I think preventing newbies to attach image to the question is unnecessary. I could add links to the images I want to attach, so the first reader with high reputation will edit my post and add it as a image. So why this restriction? It just force Stack Overflow users to double work (bit work, but double)

  • @hims056 - It is not a duplicate of that. The requests are different. This request is to remove the reputation requirement entirely. That one is to institute an approval workflow. Oct 21, 2013 at 12:11
  • @MartinSmith but that other one resulted in removing the restriction anywhere outside the biggest 4 sites.
    – Ral Zarek
    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:18
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    @RalZarek - I hadn't seen that answer. Actually that seems completely counterintuitive. On the larger sites such as StackOverflow any abuse will be dealt with more quickly. I can't imagine a blatant spam or NSFW image lasting more than 2 minutes on SO. Oct 21, 2013 at 12:21

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If you remove this restriction, you add another tool for users that want to troll the site. Being able to post NSFW images of all kinds could cause a lot of trouble. There are all kinds of images floating around the internet that you regret ever looking at, I think it could be a bit too dangerous to allow any user to plaster those across the site.

This is a point where you have to decide between the potential harm done by the restriction and the potential benefit. How harmful this restriction is depends a lot on the specific site, on SO posting an image is rather uncommon, most questions consist of some text and a code block. On sites like Photo or DIY posting an image is very common, so the restriction should be disabled there (and it is, I think).

What we should do is to make it clearer to new users that they can't add images and warn them earlier, the current UI is rather bad and misleading in that aspect.

  • It's only once an image is uploaded that a red box full of text that says "You need a minimum of 10 reputation to post images". Oct 21, 2013 at 12:13
  • The red box @Qantas94Heavy mentions is OK, but it should end with "Link to imgur copy added instead". And of course that's how it should work - images are uploaded anyway, so why not to link to them? Users would see it's a link by low-rep so they would be able to choose if they wanna see it or not.
    – Mołot
    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:27

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