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    Default Tips, Tricks and Workarounds

    This thread collects a number of handy tips, tricks and workarounds, that could make your presence at Talk Classical even more satisfactory. Each subject has its own post, which summarizes the current view (and which may be changed if that view changes...). Each subject has usually been discussed already in separate threads to which we link. Further questions and discussions should be posted in those linked threads, so we keep this one for solutions only. For the same reason we locked this thread and made it a sticky.


    Customizable New Posts button
    Editing and Deleting Posts
    Linking to posts
    Posting Images
    Searching the Site
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    Customizable New Posts button

    The New Posts or Unread Posts buttons are a great way to check what has been posted since your last presence on the site. However, some members have asked whether one can exclude certain (sub-)forums from this button. No, this is not possible, but there is a relatively simple workaround first posted by Taggart.

    One can create a link to the new posts excluding a (sub-)forum of your choice. This link could be stored in favourites, on a taskbar, or on your desktop. The only information you need is the number of the (sub-)forum assigned by the board's software. To this end, go to the (sub-)forum you want to exclude, and click the Post new thread button. You will see that the following type of url is created:

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=11
    The number at the end is the number of the (sub-)forum, in this case 11 for the Community Forum

    To generate a link to the new posts excluding this (sub-)forum, simply use

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=11&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    For other sub-forums, use the same link with the relevant number.

    Two more examples:

    To generate a link to the new posts excluding the Classical Music Polls (sub-)forum:

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=62&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    To generate a link to the new posts excluding the Opera Videos (sub-)forum:

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=63&contenttype=vBForum_Post


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    Linking to posts

    Sometimes it is useful to link to an older post inside a post you're making. If you want to quote the full post, just click Reply With Quote, and copy/paste the text generated into your new post. Things get more complicated when you just want to link without quoting. It turns out that clicking the #number symbol in the right upper corner of the older post does not work. Yes, it gives you an url, but surprisingly the url generated in this way depends on your personal settings of number of posts per page.

    Fortunately, the solution, found by StevhamNY, is relatively simple. Instead of clicking on the #number symbol in the right upper corner, you right click and choose the option Copy link address (Chrome) or Copy link (Firefox, Edge), and then paste where you want to use the link. Links generated like this should have this form (first post in this thread):

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/71711-linking-posts-post2107962.html#post2107962
    Note that the unique postcode is included twice.


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    Searching the Site

    Like many sites, Talk Classical comes with a search function (top right):



    The only problem, in the words of the site administrator: "it is crap ... we know it ... vBulletin knows it ... there is nothing we can do about it ... sorry."

    So, if you are looking for something on the site, don't even bother to use it.

    The workaround, as first proposed by Taggart, is to use Google (Bing, DuckDuckGo, or whatever other search engine floats your boat) and add "site:talkclassical.com" to the keywords.


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    Posting Images

    Now this is not a short post, as the issue is complicated and important. We split this in two parts: "the preferred way" and "the system way".

    1. The Preferred Way

    There is a strong preference to post images by linking to the image hosted elsewhere. This is done by simply posting the url of the picture between [IMG] codes, as shown here (the * should not be used obviously, but is required to show the complete code link):

    [img*]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0d/Franz_Schubert_by_Wilhelm_August_Rieder_1875.jpg/220px-Franz_Schubert_by_Wilhelm_August_Rieder_1875.jpg[/img*]

    which yields



    If there are copyright concerns with respect to said image, it is at least not hosted on the Talk Classical server. Even for images where you are 100% certain that there are no copyright issues (e.g. because you took the picture yourself), we still prefer this way as will be discussed later.

    Please make sure that the images you are linking to in this way have a reasonable size - you cannot change the size, so if the image is huge it will be shown as a huge image in your post. As a rule of thumb, images should not be larger than 1000 pixels for the largest side.

    Also consider the type of site that you are going to link to. Sites like Wikipedia and Amazon will normally not delete or change the pictures they host, but less known sites may do so - resulting in your picture disappearing over time, or even worse, being replaced by something different, including porn.

    For sites like that, we would suggest you download the image, and upload it to an image hosting site, which will generate an url you can use. There are a number of options, for instance https://postimages.org/ - which also gives you the option to resize during uploading. You can then use the [img] url [/img] command as outline above.

    Please do not use pictures that are watermarked or that have a copyright statement on them - we will delete these.

    For pictures you have taken yourself, we recommend to use the same procedure as outlined above for downloaded pictures.

    2. The system way

    For completion, we'll discuss the pitfalls of the system way.

    When you prepare a post, you have several options on the top:



    One of these (second line, fourth from the right) is "Insert Image". If you click this you get two options: "From Computer" and "From URL".

    The first one can be used, but it will upload the image to the Talk Classical server - so only use this if you are 100% sure that there are no copyright issues with the image according to Danish law. In practice, this means that you should only use it for pictures that you took yourself. Even then there are issues with this procedure as larger images in portrait orientation will be displayed in landscape orientation.

    The second one is a roundabout way to use the preferred way - but only IF you unselect the option "Retrieve remote file and reference locally". If you do not unselect it, the image will be downloaded from the url and saved on the Talk Classical server - creating potential copyright issues. Please do NOT use this option as it is more complicated than the preferred way, and can lead to problems!

    It should also be noted that any member's capacity at the Talk Classical server is limited, so when you max out, you can't use it for storage anymore.

    From the above summary it should be clear why we have such a strong preference for the Preferred way as discussed first.


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    Editing and Deleting Posts

    There is a limited time slot in which you can edit your own posts. If you can no longer edit your post, and spot an annoying mistake, you can contact any member of the moderators/admins team, providing the link and what you would like to have changed, and we'll do it for you.

    You cannot delete your own posts, but you can edit them, deleting the original text and replacing them by something like "deleted - changed my mind" or whatever you like. Note though that if others have quoted your post, the original text will still be in the quote.

    If you prefer to have your post deleted rather than let it remain as en edited post, you can contact any member of the moderators/admins team, providing the link and we'll do it for you. However, if others have quoted your post and replied to it, we'll usually not delete it, because that would disrupt the discussion flow.


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