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Question about posting on Free Republic (no sarcasm please :-> )

Posted on 10/25/2012 7:26:19 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012

Clearly I can post and reply to threads, but looking for instruction on other functions. Specifically like posting pictures, quoting, font styles like underline, bold, strikeout, etc.

Is there a FR help section or link I can click on? Thanks!!!


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1 posted on 10/25/2012 7:26:19 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

That’s done using HTML. There are lots of free tutorials on the web.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 7:27:53 PM PDT by youngidiot (He's got Mad Cow. She's living with him in the White House.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Actually, it’s a very good question. I’m sure I (and other folks) will be able to benefit from reading constructive replies.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

yes

sandbox


4 posted on 10/25/2012 7:28:37 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

HTML Sandbox
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2827523/posts


5 posted on 10/25/2012 7:29:24 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
No easy way for posting photos and links etc. Gotta do what we all did and learn the html.

HTML Sandbox 2012
6 posted on 10/25/2012 7:29:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

FReeper HTML sandbox.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2650195/posts


7 posted on 10/25/2012 7:32:20 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
Reference HTML Cheatsheet
8 posted on 10/25/2012 7:32:25 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Sarcasm tag
</sarc> This is the sarcasm tag. It is not a real HTML tag. It is used to mark your witty repartee so that everyone will know you are making a funny. Type an ampersand - & then lt; then /sarc. An & and gt makes the other carat >.

This is in the sandbox


9 posted on 10/25/2012 7:33:48 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Yep, as others have posted, you have to visit the Sandbox.

It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Welcome to FR!


10 posted on 10/25/2012 7:35:00 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: ThomasThomas

I do it the lazy way /s
:)


11 posted on 10/25/2012 7:35:11 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

With the idea that you might not be able to find “html sandbox” using FR search, here’s a post from 2008 that probably covers most of it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2024261/posts

If you want to post pix, you want to find in whichever storage tank you use the html prefix that starts with <a href = _____________________________


12 posted on 10/25/2012 7:35:40 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
. . always ALWAYS close your italians, and marquee can get you hunted down and tortured.


seriesly

13 posted on 10/25/2012 7:36:57 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCITYzdx72o&feature=related

If you copy and paste the link and put it first it will automatically formatted as a link.


14 posted on 10/25/2012 7:37:54 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

No sarcasm, no answers!


15 posted on 10/25/2012 7:38:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

bttt


16 posted on 10/25/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Read the sandbox threads and good luck.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT by bmwcyle
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

I’d like to add a question if you don’t mind.

Is there a way to return to a thread later and go right to where you stopped reading before? Some of the fast growing threads get me lost when I open them again.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 7:45:04 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
As the others have mentioned, check out the HTML sandbox. It is a great place to play and practice all those cool tricks you see around here. I posted here for years before I tried out HTML. I don't know why I waited so long!

Welcome to Free Republic!!

19 posted on 10/25/2012 7:45:14 PM PDT by TXBlair (Don't stop at Hasan's beard; shave off his entire head.)
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To: eartrumpet

If you post on the thread you can go to your history and start from there. That is why sometimes you see someone just post bookmark or read later.


20 posted on 10/25/2012 7:48:07 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: Revolting cat!; ObozoMustGo2012

Hey, Cat!

How bout the n00bie with the oh-so-timely nick?

Now that there is a screen name that’ll stay relevant for a long, long time, eh?

(By the way - n00bie, any pleas for restraint from sarcasm are automatically submitted to the committee on unrelenting sarcasm for further review and action. This is part of the Piranha Brothers Unwritten Law. Any further pleas for mercy will result in having your head nailed to the floor.)


21 posted on 10/25/2012 7:49:13 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

It’s HTML code. You have to do it yourself.

Try WebMonkey. Nice little site for basic learning and a cheat sheet.

www.webmonkey.com


22 posted on 10/25/2012 7:51:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: GreatMan

Ping


23 posted on 10/25/2012 7:53:29 PM PDT by GreatMan
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To: ThomasThomas

Thanks, I was hoping there was a way besides posting a bookmark post. After all, the place gets bogged down at times and it would be nice to keep those posts to a minimum.


24 posted on 10/25/2012 7:56:03 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

25 posted on 10/25/2012 8:00:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012; cripplecreek; smokingfrog

I’ve had good luck with Photobucket.

