1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    A general guideline for all posts, and especially for new threads is:

    No clicks should be required to understand the post

    This applies mostly to three things:
    • Links
    • Videos
    • Attachments

    The reader should not have to click on a link in order to understand what the post is about. If you link to something then:
    Links themselves are not content, they are references.


    The reader should not have to watch the video in order to understand what is in it.
    • Describe what the video is about, explain how it is relevant.
    • Use time codes to precisely locate the relevant portions of the video (preferably wth the time encoded in a link).
    • Provide a transcript of any important speech or text in the video.
    • Use annotated screen grabs to convey the content.
    • If you can, create an animated looping GIF (under 2MB) of the most relevant part.


    Image attachments should be inserted into the post, not attached at the end where the reader has to click on them. Attachments such as PDF files should be treated as links, with an explanation of what the file contains, and if possible quote the relevant text and/or images.

    Use common sense. The degree to which the above applies will vary with the context. But if you are unsure, then side with "No Click".
    Last edited: May 24, 2016
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  2. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    This is one of the best bits of advice...and one that (embarrassingly) I am not yet good at.

    I realize there are easily "Googled" apps, or other sorts of programs to assist this function. I won't post them here, but merely encourage others to 'search' as necessary.
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  3. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    don't forget the "How to" forum. some useful tips there on uploading images and EX tags etc.
    (of course I always forget to check the How To ; )
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  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  5. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    i'm bumping this because of all the slacking lately.
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  6. Balance

    Balance Senior Member

    I have to own it. Relax everyone else, it's just me being me. I've asked for clarification and advice, hopefully I'll improve.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  7. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    trust me, its not just you. :)
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