Amusingly, this happened in another meta question.

I'm a brand new user with a reputation of 1. I posted a feature request, then someone kindly edited and provided a very useful image. I wanted to edit the post to include an update on the feature request, given the feedback received; however, when I attempted to submit the change, I was told I can't have an image in my post until I have 10 rep.

I understand the issue on the policy side, but on the end user side it is a pain. My suggestion would be to validate only the diff of the edit, not the entire post.


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While Jeff makes a compelling argument that this isn't a particularly urgent usability bug, I question the rationale of declining it altogether. It shouldn't be that hard to write an if statement and a couple of unit tests to fix the problem during some developer down-time...

The reason I think this is a significant problem is because it actively interferes with users trying to do what we encourage/expect them to do. That kind of negative feedback is something that should be decreased whenever possible.

Take this recent question for example. When it was originally posted, I edited in the images because the question was extremely difficult to understand without them. The question wasn't all that fantabulous though, so I didn't bother to upvote it at the same time I made the edit.

Later, I received a comment notification that prompted me to come back and look at the question. It turned out that the user had heeded my suggestion to post their actual code, but they had done so in an answer. I figured they just didn't know better, so I edited the code into the question and flagged their "answer" for deletion.

In the meantime, they added the following explanatory comment into their answer, proving I was wrong to simply assume their ignorance or apathy as to how the system is supposed to work:

(I posted this code as a new answer since I can't add this code to my original post, since it has been edited by a moderator replacing my links by visible pictures, but I don't have the privilege yet to post pictures, therefore I cannot edit my post without deleting the changes of the moderator...)

If that doesn't sound broken to you, I don't know what is. I obviously understand the rationale behind preventing new/low-rep users from posting images, but if they've been censored and approved by another user with full edit privileges, that same user should still be able to incrementally improve their question (but still not add new images), just like we expect them to do.

And, to make matters worse, this is a bug that only affects new and low-rep users, the population most likely to be posting questions in dire need of revising and the least likely to understand how the system works and why they're getting that error.

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    Sounds like the SE developers ought to eat their own dog food once in a while by becoming a "new user". Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 3:39
  • @CodyGray I agree with Jeff on this one actually. Why, after adding images to a post to improve its quality, would you not upvote the question, since due to your very actions it has become a "clear, useful" question? A single upvote is all that's required, and if you've taken enough interest in the question to make it clearer then it was already useful, so now it's clear AND useful.
    – user172164
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 5:26
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    @darvids0n: I have a bit higher threshold for upvotes on questions than "was it worth editing?". I edit a whole bunch of questions that I don't think deserve upvotes. Feel free to upvote it yourself if you think it merits upvoting. As I explained here, I think Jeff's answer is properly triaging the bug report, but is ultimately a cop-out if taken to justify status-declined. This isn't that hard to fix and would overall improve the usability of the site, especially for new users. Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 5:30
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    Single question upvote is only +5 now, right? So you need two upvotes on your question to be able to edit it? I'm with Cody. This behavior of the system is really rong.
    – Almo
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 14:25

This is regrettable, but certainly not much of an issue; if your post is worth editing an image into, it's probably worth upvoting and you'll soon be over that minimal 10 rep image barrier.

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    This is far from a high priority, however I wanted to bring the additional support for the problem brought up to be recognized as an issue. Code Gray, has had comments further supporting his additional notion that currently users needs to sortof hack their way around an edit to give additional information after an image has been edited into their question. Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 19:55
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    That's bad user experience, plain and simple. Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 12:11

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