Unlike the previous McFaq, this one covers the technical bits of posting on McCovey Chronicles. Post-formatting, posting images and so forth. Also this could be a place for any computer related questions/issues people are having that aren't specific to McC. Let's get to the nitty gritty. I'm going to cover image posting since that's one thing with which people have many problems.
1) Get your image online
Upload an image to your own webspace or an image hosting site. Popular ones include Photobucket, Imageshack, and Flickr. Or right click an image from a website, go to properties, and get its URL. However, it's much better for you to upload your own image, so you don't leech off of someone else's bandwidth. Some sites will even substitute the image with an image mocking your bandwidth-stealing ways. SomethingAwful has/had some particularly, um, interesting ones.
2) Use this html tag to post the image. Remember, the URL should end in .PNG, .GIF, or .JPG.
3) Remember to preview your image before posting to make sure it works. I know you're totally stoked to be posting an image on McCovey Chronicles, but take a couple seconds to see if it will actually post, so you don't look like a dumdum.
4) Click "Post" and bask in the glory and attention from the ensuing praise you'll receive from your fellow McCoven.
- If using Photobucket, copy and paste either the Direct Link field or, if too lazy to type the img tag, HTML Code. IMG Code is for message boards that use BB Code, so don't use that. Don't use the Email & IM field either.
For Imageshack, copy and paste the "Hotlink for websites" field.
- Please keep the image size small, so it doesn't take up a lot of screen real estate. I usually make my images around 300-400 pixels wide.
While we're on the subject of images, here are some free Photoshop alternatives since not everyone is able to get their hands on a copy.
GIMP - A powerful and versatile open-source image editing program. It has a bit of a steep learning curve, but it can pretty much do anything Photoshop can do.
Paint.NET - A simple and intuitive image eding program. It's like MS Paint taken to the next level with features such as Layers and a History.
Pixia - This is geared more toward digital artists who paint and draw on a computer, but it's nice having more options.
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