Recently I asked this question on global Meta. The problem is when users upload huge photos to illustrate something they usually don't need very high resolution - for example, it might be a photo of a sink and it doesn't need to be 2000K by 1500K and weigh 700 kilobytes - it can be much smaller and will still look good. Downloading huge pictures is a problem for many users.

Turns out (thanks to user Jeremy Banks for that answer!) imgur.com allows to downscale images automatically by appending letter l between the name and the extension.

So you upload an image and you get a link like http://i.stack.imgur.com/Xulw9.jpg and when you insert l you get http://i.stack.imgur.com/Xulw9l.jpg (notice l before .jpg) and that automatically makes imgur.com serve a smaller version of the image that weighs much less.

I kindly ask all users who add pictures to use this feature unless of course you need that super high resolution to illustrate some super fine details.


Good find about the l.

I wonder if something could be done to insert the l automatically?

I've just worked out that l actually stands for "large thumbnail". You can get smaller images by appending m (for "medium") and s (for "small") as well.

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    Sure. There's a feature request on global meta. It shouldn't be that hard to render appropriate HTML by SO engine - like insert a small version inline and provide a link to a full size version. I guess once it gets enough upvotes the team implements it.
    – sharptooth
    Aug 19 '11 at 8:13
  • Btw I made a separate explicit feature request for that - meta.stackexchange.com/q/107927/132564
    – sharptooth
    Sep 30 '11 at 6:22

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