Guide How to Post Images in Forum Threads

Amin Sabet

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 3, 2010
124
The easiest method, which works from any device:

1) Either drag the image(s) to your message or use the "Upload a Photo" button to select your image(s).

2) Use the appropriate "Click Here to Insert Image into Post" depending on whether you want to insert all images or one image into your message.

The other methods mentioned in that other thread will still work. Images greater than 1600px will be automatically resized.


If your image is already hosted (uploaded) elsewhere on the web and you know the URL for the image, you can click on the Image button while making a post, paste your image URL into the space provided, and click "Insert".

Another way to post images if you know the URL is to type IMG tags around your URL like this:

Code:
[img]http://www.example.com/image.jpg[/img]
If I know I am going to post 6 images in a thread, I type:

Code:
[img][/img]
and then copy/paste it 5 times to get:

Code:
[img][/img]
[img][/img]
[img][/img]
[img][/img]
[img][/img]
[img][/img]
... and then paste my image URLs into the 6 locations.


Many image hosting services including Flickr will provide you with BBcode for posting your images on sites like this. That BBcode can be copied and pasted in its entirety directly into your forum post where you want the image to appear without using the Image button and without using additional IMG tags.


Regardless of which method you use, images greater than 1600px in maximum dimension will automatically be resized.
 
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Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
I noticed my 640 kB image got resized (and recompressed). Is the cutoff size 500 kB when the site doesn't touch my jpeg?
Can you point me in the direction of the image in question? A 640kb image, to be frank, is tiny versus some of the images that people post and is far below the physical file size limits that might get hit. Depending on the image, though, you may have run into a resolution limit. I think, without looking at the settings, that the current settings are a max resolution of 1300x1300 so anything wider/higher than that would end up getting resized no matter what the physical file size is.

On the topic of compression in general, until the end of November all images uploaded were being compressed to save drive space. The resolutions would've stayed the same but the images themselves would've been compressed. After the change of ownership, and moving the site to new servers, I have the 'compress everything' settings turned off but it may return after we upgrade the forum software.
 

mike3996

Top Veteran
Apr 2, 2018
104
Can you point me in the direction of the image in question? A 640kb image, to be frank, is tiny versus some of the images that people post and is far below the physical file size limits that might get hit. Depending on the image, though, you may have run into a resolution limit. I think, without looking at the settings, that the current settings are a max resolution of 1300x1300 so anything wider/higher than that would end up getting resized no matter what the physical file size is.

On the topic of compression in general, until the end of November all images uploaded were being compressed to save drive space. The resolutions would've stayed the same but the images themselves would've been compressed. After the change of ownership, and moving the site to new servers, I have the 'compress everything' settings turned off but it may return after we upgrade the forum software.
I uploaded one in the "Red" thread but seeing how bad the JPEG compression was on it, I reuploaded a smaller one myself.

I think I hit the resolution limits, I made a smaller version which went in without seemingly being recompressed.

Because the forum software does a good job showing large images within the post widths (allowing anyone to peep by clicking on a pic) I think a file size limit makes more sense than a dimensional limit...
 

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