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« on: December 19, 2009, 06:32:54 am »

Why do we have to have a web link for avatars for our own pictures? Why can't we upload them from our hard drives?
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 10:16:35 am »

Cos they have to be stored somewhere.

You can use:
http://tinypic.com/
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009, 11:19:13 am »

Cos they have to be stored somewhere.

You can use:
http://tinypic.com/


Thanx for the input. I wanted to know why we can't upload from HDD's which are storage devices Smiley I am a member of many forums and most allow uploads of the pictures from your own HDD, directly, and no storage for the file, except your own HDD. Smiley I personally use:

http://imageshack.us/
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2009, 01:40:31 pm »

It depends on board software and board rules. Allowing members to upload directly to the board can cause some security issues.
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2009, 05:30:12 pm »

Thanx for the input. I wanted to know why we can't upload from HDD's which are storage devices Smiley
Because your hard disk isn't accessible through HTTP? The board doesn't need to ever see your avatar; it just tells people where to find it. Not allowing avatar upload makes the board simpler to implement (one less feature to get wrong) and decreases the load on the board server (especially when people start using animated avatars and similar crazy stuff).

That said, it would be convenient for users without easy web hosting to be able to upload images directly to the board.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009, 01:35:40 am »

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009, 08:27:35 am »

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.


Thanx for that. I know it would be a nightmare for some forums. The ones I access don't seem to have any trouble with it though. I respect your reasons for not allowing it. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2009, 08:33:19 am »

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.


What? You suspect that the people who recently broke the ability to post lniks and/or images with an official update aren't on top of their security game? Well I never!
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2009, 12:13:54 pm »

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.
Thanx for that. I know it would be a nightmare for some forums. The ones I access don't seem to have any trouble with it though.
Just because they haven't been hacked yet, doesn't mean that they are safe.

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.
What? You suspect that the people who recently broke the ability to post lniks and/or images with an official update aren't on top of their security game? Well I never!
I'll give you some more reasons why I don't trust the security of SMF:
  • SMF is written in PHP
  • SMF is built upon the code of YaBB
  • SMF has not been designed with security in mind (if it did, there would not be the need for so many security patches)
  • In the one case where I reported a (minor) security issue, the responding devs didn't get it
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 02:49:00 am »

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.
Thanx for that. I know it would be a nightmare for some forums. The ones I access don't seem to have any trouble with it though.
Just because they haven't been hacked yet, doesn't mean that they are safe.

The reason why I left uploading avatars disabled (and attachments too) is that this is indeed a security snakepit. And it's not as if SMF inspires me with much confidence of its security to begin with.
What? You suspect that the people who recently broke the ability to post lniks and/or images with an official update aren't on top of their security game? Well I never!
I'll give you some more reasons why I don't trust the security of SMF:
  • SMF is written in PHP
  • SMF is built upon the code of YaBB
  • SMF has not been designed with security in mind (if it did, there would not be the need for so many security patches)
  • In the one case where I reported a (minor) security issue, the responding devs didn't get it
I think this post has gone far enough to close it. can u please close it?
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2009, 08:53:34 am »

We don't usually close threads here. If no one is interested in it any more, it will disappear out of sight on its own.
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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2009, 12:12:33 am »

We don't usually close threads here. If no one is interested in it any more, it will disappear out of sight on its own.


Okies. I didn't know that. Thanx. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2010, 01:45:16 am »

Speaking of avatars, why are the custom scaled to 65x65 and  gallery 100x100? could all be 100squared? Another thing is  the scaling itself - even if original isn't square, it  will be. For example 65x30 original is horribly "fattened" when becomes squared 65...
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2010, 11:14:42 pm »

If that's a problem, you could add padding to the picture so it's square. Still, it really shouldn't be a problem...
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2010, 04:39:46 am »

It is if someone uses animated GIF, you can't "square" it by adding blank margins... Or can you ?
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