[thelist] feedback: upload image or link to

Bob Meetin ontheroad at frii.com
Wed Mar 7 18:45:52 CST 2007

I'm setting up a custom blog/story site.  Folks will have the ability to 
submit content, of course, but also incorporate images. I am wondering 
whether tis smarter to set it up for contributers to link to images or 
have them upload images to a dedicated folder.

Uploading gives much more control, size in KB and dimensions, but of 
course also means possibly more maintenance.  Another plus is not having 
to be concerned whether the network to the image is up/not.  Another 
possible issue is having to allow for multiple image uploads and giving 
them a form to browse 'their' images.

With the content textarea I'm bantying around whether to give access to 
a JavaScript htmlarea or a home grown text area with a function for 
converting carriage returns to line breaks and possibly a markup 
function drawing in their images without having to know html or other.  
In my mind, although htmlarea is a little more dummy-proof, it also 
makes it far easier to break the general look/feel as well as being much 

Feedback on the image options and textarea appreciated. 

Oh, I'm probably going to have to set up a function to ban folks (IP 
addresses I guess) from being able to submit content if they break the 
site policies.  I'm guessing that will involve some javascript to get 
the address and perhaps even a script to check/make sure that javascript 
is enabled to test.  Tutorials welcome.


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