So Mystical pointed out earlier today in chat that a spammer was recently able to post a spam image to Meta Stack Exchange in a question, even though (if I recall correctly) the spammer only had 1 reputation:

How did this spam user manage to get in an image?

According to Can 10-rep users post images?, user's cannot upload images until they earn 10 rep.

So is there some kind of bug that allows spammers (or non-spamming regular users) with only 1 rep to upload images?


That post is out of date. We removed the rep requirement on most sites (except Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Ask Ubuntu and Super User) a few months ago.

So far this hasn't been an issue and the positive uses (such as new users being able to post screenshots) outweighed the negatives. However, if this becomes a rampant problem on any site, we can turn the reputation requirement back on.

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  • So was the requirement removed only for images, or was it removed for other restrictions as well, such as only being able to post 2 links, not being able to rapidly post questions and answers, etc? – user163250 Jun 27 '14 at 20:49
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    Just images. The privilege description you linked to is up-to-date right now. – Adam Lear Jun 27 '14 at 20:50
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    "2013-09-05: New users (< 10 rep) can now post images on any site except for Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User and Ask Ubuntu" Do I find documenting stuff in Recent feature changes... convenient? you bet! :) – gnat Jun 27 '14 at 21:06
  • Has this changed again? Because I'm pretty sure <10 rep users can't post images on AU still.. and then, of course, there's this – ɥʇǝS Nov 6 '14 at 23:15
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    @ɥʇǝS Yeah, it's disabled on AU. Otherwise, no changes. – Adam Lear Nov 6 '14 at 23:18
  • We've had a few spambots on PPCG recently that are submitting garbage answers and/or suggested edits just to use the image uploader (and creating a bunch of work for flaggers/reviewers in the process). So far it's only three posts that I've seen (over the course of a couple of days), but it's worth mentioning in case a) it gets worse, or b) they're attacking other exchanges too. – ais523 Dec 31 '16 at 22:19

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