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There's a repulsive big red error message caused by trying to embed an image with <10 rep. alt text

Most new users could be saved from seeing this message by the simple approach of not having an "insert image" button for users without image insertion rights.

(It's the 6th button here: alt text)

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+1, and welcome to the "Hey I can post images" club – Yi Jiang Oct 1 '10 at 4:26
Well as some very nice people have observed, I could just reassociate with my main account and instantly gain not-quite-1% of my SO rep over here. But then I couldn't test the inability-to-leave-comments-even-though-the-FAQ-says-1-rep-is-enough bug you see pictured. – Ben Voigt Oct 1 '10 at 4:35

This limit is in place after some very.. disgusting.. images were posted by new users.

I disagree with this proposed change; that would lead to bug reports like this one:

Why doesn't the image insert button show up for me?

The current method

  1. indicates you can do something, so you know this is possible
  2. when you try to do it, tells you exactly why you can't do it and how to fix it (get more rep!)

Generally most folks just paste in the URL to the image at that point, they quickly earn >10 rep, and/or others with > 2k rep can edit the image back in to taste.

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Then I think #2 could be done better, by showing the message before they insert an image instead of after they try to post their question. – Ben Voigt Oct 1 '10 at 13:36
@Ben: +1, I like that idea. – Hendrik Vogt Feb 14 '11 at 8:00
I just ran into this. I created a long question with images on a new SE site, and only realized I was a new user there after hitting Post, and then it was frustrating to go back and rework the post. If it had shown me a message after hitting the button like Ben's idea, I would have been much happier. This is how the up and down arrow buttons work, for comparison. – smackfu Jun 14 '11 at 13:52
I totally agree with Ben. This is a minor UI disaster. It is extremely frustrating to get the message after one has spent a lot of time preparing the image. To provide a working button is to suggest that it is possible right now. Most newcomers to the StackExchange network probably don't even know what reputation is and how to earn it and on non-technical network sites many might not even know any image upload sites. – Legate Jul 20 '11 at 15:02

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