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The insert image feature does not recognize images that are already hosted on Imgur, so when you try to use the toolbar to insert one of these, it gets duplicated on their website.

For example, I took a snapshot of a question and pushed it directly to Imgur. I got my URL here:

Now, if I click the toolbar button, select "from the web", and paste the URL in, it (or Imgur or somebody does this, I'm not sure) re-uploads the image to the host.

If the insert-image function of the editor was to simply recognize the domain of the URL as Imgur, this double-upload could be avoided.

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it gets duplicated on their website

No, it gets copied and hence secured to the SE pro account, from which images will never expire. That's much better to prevent image rot!

(It would be great if we could somehow see which images are on the SE account, and which are not.)

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That true? If it is, then I guess it's perfectly acceptable, and I should probably change my workflow. Anybody know how to take a screenshot using javascript? Derp. – Won't Feb 15 '11 at 14:13
@Will, since May 2011, images uploaded to the SE pro account use the domain so you can see for yourself ;-) – Arjan May 8 '11 at 9:58

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