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I (still) can't seem to be able to upload images in the way I have done so normally over the last ten years or so. I have to take a much more protracted route that looks (to me) like a site bug (despite others saying that they can't replicate it).

I'll also add that my upload rate is quite poor at 200 kbps (in case this is a factor to whatever might have changed). It happens on both my laptops in case anyone thinks it might be related to a specific PC.

I get this message: -

\$\color{red}{\text{An error occurred when uploading the image:}}\$

What I normally do when uploading an image and, importantly what hasn't worked reliably since Sunday 28th of January 2024, is copy a section directly from paint.exe and directly CTRL-V it to the body of my post. This doesn't work at all reliably.

What I was asked to try also doesn't work any better (CTRL-G and CTRL-V). CTRL-G opens up the image-selection box in case anyone is interested. Everyone should know what CTRL-V does of course.

This question is highly related to a question I raised on Sunday January 28th 2024 to which a solution has still not been found.

It's the same question and is NOT FIXED by the answer to which my previous question received an incorrect answer.

However, there is a torturous workaround that also seems to work: -

  • saving the screenshot as (for instance) untitled.png
  • opening the landscape image-insert icon
  • dragging the image across to the image selection box

I believe this problem began happening sometime Saturday 27th January. That's when I first saw it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for starting a new topic. However right now, this seems inaccurate by omission: AIUI the problem is that you can't upload an image using drag & drop, but you can by uploading from a local file. Saying that you "can't seem to be able to upload images" on its own is therefore misleading. Let's try to narrow down the specifics of this problem, to avoid it being lumped together with the previous problem, as that doesn't help anyone. || While I could edit the question, of course, I need you to add more clarification to the problem you are having, as I can't reproduce it. TY \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 20:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ (In other words, please try to make this question self-contained, with a full & detailed problem description. Sure, mention the previous one, but as always, don't rely on people reading that one. TY) \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 20:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SamGibson it should be much improved now. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Feb 1 at 21:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the added detail. However are you sure rev 2 is accurate? It still says that you "can't seem to be able to upload images". However you later describe how you can upload images. Those parts seem to contradict each other. || As I commented above, I think the first sentence is the part which is misleading (implying that you're unable to upload images all the time) - but you didn't change that despite my previous comment, so you seem clear on that part. || Since I can upload images, we don't yet have the necessary repro to be able to escalate to SE, per their escalation process :( \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ As I explained: (a) We need clarification on why you are saying that you can't upload images. I think you can, based on what you say later, but this needs clarification. (b) You said that image upload: "hasn't worked reliably since Sunday 28th of January 2024*" (my bold). I want to focus on the "when" aspect and when it is/was intermittent. We know you had unreliable uploading from 28-30th and then (like the rest of us) total failure. But what about after the changes which Slate explained? Has "paste-type" uploading ever worked since then? Does "file upload" always work now? TY \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 21:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've updated my question. Paste has worked intermittently throughout. At first I thought it was always bad then sometimes it worked 1 out of 3 and, today it worked 0/10 @SamGibson <-- file upload has worked 3/3 (maybe 4/4) i.e. 100% at the moment. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Feb 1 at 21:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the update. (a) I've tried to replicate your problem in my "non-answer" - but it always works for me. I did throttle my link speed to 200 kB/s for that test. Just to clarify - you said 200 kb/s upload speed. Does that mean 200 kbits/s i.e. approx 20 kBytes/s? Or 200 kBytes/s? I used the latter (200 kBytes/s) for my test. I can repeat it at 20 kBytes/s if needed. (b) I understand that today, your drag&drop upload process fails 100% of the time, but the file upload process works 100% of the time. IMHO we should focus on behaviour today, not the intermittent problem from 28-30th. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 22:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Bits not bytes unfortunately but, it's been like this for years @SamGibson \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Feb 1 at 23:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ I just double-checked the settings I used and I actually set it up wrongly for my earlier test. I had set it to 200 kbits/s, not the 200kBytes/s I thought I set it to! So I actually did reproduce the 200 kbits/s upload speed you mentioned (I set the same download speed as well). \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 1 at 23:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Update 2 Feb {1/4}: No-one denies you're having an issue. However I can't repro it and I don't see any other reports of a current problem here or on Meta.SE. || Unfortunately, because the upload error message is completely generic, we must be careful not to assume that the cause for you now, is the same as the cause from 28-30 Jan (which SE report has been fixed by Imgur). || The timing of this problem starting for you is certainly suspicious, but why aren't others reporting the same problem now?? \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 2 at 17:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ {2/4} If "drag&drop upload" failure is still 100% reproducible for you (is that true?) then some troubleshooting approaches include looking for what is different in your config (h/w, browser version & settings etc.) which could be relevant and which others might be able to try changing to match yours (but just as an anti-example - I no longer run Win7, so if you were using that, then I can't attempt to repro it). || Another approach is for you to try changing your setup to match mine (Win10, Brave & Firefox browsers) if yours is currently different. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 2 at 17:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ {3/4} However there are many possible variations that are difficult to identify individually (e.g. browser settings) or difficult / impossible for someone else to reproduce exactly (e.g. your internet connection). || Another approach is for you to make any large change, especially if it makes your setup more "typical" e.g. try using a completely different PC at a public library. Or take your laptop to a coffee shop and use their WiFi etc. I can't guess here what options are available for you to try. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 2 at 17:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ {4/4} Depending on what those options are, there could be several differences between that test config and your original config. The point is not to try to identify a specific change in advance, just to gather data points of which configs work and which don't. Then we can compare them, looking for differences. Until someone else can repro this, there's no point to (and we're not supposed to) escalate this to SE, as they will just say (as Slate has said) that they don't see a systemic problem. || Any suggestions on how you want to proceed? \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 2 at 17:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ Andy - (a) Re: tethering - yes, I'm just making sure we both mean using WiFi between the laptop & phone, not any other tethering options e.g. Bluetooth, USB etc. :) (b) Re: uploading an image - monitoring the JS code, I see multiple steps to the process. But the main point is that, after clicking the "Add image" button (and an initial exchange with a server) the image upload starts in the background. At 200 kb/s and (e.g.) a few hundred kB of image file, that takes several seconds. IMHO a big clue to suspect "flaky comms" is that the error message appears at variable times into that upload. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 3 at 4:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ The different error message in that Meta.SE post, and the one reported by you in both your Meta posts on EE, are consistent with yours being a different problem (also it's not a reproducible failure, it's not being reported by others, etc.). This isn't the only possibility, but it fits the evidence I see so far. If you can try using the phone as a wifi hotspot, then let's see how that works and whether it points towards or away from that hypothesis. TY \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Feb 3 at 4:28

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