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    How to Post Pictures

    Can I post Images?
    (from the OLD FAQ)
    Images can indeed be shown in your posts. [s] However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. [/s] You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor to images stored behind authentication mechanisms such as Hotmail or Yahoo mailboxes, password-protected sites, etc. To display the image use either the BBCode [img] tag or appropriate HTML (if allowed).
    Short version: you can't upload pictures here, but you can link to them, and have them show up.

    Some websites also allow 'hotlinking'. To do this, right click an image and click "copy picture location" then wrap the address in img tags It should be noted that many websites not only disallow it, but go to great lengths to stop it. This is because it uses up more bandwidth($) and server resources($).

    Please don't post large images (significantly over 640px wide) or huge amounts of images, to be courteous to people with small screens and slow internet. Use links or clickable thumbnails instead if you have something that needs to be large, or a lot of images to post.

    Quick-start:
    I use imageshack, but there are many many more places to upload pictures the largest being www.Flickr.com , http://photobucket.com , http://host.fotki.com , www.imageshack.us , and the former two require you to sign up and make an account

    www.imageshack.us -- No registration required

    click browse... then select the picture...

    leave email field blank

    click Upload Options/Resizing... then choose something equal to or smaller than 640X480

    Add Label to Thumbnail? no

    click upload now

    copy the box that says Forum Code... Paste into message here...

    Done!

    should look something like thisdisregard the word 'code')
    Code:
    {IMG}http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6627/20110110160341.jpg{/IMG}
    other services offer more frills and the options to keep your pictures more private... as does imageshack... but you will need to make an account with them.



    Why can't I post a picture?

    [img]http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6627/20110110160341.jpg

    the mistake above is a common one. The solution is to "close" the Img tag with a [/img]... should look like this
    Code:
    {img}http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6627/20110110160341.jpg{/img}
    Other Options

    To make the picture into a link (ie. "clickable") you can wrap the IMG tag in a seperate URL tag like this:
    Code:
    {URL=http://img526.imageshack.us/i/20110110160341.jpg/}{img}http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6627/20110110160341.th.jpg{/img}{/URL}
    Last edited by joel; 07-26-2011 at 11:09 AM.

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    Should make this a sticky, every thing but the pic..... :shock:
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    Facebook photo albums. you can make one and set to public. and keeping the others private.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmoparguy
    Should make this a sticky, every thing but the pic..... :shock:
    Whats wrong with the pic? I was getting kind of sweet on Joel, only if it wasnt for our political differences :P

    w3

    +1 for the sticky though, it would help a lot of people and Joel can update the firt post with more references on posting pictures.

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    New and improved!

    edit: or maybe just added to the hall of fame list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmoparguy
    Should make this a sticky, every thing but the pic..... :shock:
    Might as well, since it seems people don't read the FAQ.

    Since this is now an announcement, I'd also like to add: Please don't post large images (significantly over 640px wide) or huge amounts of images, to be courteous to people with small screens and slow internet. Use links or clickable thumbnails instead if you have something that needs to be large, or a lot of images to post.
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    @Anon:

    Does your last point about lots of picture count if you put a "LOTS OF PICS" warning in your post title? Or is that still a no no?
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    Depends on the situation. Generally you shouldn't post more than ~1MB (about 10 640x480 JPEGS) in one post, which should keep the average thread page less than two or three megs (~7 minutes for someone on 56k, ~24 sec for someone on 1Mbps). Picture warnings should be placed for a thread with seven or eight images of that size (still almost two minutes to 56k) if more are anticipated. I'll add the warnings to threads that grow to need them, unless I miss it. This allows people with slow internet or low service caps to participate in the discussion in those threads. More images can easily be linked so people can load them at their leisure.

    The exception is if the thread would be useless or incomprehensible without the images. Parts of Industrial Flavoring, for example. There was also a thread a while back in D.W. about an air show, which was essentially nothing but pictures.
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    On the picture size... I have my photobucket set up so it uploads all my pictures in the forum size 640 X 480, and I use the bulk upload (it's faster). Then I don't have to worry about the size I just click on the Img link and paste it in the post.

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    I have my photobucket set up so it uploads all my pictures in the forum size 640 X 480
    How do you do that? I have to go through each photo 1 by 1 and it sometimes doesn't work :lol:
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