Since May 2011, images uploaded through SE sites are uploaded to stack.imgur.com. It seems that removing that stack part does not get one (the same) image, so it seems to be a standalone installation? Any details on that new domain? And: any new way to circumvent blocks of imgur.com?

And this nicely shows folks are kind of abusing the SE image upload... But when using the data dump, can one also refer to the images from the SE hosting?

Like https://i.sstatic.net/tfSdv.png works fine:

But when removing stack, http://i.imgur.com/tfSdv.png (currently) does not refer to an image:

Also Imgur's firewall/proxy/blocking circumventing alternative domain http://imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png does not work, and neither does http://stack.imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png:

http://imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png http://stack.imgur.voxcdn.com/tfSdv.png

And of course the non-official filmot.com proxy doesn't know the new SE images either.

Likewise, existing images such as https://i.sstatic.net/mPYaC.png do not did not work when adding stack to it, https://i.sstatic.net/VB5JX.png:

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    Nice mole-bunny! Maybe commenting here will get proper attention? Commented May 8, 2011 at 11:05
  • Good point, @Shadow, done. I first wanted to use an image from iwdrm.tumblr.com but couldn't easily find anything about copyrights there. :-)
    – Arjan
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 11:12
  • Cheers @Arjan.. my guess is that StackExchange upgraded the account somehow, but can't find anything about it.. :/ Commented May 8, 2011 at 11:15
  • Any 10k who can search SO for url:"https://i.sstatic.net/H2mRB.jpg"? Wondering why all hits I get in Google refer to non-SE sites. It's some CakePHP question, posted (or scraped and copied) all over the internets, using an image hosted on the SE pro account.
    – Arjan
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 11:40
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    Not much to add here, we are in the process of migrating to new dedicated image servers which we will back up regularly. Once this is complete we will announce. As to having a diff domain name, we could discuss with Alan, but have not discussed yet. Our main goal here is to have local backups of images you folk upload and dedicated servers
    – waffles
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 13:11
  • Fun fact: the official i.imgur.com/not-here.png shows a different 404 image than the SE i.stack.imgur.com/not-here.png The first even serves a GIF rather than a PNG.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 10:32
  • I thing you should get a badge on meta for abusing stack.imgur.
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 16:17

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We engaged in a 1 year agreement to formally support imgur, which also involved us getting

  • a dedicated server on premises with them
  • a custom domain name

All our images should be accessible from both forms of the URL now, either i.imgur.com or i.stack.imgur.com .. such as:




Please note that we retroactively replaced all forms of i.imgur.com on the network from Aug 17 2010 onward, as a one time fix.


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