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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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 is ending - advance notice

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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Intermittent Failed to upload image; imgur is rejecting the request

It appears that S3 has fallen over in AWS for the US-EAST1. Ironically I can't include a screenshot of the dashboard in this post, but I promise I have one. You can see the AWS status dashboard here: ...
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Are moderators allowed to use Imgur for screenshots of PII?

We discussed this a bit on our Community Manager team call earlier... So I figured I'd share some notes. First, some practical notes: Our imgur host URLs rely on randomly-generated filenames of 5 ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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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Making a better image uploader

If the image is above the max size (current 2 MiB), automatically resize (or change compression) to the largest image possible, or close to it.
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Can't upload images

Thank you for making this post. We diagnosed the issue with Imgur uploads and reached out to Imgur for support. They responded quickly, investigated, and resolved the issue. We should now have full ...
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Making a better image uploader

status-completed Something that will be awesome for me is pressing CTRL+V inside the editor while there is an image in the clipboard, and that would automagically open the uploader and paste the ...
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Detailed info on Imgur's automatic image resizing service?

Overall 6 thumbnails are available in Imgur: s, b, t, m, l, h. Table: Thumbnail Suffix Thumbnail Name Thumbnail Size Keeps Image Proportions s Small Square 90x90 No b Big Square 160x160 No t Small ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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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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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Making a better image uploader

I usually do all my post-processing in GIMP, so I have a single request for this: Don't force features upon me. Don't turn our image uploader into a ten-step thing like Gravatar's, where you upload ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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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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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Imgur image processing takes too long

Thanks for the reports here! Imgur has just informed us this is resolved. An anti-spam mechanism they use was causing a DNS timeout on image uploads, adding almost exactly 10 seconds of latency to ...
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How much of Stack's imgur image-ID space has been consumed?

As of the latest backup mirror we took of imgur's data in mid-February, we had a total of 6,713,997 images hosted by imgur, totaling about 600GB. The 5 character namespace imgur uses has 916,132,832 (...
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What's the official stance on the bounty ad?

Yes, this is officially allowed, as proved by this comment from Grace Note: (Community Manager in Stack Exchange, in charge of the Community Promotion Ads) Yes, it's something that's been worked ...
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What will happen to the SE, if something happens to the imgur.com?

Nothing will happen. Lots of images might go 404 for a short or longer period until SE has restored the images from the backup and have a server with new urls ready. The community bot has to rewrite ...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

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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Imgur TOS change on May 15th 2023 could cause the loss of thousands of Stack Exchange images!

As Spencer indicated, we have updated all of the URLs that we could, across the network, to the new i.stack.imgur.com. A little more background on what I did; hopefully, this helps explain why it took ...
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Are moderators allowed to use Imgur for screenshots of PII?

If the rules are interpreted strictly, then you are breaking the moderator agreement anyway by sharing PII with people who aren't SE employees or moderators on your site regardless of where you host ...
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Image size limit: Why it is set to 2 MiB?

I am pretty sure the reason is historical limit, that isn't relevant anymore. Stack Exchange sends the images to imgur via their API, using a special premium account that was made many years ago, ...
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What is the retention time of images uploaded to https://i.stack.imgur.com?

According to this blog post (emphasis mine): Alan Schaaf, the man behind Imgur, generously provided us a network-wide “pro” account that keeps any images hosted through our websites around ...
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Is there an elegant way to view the post images when my country is among the ones blocking Imgur?

You can always use Google Translate as a sort of VPN. Just copy the URL of the page you want to see the images of, and paste that directly into Google Translate. Google then creates a translated link ...
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Imgur TOS change on May 15th 2023 could cause the loss of thousands of Stack Exchange images!

This is an index to announcement posts on per-site metas (sorted by site name alphabetically). Site Link Android Enthusiasts link Anime & Manga link Arqade link Ask Different link Ask Ubuntu ...
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Why is there a peeking duck in my profile pic?

TL;DR; to fix it, you have to re-upload the picture again, which cause new thumbnail creation process. When uploading a picture to SE, it is actually sent to imgur for hosting. While the original ...
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Is it allowed to use Imgur's (imgur.com) open image upload instead of SE's own Imgur account (stack.imgur.com)?

You can use what ever image hosting you like, but Stack Exchange encourages you to use their image upload to their Imgur account for various reasons. The chief of those is that Stack Exchanges deal ...
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