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Home - by - February 20, 2013 - 11:23 America/New_York - 25 Comments

I’m not going to name names… yet. But in regards to image uploads, upload thumbnail size imagery only, please. This has been posted before, and this is the last time it will be posted.Thumbnail size means 250×250 pixels or less. Some people are uploading ridiculously high resolution images with seemingly no understanding that this has to be paid for and it is a complete waste of resources because the bullpen only displays 250×250 images.

Not naming names, but, someone uploaded an image straight out of their home camera. It was a 2MB file. iOTW has never hosted a 2mb file in the 5 years it has been operating, and we are a graphics site.

Imagery will be disabled in The Bullpen if this happens again, which would be a shame. I hate to sound like some sort of school marm, but someone has to.

 

» 25 Comments

  1. eternal cracker p

    February 20th, 2013

    You’ll never win with a “please.” It needs to be restricted on the server side either with file size limitations or run it thru Imagemagick to set file size and compression ratios appropriately. Just sayin’.

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  2. Diann

    February 20th, 2013

    “You kids, stop running in the hall!!!”

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  3. BigFurHat

    February 20th, 2013

    Yep, that’s what I sound like.
    I hate sounding like that.

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  4. BigFurHat

    February 20th, 2013

    We can’t limit just the bullpen through the server.
    It would limit us to 250×250, too, and that is not what we want.
    Also, the Bullpen plug-in limits the image to display at 250×250, not us.
    I think once people understand that bandwidth is like phone minutes, and once you use it all up you pay overages, they will be more frugal with what they upload to our server.

    We are virtually running two side by side sites now. The Bullpen publishes well over 20 posts a day, with imagery. We have to keep those costs down.

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  5. Kenny Sullivan

    February 20th, 2013

    I was unaware of the restrictions. I assumed since no matter what photo I uploaded came up thumbnail size, the site auto resized it. The photo I uplaoded today was 40.7 kb and 605 x 328 and is gone.

    Just get rid of the photo option. I feel compelled to add a photo only because that option is there.

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  6. locomotivebreath1901

    February 20th, 2013

    Just a suggestion, but perhaps you should explain that even the most rudimentary graphic software has a ‘re-sample bitmap’ function, which then could be exported as 250×250.

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  7. BigFurHat

    February 20th, 2013

    People are using imagery available on the internet through search engines. Every image displayed tells you the pixel rate, and it has a “more sizes” feature, as well.
    Pick the small one. That’s all.
    I like photos with stories. It enhances the experience.

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  8. Dadof3

    February 20th, 2013

    Sorry, promise not to do it again.

    I also see now that adding a space and a period after a youtube link will prevent it from embedding?

    It was a pretty good pic, though, no?

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  9. RosalindJ

    February 20th, 2013

    I’ll keep that in mind if/when I post a photobucket image. I didn’t realize either that the image wasn’t re-sized. Is 20 a manageable number of daily posts to the bullpen?

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  10. RosalindJ

    February 20th, 2013

    And how cool! I just realized there’s a ‘older’ button for post history (it works on the phone too!), which is a good work-around for when I receive updated comment notifications. Sometimes I am mystified as to what is being talked about.

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  11. Dadof3

    February 20th, 2013

    I saw my file was only 270k so it wasn’t me that loaded a 2mb graphic but the pixel size of mine was way over the parameters.

    Is just a link to the picture ok? Since the picture would need to be viewed with detail.

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  12. BigFurHat

    February 20th, 2013

    I love how people are coming forward and claiming the infraction was them.
    It’s a nice psycho/social experiment.

    There is no systemic problem. It was a few isolated incidences. Everything is fine.
    With more access comes responsibility and this is all a learning curve for everyone as we make iOTW the best it can be.

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  13. BigFurHat

    February 20th, 2013

    270k is not “an only.”
    270k is a lot.

    Pictures for the bullpen should be around 40k max for a 250×250 image.

    iOTW is set at 570 pixel max for front page imagery, and I optimize the images to about 55k.

    We would never run a 270k image.
    At 25,000+ views that’s a lot of bandwidth.

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  14. RosalindJ

    February 20th, 2013

    “It’s a nice psycho/social experiment.”

    Better be careful with that. I don’t think anyone here is going to sing you “Soft Kitty”.

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  15. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 20th, 2013

    Well, I know I uploaded one that was 475KB and over 1000×1000 pixels. Sorry BFH. I must have missed that 250×250 limit. I too thought that any graphics would auto-resize. I’ll do the resizing from now on. Thanks for the heads up.

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  16. Kenny Sullivan

    February 20th, 2013

    O/T

    In a recent survey commissioned by President Obama, his supporters have proven to be the most likely to have had sex in the shower.
    The survey was carried out for Democrats by a leading soap and toiletries firm.
    The results revealed that 86% of Obama supporters said that they have had sex in the shower.
    The remaining 14% said they haven’t been to prison yet.
    Sort of brings tears to your eyes…

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  17. Jack Daniels

    February 20th, 2013

    Thanks for the info, I never thought about the size of the pictures being uploaded.

    I’ll be sure to verify in the future any pics I upload.

    My avatar is 80k, maybe I should reduce it eh?

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  18. Mr. Pinko

    February 20th, 2013

    Am I fired?

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  19. It was me

    February 20th, 2013

    I’m sorry I did it it wont happen again.

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  20. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 20th, 2013

    @Menderman —

    BWAHAhahahahahahaha!

    You’re killin’ me!

    BWAHAhahahahahahaha!

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  21. Tim

    February 20th, 2013

    Well, I saw those other guys uploading big pictures, but I didn’t want to be a pimp …

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  22. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 20th, 2013

    T’weren’t me. I didn’t know you COULD upload pictures.

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  23. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 20th, 2013

    So, at 72ppi screen res., 250×250 would be about 3½ inches sq, eh?

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  24. Kairn

    February 20th, 2013

    “Who threw those pies, er pixels???!!!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIewdGW9NEM .

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  25. The Doktor

    February 21st, 2013

    There’s a Bullpen?

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