Posting Links, Offsite Images and Formatting Them

Posting Links, Offsite Images and Formatting Them

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed May 17, 2017 12:46 pm

When posting in a new topic or a reply by default the forum automatically generates a link for any URL that is posted*. To post a link simply copy it from the address bar of your browser and paste it into the posting pane. Additionally you can right click a link and select "copy link location" or similar text.

Pasting an offsite link like this will produce a clickable link for Google:
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https://www.google.com/

How it looks in a post: https://www.google.com/



Pasting longer links will produce a clickable link but the displayed link text is shortened for readability**:
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https://www.google.com/search?q=Northeast+Pennsylvania++Anthracite+Coal+Forum&oq=Northeast+Pennsylvania++Anthracite+Coal+Forum

How it looks in a post: https://www.google.com/search?q=Northea ... Coal+Forum



Links to Forums or Forum Topics will automatically generate the title text for you:
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http://nepacrossroads.com/about10496.html

How it looks in a post: FAQ for Forum Features & Other Questions



Links to other local pages like the member list for example do not contain the domain name for this site:
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http://nepacrossroads.com/memberlist.php

How it looks in a post: memberlist.php



There has to be at least one space before and after a URL for it to be recognized as a URL.
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No Space:http://nepacrossroads.com/ucp.phpNo Space

How it looks in a post: No Space:http://nepacrossroads.com/ucp.phpNo Space



The BBcode tag for URL's is only required if you want to format the displayed text, note the positioning of the equals sign and the bracket after it:
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[url=http://nepacrossroads.com/memberlist.php]The Text You Want to Display[/url]

How it looks in a post: The Text You Want to Display



The BBcode tag for IMG's can be used for displaying offsite images such a photo album you may have on a photo sharing site. This is also called "Hot Linking"***.
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[img]http://nepacrossroads.com/styles/prosilver/theme/images/forum_logo.png[/img]

How it looks in a post:
Image



The BBcode tag for IMG's can be nested inside the URL BBcode to produce a clickable image.
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[url=http://nepacrossroads.com][img]http://nepacrossroads.com/styles/prosilver/theme/images/forum_logo.png[/img][/url]

How it looks in a post:
Image



For images that have been uploaded here you can use the BBcode tag displayed underneath them in a post to display a clickable thumbnail in another post****. The number is the ID for the image.
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[nepathumb]4693[/nepathumb]

How it looks in a post:
View: New PagePopup



*If for any reason you want to disable posted URL's from automatically generating clickable links you can do so by checking the box next to "Do not automatically parse URLs" on the options tab.

**Copying and pasting the shortened text with the "..." here or elsewhere will produce a broken link. You need to right click the link and select "copy link location" or similar text depending on your browser.

***While there is no specific rules about posting images from other sites I would prefer you upload files here assuming they are yours to begin with. Many posts have gone into the trash can over the years because those files have disappeared from other servers. Try and refrain from posting images that are not yours and I say this for variety of reasons. Many server owners do not appreciate this and can in fact change the image on the fly, that replacement image can be something benign to something really nasty. Since you have the original image cached for your browser you won't even be aware it was replaced with something else.

****As with the forum permissions that are not accessible to everyone the same thing applies to images and files posted in them. An image originally posted in a forum that requires special permission to view that is then posted in a public forum will only be viewable to someone that has permissions to view that forum. For files contained in PM's they are only viewable by the sender and recipient.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite