Using ID images or Avatars.
The question of how to display images below our names often arises. This subject has been discussed extensively within the Computer and Technology forum. Links to relevant threads are listed below and reading them should give a fairly clear idea of how to display images.

Please read this thread
and this one
and also this one

In addition, there are a few other points to be aware of. Some of it is already written in the threads but just to reiterate:

Image dimensions.
The image dimensions should be 80x80 pixels (or less) before it is used in FT. If it is greatly larger than this it might look distorted since it will be compressed to fit into the space provided. An 80x80 pixel image looks about one inch square.

Large images can be resized within a Photo (or Paint) Program to fit the parameters. If help is needed in this respect there are always other FT members who could advise how to do it, or even do it for you. Resizing also has the desirable effect reducing the image file size. This makes FT pages load faster.

Image types and file size.
Image formats must be .gif, .jpg or .png.

Copyright.
Many sites where images are found state that the images are ‘free for personal use’, which means you should be able use them for display in FT.

Some images found on the Internet are copyrighted and should not be used without the owner’s permission. It may not say next to the image that is the case but there may be something about it at the bottom of the page or on a disclaimer page. Images or logos found in any parts of a sites web pages may be subject to copyright.

Remote (or direct) linking to an image.
The image you want to use should not be directly linked to on the image owner’s site. If you do link directly to it, the term bandwidth theft can apply.

Bandwidth theft in brief.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) charge the owners of web sites for the server bandwidth or resources they use. Linking directly to an image on someone else’s site in order to display it in Funtrivia uses that site’s bandwidth or resources. The web site owner subsequently ends up paying for people linking to images held within their site. Therefore, this practice can be thought of as theft in real terms. It is advisable to read a site’s terms and conditions (or disclaimer page) to find out what the situation is in respect of remote linking.

Recommended reading.
Type bandwidth theft into any search engine. There are a number of comprehensive pages on the subject.

Avoiding bandwidth theft.
Use one of the following alternatives:

1. Download the ‘free for personal use’ (or not subject to copyright) image to your computer hard disk and then upload it to your own web space. Your ISP will have almost certainly given you 5 – 10 megabytes of web space when you opened your Internet account. However, this operation depends on learning how to access and make use the space provided.

2. Use an image-hosting site such as ranchoweb or PhotoBucket. There are others.

Web hosting sites.
Web hosting sites such as Geocities, Tripod and Angelfire do not allow direct linking to an image situated on their servers. If images are linked into from another site (i.e. Funtrivia) they seem to disappear after a short while. It therefore appears that Web hosting sites, such as the ones mentioned, must have a method of breaking the links from other sites referring to their images.

Lately, Tripod seems to replace the image with a small advertisement instead of breaking the link. To the person who has placed the link, the image may appear as the one chosen because it is held within their browser cache. However, other people, who have not accessed the image before, see only the advertisement.

A further consideration with respect to this: The use of an image may only be licensed for use within the Web host’s environment. Copyright issues may be involved if it is copied for use elsewhere.

Another reason why images sometimes cannot be seen.
Occasionally an image does not display because it has not been uploaded to a server or an image-hosting site. It has a path referring to a directory on a member’s computer. This might typically start with the reference C:\ To check an image path, right-click on the image and choose properties. The image path can be seen in the information displayed.

If the path does have a reference to C:\ the image will need to be uploaded from its present location on your computer to a place on the Internet for members to see it.

If you are experiencing any difficulty in getting your ID image to display and find that it cannot be resolved by reading the previous threads, or by reading this page, please post a question about it in the Computers & Technology forum.

Thanks on behalf of FunTrivia

tellywellies.


Edited by tellywellies (Tue May 15 2007 03:55 PM)