New users need at least 10 reputation in order to post images. They also need more than 10 rep to post more than 2 links.
This is mainly an anti spam measure and does not (usually) significantly affect the user. Considering 10 reputation can be achieved by one upvote on an answer or two question upvotes it is a trivial inconvenience.
It should probably be ...
Summing up the comments
Here's what we essentially need.
High reputation users should probably keep an eye on the edit queue -and improve and accept rather than reject edits related to this fix up. If you're a lower rep user, feel free to edit, and link back here (and if you see anything that needs to be fixed up along with images, please do so). This ...
Why do you believe that what you are presenting is malformed? When you see:
[![enter image description here]]
This seems to be the new behavior of the image upload/insertion tool and it makes sense. Here is the breakdown of why:
Previously, an uploaded image would simply be:
![enter image description here]
And while you were able to see that ...
The word graphics on your question there is a tag. Every question must have at least one tag. For example, this question here has two, support and images.
Where you meant for there to be an image, there was the word "transparent" as a link to the image. To prevent abuse, new users are not allowed to embed images on a handful of large Stack Exchange sites ...
The status quo:
User posts bad question.
Flow-chart occurs as in your first image.
With picture promotion:
User posts bad question, ignoring the helpful neon lights and <blink> tags pushing for a picture of the problem. ("Take a moment to lear--Reading? What is this outlandish concept? I don't want to read. I WNAT ASNWER!!11shiftone!")
When using the markdown editor, the user is prompted to enter an image caption, which automatically gets converted to alt text. Some users are good at doing this, while others are lazy and don't add alt text. Unfortunately there isn't much the site can do to change this – the alt text required for each image is of course contextual, so it's up to the ...
Screenshots or any image inserted using the "insert image" button will be automatically uploaded to a dedicated Stack Exchange account on Imgur. So long as the answer lives and receives some views then the image is likely to be available longer than the source page that it came from.
In most cases I would personally prefer the source to be inserted as ...
Cannot agree more. This would be a major improvement. Let's see if this gets picked up by the development team.
Would it be more applicable to global meta.stackexchange.com then to just meta.superuser.com?
I believe that the settings are good in their current state. Yes, it's likely that someone with enough rep will eventually edit the post to embed the image for the user, and this make more work for someone. Still, I don't think it should be automated.
The problem with automation is that there's no review of the image before it is embedded if the system ...