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Doug D. 03-13-2012 04:56 PM

Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
When requesting help to identify cast iron cookware, at a minimum, photos should show both the entire bottom and top of the piece, straight on, and including the handle. Photos taken from an angle or which only include close-ups of small portions or markings more often than not actually hinder the process of making an identification. Properly composed photos can take much of the guesswork out of identification. Help us help you without having to play twenty questions. Thanks.

Adding Photos To A Forum Post

There are several ways you can share your photos of your cast iron with forum readers:

1. Establish a free account with an online photo hosting site that allows linking from external sites. Then add a link to your photo in a post. Photos or albums linked to should have viewing permissions set to public or all, and should not require the viewer to either log in to or register with the service in order to view them.

Photos of a reasonable size may also be placed "inline" in a post, which means the photo is displayed in the body of the post as opposed to just a link. See your photo hosting service's instructions for how to link to your photos on them.

1a. For hosting services which allow direct linking to photos, you can simply use the img http://www.castironcollector.com/for...nsertimage.gif or rimg http://www.castironcollector.com/for...educeimage.jpg (reduces displayed image size to fit forum width) BBCODE tags, pasting the photo URL between them. The link should be to the image file itself, not a URL of a page containing the image, e.g. the link should end in the image filename.

2. Your ISP may also provide you with an amount of webspace you can use to host your own photos, and then link to them.

Photos linked to from other servers should be of a size that allows readers to view the entire photo without having to scroll left-right or up-down. Please resize photos before uploading and linking to them here or use RIMG tags. Repeated linking of oversize images may result in post deletion.

3. Individual images hosted on flickr may be displayed inline using the bbcode flickr provides. While viewing the image in your flickr album, click on the share menu button above it, and select the bbcode option. Copy and paste the code to your forum post.

4. Using imgur.com (recommended): Photos may be uploaded from your computer to imgur.com without creating an account. After uploading, copy the URL for the individual image (right-click on image and choose View Image) and paste it into your post between [img] or [rimg] tags. Or create an account to be able to access and manage previously uploaded photos at a later time. (Account-related images provide forum-ready bbcode links.)

5. The use of photobucket or other image hosting services which include deceptive pop-ups or misleading notices is strongly discouraged.

6. Uploading photos from your computer. Below the post composition window, there is an option "Attach Files". Due to server space limitations, each user account has a limited attachment quota. It is requested you use this method only as a last resort. Note that the forum software imposes restrictions on both filesize and dimensions of attached photos, so they may need to first be resized first. Attached image files should be in .jpg or .gif format only. Do not attach images in .bmp, .tif, .zip or document format files (.doc or .pdf).

Error messages: The forum software limits the size of images uploaded to this server as attachments. Images which are too large trigger an error, usually something vague like "security token missing". Images which do not exceed 800 pixels in either dimension are safe to use. 800x600 or 640x480 are preferred. Images can be resized with photo manipulation software on your computer. An alternate resizing method involves emailing the photos to yourself and letting Windows built-in email photo attachment resizer do it for you. Original images on your computer will not be changed. Save the resized emailed versions to a different folder so you do not overwrite the originals.

Important Note: Inline linking to images on websites other than castironcollector.com or one that you yourself own, control, or pay for is considered improper, as it constitutes "bandwidth theft", in that the other site owner is technically paying to display the image every time the post is viewed.

Jerry L 04-09-2014 05:13 AM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
Doug
is there anyway to post photos directly from a smart phone to the site?

Doug D. 04-09-2014 09:07 AM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
Just navigating forums and posting from a phone is often difficult thru a browser interface. Adding or linking to photos, even more problematic. Some users have found that using the Tapatalk app makes both easier. With photos, choosing "Tapatalk hosted image" seems to be the easiest in terms of adding smartphone photos to a post, and it does not impact our server storage. How long the photos remain on the Tapatalk server is dependent, however, on how much of that type of photo posting the user does, so, over time, the ones posted in that manner may disappear. For best long term value, photos that remain in a permanent location are preferable.

John E 04-09-2014 09:20 AM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
I've had good luck using the imgur app to post photos from my phone. It gives you easy copy/paste of BBcode links for pasting into a new post.

MDFraley 03-09-2016 05:33 PM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
Doug,
I have been using the "Attach Files" when posting pictures to a thread by re-sizing them to accommodate the size limitations. I was going to post a thread along with some pictures but when I tried the attach files was full and would not allow me to do so. I looked for a way to delete the attach files pictures but could not find any method to do so. Do I need to request permission from you "site administer" to do so or is there a method in which I can delete old pictures no longer being used?
Thanks in advance.

Doug D. 03-09-2016 07:53 PM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
As noted in #6 above, there is a finite amount of CIC server space available for uploading photos as attachments. I have increased the quota by an increment to allow a percentage more headroom, but as the sticky explains, the use of images linked from photo hosting or image sharing services is recommended and preferred. Of those available, imgur appears to be the simplest, as it provides the proper bbcode link and doesn't necessarily require you to create an account. Placing imgur images "inline" in a post appears to reasonably guarantee they will continue to meet imgur's requirement for image retention on their server.

MDFraley 03-09-2016 08:21 PM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Doug D. (Post 21322)
As noted in #6 above, there is a finite amount of CIC server space available for uploading photos as attachments. I have increased the quota by an increment to allow a percentage more headroom, but as the sticky explains, the use of images linked from photo hosting or image sharing services is recommended and preferred. Of those available, imgur appears to be the simplest, as it provides the proper bbcode link and doesn't necessarily require you to create an account. Placing imgur images "inline" in a post appears to reasonably guarantee they will continue to meet imgur's requirement for image retention on their server.

Thanks Doug. I have registered w/imgur and will give it a try later on. You can delete this post if you please.

Kenneth P Johnson 05-13-2019 10:48 AM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
found this cast iron pot in the woods,,,dont know who made it or how old it is,,but it had a gate on the bottom and number 9 on the handle what is the url of the image?

Doug D. 05-13-2019 02:01 PM

Re: Adding Photos To a Forum Post
 
A URL of an image file is the link to it on whatever photo hosting service or other web server it resides. When enclosing links to images in a post using [IMG] tags to make them automatically appear "inline", the link must end in the name of a single image file. If the link does not end in ".jpg", for example, nothing will show in the post.


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