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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 16:47    Post subject: Sharing pictures / posting links for newbies ... Reply with quote

Oh-oh ...

So ... you've just registered and you can't wait to show us a picture of your pride and joy - but wait - what's this ???

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You haven't been a member long enough nor made enough posts to be able to add URLs / web links in the forums.

Quite simply, it's an anti-spam measure to help combat the problem of spammers, registering on the forums with the sole intention of posting links to filth / porn / drugs / etc in all popular forums.

"OK ..." you think to yourself ... "I'll use this here 'add-attachment' facility on the forums then!" ...

But there's a small problem there too ...

The on-forum picture hosting is really intended for illustrations of technical articles, where it is important not to lose the pics ...

Not only is the format of the on-forums hosted pics in the post quite poor, it uses our storage and band-width, hence costs us (me) money - in addition, every time the on-forum-hosted pic is viewed, it affects the page-load speeds for everybody browsing the forums.

Off-forum hosting is better for a number of reasons ...

  1. It uses their storage
  2. It uses their bandwidth
  3. The picture format is a better format in the post
  4. The page refresh speed for other users is unaffected by the size of the pic.

My favourite (off-forum) picture host is Photobucket <-- Click to link

It even gives you the code to show the pic in your post Wink

PLEASE - don't use the on-forum picture hosting either to simply add a picture to a 'general' post, nor as a way to get around any anti-spam measures preventing URL links in posts.  The anti-spam criteria are based on a small number of posts AND a short, minimum length of membership - neither are very high, but you have to achieve BOTH Cool

Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

ATB

Simon
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