I understand that you need to protect against spam. I'm a moderator on a writing forum where we have big problems with Spam. But could you have another way of posting pictures that doesn't need a link, or else introduce posting links after 5 posts. I've found myself posting pointless posts just so I can show a picture to get some help.
Don't think outside the box. Think there is no box
You should have been able to just paste the link without using the url tags.
In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.