There's a feature request from last year requesting WebP support. I'd say the arguments made there were persuasive, and I'd encourage people to take a look at that post.

I'd say that with the new image uploader, and SE hosting images themselves, it might be a good time to revisit the feature request.

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    I'll add that I agree with you in spirit quite a bit; now that we own this, it's much easier to consider changesets. But also want to at least acknowledge that replacing Imgur was a good chunk of engineering effort that, by the nature of software development, deferred other priorities on the backlog. The appetite to continue enhancing it after reaching parity may not be there for all enhancements right off the bat. Totally reasonable to ask, and we might prioritize anyway, but wanted to give some context too.
    – KyleMit StaffMod
    Commented May 1 at 12:47
  • is it legit to post feature requests again like this for the new image system? that previous one isn't even status-declined...
    – starball
    Commented May 2 at 7:43
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    Thats a good question - I'd say there's a significant change in circumstances. I was considering editing, the original post, bountying or reasking, and considering that staff are actively keeping an eye out on new posts about the image uploader, and being very responsive, this felt like the best way of it being seen. From my perspective - the 'worst' that I saw happening was a duplicate close. I guess the question would be was this more effective than resurfacing the old post. In moderation, I'd say that the ends justify the means. There's minimal disruption to the network Commented May 2 at 7:53
  • or the site, it gives a useful feature the best chance of being implimented, and at the very least its potentially somewhere on the readmap while the image uploader is being actively developed. Its not 'strictly' the neatest solution, but sometimes you need a little chaos Commented May 2 at 7:55
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    @JourneymanGeek Seemingly perversely, that's being closed as a dupe of this.
    – W.O.
    Commented May 2 at 15:50
  • Looking at the last edit - if it happens, I assume OP of the other question won't mind too much? :D Commented May 24 at 8:19

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As of today, webp images are supported across all of the Stack Exchange sites. A webp image can be used in all places where images are supported — profiles, the About Me section of your profile, and, of course, Question and Answers.

As well, with webp images you can continue to use the existing means to resize images either through the thumbnails or query parameters.

One thing to note is that we do not support animated webp images.


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