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I'm planning to make a post about a quite "visual" project on SO to ask for advice, and I'll probably need to include a few images in the post to make my point go through.

I was wondering if it's generally a good or a bad practice to include several images in a post. I've rarely seen posts with images, which is why I'm asking myself this. Is there a size limit on the posts?

Generally, is it a better practice to make an elaborate but precise post for a question, or try to keep it to the minimum? I'm still pretty new to the community, so I want to make sure I'm following the standards.

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Ask for advice? What does that mean? Sounds a bit "not constructive" to me. –  animuson Apr 16 '12 at 3:37
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I'm just asking for standards... –  Charles Menguy Apr 16 '12 at 3:47
    
    
Whenever they have freehand circles in them. –  casperOne Apr 16 '12 at 12:07

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You should use images if, and only if, they help describe the problem better than text can and thus make answering the question easier.

In general, you should use images for graphics-related issues, and only when it can't be adequately described with text.

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Yes I think in case of image processing like what I'm looking for, that's hard to describe without images :) –  Charles Menguy Apr 16 '12 at 3:42
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If you cannot describe it, then future visitors with the same problem cannot find it using a search engine, and then your question might be too localized for these sites, @linker. (Remember these sites are not some help forum, but libraries of high quality canonical questions and their answers.) –  Arjan Apr 16 '12 at 6:04

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