Forum image uploads (split from gallery feedback thread)
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22-02-11, 03:51 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Warrington, North West England
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Right, but using blobs would ultimately make the database far bigger and slower than it needs to be, and cause more problems than it solves, and place far more of the burden of hosting images than is necessary onto this site. It's also hosting it in the database, and not on your computer as you originally were asking for, and still requires a means to link to it, albeit from within the database itself instead of an external image file.
Right now there's a mechanism for adding images that works, and is consistent with other forums including those that use different forum software. Changing that would require the staff of this site to re-engineer the forum software to do something it hasn't been written to do and would take more time than it's clear they have, especially when there are more urgent matters.
And just to reiterate, you can add images to posts in the forum.
Where did I say I wanted the image permanently hosted on my computer? If you are referring to post 39396 then you've mis-understood. What I would like is the ability to upload the image directly from my computer into a forum post without having to upload it onto a web server/repository first.
Making a call to the internet and having an image served can take just as long and probably longer than accessing the image directly from the forums database. I don't believe the database hosting will be that much impaired to be honest, as many organisations are using similar methods for huge userbase communities without detrimental performances.
So technically there is no reason why it can't be done - if it's a funding / priority / preferrential engineering reason then thats a different discussion.
And for the avoidance of doubt, I know you can add images in the forum I do it occassionaly, even if it is an archaic method....
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