Recently, I noticed this ad on Ask Ubuntu Meta:

Interestingly, this ad is not hosted on Imgur. Instead, the image URL is:


The rules at the top of the page state that the image:

"Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)"

According to the comments, at least one user has even seen it show up in the ad rotation.

Now, I'm not against this particular image being shown on the site. It is highly relevant and having the image automatically update is convenient. However, it would be great if the policy on this could be clarified:

Under what circumstances are exceptions to the Imgur hosting requirement granted?

  • I'm fairly sure I've seen dynamic content in ads hosted outside of imgur before; the system doesn't check (except the spam checks, maybe) – Amelia Aug 1 '13 at 5:53
  • Surely it's not feasible to expect an external ad service (however well behaved it may or may not be re appropriate content, as much discussed) to comply with such a requirement? – MandyShaw Oct 19 '19 at 9:29
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    @Mandy this was about a community ad (the ones they ask us to suggest every year on per-site metas). Also, 6 years old post. – muru Oct 19 '19 at 13:18
  • So it is! Wonder why it got resurrected. – MandyShaw Oct 19 '19 at 17:40

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