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  • How come I can't copy/paste an image into my post? If you want to paste an image into a post or thread header, this needs to be done as a link, as we are not able to host third party images on our servers for various reasons. The image will need to be hosted elsewhere using an online media hosting service like Tinypic.com, and you will need to click on the image icon in the editing toolbar and add the image URL link into the popup box. For security reasons, we extensively filter all HTML submitted through the text editor. The downside of this at the moment is that a lot of formatting power is lost, as things like sizing and positioning are attributes that we have to remove from posts. We plan to improve this as we'd like to allow certain image attributes through but this is still WIP.
  • Why does some of the table formatting in posts disappear on submission of a post? As just mentioned, we extensively filter all HTML submitted through the text editor. The downside of this at the moment is that a lot of formatting power is lost. We plan to improve this as we'd like to allow certain table attributes through but this is still WIP.
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waiting4godot 22nd Jun '09 1 of 8

Broken link above (you need to remove the full stop)

The 'feedback' icon (right of screen) also is a cause of sluggishness.

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marben100 29th Jun '09 2 of 8
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When editing a wiki entry, is it possible to refer to a reference more than once in the text, and if so how?

E.G. one paragraph might say: "Acme manufacturers green widgets[1]..." a later paragraph might say: "the market for green widgets[1]"; where ref [1] is a document describing green widgets and their market.

Cheers,

Mark

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Murakami 29th Jun '09 3 of 8
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Hi, at the moment, I don't think that there's no way to do that although we could certainly change that in due course. The temporary (but admittedly somewhat academic!) workaround would be to create a new reference using the [ref] [/ref[ tags, and then use "ibid" - http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/ibid, but not perhaps ideal for this type of article, I appreciate.

This is an explanatory link re: the [ref] tags for those that haven't come across them yet - http://www.stockopedia.com/help/encyclopedia-references. We are planning to add the same reference functionality for thread headers, in case people find it useful.

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Murakami 3rd Jul '09 4 of 8
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Hi, to clarify, if you want to paste an image into a post or thread header, this needs to be done as a link, as we are not able to host third party images on our servers for various reasons. Hence, copying and pasting an image straight into the posting box will not work. The image will need to be hosted elsewhere, and you will need to click on the image icon in the editing toolbar and add the image URL link into the popup box. Please be aware also that, for security reasons, we extensively filter all HTML submitted through the text editor. The downside of this at the moment is that a lot of formatting power is lost, as things like sizing and positioning are attributes that we have to remove from posts. We plan to improve this as we'd like to allow certain image attributes through but this is WIP.

We will make this image insertion process clearer in the editor itself as it's clearly causing confusion for which apologies, but just FYI in the meantime.

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doverbeach 3rd Jul '09 5 of 8
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The image will need to be hosted elsewhere

Am I getting confused, or isn't this the practice commnly known as leeching or band width theft ? and won't it lead to S'pedia pages loading slower as well?

db

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Murakami 4th Jul '09 6 of 8
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In reply to doverbeach (post #5)

We just don't have the capacity to monitor image or other uploads given the risk from viruses or inappropriate content, so the options are either this or no images at all. Clearly, we would expect these images to be hosted by individual members, where they have the ability to do this (e.g. by using ImageShack, Photobucket or other free or cheap online media hosting services).

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marben100 4th Jul '09 7 of 8

In reply to doverbeach (post #5)

I think db makes a good point (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_linking#Controversial_uses_of_inline_linking ), however, I observe that this practice of embedding images that are hosted on a dedicated image hosting site is widespread, for example on ADVFN. In the fullness of time, I would like to see S'pedia include a file-hosting capability. Is there perhaps a peer-to-peer file hosting mechanism you consider - maybe that would reduce legal risks to S'pedia too?

Concerning performance, using images hosted elsewhere shouldn't have a negative impact on performance. Remember that S'pedia's servers are merely serving up HTML and the rendering (including image retrieval) is done by the user's browser, irrespective of where the image is hosted..

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promethean 4th Jul '09 8 of 8
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Good points raised. 

  • Firstly, there is no impact on performance or speed having the images hosted on our servers or elsewhere.  It depends very much on the performance of the image server.  
  • re. 'leeching' - I don't think this is fair... sites such as tinypic.com and those referenced by Murakami are far better suited to hosting image media than we are at the current time.  They also provide code snippets for use on bulletin boards etc... so they actually encourage that behaviour.
  • We will consider hosting at a later date when we have the resources.  We do host user profile pictures, but that alone.  There are many copyright and maintenance issues related to hosting images.
  • File hosting and peer to peer.  We'd love to do that, but I'm sure you appreciate that brokers don't take too kindly to people hosting their documents.  If we can find a way, then yes - but due to financial and insurance reasons at present it is impossible.  You can use the email facility if you want to transfer documents anomalously.

All the best

prom

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