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Why can't I upload pictures from a link?

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S.E. has this feature. You just copy and paste the link of the picture, and S.E. uploads it for you.

But for Codidact, I have to download the picture to my computer. Then upload it? This wastes time.

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This has been discussed previously. I have suggested this plus a whole bunch of other image related features. I haven't had the time to work on implementation and nobody else had jumped in to do this. We'll get this eventually.

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You can use markdown formatting to directly link the image, like so:

![alt text](image url)

E.g.

![alt text](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/Juglans_regia_polyploid_fruit_bottom.jpg/1280px-Juglans_regia_polyploid_fruit_bottom.jpg)

becomes

alt text

(Andonier, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

This will not upload the image to Codidact, merely link it, but it should be good enough for most purposes.

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Yes, this works, but it's a bad idea. Links rot. If content was important enough so that it needed to be shown directly in a post, then it needs to reside here. Olin Lathrop‭ 4 months ago

One possibility would be to have the option to upload linked images when submitting the post. Basically, the code would scan for any external image links, and if there are any. it would present a page asking you whether you want to upload those images (with an explicit warning that you must have the proper rights). If you choose to do so, then the chosen images would be automatically uploaded, the image URL changed to link the uploaded copy,, and a note “image originally from URL” appended). celtschk‭ 4 months ago

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