You may have noticed how on some threads the text stretches off to the right of your screen and you have to scroll across to read every line. This is
caused by long URLs (web addresses) that extend beyond your screen width. Like this
. This can make reading a thread quite laborious, and if it's YOUR thread, you might be losing otherwise interested readers/contributors. If
it's NOT your thread, you will still be making it a chore to read for everyone else.
A simple solution to this is to take an extra 5 seconds to use a free URL shortening service.These are very easy to use, online services that will
take a long url and give you a much shorter one that directs to exactly the same webpage. You can find a thousand of these services simply by googling
"shorten url". You'll find one of the more popular ones here
Go to any one of these sites and you will see a text input box with a button next to it something like this:
Simply copy and paste the URL you wish to shorten into the text box, press the button and you will be taken to a page which gives you a new, shortened
URL. Copy and paste the new URL into your post and your done.
Sometimes a large image will also play havoc with the formatting of a page. Images wider than 500 pixels (px) should probably be resized. It's polite
and makes viewing the image easier. If you're not sure how large an image is, right click it and select "properties" and you should see the width
and height displayed in pixels. Don't worry, you don't need fancy image editing programs to resize you image, you can do it with BB Code. Here's
how it's done:
Usually to post an image, you place the
tags (using square brackets [ ] ) around the URL of the image. To resize the image, simply
type "=400x400" (or whatever size you want) without quotation marks in front of the first "img" tag, like this:
BB code will resize the image to 50 pixels wide by 50 pixels high.
So I can resize this 450x338 image:
..to this (225x169)...
...or this (113x85).
Just remember that if you take the extra time to do this, you'll be making threads more pleasant to read for all of us and maybe even saving the
moderators some extra work.