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For most questions, what we (and sites like stackoverflow.com) need is text, not pictures. Text containing log snippets, error messages, code etc. that we can work with to copy it into our answers (or maybe even test ourself). Screenshots don't work for this and makes it less likely someone will try to help you if you post a screenshot instead of copied/...


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Text gets indexed by search engines allowing others with a similar problem to find the Q&A and either be helped or contribute. Screenshots don't. That doesn't mean that screenshots don't have their supportive place at times, but a question "looks at this screenshot" typically won't incite as much response compared to a properly formatted and thought ...


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Simply cause its often not needed. In some cases, it makes things more difficult. image files (and I suppose animated gifs) have their place in gui based environments that are reasonably standard. You effectively point at what needs to be clicked on. In most cases, when the solution is for a modern server you'd be running commands, typically in bash or ...


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This seems like a Bad Idea to me - at least if it's intended to replace the existing code block format. My main objection is it breaks the ability to cut and paste from a code block to your terminal: If you cut and paste something with the above formatting it is virtually guaranteed NOT to work (it can be "fixed" of course, but reassembling the original ...


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Embedding an image is fine, and is usually recommended. However, to prevent certain types of malicious activity, you must have 10 reputation in order to embed an image. Below 10 reputation, you can only link to it.


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At least as often as not, when I am answering a question, I am not doing the thing the person asking it is trying to do. I might even only be talking about theory, wherein there is nothing to take a screenshot of! I don't really have time to set up test environments and go through processes just to get screenshots. I am usually explaining why something is ...


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