, i.imgur.com/Jsmg8.jpg has a cactus too!) –  Arjan Dec 26 '11 at 10:34
    
Off topic but amusing.. the URL is case sensitive - example using your cactus URL changing one letter to small case - this caused funny bug here some time ago. :) –  Shadow Wizard Dec 26 '11 at 10:39
    
@Arjan lol I was just looking for that butt issue, thanks! –  Shadow Wizard Dec 26 '11 at 10:41
    
By the way: I've never seen a .jpg Imgur URL generate a different image than its .png counterpart. But maybe Imgur does not convert JPEG into PNG (it surely does it the other way). So I'm kind of afraid Imgur is even re-using the URLs...? That would surely give one some nasty surprises... –  Arjan Dec 26 '11 at 10:46
    
@Sathya, interesting how those unbalanced asterisks in [*http://i.imgur.com/JSMG8.png][3]* were still in my version, and how that eventually seemed to render as valid HTML. Just curious: did you only edit to get rid of that emphasis, or did the links still somehow fail for you? –  Arjan Dec 26 '11 at 16:47
    
@Arjan Removed just the asterisks .. the images show the same behaviour as reported by the OP –  Sathya Dec 26 '11 at 17:22

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That image was uploaded April 2009, before the official image upload was introduced in August 2010. Hence, it was either uploaded to a private Imgur account, or to a free account. In both cases: apparently it has meanwhile expired and is gone. Forever:

How long do you keep the images?

As long as images are getting at least 1 view every 6 months, they will stick around forever. After that, your image may be removed to create more space for newer images.

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Fair enough, it's gone-burger then. Those links you've included should be good references for any further questions on the topic. –  slugster Dec 26 '11 at 11:17

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