How To Do It!

A place to learn how to use simple tricks to enhance posts and comments on Atheist Nexus, with links, pictures, and video, among other techniques.

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Part of the fun of participating in Atheist Nexus is writing posts, blogs and comments, sharing our experiences and what we've read and seen elsewhere on the internet. The problem comes in that not all of us know our way around the mechanics of manipulating an editing box to get a desired result, or using html tricks to format text in a certain way to get a certain look.

In this group, I hope to give some basic instruction in how to do things like embedding a link in text, inserting a picture or a video, or making other modifications to our contributions to Atheist Nexus. I also invite others who very likely know far more about html code than I do to offer their tricks of the trade.

The point of all this is to empower anyone who is interested in doing MORE with Atheist Nexus. I hope this helps, that's all.

Discussion Forum

How To - Insert a Picture or Other Graphic

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 14. 28 Replies

We all like kitty-cats, right?  Okay, let's put a kitty-cat in here, to wit:So how did he…Continue

Tags: edit, picture, insert

Text effects

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 2, 2018. 7 Replies

Moving some information from The Sandbox to a more appropriate, permanent place:A little code in HTML mode can make your text fancier, with muted or bold colors and highlighting, sizes, different…Continue

Tags: shadows, HTML, CSS, colors, sizes

How To - Insert a Video

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 6, 2018. 18 Replies

As it turns out, inserting a video from YouTube or elsewhere isn't all that hard.  A great number of videos posted to the internet, especially from public news sources or places like YouTube will…Continue

Tags: share, YouTube, add, video

How to associate text with a picture

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 11, 2017. 1 Reply

I've been posting a few cartoons and such, where their text is actually googleable, and if you copy-and-paste them into a plain-text context such as Notepad, you'll magically get the actual text.Like…Continue

Tags: pictures, images, text, ALT text

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2020 at 9:07am

Looks like "Paste as Plain Text" is back, along with the other new bells'n'whistles in the text entry box.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2017 at 1:53pm

About the missing "Add as Plain Text" tool in group comments: people have suggested preparing your text in (or pasting into and recopying from) a plain text editor such as (on Windows) Notepad or one of the many fuller-featured programs such as Notepad++.

Another workaround: click the HTML button, and paste your text into the HTML view (yellow background, with markup like <p>...</p> visible). Click the HTML button again to return to regular, what-you-see-is-what-you-get mode. Your text might become one giant, run-on paragraph; you can fix that in regular mode.

Also, symbols ("less than" or "left angle bracket") pasted into HTML mode may mess up the following text. That's because they introduce the commands for paragraphs, italics, etc. Remove them before exiting HTML mode, then fix them in regular mode.

(Actually, I did a quick test, and exiting HTML mode automagically handles some <'s, though not perfectly. Better to remove them yourself, then fix in normal mode.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 17, 2016 at 2:08pm

Qiana, that looks impressive. I hope you find it works well for you. Cary, my son who shares my home, loves his Samsung. I don't know what model he has. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 26, 2016 at 6:44pm

I'm probably not the best person to ask about smart phones.  I've only owned one, a Motorola Droid Mini, which for the large portion has been very good.  My wife owns a Samsung Galaxy 6 and she is equally happy with it, though an earlier LG was not so great.

One thing I would counsel is being careful of used phones, especially because of battery wear.  My Droid started out being able to last not quite two days without seeing a charger.  Currently that duration is less than a full day.  Something to keep in mind if you need long-term service without availability of a charger.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2016 at 8:30pm

The Add as Plain Text box does not occur in these comments (obviously).  You're best served to use an editor rather than a word processor for offline comments, since an editor should not have much if any code overhead, unlike Word, which has beaucoup overhead!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2016 at 2:55pm

Good question, Joan.  I just checked and the comment entry window here still swallows all the html code, so my recommendation would be, if you wish to write a comment offline, to use Notepad, if you're using Windows, or whatever flat-file editor Apple uses if you're running a Mac.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2016 at 2:50pm

Loren, thank you. I get that "exceed the 50,000 character limit" frequently. When I cut and paste to my word processor or Text Edit, I am well within the 50,000 character limit. Now I know why!!!

OK, what do we do when the "T" does not appear?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2016 at 12:52pm

While I think about it, if there is anything in particular that you would like to be able to do with an Atheist Nexus post or comment that hasn't been covered to this point, please make a comment about it here and I'll see what I can do.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2016 at 6:36am

I have a thought as to what may have been going on with Carl's hyperlinks.  In Yahoo mail, if an email is marked as spam, it disables any links it may have, as they may connect to dangerous sites.  If AOL was doing the same thing, that might be what was going on.  In any case, I think you're well served in switching to GMail.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 9:26pm

Carl, I think the ghost theory makes as much sense as any idea. Glad you solved the problem; what an inconvenience you faced. 


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