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The Craic - Frequently Asked Questions
By Griff
February 16 2006

The Craic Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions posed repeatedly on The Craic message board which are often easily answered. Some, although they have been answered before, may be quite complicated and the easiest way to answer them is to refer to the original post. This list is a repository for these posts and will hopefully serve as a useful library of information. If you have anything to add to these answers or another frequently dealt with issue, please send it to editors@londonirish.org

Questions:

How do I do a link to another web page when I post on the message board?

My link didn't work, what's wrong?

How do I include an image in my posts?

What's a URL (or URI)?

How do you make those animated pictures people have in their postings?

I've got this chain-letter should I post it?

Can I advertise on The Craic?

Answers:

How do I do a link to another web page when I post on the message board?

There are two ways to do this. Both are equally correct and both have known faults. If you follow these instructions and your link still doesn't work then check that section to see if your URL has a known fault. For the purpose of this answer we will try and create a link to the Official London Irish homepage. This page is accessed using its address, known in web-speak as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). The URL for the Official LI site is http://www.london-irish.com and once we have correctly made a link to it your post should have a link that, when clicked, takes you to the front-page of the club's site.

The quick way

If you copy the URL between less-than (<) and greater-than (>) signs like this

<http://www.london-irish.com>

You should create a link that uses the URL as the text

http://www.london-irish.com

The artistic way

This way allows you to attach the link to some text, like most web-site links do. So you can post messages that have normal, flowing text, while still having a linked site.

In order to do this you use the [url] tag like this.

[url=http://www.london-irish.com]Official London Irish Site[/url]

This produces a link like this

Official London Irish Site

To put it into your paragraph you simply add the url tag text around the words of your text

Have you seen the [url=http://www.london-irish.com]official site[/url].Its fabulous.

Becomes

Have you seen the official site.Its fabulous.

Using "Add a Link"

If you click on Add a link underneath the smileys when you are posting, it will append the code:

[url=http://YOUR-LINK.com]Your text[/url]

You can simply replace http://YOUR-LINK.com with your URL and Your text with the text you want to be visible in your posting to make your link

Note: Your URL must begin "http://"

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My link didn't work, what's wrong?

Make sure you got the structure for the link right.

There used to be a couple of special characters that could not be included in links however by working with SportNetwork we have at least reduced these if not eliminated them. If you find a URL that you cannot link to, please let us know about it.

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How do I include an image in my posts?

This is done in a similar way to adding links. Be aware that the picture must be available publicly on the internet, you cannot simply use an image you have on your computer, it must be hosted by a web-linked server. If you have a picture you need to link email it to the editors and they will (if they agree to its publication) send you back a URL for the image.

Important Note: Although it is possible to link any images that are available on the internet, you should not link Copyright images. Most images are owned or licensed by the web-site that shows them, this means it has cost them money and they will be upset to have their property stolen. If you don't know if it is O.K. it is best to check with the host site's webmaster.

The URL for the new, amateurprofessional London Irish logo image held on the Sportnetwork server is - http://www.sportnetwork.net/mainadmin/img/971070383580.jpg - we will use this image.

To add this image to your post you need to use the following code:

[img]http://www.sportnetwork.net/mainadmin/img/971070383580.jpg[/img]

This will be replaced by the image

If you put another image instruction after it without a newline the two images will try and display next to each other (if they are too wide they'll be put on top of each other anyway).

It should be noted that there can be no spaces between the start or end of the URL and the square brackets or the image will not display

If you click the Add an Image link on the post message box it will insert the code:

[img]http://your-site.com/your_image.gif[/img]

you can the replace http://your-site.com/your_image.gif with your URL

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How do you make those animated pictures people have in their postings?

To make animated pictures you will need a GIF Animator. There are a number around, some are shareware that only allow you to save the files if you pay money. This one is free, although it has fewer features than the pay-for ones.

Once you have the animator you need to create each of the individual frames of the animation. Here is a tutorial of how to use it.

I will warn you now, to create anything of any size takes an absolute age.

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What's a URL (or URI)?

A URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator, is the address of a web-page. It is usually shown in the Address bar at the top of your browser. If you copy it you can share the address of stuff on the web which you find.

If you want to copy the link simply copy all of the text in the Address box for the page you are viewing.

If you want to be technical a URL is a specific form of a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) but basically either one of them means the address of the stuff on the web.

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I've got this chain-letter should I post it?

Usually not, invariably chain-letters are haoxes. If it's funny, and we haven't seen it for a bit, then crack on but if it is a warning of impending doom of one form or another then check it out first.

Visit Snopes.com or BreakTheChain and do a quick search on some of the more unique text in the email. If you get no hits at all (be careful to check for similar types of message if not the exact message) then feel free to warn us all.

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Can I advertise on The Craic?

The standard answer is "no", however if your product/service is rugby/Irish related in some way then if you email the editors before posting to get permission then you may be able to. As a matter of course any unauthorised and unwanted adverts are deleted from this site

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