How to post a photo here for ID(6 posts)
How to take a photo and upload it for identification
Tips adapted from this older thread:
1. Take a photo at the highest resolution you can.
Some tips on getting the best detail (from Cilecto):
- use the macro setting of your camera, often labeled with a flower icon.
- place your suspect bug on the glass of a flat bed scanner
- snap your picture using a phone camera through a magnifier or loupe
Consider placing an object (like a local coin) in the photo so someone can compare the size.
2. Upload the photo to a site that provides free photo hosting. Some possibilities include flickr.com (which we recommend, see below) or imgur.com, both of which give you readymade BBCode which links back to the image. Please do not use a site which you do not know to be reputable. Please do not use ImageShack.us, which causes pop-ups that set off security programs.
We recommend you use flickr.com, following the instructions below to embed the image in your bedbugger.com post.
If you use a site which does require registration and login, please do not use an account which identifies you personally (name, email, your web persona you use on every other site, photos of your kids, etc.). If you already have a flickr account, for example, start a new anonymous one, or use another service.
... because you should assume you're going to leave that photo up, so the link on our site does not need to be deleted. Remember that others, later, may learn from your photos, whether they were bed bugs or not. People are (hopefully) helping you, and you can help others by leaving your photo up for them to find through your thread, later. Thanks for your cooperation!
3. Finally, start a new thread here, including something to the effect of "bug ID needed" in the subject line. Use the provided BBCode (NOT html code) to embed the photo (using the directions below for finding this code in Flickr, using the "linked BBCode" embed code on imgur.com, or using the IMG tag if your image is self-hosted).
Providing an embedded image and a pasted in URL (web address) which will link out is ideal so everyone can see the image (on handheld devices or computers) and can also follow the link to view a full-size, more detailed photo. Embedding a flickr image will automatically provide both the embedded photo and a clickable link, and this is one reason we recommend hosting on flickr and embedding the images using flickr's code.
Directions for embedding your image in the post:
Please read the directions above for tips on how to take a photo that experts will be able to identify clearly.
I recommend you start an anonymous account on flickr.com (one you don't use for personally-identifying material, because the link to it is not going to be deleted later.)
If you are uploading a photo to flickr.com, make sure the permissions are set to allow anyone to view the image. Please also select a Creative Commons license for the photo which allows its reuse by others.
(Why? "Because if it's "all rights reserved," we won't really know if you're the one with the right to publish it or not.)
Then once it's uploaded, click "share."
Then click "Grab the HTML/BBCode" and select the button for "BBCode."
Copy and paste into your forum post.
Note: please do NOT post anyone else's photos here unless they're covered by a Creative Commons license (like the one below) and unless you include the links to the photo and license as I did below. Doing so is a violation of copyright, and under the Terms and Conditions of Use of Bedbugger.com, you agree not to post material you don't have the right to post.
Copying the BBCode automatically includes the link to the photo and the license, but you need to make sure the content is appropriately licensed and not "all rights reserved."
It will look like this:
(Not my photo, but licensed for this use.)
People who host images elsewhere and know how to do so may also post images using an IMAGE tag in BBCode, but you should also declare that you own the rights to the image, in the post.
On imgur.com, choose the "Linked BBCode" embed code, to get a photo which links back, as I did here.
Some things you should remember:
Later, you can find your thread again later by looking in your profile (see the link in the sidebar to "View your profile."
Disclaimer: people who ID bugs on the forums are giving their time freely, without compensation, and no one is screening responses to your post. People may wrongly identify your bug. Some forum users are experts, others are not. Even among the experts, there may be difficulty in delineating between, say, a bed bug and a bat bug or swallow bug, or a photo may be misidentified due to the quality of your photo or the identifier's experience. We're not responsible for any miscorrect identifications or anything that may result from that.
If you have questions about this FAQ or procedure, or if you have suggestions for improving it, please leave them below.
If you want a bug photo identified, please start a new thread! Thanks!
It should go without saying, but please don't post any photos which show people or other identifying information, and everything you post should obviously be rated "G" for a general audience.
If you see photos which are inappropriate for any reason, please click "FLAG THIS POST FOR MODERATION" next to the photo, so I can look into it.
[admin note: edited to move things around and combine the tips for taking photos with the directions for uploading and embedding them, 5/18/13]
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[admin note: removed this post, moved everything to the first post in thread, combining the tips for taking photos with the directions for uploading and embedding them, 5/18/13]
I am seeing a lot of non-embedded photos which could easily be embedded, so I am bumping this up! The instructions are linked from the FAQs about the forums, for future reference.
I've found an image I'd like to share with the forum, and don't want to infringe on any copyrights. The image is on another website, that does state 'All Rights Reserved'. Can this still be shared here? If so, how? Can't seem to post a direct link, and not sure how to repost the image without violating the owner's rights. I don't want there to be any confusion over the source of the image. Thanks!
You can link to the page it's on and give a description so we can find the correct image.
Just updated FAQ above, combining the second post (which was about taking photos) with the first (which was about hosting and embedding them) to hopefully make things easier to follow.
Feedback and suggestions welcomed!
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