I expect that imgur images in an answer or question not to disappear (since avoiding 404 images is one of the main reasons behind using imgur).

If I use an imgur image (i.sstatic.net/…) in a comment, may the link to the image break at some point in the future?

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    Unlike imgur.com ordinary links, which indeed expire after a while without any views, SE got a dedicated premium account on imgur ensuring the images will never expire, even with zero views. Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 7:48
  • @ShadowWizard Thanks, I was afraid that i.stack.imgur.com would get cleaned from time to time to avoid people using it outside Stack Exchange questions and answers. Stack Exchange indeed has a deal with imgur. Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 14:56
  • Cheers, that part is answered here. :) Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 14:59
  • Hold on a second, isn't this supposed to be [support] rather than [discussion]?
    – SE is dead
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 16:31
  • @dorukayhan no clue Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 17:00

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I don't think so. Imgur is really unlikely to shut down in the next few years (or even decades), so i.sstatic.net/insertImageIDHere.png links should be safe.

  • Thanks, just wanted to make sure there is no garbage collector removing images that are not present in either question or answers. Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 0:57
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    @FranckDernoncourt Nope. We don't ever prune images. It would have to be manually deleted.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 1:16

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