With my 2000+ Reputation, I often fix links and images around. e.g, I may change:

see my bug at https:// i.stack.imgur .com/ foobar.png
(sorry, can't post images yet, not enough rep)


see my bug below
![my bug](https://i.stack.imgur.com/foobar.png)

(with edit description "inlining/embedding image")

But I'm a bit worried that by doing this I may be preventing further/subsequent edits to the post by the owner of the post if he/she is only at 1-9 or 101-109 reputation (association bonus), according to https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/new-user limitations:

New users cannot:

  • post more than eight hyperlinks at a time, either in a post or their user profile

I'm not even sure if the limit of 8 hyperlinks is including images or if images have a separate count limit.

Should I be careful and avoid inlining images or fixing links for users with less than 10 (110 with association) reputation?

Bonus question: if new users are effectively locked from editing once someone raises the hyperlinks/images count above a certain threshold, is there a SEDE query to find posts owned by new users with too many links/images?

  • Well, they'll have to remove those links first. The system does not check who added them, just performs a check when the post is being submitted. – ShaWiz Feb 6 '18 at 9:42
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    Users with the association bonus can always post images. I tested by creating an account on Ask Ubuntu. I got the association bonus and it allowed me to post images (but my 1 reputation sock puppet wasn't allowed to). The help center mentions the association bonus not counting, but that's only about answering protected questions, it has nothing to do with posting images. – Donald Duck Feb 6 '18 at 12:12

You can always edit your own posts at any point of time.

You should be doing any necessary fixes - both to links and images, and if they don't get the single upvote (the reputation does take into account association reputation, which is part of the point) - they can use the usual workarounds like lightly mangled URLs, or just get the upvotes they need.

Images and links are seen the same way, so it's a total. It's better to fix things, and let the new user see how it's done, rather than sit back "just in case"

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    Feels like not answer. The question is about the worry that new users can't even submit the same content vanilla after someone else raised the link count over the threshold. – iBug Feb 6 '18 at 10:18
  • But that worry shouldn't stop necessary edits - and the 'partial link' trick still works. – Journeyman Geek Feb 6 '18 at 14:19

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