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Speedy Builder504/08/2018 16:41:52
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Hi Guys, I don't know why moderators don't step on this one, but when you write a post and wish to add a web link, copy the link from the window from where you want to include in your post, write your post and click the Icon with the blue blob and chain. (This is just above the first line of your post). This will bring up a window where you can paste the web link into. When you read your post, just before submitting it, you will see the the web link address, but after submitting it, you will see **LINK**
This is so much easier for others to use.

OK, groan over
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JasonB04/08/2018 17:03:31
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So the one I altered earlier today does not count?

As a moderator who gives my time freely I'd rather spend it doing more important Mods Jobs than saving people a bit of time. I will do the odd one if I have time as I did earler but to alter every one and read through every thread for new posts on a regular basis takes time.

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Bazyle04/08/2018 17:09:04
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Small addition to those instructions.
Write a sentence of phrase that describes your link such as to wickipedia turnips. Highlight the phrase by mousing over it with the left button held down, then click on the chain link. This turns the whole phrase into a hyperlink to the intended destination rather than having the link word on its own. But always describe the target if just doing a simple link. such as this link to wickipedia turnips **LINK**

Also when linking to Youtube as well as describing the content provide the title and poster of the film so that people who have a suitable TV can find it to view there rather than only the link on the computer.

Bandersnatch04/08/2018 17:16:56
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 04/08/2018 16:41:52:

When you read your post, just before submitting it, you will see the the web link address, but after submitting it, you will see **LINK**
This is so much easier for others to use.

 

The counter-complaint is that if you do it that way, the actual address of the link is obscured so you don't know in advance where you are going and you take the security of the target on faith. (This isn't actually true, since if you hover over the link, your browser will tell you where it's directed - but not everyone is "browser-aware"  ). I wouldn't have thought that malicious link postings would be a serious problem around here though.

In any event, I suspect that trying to control others to to post the way you prefer is doomed to fail.

 

(Phantom smiley edit)

 

Edited By Bandersnatch on 04/08/2018 17:19:24

Michael Gilligan04/08/2018 17:30:09
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Posted by Bandersnatch on 04/08/2018 17:16:56:
Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 04/08/2018 16:41:52:

When you read your post, just before submitting it, you will see the the web link address, but after submitting it, you will see **LINK**
This is so much easier for others to use.

The counter-complaint is that if you do it that way, the actual address of the link is obscured ...

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I agree with Bandersnatch ^^^

The thing most likely to "please all of the people" is to insert both

It only takes a few moments longer, and should give no-one cause to complain:

Example: **LINK**

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/

MichaelG.

Bandersnatch04/08/2018 17:43:03
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/08/2018 17:30:09:

The thing most likely to "please all of the people" is to insert both

It only takes a few moments longer, and should give no-one cause to complain:

Example: **LINK**

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/

If the issue is purely one of information, I agree. If the issue is one of security it doesn't actually prove anything ..... but as I said above, I doubt that the posting of malicious links is a problem here.

I always hover anyway (here and anywhere else). SOP

Neil Wyatt04/08/2018 17:51:21
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Actually, th3 easiest thing is to insert it, but then delete the HTTP(S)// bit and it will show the link.

The way it is supposed to work is you select some text THEN apply link to it.

Vic04/08/2018 17:52:34
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 04/08/2018 16:41:52:

Hi Guys, I don't know why moderators don't step on this one, but when you write a post and wish to add a web link, copy the link from the window from where you want to include in your post, write your post and click the Icon with the blue blob and chain. (This is just above the first line of your post). This will bring up a window where you can paste the web link into. When you read your post, just before submitting it, you will see the the web link address, but after submitting it, you will see **LINK**
This is so much easier for others to use.

OK, groan over
BobH

I mentioned this ages ago Bob. The mods aren’t really interested in individual behaviour and I can’t blame them. I think it’s down to several reasons including possibly laziness or just not knowing how to use the site. To be honest the site software is pants compared to virtually any other site I go on. I think the only thing worse are the Google interest forums. As just one example, on every other forum I go on you can preview what you want to say, not on here.

martin perman04/08/2018 18:23:13
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**LINK** like this

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Bandersnatch04/08/2018 18:38:41
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Posted by Vic on 04/08/2018 17:52:34:
The mods aren’t really interested in individual behaviour and I can’t blame them. I think it’s down to several reasons including possibly laziness or just not knowing how to use the site.

Would having a different viewpoint (on the part of users and/or mods) count as one of your possible reasons?

Michael Gilligan04/08/2018 18:48:36
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Posted by Bandersnatch on 04/08/2018 17:43:03:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/08/2018 17:30:09:

The thing most likely to "please all of the people" is to insert both

It only takes a few moments longer, and should give no-one cause to complain:

Example: **LINK**

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/

If the issue is purely one of information, I agree. If the issue is one of security it doesn't actually prove anything

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My point was that, doing it my way, the paranoid retain the option to copy & paste the text if they prefer.

MichaelG.

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... it probably is impossible to "please all of the people" even some of the time sad

JasonB04/08/2018 18:54:35
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There is also the risk of putting off people who are not that good at using computers if they feel they will get a slapped wrist for not posting in a particular way. I would rather have them participate whatever their post is laid out like than not post. Same applies for spelling and grammar.

martin perman04/08/2018 18:58:01
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Posted by JasonB on 04/08/2018 18:54:35:

There is also the risk of putting off people who are not that good at using computers if they feel they will get a slapped wrist for not posting in a particular way. I would rather have them participate whatever their post is laid out like than not post. Same applies for spelling and grammar.

There are also those like me who have struggled to get it to work in the past but after having it explained now know how to do it, hence my post.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 04/08/2018 18:58:40

Neil Wyatt04/08/2018 19:02:51
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Well said Jason. My daughter introduced me to this passage yesterday:

"It was the critic Alexander who put me on my guard against unnecessary fault-finding. People should not be sharply corrected for bad grammar, provincialisms or mispronunciation; it is better to suggest the correct expression by tactfully introducing it oneself in, say one's reply to a question or one's acquiescence in their sentiments, or into a friendly discussion of the topic itself (not of the diction), or by some other suitable form of reminder."

Marcus Aurelius, AD121-180, Roman Emperor

Michael Gilligan04/08/2018 19:17:51
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 04/08/2018 19:02:51:

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Marcus Aurelius, AD121-180, Roman Emperor

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Fine sentiment ... but it's taking a while to catch-on

MichaelG.

Andrew Tinsley04/08/2018 19:42:46
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Hello Vic,

If you think the sites software is "Pants", then just try the Yahoo interest sites they are several orders of magnitude worse.

I am quite happy to put up with this site's software, thank you.

Andrew.

Bandersnatch04/08/2018 23:05:17
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/08/2018 18:48:36:

My point was that, doing it my way, the paranoid retain the option to copy & paste the text if they prefer.

Yes, I do see that Michael.

In Firefox (at least) you can simply L-click-drag to highlight the text (or your other favourite method), then right click and select "Open Link ...."

Bill Pudney05/08/2018 04:56:45
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Gordon Bennett, arn't there more important things to get excited about?? After reading this thread, out of boredom really, I'm rapidly losing the will to keep living.

cheers, in a bored, pedantic sort of way...............

Bill

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