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Since May 2011, images uploaded through SE sites are uploaded to stack.imgur.com. It seems that removing that stack part does not get one (the same) image, so it seems to be a standalone installation? Any details on that new domain? And: any new way to circumvent blocks of imgur.com?

And this nicely shows folks are kind of abusing the SE image upload... But when using the data dump, can one also refer to the images from the SE hosting?

Like http://i.stack.imgur.com/tfSdv.png works fine:

But when removing stack, http://i.imgur.com/tfSdv.png (currently) does not refer to an image:

Also Imgur's firewall/proxy/blocking circumventing alternative domain http://imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png does not work, and neither does http://stack.imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png:

And of course the non-official filmot.com proxy doesn't know the new SE images either.

Likewise, existing images such as http://i.imgur.com/VB5JX.png do not did not work when adding stack to it, http://i.stack.imgur.com/VB5JX.png:

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Nice mole-bunny! Maybe commenting here will get proper attention? – Shadow Wizard May 8 '11 at 11:05
Good point, @Shadow, done. I first wanted to use an image from iwdrm.tumblr.com but couldn't easily find anything about copyrights there. :-) – Arjan May 8 '11 at 11:12
Cheers @Arjan.. my guess is that StackExchange upgraded the account somehow, but can't find anything about it.. :/ – Shadow Wizard May 8 '11 at 11:15
Any 10k who can search SO for url:"http://stack.imgur.com/H2mRB.jpg"? Wondering why all hits I get in Google refer to non-SE sites. It's some CakePHP question, posted (or scraped and copied) all over the internets, using an image hosted on the SE pro account. – Arjan May 8 '11 at 11:40
Not much to add here, we are in the process of migrating to new dedicated image servers which we will back up regularly. Once this is complete we will announce. As to having a diff domain name, we could discuss with Alan, but have not discussed yet. Our main goal here is to have local backups of images you folk upload and dedicated servers – waffles May 8 '11 at 13:11
Fun fact: the official i.imgur.com/not-here.png shows a different 404 image than the SE i.stack.imgur.com/not-here.png The first even serves a GIF rather than a PNG. – Arjan Jul 23 '11 at 10:32
I thing you should get a badge on meta for abusing stack.imgur. – kinokijuf Dec 7 '11 at 16:17

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We engaged in a 1 year agreement to formally support imgur, which also involved us getting

  • a dedicated server on premises with them
  • a custom domain name

All our images should be accessible from both forms of the URL now, either i.imgur.com or i.stack.imgur.com .. such as:




Please note that we retroactively replaced all forms of i.imgur.com on the network from Aug 17 2010 onward, as a one time fix.

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So when 1 year is up... then what happens? – nhinkle Jul 23 '11 at 22:04
The first one (i.imgur.com/VB5JX.png) is broken now. – Mechanical snail Oct 10 '11 at 21:15
Yep images there expire after couple of months. :) – Shadow Wizard Oct 30 '11 at 13:53
on (at least) gis.se the i.stack.imgr.com domain is not interchangeable with i.imgur.com. See meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/664/… – matt wilkie Nov 10 '11 at 22:49
How much did that cost? – Kermit Sep 11 '13 at 19:47
@FreshPrinceOfSO, see Is stack.imgur.com hosting still free for Stack Exchange? – Arjan Dec 24 '13 at 17:19

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