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External Image URL Handling

It used to be that pasting a URL (e.g. 2mn3jmc.jpg) would intelligently result in an image if the URL ended with png/gif/jpg. Now it's not working. What went wrong? Other than the main page news article I don't know that there are many pages currently using this, but it is (or, rather, was) a very useful feature. GarrettTalk 04:19, 1 November 2006 (EST)

Generally, I find it's better to avoid externally hosted images. I noticed the day you initially posted that news article that the picture was sometimes there, sometimes not. I was going to download it and rehost it locally on the UESP, but opted not to when it reappeared. (Also thought there might be copyright issues with a magazine cover.) Looks like you've done just that now - probably the best way to do it. I suspect it has something to do with the allowed bandwidth of the hosting site, but I don't know. --TheRealLurlock 09:16, 1 November 2006 (EST)
From the config files, the relevant variable appears to be $wgAllowExternalImages, described as "Whether to allow inline image pointing to other websites". Perhaps that variable got changed from false to true with the latest upgrade? --Nephele 12:04, 1 November 2006 (EST)
I noticed problems with this image long before the upgrade, so I don't think that's it. Might be a contributing factor, but it's certainly not the only problem. I say stick to local-hosting. It just works better in general. (Also easier to position images where you want them with local images.) --TheRealLurlock 13:14, 1 November 2006 (EST)
The setting was changed from defaulting to true to defaulting to false at some point. I've re-enabled it as it can sometimes be useful to quickly link to an external image (usinga local image is preffered as Lurlock mentioned). -- DaveH 18:21, 1 November 2006 (EST)