I haven’t had as good luck avoiding sarcasm. I had to be a “pancake bunny” and a DU troll and a weirdo from Daily Kos for awhile; but that which does not kill you makes you stronger, to quote a Godless nihilist.

Bouncing off the walls here is part of the fun. Sarcasm is the oil that lubricates this place much of the time!

Welcome!


26 posted on 10/25/2012 8:02:54 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

There plenty of web based tutorials for html. Here are a several: http://html.net/ ,http://html.net/tutorials/html/ , or http://htmldog.com/guides/htmlbeginner/


27 posted on 10/25/2012 8:10:51 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012; JoeProBono


28 posted on 10/25/2012 8:14:27 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

One thing you may already know is that you can copy and paste a link and it will automatically be posted as a clickable link in your post.

However if you add a single HTML tag of your own then the auto feature is turned off, and you must format your entire post with HTML. Even a link. And even paragraph brakes/ line spacing.

Also no images are hosted on FR. They must be hosted off site.
Video and audio embedding are not allowed.


29 posted on 10/25/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by Revel
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To: shibumi

A pre-emptive plea for mercy usually works on gardening forums, etc.

I lurked long enough to know not to try it here and still got the crap beat out of me.

It was great fun! Half the blast here is knowing everyone has a stilletto in their boot, ready to eviscerate you for showing any extra-Constitutional weakness or a dumbass typo.

Like internet seal training or aversion therapy, IMHO.


30 posted on 10/25/2012 8:15:32 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: leapfrog0202

bump


31 posted on 10/25/2012 8:15:35 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: One Name

“Like internet seal training or aversion therapy, IMHO.”

I like to think of it as eternal FR boot camp. LOL


32 posted on 10/25/2012 8:18:43 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: cripplecreek; ObozoMustGo2012

>>No easy way for posting photos and links etc. Gotta do what we all did and learn the html.

But there is. Not perfect, but very easy to use: http://www.blogdesk.org/en/index.htm


33 posted on 10/25/2012 8:19:17 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: One Name

Your sign up shows 2010. If your lurking goes back sufficiently you might remember a phenomenon known as the “Crevo Thread.”

It was on one such thread that I cut my teeth (and more than a few teeth were sunk into my tender flesh.)

I figured that was enough of a trial by fire for one lifetime. So the next Crevo Thread that came along I just ridiculed the folks I disagreed with mercilessly. No reasoning whatsoever.

That worked out just fine.


34 posted on 10/25/2012 8:22:04 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
FR uses simple HTML. CSS and JavaScript are stripped out, including the style attribute. So, if you want green text, you have to use the archaic color attribute, e.g., <font color=#080>green text</font>. You can't use the modern way to do that: style="color:#080".

The first rule is, you don't have to use HTML. If your post doesn't contain anything that looks like HTML, then it gets presented pretty much as written. The only major change I'm aware of is that anything that looks like a link gets link-enabled automatically.

However, if your post does have any HTML, then it needs to be proper HTML. E.g., if you include a link, you need to enclose it in an <a> tag, or it won't be live; it will be just text. You also need to insert proper paragraph and newline markers, or your post will end up as a monolithic blob of text.

So, you just need to learn some of the basic HTML markup elements, such as the ones for links, italics, bold face, headings, block quoting, ordered and unordered lists, tables, images, etc. A good place to start is w3schools.com.

One function that trips people up is images. FR doesn't host images. To show an image on FR, it has to be hosted on the web somewhere (other than FR). Once you have a URL, it's pretty simple (usually). You just drop the image URL into an img element. If it's your own photo or whatever, you need to upload it to a hosting service (e.g., PhotoBucket) first, then obtain the URL, and post.

Occasionally, a picture will look just fine until you post it on FR, whereupon it either doesn't show at all or a different image shows. What is happening is, the server from which the image is being fetched is taking umbrage at the fact that the image request is referred from an FR page and is serving up nothing or something else. This phenomenon can be hard to notice as well, since the image is already in your browser cache, so it works when you preview (you get the cached image), but not for anybody else. It's also possible that an image will get taken down, moved, or changed by whoever is hosting it.

