The SE TOS defines "Subscriber Content" as:
any and all content, including without limitation any and all text, graphics, logos, tools, photographs, images, illustrations, software or source code, audio and video, animations, and product feedback (collectively, “Content”) that you provide to the public Network (collectively, “Subscriber Content”)
My question is: Does this only include content that is directly posted to an SE site, or does it also include content where only a URL to the content is posted?
This might be a silly question, and my gut feeling is that linked content doesn't count as Subscriber Content, but I want to make sure, as it could conceivably fall under "content ... that you provide to the public Network".
The only exception I can think of that might be the case is if a link to an image is posted (rather than the image itself) but the image was uploaded to stack.imgur.com. This seems like it would still count as Subscriber Content, given the host.
As an example, I once created content specifically for an SO post but I only posted a GitHub link to the content, rather than the content itself. I licensed the content under the Clear BSD license. Does this project now count as "Subscriber Content" because it was designed specifically for the post and I "[provided it] to the public Network"? Or does it avoid the TOS' CC-BY-SA licensing terms since it was only a URL?
(Note: My purpose of posting the GitHub link in that example wasn't to avoid the TOS. I do not desire to do that. It was just because it was the only feasible option. That entire Q&A is rather unusual and isn't typical for SO.)