Here, I wanted to post an image in the comment. I did a trick:

  • I clicked on "Ask Question" here on Meta
  • Then I clicked the icon "Add image"
  • I uploaded the image from my computer and copied the link https://i.sstatic.net/nYoPR.png
  • I pasted the link to the comment
  • I discarded the question.

Is this a clean and correct approach?

An example thought why this possibly wouldn't be clean: Is the image hosted permanently? There could be, in theory, some "garbage collector" that would delete all images that are not linked from within any question (well, mine is now linked from this question, though not normally - funny enough right :-)).

  • Images are hosted permanently; this works fine. Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:10

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Images uploaded using the post editor (you can use an answer post too) are hosted on the dedicated i.stack.imgur.com host.

These images remain there permanently, there is no garbage collector like on regular imgur.com images (which get deleted after 6 months with no views).

Quoting the original blog post announcing the hosting change:

Alan Schaaf, the man behind Imgur, generously provided us a network-wide β€œpro” account that keeps any images hosted through our websites around indefinitely.

I do exactly the same thing if I need to include an image in a comment.

Note that comments are very much seen as impermanent; we don't really care all that much if those image links in comments got lost. Put any information that is important in the post itself, not in a comment.

  • Thanks Martijn, perfect information.
    – Tomas
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:19
  • I wasn't aware of their deletion policy, I frequently upload using imgur.com instead of going through the editor :\
    – Stijn
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:20
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    @Stijn: search for such images with user:me url:"i.imgur.com/*" and re-upload them with the editor (just copy and paste the imgur.com url in to the form). Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:22
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    @Stijn: That won't find comments, of course; you would have to use a Data explorer query instead for that. But comments are not meant to be permanent anyway. Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:26

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