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Instructions for Posting Pictures
« on: 10/29/11, 04:20 PM »

Guidelines for inserting photos in posts: ***Revised October 2011***
Here's the policy and how-to for inserting photos in posts:

  • maximum photo width = 800 pixels
  • maximum photo height = 800 pixels
  • maximum photo file size = 260 Kb each

If everyone follows these guidelines, then the threads will continue to load quickly enough even for those with slower internet connections. The 800 pixels width policy is to ensure that the text of the threads will not run off the right side of smaller monitors, thus necessitating horizontal scrolling.

How to insert a photo into a post:
There are two ways to place photos so that they can be inserted into a post: (1) upload the photos to your own web space, or (2) upload the photos to the TAY server. Details follow.

(1) Upload your photos to your own web space:
Web space means an internet accessible web server other than TAY. There are a number of free photo sites, and you may have free "web space" with your ISP account where you can put your photo files. Some servers seem to be set up to not allow linking to a photo file from a different site, so even if you set up the code correctly you may get a broken link icon and no photo displayed in the post. You must upload your photos to your web space before you write your TAY post.

Above the post window is a row of buttons labeled "Add image tags". Click the "image button", the first in the row. This will insert the "image tag" code at the current end of your text (you can copy/paste it wherever you wish).  Delete the part of the tag which reads "PASTEimageURLhere" and replace it with the full URL for your image's location on the Web.

The final result will look like this in the post box:
Here's some stuff for sale: [img][/img]

You can also control the width or height of your picture by adding the "width=" and "height=" code into the image tag.  This can be a useful way of resizing large pictures that are hosted elsewhere.

[img width=800][/img]

[img height=800][/img]

*Note -- the Thumbnail tag (the button with the "Tb") is currently not working, so please don't try to use it*

(2) Upload your photos to the TAY server:
When you are composing your post, you will see toward the bottom of the page a section titled "Attach photos". Before you attach the photos, they may need to be resized to fit within the allowed file size (260 kb max per picture).  There are several free editing programs that can help you with this.

Use the "browse" buttons to choose a photo from your hard drive. When you post your message the photo will be uploaded to the TAY server and will automatically be displayed in your post. If your photo's file name is the same as a photo already on the server you will get an error message and will need to change the file name before you will be able to upload.
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