Maybe this has already been addressed. I searched around here but maybe I'm searching for the wrong keywords.

I'd like to see a built in "click through" option that would automatically open an embedded picture that ends up on https://i.sstatic.net.

Currently, high resolution pictures end up getting embedded into the frame of the question making them difficult to discern unless you copy the image location and then paste it into a new browser tab. At that point you can get a full resolution from the direct link.

Has this been discussed before? Is it a difficult undertaking for the SE staff to offer an option where if you click on the image it automatically opens the direct link in a new tab or like other forums I see show a "This image has been resized. Click the bar to view the full image. The original image is sized xxxx by yyyy"?

EDIT: well now I see this: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/129488/219991 but while it was the accepted answer it doesn't appear to be implemented.

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    Why not just insert the image, leaving ![...][1] and then changing that to [![...][1]][1]? That would link to the full-resolution image.
    – Werner
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 18:13
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    @Werner - the issue for me isn't if there's a workaround...it was more of a "can it be automated" thing by the built in uploader.
    – TheCleaner
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 19:26
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    @Werner I do that. It's a pain, but the primary problem is that newer or less technically inclined users don't know about it, and don't do it, so that either leaves the editors doing a lot of manual work that could be scripted, or (more often), it just doesn't get done. Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 19:57
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    @Thomas any chance to get a preview of what the team got planned? Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:36
  • Hey @ShadowWizard — there's nothing planned just yet, but I'm going to bring up the change in the markdown generated by the insert image feature (essentially automating what Werner suggested in his post). I'll update the status here if / when a decision is made one way or another. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:43
  • @ThomasOrozco cheers, in case you missed it, there's also an older answer with the same code and bit more. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:50
  • Thanks @ShadowWizard! That other request is also about embedding smaller thumbnails rather than leaving the browser to resize the full picture (comparatively, the current request is just about adding a clickthrough to the picture). I anticipate that embedding smaller thumbnails is a more complex change (especially because a given size doesn't necessarily make sense on both the mobile and regular versions of the site). We'll probably talk about both requests, but it's possible one will be do-able and not the other. Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:56
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    Hey there. Just a quick update that we are looking into auto-inserting a link to the image when its uploaded using our image uploader. Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 16:08
  • @ThomasOrozco - thank you sir!
    – TheCleaner
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:07
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    This is now live! From now on, the image uploader automatically wraps images in a link to themselves. Balpha is to thank for this change. Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 13:14

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As an interim measure, I've written a userscript that makes images link to their original/full sizes.

You can install the current version from here.

Currently tested on Firefox/Greasemonkey. It should work on Chrome, but I've lost track on the current way to install userscripts there.

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    You sir...are the man! Thank you! Personally, I still think this should be by design on the site...but this works for at least those of us bothered enough to track this down!
    – TheCleaner
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 19:28

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