Hints for using the site

For what it’s worth, if you’re creating a post, try to use markdown syntax, although some bbcode and some limited html is also available. For example, for strikethrough you would need to use the [s]Text[/] syntax to get it to work: [s]Text[/]

On the off-chance that oneboxing will work for a url, enter your links on a separate line. Oneboxing is when a site snippet is embedded in your post, best example is a wikipedia link:

I simply entered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_But_Deadly (random link from wikipedia) on a line on its own. Note there must be a blank line following it for it to work.

Note that oneboxing only works for certain sites, and sites that I’ve whitelisted, provided they support Open Graph or oEmbed.

The built in list of supported sites appear to be:

  • amazon
  • google maps
  • github
  • google play
  • stack exchange
  • twitter status
  • wikipedia
  • youtube

If a site supports oEmbed, there will be a string application/json+oembed or text/xml+oembed in the html source.
If a site supports Open Graph, there will be a number of meta tags in the html source:

For example, from imdb:

<meta property="og:title" content="The Rock" />
<meta property="og:type" content="video.movie" />
<meta property="og:url" content="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117500/" />
<meta property="og:image" content="http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/rock.jpg" />

I’ve got a plugin that I can use to whitelist sites, so if there is a particular site that can be added, let me know. The only downside is that I need to re-bootstrap the web front end if I make changes to plugins, but it’s basically 2 commands to do it, and it only involves seconds of downtime.

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I’m going to re-bootstrap the web frontend shortly, and when that happens, spoiler tags [spoiler]blah[/spoiler] will become available, as well as image galleries, which you can use to surround a series of images with [image-gallery][/image-gallery] tags.

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So this is the spoiler tag. I think @InsanityFlea is a really stand up guy.

Here is the image gallery:


This is a bit annoying as you can’t just paste in links to images, you need to use:

<img src='/uploads/default/121/91edf4d7b094dc63.png' />
<img src='/uploads/default/122/3c51a378bb3591bd.jpg' />
<img src='/uploads/default/123/5a11e86317288a0f.jpg' />
<img src='/uploads/default/124/f6a6e35756530a3d.jpg' />

Note that originally those links in the code block above were actual http links to images on the web. The site software pulls them in and caches them locally so they will never disappear.