I just saw an answer's images to this Minecraft question have been substituted with text ASCII arts.

I like more images in that case than text, but this is a personal opinion. I am wondering instead if I missed something and there was a defined rule to substitute images with text where it was possible.

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There's no general rule, and I don't think there should be. Stack Exchange has a dedicated account for hosting images, so the main reasons for using one or the other are based on readability. And that depends on the scenario - some answers are easier graphical while others can be done with text.

For the specific question, it's too dark for me to tell what's going on in the image, but I don't play Minecraft, so I'm not going to make a call. Readability might be different to the people who actually play the game.


I made the edit because the image was actually a diagram, and the key to read it was buried in a comment on the second answer. This is not cool. I could've edited the images to add a key to it, but it was less work replacing it altogether with something not as cool looking, but IMHO more easily read.

So, no, there's no rule on this; I merely attempted to improve the answer, as I always have.

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    You don't need to defend, I voted for you too. It was only a question, no accusation. As I said I prefer the image, in that context was more clear for me, but is a personal opinion.
    – Drake
    Feb 22, 2011 at 16:40
  • @Drake No worries. Thanks for your support.
    – badp
    Feb 22, 2011 at 16:43
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    It took me a while to figure out what on earth I was looking at when tzenes originally added the image in the first place. And it was my answer. Feb 22, 2011 at 20:30

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