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Yep, as others have pointed out, we need to use third party image hosting sites because to host it on BLF would cost quite a bit of money.  alt=:" />

Thanks for that and that’s the response I expected. Why is it that this site that gets more income than most other sites and that some of us would chip in to take up the slack just to post pictures?

I guess I don’t get it and never will and please, continue on and I apologize for my intrusion in this thread.

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This is also made more complicated by the fact that many people, most(?) people, take pictures at very high resolution. Many pixels; more pixels than what are needed to display well on an average display. I do it too…. the latest images I have taken with my phone have a file size of over 4 MB. 4 MB for one image. The text-only portion of several pages of any one thread here does not come close to that size. A “how I did it” topic here can have a dozen or more images. The images are the real load on the bandwidth.

Even if the software used on a forum incorporates an automated image downsizing feature before actually storing the images on the host server, the image has to first be uploaded in it’s large size. That costs the host server a bunch of bandwidth; expenses.

I shrink images I use down to a couple hundred KB, or less, before uploading them to my selected image host service. Not everybody knows how to do that and may not have the foggiest idea of what I am speaking of.

IMO, the amount of bandwidth used by images is a main reason why Photobucket went from being a free host to a host with extortion-like fees when images are used to be used on third party pages such as forums and blogs. There is no long term free lunch. Somebody pays somewhere along the line.

If it was possible to have web browsers automatically downsize images before uploading to a web site or web image host, that would reduce bandwidth loads. I have no idea how easy that would be to implement or how it could be done. But then we’d have complaints about image quality reduction from some people. Just my opinion.

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Gebe wrote:
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I have never been successful with posting an image. I copy the link on Imgur but there is no jpg or png at the end of yhe link. Perhaps that’s the problem. But can you just add. jpg to the link without knowing how the file is stored on the host site?

Yes, you can add the file extension. I do this for people all the time. If it’s a picture you took then you know it should be a jpg. If it’s a picture you swiped from the Web then it gets tricky. On the Imgur website open the single picture and copy the direct link. This may or may not work. I’m always using my phone and the Imgur app tends to work way better. I try to open other people’s Imgur links in the app so I can get a good link to post.

On blf I use the simple post editor and I click on the little button that looks like the orange sunset (next to the green film) and I always set the size. Usually 100%, but sometimes smaller. Then I always add something to the next line (under the image code) Either more text or single dot. This helps when people try to qoute your post.

See what I’m talking about? Why in this day and age is it still so complicated that this thread goes on and on?


I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it’s just a small group of people again.

Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I’m kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.

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I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it's just a small group of people again. Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I'm kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.

Yeah, once you figure out how to post pics, it's not that tough.

I think the hardest part is deciding which image hosting site to use.

Heck, I learned how to post pics with a German image hosting site, and I don't speak a lick of German!  :THUMBS-UP:

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Look at it from another perspective. The are members who frequent other (flashlight) sites.
Sometimes other US sites, sometimes sites in their native country/language.
When using a hosting site they do not need to upload pictures every time they do a review (etc).

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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JasonWW wrote:
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I have never been successful with posting an image. I copy the link on Imgur but there is no jpg or png at the end of yhe link. Perhaps that’s the problem. But can you just add. jpg to the link without knowing how the file is stored on the host site?

Yes, you can add the file extension. I do this for people all the time. If it’s a picture you took then you know it should be a jpg. If it’s a picture you swiped from the Web then it gets tricky. On the Imgur website open the single picture and copy the direct link. This may or may not work. I’m always using my phone and the Imgur app tends to work way better. I try to open other people’s Imgur links in the app so I can get a good link to post.

On blf I use the simple post editor and I click on the little button that looks like the orange sunset (next to the green film) and I always set the size. Usually 100%, but sometimes smaller. Then I always add something to the next line (under the image code) Either more text or single dot. This helps when people try to qoute your post.

See what I’m talking about? Why in this day and age is it still so complicated that this thread goes on and on?


I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it’s just a small group of people again.

Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I’m kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.


Great idea Thumbs Up … make it yearly fee….that way if you get canned, you loose that coin, might cut out/down on all the BS too…..where do I pay!

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Gebe wrote:
Why is it that this site that gets more income than most other sites
How do you know how much income this site gets? Do you have visibility into all revenues and expenses?
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Awesome info here.
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The insert image function works very well on BLF, no loss in sharpness that I can see. I always upload 1,600 pixel wide photos to my image hosting site, then let the forum software set the image size to about 800-900 pixels wide. This seems to be the Goldilocks spot for sharp pictures that aren't too big or small.

 

CPF also requires externally hosted photos, unless you are a donating member.

The reddit forum does upload photos to their server, but you must live with their horrible user interface.

 

 

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JasonWW
That’s a good thought about listing the direct link.
On my windows system the video, once started, shows a YouTube logo that when clicked opens a new tab of the video on youtube.
I don’t see that on my android tablet.

Since I don’t necessarily know the size of the video vertical pixel height if I use some reasonable width (like 600).
I just put in the pixel width and it seems that the board software takes care of it.
for example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrI8j0qEIPs width:600
Gets me the below

That seems to be in a correct aspect ratio as did the 4/3 video in my previous post using the same method.

It seems like 600 pixels to 800 pixels for a video width won’t over run smaller screens and still be large enough on monitors.

