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I wanted to add an image to a post, I chose the "provide a link from the web" option, and it gave me "Failed to upload image; the format is not supported". That would make sense if I was trying to upload some strange format, but it was just a plain old jpeg, namely "http://taniwha.web.fc2.com/MTG_image/FE/FE_Img/FE_B3.jpg". Can you seriously not link to jpegs? Or, is there something wrong with that particular image?

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That URL redirects to a regular HTML webpage, and just happens to have .jpg at the end. If you want the URL for the actual image, right click the image and choose "Copy image address". That will give you the URL for the actual image.

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  • The actual URL for the image is the URL that gets redirected to a HTML page though. (Until caching magic happens in your browser, which will probably be after the first time you visit that URL. But the image uploader might not be doing that caching magic.) – doppelgreener Jun 23 '16 at 5:42
  • When I open the image URL, I see query parameters that make it serve an image instead of the webpage. – murgatroid99 Jun 23 '16 at 6:03
  • Oh, right!! The ?50160067 on the end of http://taniwha.web.fc2.com/MTG_image/FE/FE_Img/FE_B3.jpg?50160067 makes it reliably point to the image itself. – doppelgreener Jun 23 '16 at 6:52
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There is something wrong with that particular URL (not the image itself), because when I open it, I get redirected to a HTML page which, in turn, provides an image file. Web servers can do that kind of thing, for reasons such as hotlink protection.

The image uploader would also get redirected to a HTML page and say "welp, I can't do HTML pages" and give up.

You should save that file to your computer and try to upload it from there.

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