E.g., it doesn't work on http://serverfault.com/, https://askubuntu.com/ and https://superuser.com/questions/ask:

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I first noticed the issue ~10h ago on http://serverfault.com/. I use Chrome + Win10.

I tried to upload this gif (uploading a .gif works on Meta.SE):

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A fix was deployed this morning, I've tested a few GIFs and was able to upload successfully, can you try re-uploading the GIF that was causing issues for you?

EDIT: A developer clarified with me that we made some changes to speed up uploading animated GIFs, there are still a few underlying issues that still need to be addressed. Will post another follow-up when ready. Thank you for your patience.

  • It worked for me now when testing, in the same speed as uploading ordinary image, and when I tested when bug was reported, it didn't work at all, it's not matter of speeding it up. Apr 16 at 15:02
  • Thanks, that works! Apr 16 at 15:34
  • @ShadowWizardLoveZelda or FranckDernoncourt (can't @ mention two people in comments) glad to hear that it's working. Could you link me to one of the GIFs you uploaded so I can save it for future testing on our dev environments?
    – tanj92 Staff
    Apr 17 at 15:54
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    I uploaded the one in the question itself used as example, which failed as the OP said when I tested when bug was first reported. /cc @Franck (you also used this one, or something different?) Apr 17 at 19:46
  • @ShadowWizardLoveZelda I used this one Apr 17 at 19:50

Looks like it's broken in the new upload process which is done internally by Stack Exchange.

Couple of workarounds, until SE add support for gif in the new process:

  • Upload the gif in a site that still has the imgur upload, e.g. here on Meta Stack Exchange.
  • Upload the gif on imgur itself then use the link of the image from there.
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    Thanks, better use option 1 "Upload the gif in a site that still has the imgur upload, e.g. here on Meta Stack Exchange." to reduce likelihood of 404 in the future. Apr 11 at 12:13
  • @Franck true, though good chance SE itself will also impose expiration of images at some point when they'll see their storage is getting full. (Pretty sure someone already asked about it in the announcement, and if not - someone need to ask. :)) Apr 11 at 12:49
  • imho unlikely that SE remove images that were uploaded via SE: only take less than 1TB (considering images including in posts/comments/chat only), and would mess up many posts. Also, images that were uploaded via SE are CC BY SA licensed, unlike images uploaded directly via imgur without SE. Apr 11 at 12:54
  • @Franck sadly, SE is doing many unlikely things lately. (Most as result of AI panic, but still, when they'll need extra money, even those petty bytes of hosting might glitter. The "mess up many posts" is totally not-an-issue for management) Apr 12 at 7:53

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