First let me say that this is not a huge deal. And if it is too much trouble, no biggie. But, you might find that learning how to do this, is actually easier. And better for my server and our database. Let me explain....
There are a number of ways to embed an image using this forum. The simple one, is to "attach" the image to your post. When you do this, you are uploading a new image and the forum assigns it a unique name (ID) and stores it on the server hard drive.
The other ways involve referencing the image using either VB
code or HTML. This image can be located elsewhere on Elisetalk..such as in the Gallery, or in another thread where it was originally attached. Or maybe it was located somewhere out there on the internet. Be careful on that last one. Some people get nasty when you use their bandwidth for linking. Some servers do not allow hotlinking at all. And never..ever... hotlink to an image from the Somethingawful forums. Trust me.
When you link (as compared to attach), you are not loading a new image on the server.
So.. what does all of that mean? If you see a picture in the gallery or on a post, and you attach it again, it becomes a new picture. When every user views that image, even if they have seen the original image, they reload it again as their image cache does not see it as an existing picture. So that means the server has to download it to everyone. So an attachment not only takes up storage size and become part of the now huge attachment database, it also increases the server bandwidth and potentially the user's download times.
In a nut shell... if it is a new picture that you want to add to a post, ATTACH it! Or upload it to the Gallery and then link to it. The Gallery has a cool feature where it autoscales down images and you can link to either the large or the medium sized image...and the Gallery gives the compete code to cut and paste into your post. Simple!
So if the picture is already in the Gallery, use the VB
code to link to it. The VB
code is always [img]url to pic[/img]
code is simpe to learn and easy to use. If that is too hard, click on the insert image icon when composing your post.
Okay you say... but what if the image is already an attachment? That is also easy, but we now have to use our HTML code instead. It will not be recognized as an image using VB
You do not have to be an HTML coding expert to learn a few small tricks. And this is one.
Step one is to get the address of the attachment. Normally if you Right Mouse Button over the attachment and query the properties, it will return something like http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/attachmentid=183465
The html code is <*img src = "insert address here that you copied"*>
without the asterisks.
That is it. You have to type these things