Many times when answering I put some image that I found googling.

As I understand it, this requires citing the source where the image comes from. Since this is specified in the policy, wouldn't it be a nice feature to create an automatic reference to the original image when said image is embedded?

Examples (borrowed from the answer and comments):

Image description
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Tooltip (see markdown for difference)
enter image description here

Superscript caption
enter image description here
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I like the idea; I've often found it a pain to reference images, even though I know I really should, because there's no real standardised way of doing so and it's not automagical.

As an initial step, instead of having the rather prosaic:

 ![enter image description here][1]

, which no one bothers to do, unless for fun, you could place the image location in the box:

 ![Retrieved from http://burninate.com/trogdor.png 2013/11/21][1]
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    Actually I'll make it a tooltip, alt text is shown only when the image is not availale: ![][1] and then [1]:http://i.imgur.com/fnfUk.png "Retrieved from burninate.com/trogdor.png 2013/11/21". (putting http:// breaks the markdown) Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 16:07
  • Ignore everything I've just said; I like the idea @sha. Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 16:11
  • ooooh, I never knew the tooltip tip, thanks! @ShaWizDowArd
    – brasofilo
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 19:03
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    @brasofilo actually I saw it once, loved it, but never bothered to actually check how to do that... until now. ☻ Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 19:09
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    I'd prefer <sup>putting the [link](below the question) in sup tags</sup>
    – user1228
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 20:11
  • I agree with @Won't: using the tooltip makes it only visible on mouse over, while it would be clearer if it's always visible.
    – clabacchio
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 22:17
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    I'd say that the perfect post should go for it all: Alt + Tooltip + <sup>, each one aptly used. But, frankly, the tooltip is lovely :o)
    – brasofilo
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 3:20
  • Tooltip would be great. Would not disturb the flow of the post. No real risk of accidental deletion / move by editor. Also, using superscript for what really should be figcaption in html 5 seems little wrong. But I agree that fig+figcaption might overcomplicate syntax, so probably not worth it.
    – Mołot
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 9:41
  • Ben, how would you raise the attention on this feature request besides a bounty?
    – clabacchio
    Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 9:29
  • Unfortunately not @clabacchio. There's plenty of other stuff going on so you won't necessarily get this done immediately, however much people agree with you. Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 10:20

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