I thought photos on https://i.sstatic.net/ weren't meant to expire? Or at least, not expire for a very long time without views?

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It seems strange that two images on a question are gone, but one survives...

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    Wouldn't this be better asked on MSO ?
    – user9517
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 20:37
  • @Iain - Apparently the devs also check here. I got knuckle-wrapped for migrating these sorts of questions from msf to mso ;) Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 22:14
  • Sorry for not linking to the original question, it was 6am my time when I posted it! Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 22:15
  • Has this been sighted again since? If not, it might just have been a one-time event - possibly due to some data loss at imgur.
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 9:10
  • URL: serverfault.com/questions/265196/… issue still occurs.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 21:23

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Imgur's FAQ mentions image-retention here, and basically says 1 view in 6 months will keep an image around. Though there is possibly a different "policy" in-place for i.stack.imgur.com, as they have/had a "Pro" account.

Though this question is two years old, the most recent outage was October 4th, 2014, and only affected the v2 API (see here)

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    There is a different policy for i.stack.imgur.com: images are retained forever (at least if they're linked in a post on Stack Exchange). Server Fault isn't the only site where some images have seemingly vanished, or even vanished for some users only (some kind of screwup in imgur's replication?), it's a rare but reproduced bug. Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 18:32

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