So you have a hilarious and amazing image you want to share with the rest of the McCoven. That's great! I love images. Some of my best friends are images. However, it's really easy to go too crazy with them once you've discovered how to post them. There has been a lot of unruly image posting going on lately, so I thought it would be a good time to rein it in and lay down some ground rules.
First things first, how do you post an image?
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. A community Photobucket account exists if you wish to use that one. It's also been upgraded to Pro, so you wouldn't have to worry about bandwidth problems. The account name is "mccimages" and the password is "beatla".
2) Post your image
There are a few ways of doing this.
- Another is to use the SBN tag, which consists of putting exclamation marks around the URL.
While this is a quick and easy way to post images, it's a bit limited because you can't add other tags to affect the image.
- A third way is to just type the HTML yourself like this:
If you use the icon method, it types all that stuff for you. Using this IMG tag is actually preferable because it allows you to control how you want to display the image. In order to not hog screen space, try to keep the maximum height around 350-400px (Lookout Landing requests a max of 300px, so you get more leeway here. Take that, Jeff Sullivan!). You can set this by adding the height tag.
<img height=350 src="http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a65/n8ball/awesome.jpg">
If you ever post an image please PLEASE include a subject line. Just type something in the "Subject" part of the comment box. Doesn't matter what it is as long as it's there. This is important because it allows people to hide an image by clicking the SL if it bogs down their computer or they just don't want to see it.
On the subject of image subjects...
Now the McCoven is an accepting and easygoing group, but there are certain things that don't really have a place here. Keep in mind that some people view this site at work or just would prefer not having questionable content suddenly popping up on their screens. For instance, we don't need to see a bunch scantily clad women. This is not the Water Buffalo Club. I love the ladies, but I don't come to McCovey Chronicles for centerfolds (unless they're of Grant). Also real-life violence and gore should be avoided. There are those who find it difficult to stomach that sort of material, and it's best not to needlessly assault them with it. To keep it simple, use some dang common sense before posting an image.
If you're posting an animated GIF, be mindful of the fact that they normally are larger in file size compared to other images. Don't go posting a bunch of them in one comment, and subject lines are a definite must for them. The only exception for this is at the end of winning gameday threads since these are largely disposable.
OK, that's a lot of info, but I hope it's useful. I'm just looking to make reading McC a more streamlined and more enjoyable experience for all. If you don't comply, I'll just ban you anyway.