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Embed smaller version of images from imgur.com to reduce traffic

Could large images of more then 640 pixels wide automatically be resized to reduce loading time and band width use? Not that I have a prehistoric internet connection here, but sometimes pages seem to need unnecessary time to load fully.

I just resized the image in this post from 179 kb down to 32 kb using a 15% compression rate. I think that is already worth it, although there have been much bigger downsizes in the past.

This feature then propably should/could be combined with automatically linking the embedded image to its full-size URL, and uploading an image then would result in the following post addition:

[![enter image description here][2]][1]

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/ZSBxw.gif "View <image title> full sized"
[2]: https://i.sstatic.net/VXmBA.jpg "<Image title>"


I now understand from this assumed duplicate that images áre resized already, but that post authors have to do some changes themselves. Could it then be automated to add the already resized image (that with the l suffix):

[![enter image description here][2]][1]

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/ZSBxw.gif "View <image title> full sized"
[2]: https://i.sstatic.net/ZSBxwl.jpg "<Image title>"
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    Ugh! I hate it when they post huge images. Especially when 40% or more of the image is blank and so it's big and useless. I'd also suggest this guideline: Crop your image to include only the relevant part before you upload it.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 17:27
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    Stack Overflow doesn't handle the image uploading stuff. Imgur does, so you're stuck with what Imgur provides (which is outlined in the duplicated question).
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 17:31

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As a moderator on a site where we use large images (schematics) frequently, I think it's very important that the original-sized image should still be accessible in some way or another. Image resizing algorithms are pretty good, but it can be painful to read poorly-downsized text.

I'd be all over a request to change the Markdown generated by ctrl-G from

![enter image description here][1]

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/u0BxW.png"<Image title>"


[![enter image description here][1]][2]

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/u0BxW.png"<Image title>"
[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/u0BxWm.png"Click for full-size version of <Image title>"

whenever a >640px wide image was uploaded. This would display the imgur-resized image inline, and the full-size would be linked in directly.

  • but the upload won't even let me upload images over 2MB at all.
    – Michael
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 1:18

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