Last post May 04, 2010 07:22 PM by incerojohn
Apr 01, 2010 12:37 PM|hugo|LINK
Given that web development, especially client side stuff, is a visually rich activity, will the forum managers/owners consider adding an image upload capability?
Being able to paste a screenshot (Print Screen) or a window screenshot (Alt - Print Screen) into a posting would be so valuable for some problems, as a picture is worth a 1000 words.
I'm sure there are important issues to consider, but with the will, these can be addressed I would imagine.
Apr 01, 2010 01:48 PM|mbanavige|LINK
The forum does currently support adding images to posts. The forum just doesn't take on the task of hosting those images. Since there are free image hosting services already out there, this seems to be a reasonable approach.
So for example, if you post an image at a site you manage yourself or perhaps to some site like image shack, then you can include that image in your post like this:
Apr 01, 2010 06:18 PM|hugo|LINK
Yes I did see this and saw what it's limitations are.
Given that I have yet to see a single forum post with an image in (yours above being an exception), I think we can safely conclude that nobody goes to the trouble of taking a screenshot, uploading the image to a free image hosting site (assuming one is already
registered at such a site) and then finding the URL of that image and then posting that URL here on a post. The effort to do all that is probably far higher than the act of logging in to ASP.NET a posting a new question.
If we had to go through the same work to post text, then you can guess how many people would bother.
Surely a better approach would be to use all the ASP.NET and C# expertise available to the site managers so that a user can upload an image from their PC and then
have the ASP.NET website itself automatically upload the image to some pre-selected image hosting site?
That way the image is still hosted on a hosting site, but the user (me) doesn't have to spend time and energy fiddling around with hosting sites, that is to say hide the implemenation of image upload (I don't want to care
how it is done) isn't this the essence of modern software design principles?
What do you think?
Apr 01, 2010 06:38 PM|mbanavige|LINK
Given that I have yet to see a single forum post with an image in (yours above being an exception), I think we can safely conclude that nobody goes to the trouble of taking a screen-shot, uploading the image to a free image hosting site
I have seen a small number of images included in posts. When an image is included in a post, it is generally because the members is having some difficulty getting their page output to display pixel perfect and they want to show exactly what layout issue
they're having with a screen-shot. In those cases, a picture really can be worth a 1000 words.
But for the rest of the posts (the bulk of the posts), the best representation of the members question is usually a textual one. Some code snippet, or an error message and a simple explanation of what they're trying to achieve.
These textual questions are indexable and searchable whereas an image is not. Members who want to offer an answer can copy the code samples and fix them up. Other members can then more easily use those answers where they contain code.
So i think (just my opinion of course) that the bulk of the questions here are best represented without images.
Apr 01, 2010 06:47 PM|SGWellens|LINK
Two ways to make uploading images easier:
Both are free and both make uploading images much easier (I currently use RightLoad with the ImageShack plugin).
May 04, 2010 07:22 PM|incerojohn|LINK
Actually, easier than that, you can use uploadscreenshot.com. You can just printscreen and paste it directly into the browser window.
They also have a nice and easy API if you wanted to integrate anything with it.
Hope this helps!