I've never, ever deleted an image hosted on imgoat.com (with two rare exceptions: the file was corrupt, or the user who uploaded it asked me to).
That's because I hate dead links with a passion.
However, it's recently come to my attention that a small subset of users are uploading the exact same image not once or twice, but over and over again, three, four, five or more times.
In some cases, I suspect it's an honest mistake. For example, these three files were uploaded within minutes of one another (did the OP not think it went through the first time? If so, inbox me so I can fix whatever I fucked up).
No big deal.
But then there's the botish behavior...
Unlike in the previous example, the following files were uploaded much further apart. Identical images, each with the same filename doing nothing but collecting digital dust.
The ideal solution:
If a duplicate image is detected, abort upload and redirect uploader to the page with the original image.
Of course, this isn't something that can be done in an afternoon. Hell, I'm not even sure it can be done at all, but that's never stopped me before. It would save space, and nothing need ever be deleted.
But, in the meantime...
Should I start removing duplicate (spam) images?
Imgoat is growing fast. It's now the fourth most popular outgoing link on Voat. It's also solid, scaleable, and stable— both financially and otherwise. I really want to keep it that way. So please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.