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ariadacapo
 
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Some tips to post on this forum(UPDATED 3/27/08)

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:54 am


Hello fellow pbasers !

Some tips to increase the quality of the Show and Tell forum...

1) Posting pictures with links.
2) The edit button is your best friend
3) Size matters
4) Smart links
5) The label's everything
6) Fitting in the melting pot
7) Dealing with spam

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1) Posting pictures with links.


It's very nice posting pictures on the forums, but it's just as nice if readers can easily come and look at the picture in your gallery; maybe to have a look at the rest of your work, or to comment/vote on it.
So, many pbasers post the picture and then write below the adress where it can be found. In fact, there is a better way of doing this. How about readers clicking straight on the picture to be directed to your gallery or picture ? Here's how to do it. It's very easy.

Navigate to your picture and copy the long number from the browser address bar, like this:
Image

Then, paste it into your topic composition window, like this:

Image

Add "/small", "/medium", "/large", or "/original" to the end if you would like to link to a particular image size. Then select it, like this:

Image

After that, click on the PB-Image button. This will add the little PB-Image tags before and after the image number, like this:

Image

That's all there is to it. Following the above instructions will give you a clickable image that looks like this:



You may also use the entire image URL if you find this easier than just using the image number. Enjoy!

The wonderful photo above is by Adalberto Tiburzi. Using the photo has been my initiative and suggestion, used with his permission.
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ariadacapo
 
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2) The edit button is your best friend

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:55 am


2) The edit button is your best friend

Simple, but this had to be said. Don't re-post. We all make mistakes, and it's easy to correct.
Image
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ariadacapo
 
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3) Size matters

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:55 am


3) Size matters

It's tempting to post large pictures in forums...
Unfortunately, many people still don't have a large screen and lots of bandwidth. If you have a very average computer, a huge image in a forum takes ages to show up on the screen, and then you have to scroll up and down, left and right to view it entirely. Pretty tedious and unpleasant! (1)

Post pictures in "large" or even "medium" size. With a smart and clean linking (see above), visitors are then free to visit your gallery and choose the image size that best suits them.

To post an image in medium size, just add /medium.jpg instead of just .jpg when posting your photo.


(1) It's even worse than that... the inclusion of one large image enlarges the entire thread page. Text in all posts then wraps to a large width and moderately-equiped users have to scroll left and right to read the text as well !
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ariadacapo
 
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4) Smart links

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:56 am


4) Smart links

The trick we used for smart image posting is absolutely valid for simple text links. Instead of pointing to "a beautiful gallery (http://www.pbase.com/manny_librodo/nanbw)", you can point to "a beautiful gallery".

Simply select the text you want to be a link, click on the URL button, and insert = and the target address just after the first "url"; like this:

Code: Select all
[url=your_address_with_full_http_heading] a nice website [/url]


So, how cool is it to neatly and unobtrusively suggest your readers visit interesting places, whether you are talking about linux, describing what life is like in your country, or just because you happened to be mentioning fridge magnets?
Last edited by ariadacapo on Mon May 21, 2007 8:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.

ariadacapo
 
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5) The label's everything

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:57 am


5) The label's everything

Try to be interesting and relevant. When you post:

- Be sure you're in the right place. :roll: Ask about the coolest DSLR in the Digital camera forum, not in Show and Tell. Keeping everything in its right place makes sure people looking for exciting pictures don't have to swim through irrelevant posts.

- Title appropriately. "Check This Out!" is no way to get visitors to read in your thread, but "Gallery on Hamburgers" lets them know what to expect. It also makes finding back the thread easier once it's gone down the forum frontpage.
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ariadacapo
 
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6) Fitting in the melting pot

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:57 am


6) Fitting in the melting pot

That's what pbase is: a big melting pot, not unlike the "Global Village".
We all love that "international feeling", but it is often a lot harder to truly accept very different cultural, political and ethical point of views.

- Capital letters (or "caps lock" writing) are read as offensive shouting by a majority of web users... but you can use bold or italics to strike something.

- Nude photography is a big deal for some people. If you want to show such pictures, let visitors know what they are going to see:
_If you are starting a thread, mention "nudity" in the subject;
_If you post in a "non-explicitly-nude" thread, refrain from displaying pictures and just put a link.
Endless, heated arguments have been written on the subject of nudity and whether to allow it, so a little precaution is worth it to keep the atmosphere friendly.

- Stay moderate, respectful and courteous, obviously !

- Don't persist if the discussion turns to flame wars. You are here to share pictures, not to get angry at anything. If the discussion becomes offensive, give up and maybe ask pbase to hire a moderator.
Last edited by ariadacapo on Mon May 21, 2007 8:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.

ariadacapo
 
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7) Dealing with spam

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:57 am


7) Dealing with spam

That's easy.
We'll always get people telling us How To Become Rich, Sexy and Intelligent By Clicking Somewhere.

- Don't reply. They are gone to some other forum already and they won't read you. More important, by replying you bring the post back at the top of the forum... ready for someone else to read it, reply, etc.

- Tell someone. Ask the pbase staff to make sure the forums are cleaned up. Indicate precisely which post is problematic.
Last edited by ariadacapo on Mon May 21, 2007 8:25 pm, edited 2 times in total.

ariadacapo
 
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A final word

Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:58 am


A final word...
I am just a normal pbase user. If you find this boring or useless, don't blame the pbase staff!
The wonderful photo above is by Adalberto Tiburzi. Using the photo has been my initiative and suggestion, not his ;-) Used with permission.
Thanks!
Olivier.
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adalberto_tiburzi
 
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Post Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:02 am


Olivier,
thank you for this thread, not only very useful, but I'd say necessary. You are not the PBase staff, you are MORE than the PBase staff... ;-)
And thank you for the link to my photo. It's not only a good image.
But also fits very well, because of its abstract quality, into this technical demonstrative thread.
All the best,
Adal
8) Adal


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