I have just tried to upload an image on Puzzling (although have checked and it is happening in both chat and on other sites) and it generated a link to a picture I have never seen before.

It doesn't matter what picture I upload, I get given the same image.

This is also happening for other people, so there seems to be a bug.

This is the image I keep getting, and not only is it not on my computer, but I uploaded a completely different picture in this very post. However, I am now getting a different image when uploading something, and it appears to be changing every 10 minutes or so...

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    Can confirm. Tried to post NSFW to General, always got a puppy instead. And a table. (and many different other images) Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:31
  • Note that only happens when you paste an image in the question/answer box, but not when you give an external link to an image! Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:50
  • Confirmed, by uploading a screenshot of this webpage; not even close.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:50
  • I am getting a different image showng up: Image Uploader Using Random Image Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:56
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    imgur is migrating stack.imgur.com to fastly, and something broke the upload, we're investigating
    – m0sa
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:00
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    I hope they can fix the issue fastly ...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:28
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    The obligatory shouldiblamecaching.com
    – m0sa
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:28
  • Looks like the it's fixed now; I'm getting proper images. Except for the one Dodge Hellcat.
    – Ollie
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:49
  • @Ollie agree seems to be working now Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:53

3 Answers 3


Imgur moved our (*.)stack.imgur.com image hosting instace from CloudFlare over to Fastly. Due to a misconfiguration they were caching the image upload API requests from our back-end servers for a while.

Kudos to Imgur for rolling out a fix before we did, we had an upload-URL-cache-busting PR ready to go.


enter image description here

Reproduced. This was supposed to be a screenshot of my browser showing your question ... It does look like a puzzle though :)

Meanwhile, I'm uploading my images via https://imgur.com/.

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    That is my puzzle, coincidentally :) Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:39
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    o_O what are the odds ...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:42
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    I used this exact image to try and reproduce the issue, btw. So it probably has something to do with what other users have uploaded previously (and by that I mean shortly before). Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 19:46

I experience more or less the same:

No matter what file I upload, the image https://i.sstatic.net/gGfsT.png is displayed:

enter image description here

I helped myself as follows:

  • I browsed to the page https://imgur.com/upload and uploaded my image-file there.

  • The file got uploaded and the uploaded image was displayed.

  • I clicked the image with the right mouse-button.

  • A context-menu opened where by clicking with the left mouse-button I could select "copy image address".

  • This way I had the URL of the image stored in the clipboard.

  • I switched back to TeX-LaTeX-StackExchange and created the link to the image manually:
    Pattern in the window for editing is:

    • Within the text:
      [![enter image description here][⟨number of link⟩]][⟨number of link⟩]
    • At the bottom:
      ⟨space⟩⟨space⟩[⟨number of link⟩]:⟨space⟩⟨URL⟩

    ⟨URL⟩ is the URL stored in the clipboard.
    ⟨space⟩ is a space-character (code-point number 32(dec)=20(hex) in Unicode).

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    This is very interesting as I have also had this image before. Seems to be only a select few images that are occuring Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:04
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    Question is, for how long Imgur is going to store an image uploaded with this workaround? I seem to recall that images that are not uploaded in the stackexchage scheme and that don't get visited "enough", are purged after some time (half a year?)...
    – Levente
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:39
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    @Levente ... no? As far as I'm aware, we don't do that.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:51
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    @Catija by imgur, not stack exchange. But stack.imgur.com images are exempt Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:55
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    @MartinSmith If imgur did it, we'd see tons of posts with missing images - as far as I'm aware, we don't. I'm guessing that our agreement with them includes perpetual hosting of images unless we explicitly delete them on our end.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:57
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    the comment you initially replied to is specifically about "images that are not uploaded in the stackexchage scheme". i.e. by going to imgur.com/upload as this answer suggests Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:58
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    @MartinSmith Imgur ceased the practice you mention in 2015. Images uploaded since then aren't removed for inactivity anymore. Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 21:07
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog thanks. Didn't know that. Some extra info here webapps.stackexchange.com/a/103297/205601 Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 21:12
  • @Levente I hope, at the time when I realize that an image uploaded to imgur directly is purged, the image-uploading-mechanism via StackExchange isn't broken any more and I can edit my answer and re-upload the image. (I am mostly on TeX LaTeX StackExchange and .jpg-images are derived from the pdf-files that result from compiling the code-snippets exhibited in the answers and therefore can easily be re-created.) Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 15:27

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