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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

I met with Imgur yesterday and have some more information to share. The total scope of the data on Imgur is (and these are just rough stats): ~2.6 TB of images ~48 mil individual images ~1.5k ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

Imgur strips EXIF/metadata from images. EXIF data/metadata is removed from all images upon upload. There is no setting available to retain the data. I think we need to maintain that level of user ...
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Imgur TOS change on May 15th 2023 could cause the loss of thousands of Stack Exchange images!

Of course, things like this always happen during my holiday ... not that I take that many, but still ... Anyway, here's what I (read: my script) did: analyze almost 80k of posts containing links to i....
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Resizing an image in a post?

You can also add a query string like ?s=xyz (with xyz = 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 or 512) after the name of the image to change it from gSpBi.png to (eg) gSpBi.png?s=128. I.e I just added the query string ?...
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Links to tinypic.com are about to become permanently broken on August 26, 2019

To give an idea of the extent of this problem: according to this stackexchange.com search, over 8000 posts are affected. Some of them may contain images which are already lost (e.g. the last image in ...
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Roadmap to HTTPS: serving and uploading HTTPS-images only

Nice work on finally bringing HTTPS support in! I want to note something on point 4 (emphasis mine): Rebake remaining posts with HTTP images, so that images linking to HTTP addresses will become ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

Questions How exactly will the lifetimes of the imgur images work? Do the image URLs just insta-rot in April 2024? And when do you expect the images on the new platform to be all copied over by? ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

It's an accessibility issue for 2 reasons: Screen readers cannot read text in pictures. Text is often blurry in zoomed-in images. I encourage you to use a screen reader and try it out. I will also ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

My process for answering a code-related question often involves: Copy and paste the OP's code into a sandbox on my machine. Debug the code. Copy and paste my code back into the answer. If my answer ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

There were three major pain points with using Imgur as the hosting service. Please make sure these are resolved with the new service: Networks where Imgur is blocked Back in my early years of ...
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Why did this uploaded image disappear?

The question was flag deleted as spam or offensive. Because many posts that are spam or rude have problematic images (or people are using our image hosting to host images of themselves that get flag ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

There are several reasons, as far as I am concerned: Images of code can be very hard to read. Especially if a person takes a picture of a screen with a phone. It can be very difficult to cipher one's ...
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How can I write good alt text?

For me, adding alt text is really important. Historically I didn't understand why it was important but I've since learned better - people accessing the site using screen readers or otherwise text-only ...
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I am getting the wrong image when uploading a picture

Imgur moved our (*.)stack.imgur.com image hosting instace from CloudFlare over to Fastly. Due to a misconfiguration they were caching the image upload API requests from our back-end servers for a ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

I am honestly surprised this didn't happen years ago. Congratulations to whoever managed to keep it going this long (in both companies). When choosing new URLs: be aware that a few multi-part ...
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Is the Code of Conduct illustration “truly” inclusive?

Is the image above inclusive of ethnicities? I'd say yes, it is. I'm not going to say it covers all, since that'd be nearly impossible for a group of 9 people and a robot arm, but yeah, there's ...
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Automatically resize images if their file size is too large

We've shipped automatic image resizing on image uploads over 2 MiB. Any images over 2MiB will be allowed, but automatically resized below 2MiB so they load reasonably well for users A couple ...
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Could we revisit WebP support with the new uploader?

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, ...
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Allowing images from external sources opens doors to serious security exploits and privacy risks

Yes PLEASE. I have spent a lot of time Removing link shorteners from posts! and many of the blacklisted link shorteners are actually image hosting services, so I have experience dealing with this. ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Allowing images from external sources opens doors to serious security exploits and privacy risks

What is possible with this vulnerability? Oh, it's way worse than tracking. Determining the IP addresses of specific chat users or (with less accuracy) highly active users on main This involves ...
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The Stack Imgur service is no longer resizing images correctly

This bug is very annoying when trying to create or fix posts with overlarge images. We used to be able to display a reasonably shrunk picture that linked to the full size one. Here's a temporary ...
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Image uploading fails with "Failed to upload image; an error occurred on the server"

It's not DNS There's no way it's DNS It was DNS This issue has been remediated. We've manually updated our DNS records to make sure the image upload service resolves correctly. It's currently just ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

Regarding Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's answer I'm not in favour of increasing the maximum upload size, unless some more automatic work can also go on behind the scenes. I do see the benefit ...
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Can we get rid of the default text "enter image description here"?

My suggestion: let the user put the description in the image uploader itself: After selecting or dragging (or pasting) an image, the field will be auto focused. The initial text there is a ...
Shadow Wizard's user avatar
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Why are there so many images with alt text "a busy cat" on the network?

It is part of the inline help for the editor: Text version: Images are exactly like links, but they have an exclamation point in front of them: ![a busy cat](https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/...
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Is my copyrighted artwork protected if I upload it to a post?

Images you upload to the SE imgur instance using the integrated image upload feature are licensed under a Creative Commons license, specifically cc by-sa 3.0. This is explicitly mentioned in the ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur has ended - migration complete!

Make sure that avatar images that use gifs don't play their animations. Animated avatars are not allowed and the current solution to make them not play their animations is to use imgur-specific query ...
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The Stack Imgur service is no longer resizing images correctly

This has been fixed! Thank you so much for your patience with this. Moving forward, all images uploaded to the Stack Exchange imgur will be sizable using the URL adjustments indicated in the question (...
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