I have noticed that although when inserting an image part of the code that SE Inserts when you upload it is text saying "Enter image description here" but people very rarely put image descriptions and that is really annoying for blind people.

I think it may be because not everybody who asks on a SE Site is techy and only some people will even think of modifying that code.

I think you should make entering the image description a required thing so that people don't just overlook it.

It's just so annoying having to always post comments like "What does that image show?", "What would you describe that image as?", etc...

Any help would be appreciated.

  • I sometimes put a description, so "nobody ever puts image description" is wrong. You can edit to make it correct by something like "Many times people don't put descriptions". – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Dec 24 '19 at 7:55
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    Also, forcing the user to enter a description will result in much more "enter a description here", which IMO is worse than a blank description, or even "gjsdsjt" etc. All in all, bad idea which will NOT help a bit. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Dec 24 '19 at 7:58
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    Then we just need to publicize the fact that blind people are actually sometimes on SE – LegendusMaximus Dec 24 '19 at 8:02
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/332006/… – rene Dec 24 '19 at 8:03
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    I would support request to change the default text to something like "Please add a short description to help blind people use the site", yes. But not block the option to post without entering a description. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Dec 24 '19 at 8:04
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    It's also annoying for people who cannot view the images due to Imgur being blocked. – Rebecca J. Stones Dec 24 '19 at 8:39
  • I think the major problem is that in most cases, editors are trying to inline screenshots, we simply do not have the time to describe every screenshot an author might supply. Hard enough to get authors to actually provide screenshots. If authors had the ability to inline screenshots but be placed in a review queue that might help. – Ramhound Dec 24 '19 at 9:40
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    @ShadowTheBurningWizard such a message will be picked up by screen readers and is more hurtful for the people listening to it. I suggest banner. – ankii Dec 24 '19 at 15:27
  • If it’s any consolation, I often edit posts on Stack Overflow to add image descriptions. – Super Jade Dec 25 '19 at 1:58
  • If the image contains text, I’ll leave a comment linking to Why are images of text, code, and mathematical expressions discouraged? – Super Jade Dec 25 '19 at 2:06
  • You would be justified in down voting any post that's unclear without a description of the image. – BSMP Dec 27 '19 at 1:58
  • Thanks for this! – LegendusMaximus Dec 27 '19 at 8:07
  • After down voting the post what’s the best way to let the user know why it was downvoted – LegendusMaximus Dec 27 '19 at 9:34

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