# Are uploaded images preserved in the SE system?

I just inserted an image-link into someone's answer (uploading the picture from my computer), and I notice that the image now resides at http://i.stack.imgur.com/. Is that an SE site, assuring that linked images there will be preserved as part of the answers in which they appear? (The expected obvious answer is "yes", but I haven't seen it documented anywhere.)

• Yes, essentially because of this concern, I encourage users to avoid posting pictures if possible: e.g., instead of uploading a scanned picture showing steps, type them out using TeX. – Srivatsan Nov 30 '11 at 17:36
• @Srivatsan: Rather than avoiding posting pictures altogether, I think it's more reasonable to say that an answer that includes images should be written in such a way that it remains intelligible when/if the image-link expires. – r.e.s. Nov 30 '11 at 17:42
• Ok, I should've been more clear. My comment mainly pertains to users who don't want to use TeX and hence post a scanned image of their work or a page from their textbook. Such pictures can be easily avoided. – Srivatsan Nov 30 '11 at 17:46
• On that note: please do fill out the image descriptions (in between the ![ and ]) with something useful! "enter image description here" is of no help in reconstituting pictures if need be. – J. M. isn't a mathematician Nov 30 '11 at 17:49
• Hum, since this has come up again, I think we should probably make this an FAQ item. – Willie Wong Dec 1 '11 at 8:43

Here is the meta.SO post about stack.imgur.com.

Unfortunately it is not the case that this site preserves images indefinitely (see the comments on Jeff Atwood's answer); however, they will remain significantly longer than most images hosted on the imgur site.

Hooray! I was mistaken earlier; it is the case that images uploaded via stack.imgur.com will be hosted indefinitely, or at least as long as the SE team continues to renew the contract for the imgur pro account, which we can certainly expect to be as long as the world keeps turning.

• @Zev Things have gone missing, but that wasn't because of decay. Rather, it was the result of our global replace of i.imgur with i.stack.imgur picking up things that were uploaded just to plain imgur (which would make the i.stack.imgur link null). It's something that's still in the process of getting cleaned up, haha. – Grace Note Nov 30 '11 at 20:33