Question posting pics in conversations

EricV

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I just upload the pic I want to share in DM to postimage.org, then use the link from there in the url box of the DM.
 

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I'm not sure what the confusion is. The forum has never supported picture uploads in DMs. It has to be already on the web to use it in DM. This is similar for other forum platforms.

Think of it as layers where a forum post is public, but a DM is private, so you don't want to upload there. Sure, it's another layer of function you need to do to share a picture via DM, but this isn't FB and you don't want it to be that.
 

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I'm not sure what the confusion is. The forum has never supported picture uploads in DMs. It has to be already on the web to use it in DM. This is similar for other forum platforms.

Think of it as layers where a forum post is public, but a DM is private, so you don't want to upload there. Sure, it's another layer of function you need to do to share a picture via DM, but this isn't FB and you don't want it to be that.
Thanks for your explanation Eric, I only asked the question as Venture mentioned in post #15 that he was looking into it so I thought I’d ask!
I ass-umed (thanks Sierra1:)) that the insert picture icon would allow me to - well insert a picture directly, as opposed to using the insert a link icon next to it.
You are of course correct that I don’t want it to be like FB here, I don’t use it or any of the other social media bollocks.

Might there not be occasions though where you don’t want to host a picture on the WWW ( with the possible security/ IP issues that come with hosting it online) so you can DM it to someone else?
That’s where being able to attach it directly would be more appropriate.

Of course if it increases forum hosting costs or site maintenance I totally understand why the functionality is inoperable. I am in awe that a site like this can actually operate without subscriptions or advertising and would like to thank all who are involved for their time and effort in making it so.
 

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I get your point. I suspect that there may be some security protocols that basically make any picture posted to the forum more or less public, even if it was done in a DM/PM, for those with the skills to pick things apart. So suggesting that a message via the forum's messaging back channel as opposed to posted in a thread may only give the appearance of privacy, in regards to pictures, not ensure privacy.

Photos represent a big chunk of data and often get stored differently than text.
 

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I get your point. I suspect that there may be some security protocols that basically make any picture posted to the forum more or less public, even if it was done in a DM/PM, for those with the skills to pick things apart. So suggesting that a message via the forum's messaging back channel as opposed to posted in a thread may only give the appearance of privacy, in regards to pictures, not ensure privacy.

Photos represent a big chunk of data and often get stored differently than text.
Cheers Eric that was precisely my thought. I’m no forum expert but I would have thought the way images are posted on the forum, which is clearly in the public domain and accessible by everyone, would be different to the way they are handled via a DM/PM, as they say “there’s always more than 1 way to skin a cat”
Your point about images devouring more resources than text is very valid even when utilising the different compression technologies and image restrictions that are available, making it more than likely that it plays a part with the finite resources that will be available.

At the end of the day if it’s not do-able without causing loads of work or major issues it’s no big deal as there are other ways of achieving it and I’m certainly not criticising anyone. In no way, shape or form does it detract from the help that’s readily and freely available from the collective, that is what I feel is important.
It’s a great community, long may that exist
 

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I imagine if it was a toggle somewhere, it would have been done long ago. :p
 
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