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Currently if I click the Image icon in the post editor and paste in an image link such as http://i.stack.imgur.com/NmMXb.png that's actually hosted by SE it will still generate a new link, presumably downloading the image from its self, resulting in 2 copies being stored.

Should the image link be detected as being self-hosted and be used as is, without uploading a copy?

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Stack Exchange does not host these images - imgur does; we just get a dedicated imgur server where the images are stored. See blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/new-image-upload-support –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 23 '12 at 11:35
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Ahh ok, thanks. I guess my point remains though - images are copied to prevent them disappearing, but if the url is pointing to our image provider then there's no point copying it as it's already there. –  George Duckett Jul 23 '12 at 11:37

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