I'm trying to either attach an image to a message post or insert it in-line with a message. I've read several references to this ability perhaps being something that will happen "soon", but those messages that refer to this are dated in August of 2009. Here it is December and I still can't figure out how.
The online help says very clearly:
How do I insert an image in a post?
To insert an image in a post:
Well, I don't know how you could do it "before", but there is no "Insert Image" button in the editor's toolbar at all.
There are also messages in this forum that say you can paste from a Word document (there IS a "Paste from Word" icon on the toolbar.) However, when I paste from word, the images in my Word document are lost.
Finally, I thought I'd post the images in a gallery. Again the online help says:
To upload an image to your image gallery:
There is no "View Image Gallery" link on my profile page.
Now, I am a computer consultant and therefore (hopefully) very computer-savvy, so this is not an issue with me being a forum "novice." But I've always had issues with help documents that say "click on this icon" and don't show a screenshot of where the icon is.
And, I can't PROVE that my profile page doesn't have a gallery link because I can't upload a screenshot! <grin>.
So, can anyone clarify if and how we can upload images? Or if there is a definitive help document that lays this out, provide a link to that document? The help "search" function is pretty weak, because it does a FORUM search on any term you type in, rather than restricting it to help documents.
There's also some references to having to be a "silver member" in order to upload images, but no information on what is required to become such a member.
You probably do not have sufficient privileges to get to these options yet. You can go to the Community Ranking System page for more information on what access you get at each level. Your level is based on your participation in the community.
I was confused at first, too.
Hope this helps!
"You probably do not have sufficient privileges to get to these options yet. You can go to the Community Ranking System page for more information on what access you get at each level. Your level is based on your participation in the community."
Great ... <being sarcastic>. Not only can a relatively new contributer NOT upload images (and why not?), the forum leaders won't post the specific criteria to get to the "bronze" level.
I'm a member of dozens of technology forums, and this forum is the ONLY one where all members can't upload images as part of their posts! What's the reasoning behind this? I do believe that they say somewhere that the form administrators review all images before admitting them to make sure that content is appropriate. So by limiting the number of people who can upload images, they limit the number of images uploaded. But I want to communicate a legitimate problem with the Droid battery cover, and can't upload some pictures of the phone's back! AND, if they truly want to limit uploaders, why isn't there a way to request permission to upload one set of images, or create one gallery, rather than have to guess at some "secret" criteria for becoming "bronze" level? That is the most absurd policy I've seen - even from Verizon!
So, now I have to post the info on the MOTOROLA forum where anyone can upload pictures and tell forum readers to go there for the pics. Great....
As stated in the Community Ranking Structure post on the Announcements section:
Many community members will ask (and have asked in the past) exactly what the criteria is for achieving each rank in the hierarchy. To eliminate the likelihood of system abuse or forum ‘rank climbing’, we have decided not to publicize the exact ranking criteria. That said, community members will gain higher ranking by excelling in the activity components below. The list is not in order of importance and some elements are weighted greater than others.
As members achieve higher rankings within the Community Forums, they will automatically receive additional functionality – while maintaining the functionality rights previously achieved.
This is done to prevent spamming and trolling of the forums and to prevent objectionable content from being uploaded to the site. There are legal issues involved with this and it preserves the integrity of the forums to grant certain permissions at certain ranks.
The ranking structure undergoes periodic review and this may change in the future -- but no guarantees.