# Potential bug related to “Community ads must have an image hosted at i.stack.imgur.com”?

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Note that it uses http://stack-exchange-dynamic-ads.herokuapp.com/ to create the dynamic image.

When I try to (re)create the add, the following system warning message pops up:

Community ads must have an image hosted at i.stack.imgur.com; use the image button from the editor to upload.

with the following error message:

In case of doubt, here’s a screenshot showing the messages when I replicate this.

This raises two questions:

1. How was the user able to create that answer anyway?

This seems weird looking at the fact that I – having moderator status – was unable to create that answer. When I tried to create it yesterday (before that answer existed) and retrying things today, the system bluntly errors when trying to submit/store/save the answer… which indicates there might be a workaround to store the answer, which is probably unwanted by SE. This could hint at a bug/glitch in the system. If that’s the case, please regard this to be reporting it.

2. Is it OK for the answer to remain, or should we delete it as it seems to violate SE rules (as indicated by the system message and related system error notice)?

I’m mainly asking this from a moderator perspective, because this also concerns future suggestions to the SE community ads. Meaning: other, alike (and even malign and/or privacy-invading) things might be submitted in the future. If this one is OK to remain “as is”, it would definitely be helpfull to know where to draw the line between “acceptable” and “not acceptible”.

Related to this, please note that – even if ads are screened by SE before publication to the sidebar, the suggested answers in the META still remain up and running unscreened by SE.

• Also worth a note: AFAIK SE screens all normal (/paid) ads before letting them go online which would be impossible to do for a dynamic ad which may allow / be exploited to malvertise.
– SEJPM Mod
Feb 3 '17 at 12:23
• @SEJPM That’s the word on the street indeed. But even if ads are screened by SE before publication to the sidebar, suggested answers in META remain up and running unscreened by SE. (Added that to the Q.) Feb 3 '17 at 12:26
• @1: As Gilles explains, I've created the answers with an image and removed that immediately. @2: We have these ads on other metas for years (I think it started on apple in 2012 or so). Feb 8 '17 at 22:54