We've been telling people to put images using the included tool which hosts them on imgur and that they're supposed to be hosted there and safe from removal by the host.

I've seen that it isn't so, but I didn't at the time I didn't save links to particular questions and answers. Now I found this question of mine which, at least for me, has a missing picture and the direct link times out.

I've got the impression that the images uploaded to imgur should be saved for considerable time in order to be useful for some time after the question has been made. So what I want to know is how long that time is?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Also should I have asked this on SO meta? I think that it affects the whole network, but I can't provide links that prove that right now. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 21:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, here is fine. All metas are monitored. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 4, 2011 at 21:40

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Images uploaded through the image uploader in the editor are uploaded into Stack Exchange's imgur account. Images on this account should never* disappear. Should anything happen, there are a couple processes we've got going on that would allow us to correct for something serious happening.

The image loads fine for me on your question. Network blip perhaps?

*For as long as imgur exists, of course.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That's the idea I've got, but the direct link to the picture is still down. This isn't the first time I've seen something like this. I'll continue monitoring the situation and see if it somehow solves itself. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 21:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, that's loading just fine for me. Is it 1) that image only, 2) any i.stack image, or 3) anything from imgur? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 4, 2011 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like it's down just for me. The rest of images work fine though. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 21:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like it's imgur's problem. Take a look hereand here. Let's hope they fix it soon. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 22:03

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