The need to have 10 reputation to post an image when you want to add one (i.e. Open Source Advertising - Sidebar - 1H 2013) to a question, seems a little harsh to me.

I like to be able to post images with less than 10 reputation on Meta Stack Overflow?

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    Harsh? It means that we require minimal participation in the site first. Two upvotes on a question, one on an answer or 5 approved suggested edits get you over this minimal threshold. – Oded Mar 22 '13 at 19:41
  • If anyone knows, is that amount of reputation required to hot link images? – Asad Saeeduddin Mar 22 '13 at 19:47
  • @Asad - meta.stackoverflow.com/privileges/new-user – Oded Mar 22 '13 at 19:50
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    @ToonKrijthe You removed the sentence fragment "Couldn't stackoverflow members with over an over 10 reputation". I think that, in doing so, your edit radically changed what was being requested. My understanding is that the OP is requesting a feature where users of Stack Overflow with over 10 reputation can post images here on Meta Stack Overflow even with less than 10 reputation here. – Eliah Kagan Mar 23 '13 at 11:43

You seem to be requesting that if someone has over 10 reputation on another site (Stack Overflow), then they should be able to post images here on Meta Stack Overflow. Assuming I am understanding you correctly, the problem with your proposal is that there is no reliable way for the system to know that someone has an account on another SE site, unless that account and their MSO account are associated.

For example, currently the network profile associated with the account you've used to post this feature request shows only your MSO account. I assume you have a Stack Overflow account. But the accounts haven't been associated, so the system doesn't know they belong to the same person.

To associate your accounts you can add the OpenID that you use for one account to be used by the other.

Once your accounts are associated, if you have at least 200 reputation on any Stack Exchange site, you get a 100 reputation bonus on every other site. So, if your Stack Overflow account has at least 200 reputation, then you'd be given 100 reputation here, which is much more than enough to post images here. (See How does "Reputation" work? for details about association bonuses.) Users who associate their accounts before any account rises to 200 reputation can unassociate and reassociate them to gain the bonus after earning 200 rep.

This does not fully address all of your concerns. A modified version of your feature request would be practical. We could confer privileges here on MSO based on rep earned on other SE sites whose accounts are associated with this one (proving that it's really you).

As others have said, a 10 reputation requirement to post images in not very demanding--two question upvotes or one answer upvote confers 10 rep. However, considering that the existence of MSO rep at all is a historical curiosity (and arguably a historically calcified mistake)--the meta 2.0 sites (meta.X where X is some SE site besides SO) have reputation and privileges based on reputation on the main site, and they work just fine.

So, is it important that a feature request like this be granted? Probably not. Would it be bad to implement such a feature? No, it would be fine. MSO is about the other sites, so it's reasonable that one way to get some privileges here would be to have them on one or more other SE sites. And if your MSO account is associated with an account that's earned 10+ rep, the chance that allowing the MSO account to post images will lead to spammers being able to post images is pretty low.

To play the devil's advocate now, though: The chance is not zero, nor even virtually zero. It's perfectly possible for a spammer to contribute slightly on one site to gain rep, and then use it to spam another site.

Finally, please note that, on any Stack Exchange site, if you post a link to an image in a question or answer (or even in a comment on that question or answer, if you clearly explain its purpose), other users can and usually will check to make sure the image is appropriate for the site and on-topic for the post, and add it for you. (After all, Stack Exchange sites are collaboratively edited.)


10 reputation is a tiny tiny threshold. with can be achieved by posting just 1 up-voted answer. It's as small of a threshold that I can imagine having a privilege for.

And what it does, is it forces you post content that some other user wants to up-vote. This is a very hard to automate, and it takes more time that most spammers are willing to put up with for a throwaway account.

Here's the rationale for that in greater detail.

Why are restrictions placed on new users?

Because we allow participation from anonymous internet users, we must take some precautions to ensure that the rare malicious or spammy anonymous user doesn't ruin the experience for everyone else.

We're sorry that we have to sandbox new users, but the first few upvotes on your questions or answers will quickly elevate you out of it!

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    I also want to make it clear that I still hate the threshold for leaving comments. Comments are much lighter weight, and much more critical than images. You almost never actually need to post an image in your answer. But you probably need to comment about 50% of the time – Sam I am Mar 22 '13 at 19:48
  • There's no need to post a thoughtful answer before posting images. :) Two upvotes on a question will confer 10 reputation. Or one upvote on a question and a few approved edits. Or... Well, you get the idea. – Eliah Kagan Mar 22 '13 at 19:53
  • @EliahKagan The point is that you have to actively get another user to up-vote your posts. This is very hard to autimate – Sam I am Mar 22 '13 at 19:56
  • I agree. Of course, if it's extremely difficult, that suggests that doing it with an account on one site might sufficiently vouch for the legitimacy of one's associated accounts on other SE sites (which is pretty close to what the OP is requesting). – Eliah Kagan Mar 22 '13 at 20:03

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