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Photo Posting Guidelines & Instructions
« on: 02/29/12, 10:28 AM »

Guidelines for inserting photos in posts: ***Revised November 2011***
Here's the policy for inserting photos in posts:

  • pick your best pictures from the day
  • 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 a photo from the trip: [img width=800][/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]

(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.

Copyright Reminder:
Please make sure you have permission before using someone else's photo in a post! If you created the photo, then you own the copyright and there is no problem. If someone else created the photo, it is up to them to decide if they want to allow such use of their photo.

If you have permission to use someone else's photo for inserting in a post, the right way to do so is as follows:
(1) download the photo to your computer;
(2) upload the photo from your computer to your web server ("web space");
(3) link to the photo on your web server using the BBC code (image tags) as described above.

Unless you have explicit permission to do so, do not hot link to photos on someone else's server! Causing a photo file located on a different server to be displayed in a web page or bulletin board is known as "hot linking", or "direct linking". Most web site owners do not allow hot linking because it uses bandwidth that they pay for to display their photo in a site which is not theirs. Since the hot linked photo file resides on their server, they can change the content of that photo file, and thus alter the content displayed on the site doing the hot linking, and this can lead to very unpleasant surprises. To read more about hot linking, click here or here or here.

If you are not permitted to insert someone else's photo in a post but would still like to include a reference to it, use the code in the "Add BBC tags" section to insert a link leading to the photo or (better) the page in which the photo resides. The 1st button in the second row (showing a globe) in the row of BBC tags will insert code for creating a link.

Turns All Year Photo Copyright Policy:
You are permitted to use photos for private non-commercial purposes. You are not permitted to use photos either for public non-commercial purposes or for commercial purposes without prior written permission. Displaying a Turns All Year photo on a web page or electronic bulletin board is a prohibited public use. Do not hot link to photos on the server. Click for more details on Turns All Year copyright policies.
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