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Adding pictures to posts?
June 23, 2017
6:08 pm
SavingIsGood
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Just wondering... how doable will be to implement adding pictures to a post? Either as in-line picture or sort of little link pointing to a picture hosted on this site.
As discussions regarding saving around house heats up, it will be useful to actually see peoples' ingenuity of fixing something or state of objects discussed.

June 24, 2017
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You can currently add images from other sites. I haven't enabled the ability to upload images directly to this server (less of a security and disk space concern) but could do so (maybe with some minimum post threshold?) if there's enough demand.

June 26, 2017
4:32 pm
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Peter, you can restrict pic size (foe example to 1MB). Even lower pic quality is worth 1000 words.

June 26, 2017
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SavingIsGood said
Peter, you can restrict pic size (foe example to 1MB). Even lower pic quality is worth 1000 words.  

If that is the direction chosen, it's not even necessary for 1 MB JPG file, as JPG's can be re-sized to a lower quality and still retain a satisfactory image. On the forums i admin, on one forum we limit the size of JPG's to about 150 KB and on another to 250 KB.

Linking to a remote image can also be problematic resulting in possible slow loading , affecting forum performance.

I would think attaching pdf's might be useful considering the amount of data, and documentation associated with discussions.

Stephen

June 27, 2017
3:12 am
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Personally, I have no need for pics on this forum, especially ones that are not optimal quality.
I also suspect they may make threads too long and cluttered and that they would make pages take longer to load.
I can't think of anything I'd want to post a pic of here.
There were some charts from Cohodes followers that were pasted in a while back but they were largely unintelligible and took up a lot of space.

June 27, 2017
9:30 pm
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I'm all for pics on this forum.....I'm in a third world country and the forum's I belong to have tons of pics and load up fine, I didn't know bandwidth had become so slow in Canada? On the Seeking Alpha forum, pictures, graphs and charts add so much to the discussion....makes reading the sometimes long and tedious posts easier. sf-cool

June 27, 2017
9:37 pm
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I suspect a lot of those forums are commercially driven and/or permit advertising to help pay for more expensive hosting services. This is first and foremost a 'high interest rate savings' forum. It is not Stockchase, Seeking Alpha, or anything of that nature. Don't ruin a good thing.

P.S. I'd rather have no pics than to see commercial advertising. here.
P.P.S A lot of hosting services are US based (not sure about this one) so it is NOT necessarily a Canadian bandwidth problem at all. It is about cost.

June 28, 2017
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I have no problem with advertising if it's not too intrusive....if I'm not paying for the forum, why should Peter bear all the cost? There are great ad-blockers out there for free for those who do not want to see advertising.
Nobody here is advocating for a stock forum of any kind....it was an example of a site with pictures......
This site has many other topics aside from HISA....credit cards, saving money on a house, mutual funds etc , just in the last 2 weeks.
I don't see anybody ruining "a good thing"......and expanding one's knowledge on things/ideas/alternatives about money matters....well, how can that be a bad?
Perhaps Peter could add a little camera logo beside the thread title designating threads with photos....so those with a dial up modem can avoid the slow loading posts.sf-laugh

July 8, 2017
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Joe said
so those with a dial up modem can avoid the slow loading posts.sf-laugh  

Are you sure they still exist on this planet??? I am not spoiled with hi speed internet (I have 6Mb/s, lowest possible 'hi speed') but cannot imagine being able to do ANYTHING using dial up. Unless speed has increased since I used it last time in late '90-is...

As for the pictures, my idea was for members to show their projects or objects of discussion related to 'how to save money at home'. For example, I have no way to explain in words 4 tier cloth drier (zero emission, zero energy usage) thus posting a picture of that thingy will explain everything and probably encourage others to get one.
And NO, I do not expect to see members' pictures from their vacations, deep cleavages, nice tan, cats and dogs or pictures of a brick and mortar banks.

As for the ads, I do not see ANY as I use 2 ad-blockers and live happy ad-free life...

July 8, 2017
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SavingisGood.... I hope you get a chance to post your cloth drier pics....sounds interesting.

July 16, 2017
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I've enabled the ability to upload images. For now, they're limited to 1MB in size, and JPG, GIF, and PNG only. You should see an "Upload Attachments" button at the bottom of the post form. Let's see how this goes 🙂

Strawberries

July 16, 2017
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That's cool, Peter. I'm sure if this is possible or not, but can we also/still include inline images from externally-hosted images?

This would be my preferred option anyway and would save on storage space for you. 🙂

Also, what about the ability to include inline versions of, let's say, a PDF document, provided it's hosted externally (i.e., Scribd or Google Docs) instead of having to "link" to them?

Cheers,
Doug

July 16, 2017
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Doug said
That's cool, Peter. I'm sure if this is possible or not, but can we also/still include inline images from externally-hosted images?

This would be my preferred option anyway and would save on storage space for you. 🙂

Also, what about the ability to include inline versions of, let's say, a PDF document, provided it's hosted externally (i.e., Scribd or Google Docs) instead of having to "link" to them?

Cheers,
Doug  

I have done images, PDF, and Excel files here from my Dropbox account using the link option. But I am guilty of later removing the file from Dropbox thus making the link useless.

I assume Google docs would work too.

July 16, 2017
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Yes, you can still add external images inline.

External documents are trickier unless we whitelist only certain external domains. For now people will have to link to external documents.

July 17, 2017
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Peter said
Yes, you can still add external images inline.

External documents are trickier unless we whitelist only certain external domains. For now people will have to link to external documents.  

That's true - with nefarious actors (i.e., spam-bots and spammers) at play. That said, what about whitelisting, let's say, the "common" ones like Google Drive/Google Docs, Dropbox and then if someone has a certain web server they'd like to see whitelisted, they could fill out a form, perhaps, that would send an e-mail to you to evaluate on a case-by-case basis, taking into account: (a) the person's history on the forum and (b) the web server they're requesting?

Cheers,
Doug

July 27, 2017
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Doug said

That's true - with nefarious actors (i.e., spam-bots and spammers) at play. That said, what about whitelisting, let's say, the "common" ones like Google Drive/Google Docs, Dropbox and then if someone has a certain web server they'd like to see whitelisted, they could fill out a form, perhaps, that would send an e-mail to you to evaluate on a case-by-case basis, taking into account: (a) the person's history on the forum and (b) the web server they're requesting?

Cheers,
Doug  

I think that for now, since this will be rare, users can just send me a PM and I can set up the embed, or depending on the case, also upload the file to this server.

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