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It would be a good idea to add a screenshot option in Stack Exchange for each question. It would allow a user to upload an error message/exception/or any related problem screenshot.

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@Chris you made a mistake here.... unless there's a super hidden easter egg nobody is aware of that allows us to take screenshots? –  Shadow Wizard Dec 28 '13 at 22:50
    
@Shadow Well you can upload images now and the previous answers suggest you couldn't before –  Richard Tingle Dec 28 '13 at 23:06
    
@RichardTingle yes but there's a huge gap, in my opinion at least, between uploading a picture and "screenshot option".... that's not what was asked here. –  Shadow Wizard Dec 28 '13 at 23:26
    
@ShadowWizard Not disagreeing, but I think the sane middle ground has been found between the two extremes (p.s. it concerns me that my phone has now learned @ shadowWizard as an autocomplete word) –  Richard Tingle Dec 28 '13 at 23:31
    
@RichardTingle lol about your phone... AI is taking over! ;) –  Shadow Wizard Dec 28 '13 at 23:38
    
@Martin isn't this radical change? I still think the OP here actually meant a button that will automatically take screenshot when clicked. Can you find proof he meant what others here think? –  Shadow Wizard Dec 29 '13 at 10:43
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@ShadowWizard - It will allow to upload error message/exception/or any related problem screen shot. surely means they are just asking about image upload? Also the answer they accepted would be entirely irrelevant for that interpretation. –  Martin Smith Dec 29 '13 at 10:46
    
I think I agree with @ShadowWizard here; It seemed to me the person was specifically looking for a way to integrate the screenshot/uploading process. That's the way I read the original, anyway. –  Andrew Barber Dec 31 '13 at 23:06
    
(the above also /cc @MartinSmith) –  Andrew Barber Dec 31 '13 at 23:06
    
@AndrewBarber question is what to do then? The OP doesn't show signs of coming back. Rolling back the title and removing the status-completed was my initial thought but now I'm not sure. :( –  Shadow Wizard Dec 31 '13 at 23:10
    
Well as none of the answers address the issue at all of exporting as screen shots (irrespective of what the original intention was) and all agree with my interpretation surely it should just remain as is. The export can then be raised as a different question in the future. –  Martin Smith Dec 31 '13 at 23:12
    
That's my feeling, too, @sha. I suspect there are other posts about image upload around, anyway –  Andrew Barber Dec 31 '13 at 23:12
    
@AndrewBarber - Oh I see your interpretation is different from what I thought ShadowWizard was saying. I thought he was saying that the OP wanted a way to export SO content as a screenshot. Similar to fireshot functionality. You think they wanted some sort of application/plugin that would take a screenshot and upload it in one fell swoop? Still none of the answers specifically address that aspect anyway though. –  Martin Smith Dec 31 '13 at 23:18

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StackOverflow isn't an image hoster, nor will it be. It's practically being run out of Jeff's basement off of a single server, which is almost reaching CPU capacity as it is. Image hosting is way too expensive when there are so many folks out there who do it for free.

Pick your favorite:

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Based on what I read and hear, this site is hardly run out of his basement. Perhaps you are thinking of his blog? –  tim Aug 14 '09 at 21:21
    
@tim: I was being sarcastic...the site is running off of a single server, though, and they are looking at adding another one. –  Eric Aug 14 '09 at 21:36
    
The site is being run off multiple servers: blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/01/… –  Darryl Hein Aug 14 '09 at 22:00
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+1 because people seem to be missing your point. –  Graeme Perrow Aug 15 '09 at 0:03

Error messages and exceptions shouldn't be shown in screenshots. They should be cut and pasted as text.

Having an option for image storage in general is an interesting idea, although it would be very prone to abuse. There are plenty of other sites where you can upload images, and then paste a URL into SO. You end up with the potential for dead links, admittedly.

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Except for all those wonderful diaglogs that don't support mark & copy. –  Lawrence Dol Aug 14 '09 at 21:21

Error message can be copied, and pasted. Design-issues with HTML/CSS benefit greatly from screenshots - http://www.doctype.com (similar to SO, but for design-questions) gives you the ability to post screenshots of your design with your question (example).

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At most I would like a redirect.


http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage/{userid}/{photoid}.301
http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage.301?userid={userid}&photoid={photoid}

Could redirect to where you have posted the image.

http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage/{userid}/{photoid}.url
http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage.url?userid={userid}&photoid={photoid}

Could return "ContentType: text" with the url for the body.

http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage/{userid}.html
http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage.html?userid={userid}

Could show you where all of the redirects point to, and their descriptions.

http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage/{userid}/{photoid}.what
http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage.what?userid={userid}&photoid={photoid}

Could return "ContentType: text" with the description for the body.

http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage/{userid}.json
http://stackoverflow.com/api/userimage.json?userid={userid}


You would have somewhere on your user-page where you can edit them.


This could be easily abused though.

It should have a limit to how many you can post in a day, or a forced delay between how often you can add another image.

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Just post your screenshot you take with any myriad of free screencap apps on any myriad of free image hosts..... Don't clog up the S[O|U|F] servers with other crap.

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I am not sure the site would agree with you. Where would all these pictures be stored? They would have to increase their hosting capabilities greatly to support built in picture hosting. Am I wrong? This site is meant to be quick and efficient and I believe this would not support that goal. There are so many other picture hosting options that I believe those should be used if needed. Otherwise, just quote the text of errors.

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