The image hosting at stack.imgur.com used to be free for Stack Exchange. Is it still free?

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    We engaged in a 1 year agreement to formally support imgur doesn't really sound like "free" to me?
    – Pekka
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 15:34
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    See Sam's comment on the blog, @Pëkka: "Well imgur is kindly provided to us for free".
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 17:16
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    I was indeed referring to Sam's comment, I guess I should have quoted in the question's details Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 1:08

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The imgur hosting for Stack Exchange was never free to begin with. The API alone is not free for commercial use, as can be seen here:

With the amount of traffic on Stack Exchange sites I doubt that even the Mega package is enough so it might as well cost more than $500 per month, not to mention the dedicated domain.

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    Sure about that? "Alan Schaaf, the man behind Imgur, generously provided us a network-wide “pro” account that keeps any images hosted through our websites around indefinitely." Sounds free, or at least cheap, to me.
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 17:14
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    Ah, Sam commented on the above link: "Well imgur is kindly provided to us for free, we got no such offers from S3 or imageshack. The API is solid / complete and very easy to use."
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 17:15
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    We have a deal with good working relationship and deal with them, it's not free but we are quite happy with the arrangement. The imgur guys are still awesome to work with and implement the occasional custom feature for us as well. Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 18:18
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    @NickCraver Thanks, can you post your comment as an answer so that I can accept it? Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 21:41
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    @Nick so it's a custom made contract? Nice anyway! Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 22:20
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    @ShadowWizard Could you please update the URL. It has now expired.
    – Lucky
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 9:05

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