Are there any missing images from Imgur, and especially images that were uploaded using the editor (to the Stack Exchange pro account)? When did those images go missing?

For at least the past 20 hours, http://i.stack.imgur.com/zOc0U.jpg as used in a question on Meta Stack Overflow shows a generated image claiming "The image you are requesting does not exist or is no longer available". Like:

GET /zOc0U.jpg HTTP/1.1
Host: i.imgur.com

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Content-Type: image/png 
Content-Length: 2609
Expires: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:50:29 GMT  
Cache-Control: max-age=31536000

The author meanwhile has indicated he used the upload feature from the editor.

Note that after refreshing a page, Safari might not show the generated image either, eventually timing out. A copy of the generated image, just for future reference if this is ever fixed:

Copy of the generated image

(My Safari on a Mac times out after a refresh. That could be caused by the missing Location in the HTTP 301 Moved Permanently; using Chrome or Firefox always seems to get me the generated image. I am not sure if the missing Location is an Imgur feature, but that's not the issue here. I have not tested the refresh with Internet Explorer.)

  • Are you sure this image wasn't uploaded to imgur manually? I do this myself when I use an external editor to write a post. – marcog Jan 16 '11 at 12:01
  • @marcog, I am not sure, but the author claims so in the comments of the question. And given the earlier comments about the JPG format, I guess it's indeed true. – Arjan Jan 16 '11 at 12:06
  • And, @marcog, despite the current problems: for important images please consider using the Stack Exchange account? Link rot and image rot are not too nice... – Arjan Jan 16 '11 at 12:23
  • I wasn't aware of the implications, so for sure I will do so in future. I don't suppose there's any way to use the SE account without going through the built-in upload feature? I also wonder if it would be a worthwhile feature to automatically replace linked images with self-uploaded images (I hope that makes sense)? – marcog Jan 16 '11 at 12:41
  • As for using the SE account, @marcog: I don't know, but I've always been wondered a bit about imgur not using the Referer headers when images are requested by a browser. That is, of course, nice for folks who use the data dump, but would (might) make it an easy target for abuse... I don't know if there's any feature request for automatic conversion yet (there is some request for Can we have some tools to handle link rot? but that is not about the time an new/edited post is submitted). – Arjan Jan 16 '11 at 12:51
  • NOTE: when still missing images, see Images manually uploaded to Imgur are not displaying? – Arjan Jul 23 '11 at 10:45

This is Alan from Imgur. I just wanted to let everyone know that the issue has been resolved and all of the missing images should be working again. Please let me know if anyone runs into any more issues with Imgur; I'd be happy to help.

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