One way past the above problems is to rehost an image. That is, to say, to place a copy of it on another server, then post the URL to that copy. There is actually a Firefox extension, Rehost Image, that makes that really simple. You right-click on the image, select Rehost Image, and it will upload the image to a hosting service such as imgur and copy the short URL to the clipboard.

35 posted on 10/25/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Im really quite surprised that no one has said anything about it. We all know the most common mistake made while posting to FreeRepublic.com is forgetting to Log On.


36 posted on 10/25/2012 8:30:17 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: eartrumpet; ThomasThomas

Happily there is an alternative. Each posts’ number can be clicked on in a thread, and when this is done it reloads the thread right at the post you clicked on (whether it was your post or not).

Once you do this once though, for some reason it won’t refresh the thread again (show new replies) but you can also either just click on another posts’ number and that will refresh the thread again at that post. Also of course you can click on the “last” link in a thread with more than 50 replies (but that won’t take you back to a particular post just the last one on that page)

I click on the post numbers myself on he live threads to avoid loosing my place; it works well.


37 posted on 10/25/2012 8:31:02 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Tip if using Firefox. To see how someone did a post, select the post with your mouse and then right click and choose “view selection source” . It will show you how someone else coded their post.


38 posted on 10/25/2012 8:34:12 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: tomkat
OMG. I haven't thought about Marquis for years.

I wonder if I can still do it?

39 posted on 10/25/2012 8:41:14 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: shibumi

I got hooked to FR by the birther controversy prior to the 2008 election, missed the crevo thread.

It was like landing on the Island of Misfit Bellicose Broken Toys Who Are Generally P_ssed About The State Of The Country And Ready To Kick Your Ass.

Loved it ever since.


40 posted on 10/25/2012 8:44:03 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: shibumi

41 posted on 10/25/2012 8:47:16 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: ThomasThomas
While there are several tags which have openings but no closings (<p>, <li>), the </sarc> is interesting because it is the only html tag which has a closing but no opening. It requires potentially infinite look-ahead in order to parse properly. Some FReepers never quite seem to see it at all.
42 posted on 10/25/2012 8:48:47 PM PDT by FredZarguna (I prefer the <derp>stupid comment</derp> tag myself.)
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To: Reddy

Yes, indeed. And my proclivity for beer makes it all the more challenging.

FR is a great source of laughter, often at my own expense.


43 posted on 10/25/2012 8:49:36 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: eartrumpet

Insert a ping (sfl, bfl and bttt are common), and then trackback through your self pings.


44 posted on 10/25/2012 8:51:44 PM PDT by FredZarguna (I prefer the <derp>stupid comment</derp> tag myself.)
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To: JoeProBono


45 posted on 10/25/2012 8:52:24 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: FredZarguna

Remember the real old days when someone wouldn’t close a tag, and there would be pages of size 80 font flashing red text? When that happened in a MiaT thread, it would take hours to open on dialup.


46 posted on 10/25/2012 8:53:56 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: shibumi

OK now I got “CREVO”-

Yeah, that would be like walking into a Bruce Lee fight scene with this crowd.

They’ll argue with you just to argue, and then show you a white blackbird and start quoting greek and whatnot.

Die Heretic Scum!!!


47 posted on 10/25/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: FourtySeven; eartrumpet; ThomasThomas
You can also do this:

In the browser's address bar, add the post number at the end, and then hit the star to do a quick save in your browsers bookmarks.

For example, to go to this thread's post #20, You have "http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2950332/posts?page=18" in the browsers address bar. Add #20 to make it "http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2950332/posts?page=18#20" Then save that bookmark.

48 posted on 10/25/2012 8:58:36 PM PDT by FredZarguna (I prefer the <derp>stupid comment</derp> tag myself.)
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To: One Name; shibumi
I got hooked to FR by the birther controversy prior to the 2008 election, missed the crevo thread.

It was like landing on the Island of Misfit Bellicose Broken Toys Who Are Generally P_ssed About The State Of The Country And Ready To Kick Your Ass.

Loved it ever since.

Same here!

49 posted on 10/25/2012 9:01:21 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: One Name

Knives, like the “Punahou Death Stare” are for pussies. Strictly hand-to-hand, or GTFO.


50 posted on 10/25/2012 9:01:54 PM PDT by FredZarguna (I prefer the <derp>stupid comment</derp> tag myself.)
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