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If I (or you) upload an image on Stack Exchange, it goes to Imgur. Why has it been developed this way, and not to be stored on Stack Exchange's servers?

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Outsourcing something like image hosting makes sense. It means that you don't have to do it - it requires a lot of disk space and bandwidth to serve the images. When you're starting a new website that's likely to need to serve images it's one cost you can fix.

It's also one less thing that you don't have to maintain and update.

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