As far as image size goes, I link to images that are 1024 pixels in the largest dimension and size them so they stay inside the column. Portrait images get a smaller % so they make sense in relation to the landscape images.

I also resize the images to 1024 before uploading. Saves on my uphill bandwidth. I’m too old to wait for a bunch of 24M Pixel images to upload.
Thanks for the help.
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ZEUSFL wrote:

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Your missing the file extension .jpg, you also want to shrink the size.


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JasonWW wrote:
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Your missing the file extension .jpg, you also want to shrink the size.

Just adding ‘s’, ‘m’, or ‘l’ to the end of the file name (before extension) on imgur will shrink it accordingly.

For example:

https://imgur.com/a18vBA7s.jpg
https://imgur.com/a18vBA7m.jpg
https://imgur.com/a18vBA7l.jpg

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Pete7874 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
ZEUSFL wrote:

test


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Your missing the file extension .jpg, you also want to shrink the size.

Just adding ‘s’, ‘m’, or ‘l’ to the end of the file name (before extension) on imgur will shrink it accordingly.

For example:

https://imgur.com/a18vBA7s.jpg
https://imgur.com/a18vBA7m.jpg
https://imgur.com/a18vBA7l.jpg


Okay, that seems to be an Imgur only thing. The S and M really hurts image quality. Neat, though.

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Imgur is totally f****d. Android app nfg, website says page not found when I tap on it. Got so pissed I sent'em a not nice email. 

 

Finally wanna start selling some lights.. what is a hosting site that actually works?

 

Oh, yeah, and greedy photobucker should be nuclear struck. 

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dorpmuller wrote:

Imgur is totally f****d. Android app nfg, website says page not found when I tap on it. Got so pissed I sent'em a not nice email. 

 

Finally wanna start selling some lights.. what is a hosting site that actually works?

 

Oh, yeah, and greedy photobucker should be nuclear struck. 

 

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dorpmuller wrote:

Imgur is totally f****d. Android app nfg, website says page not found when I tap on it. Got so pissed I sent’em a not nice email. 


 


Finally wanna start selling some lights.. what is a hosting site that actually works?


 


Oh, yeah, and greedy photobucker should be nuclear struck. 


It works for me!
Maybe if you clean the cookies it works!
https://imgur.com/

Sometimes it happens to me and it is just my session that has expired.
About the app, I don’t know, I just use it on the computer!

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MascaratumB wrote:
It works for me!

+1

No issues with imgur on my end, at least on a PC.

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dorpmuller wrote:

Imgur is totally f****d. Android app nfg, website says page not found when I tap on it. Got so pissed I sent’em a not nice email. 


 


Finally wanna start selling some lights.. what is a hosting site that actually works?


 


Oh, yeah, and greedy photobucker should be nuclear struck. 


Issue is on your end, works for everyone else…
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I don’t find Imgur particularly user friendly though..
But it works.

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Imgur is totally f****d. Android app nfg, website says page not found when I tap on it. Got so pissed I sent'em a not nice email. 

 

Finally wanna start selling some lights.. what is a hosting site that actually works?

 

Oh, yeah, and greedy photobucker should be nuclear struck. 

I like abload.de, but the site is in German.

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How to post a spreadsheet on the BLF forum?

Figured I start by asking here.

In the advanced editor there is the table function.
Tried pasting into that a couple of ways and it was a fail.

I would like to insert a spreadsheet from Excel or Calc.

I know I can do a jpg screen capture, but I’d like to have something that can be edited as more data becomes available.
Or copied by others to paste into other threads or formats.

Is such a thing possible?
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I do not believe that it is possible to post an actual spreadsheet. But I think you can place the spreadsheet on something like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. and then post a link to it.

Hopefully, someone else will chime in.

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MtnDon wrote:

I do not believe that it is possible to post an actual spreadsheet. But I think you can place the spreadsheet on something like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. and then post a link to it.

As far as I know, this is correct.

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I PM'd Mr. Admin as he probably knows for sure.

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MtnDon wrote:
I do not believe that it is possible to post an actual spreadsheet. But I think you can place the spreadsheet on something like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. and then post a link to it.

Hopefully, someone else will chime in.

Right, it’s not possible to post a live spreadsheet, just tables. A Google or Microsoft online spreadsheet with public sharing permissions might be a good option.

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Thanks for the reply’s
It’s as I suspected.
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Thanks for the tutorial.
let me try ..

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Thanks for the tutorial.
let me try ..

!https://www.flickr.com/photos/190101872@N05/50323153962/in/dateposted-public/!


Hmmm, I tried a bunch of tricks, but could not get your image to post. Best I could do was post a link.

https://flic.kr/p/2jETjry

Normally an image link would end in the file name and image extension such as .jpg or .gif etc…

I can’t find any type of image link like that on the Flickr website.

Here is an example of what a typical image link would look like.

https://i.imgur.com/ssDe7TB.jpg

It’s got the website address and it ends with the image file name and the file extension.

You might try the Flickr app and see if it will give you a different image link. I don’t use Flickr but I do use Imgur and I notice that the phone app gives better links then the website does.

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It’s this one:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50323153962_c90d02d145_b.jpg

You need to find the link in the webpage’s source code. Not so easy sometimes.

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