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    Thumbs up New Article writing contest!

    India Broadband Forum is pleased to announce a new contest and way to earn some money. This contest is all about writing. It entails you to submit an knowledge base (KB) articles, guides, tutorials and "how-to" instruction sets, on any topic relevant to the tech sections of this thread. Tech sections are the following:

    • All types of modems and their setup/configuration
    • Broadband technology including Wimax, Edge/CDMA/3G
    • Broadband service providers including mobile
    • IT Hardware
    • Mobile Phones
    • Operating systems/Software
    • Web technology including HTML.x
    • Consumer/home Appliances and Gadgets
    • Investment and Finance


    General Rules:
    • You may submit as many articles as you like.
    • Submit articles related to technology sections only as stated above.
    • Do not submit before the contest start date.
    • An article could be a KB article or a guide/tutorial/step-by-step instruction, or an insight into technology, review, etc.
    • Use English language only.
    • Article must be of minimum 150 words (not including simple words such as 'a','an','the,'with','if', etc.).
    • All articles must be posted/submitted in the "Contests" section only. We will not be in a position to entertain mistaken entries in other sections.
    • Article must not be copied from anywhere else including this forum.
    • Use your own judgment/descretion about reviews of any kind. Simple rewriting/rehashing of content from other places but not adding anything new will be discarded.
    • Ensure that your article has no spelling or grammatical mistakes.
    • The thread owner may withdraw his/her article with a PM request to Admin/Moderators within 24 hours. In this case, the aricle will be deleted. But if someone else has read the article and submits it after such removal, that person article will be in the contest.


    Judgment:
    • A lot of weight will be given to writing method/style, correct language, illustrations and examples, etc.
    • Use of pictures/diagrams will enhance the quality of the article and its quick acceptance.
    • All entries shall be judged by admin/moderators and accepted entries will be moved to proper section.
    • All unacceptable articles will be deleted.
    • There shall be no infractions/banning for the contest articles, even for copy/pasted articles; just that the articles will be deleted.
    • Other members may applaud (like) or report the articles. The number of "likes" will also help in acceptance of the article.
    • Decision of Admin/moderaters shall be final.


    Prizes:
    Each accepted entry shall earn a minimum of Rs. 100.

    Here is the payment structure:

    150-300 words = Rs. 100.00
    301-500 words = Rs. 175.00
    501-700 words = Rs. 250.00
    701-1000 words = Rs. 350.00
    1001-1500 words = Rs. 400.00 (thanks to smartflight for pointing this omission)
    1501+ words = Rs. 500.00

    Bonus Earnings
    Now this will surely interest you – Bonus Earnings! We have set some benchmarks of page views and some additional payments with each benchmark. From the date of publishing to the 181st day of any of your post, if you get the following page views you’ll get additional bonus with your earned amount for that post only:

    • below 250 views = Nill
    • 250+ views = 10% additional bonus.
    • 500+ views = 25% additional bonus.
    • 1000+ views = 50% additional bonus.
    • 3000+ views = 100% additional bonus.
    • 5000+ views = 200% additional bonus.
    • 7000+ views = 300% additional bonus.
    • 10000+ views = 400% additional bonus.
    • 15000+ views = 500% additional bonus.
    • 25000+Views = 700% additional bonus.
    • 50000+ views = 1000% additional bonus.


    Bonus will be calculated on the 181st day after the publishing date. For example, if your article gets published on 17th March, your page views and the bonus will be calculated on 17th Sep. To explain additional bonus, suppose you write a 1000 words article and it gets 7000 views within 60 days, then you’ll earn Rs. 1,400 [Rs. 350 + Rs. 1,050 (300% bonus) = Rs. 1400] for that post.


    Tips on how to make sure you get a good number of views for your thread:
    • Use a good title that you believe people are searching for or would be of interest to a lot of people.
    • Try to write about something that is not momentary and will be forgotten in a few days; so its best to avoid news and stuff and concentrate on other things that people will search for say even after 3 months or 4 months.
    • Share your thread on social networking websites like Facebook, Google plus, Myspace, etc.
    • Invite your friends to join the forum (and contribute).
    • Link your thread from your personal website/blog etc.
    • Link to your thread as a signature on our forum as well as others (even email) to attract more visitors.
    • DO NOT COPY/PASTE from other sites
    • Do not simply rephrase words from other sites





    Period:
    The contest starts from Monday, 12-March-2012 12:01 AM. As of now, there is no set end-date. But we shall announce that in due course and give at least a week's notice.
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    If you have further question/doubts, please post them here.
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    Where will be the post published if it gets selected??

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    The article will be moved to the regular sections of the forum - that is what it means by "getting published". This means a formal acceptance of the article.

    @all, forgot to mention this earlier. Please note that all payments shall be Paypal only. Hence I will request all contestants to open a Paypal account. Opening such an account is a matter of few minutes. The Paypal account can be linked to your Indian bank account and you can safely transfer money across. We shall not be using any other method such as NEFT/SWIFT/RTGS for payment.

    The reason for the above is because it is quite a hassle afterwards to pay the winning candidates their due sum. Banks place restrictions on number of transfers per day. There may be many winners with small sums of money to be paid. The last time we faced issue on this.
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    Hi, is it possible to post a previous thread link, which I had already started in Computers about IP Camera setup?

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    Unfortunately it wont be included. Write something new and post it and as many as you like and its not just 100Rs its a minimum of Rs100 and if you come up with something extraordinary then you might end up winning a lot more then 100rs. Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Unfortunately it wont be included. Write something new and post it and as many as you like and its not just 100Rs its a minimum of Rs100 and if you come up with something extraordinary then you might end up winning a lot more then 100rs. Give it a try.
    Unlike previous contests where there were going to be a limited sets of winners, in this one everyone can be a winner and earn money.

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    Wow!! My 2 Posts got Selected!!! I am On Moon

    Just Planing What I will Do With 200...

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    Unlike on previous occasions, I didn't receive a notification about this contest through E-mail. Wonder if Admin forgot to send the newsletter to the members. If he sent one, I insist on sending few more.

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    Also, what are the criteria of earning more than Rs. 100/article? If the quality is consistent, will a 300 or 500 words article earn more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsmemad View Post
    Also, what are the criteria of earning more than Rs. 100/article? If the quality is consistent, will a 300 or 500 words article earn more?
    Read the main thread.

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    Just Wanted to know when will be the payment done??

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    Payments by paypal whenever you want but I would really appreciate if you let your amont build up a bit so I dont end up making lot of very small payments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Read the main thread.

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    Already did. It only talks about quality. I take it that a 150+ words quality article will stand the chance of earning the same amount that of a 500+ words quality article. If not, it should be stated specifically about the structure of the payment for 150+ words, 300+ words, 500+ words and 750+ words article. If a 500+ words article is full of fluff, you've the option to reject it! However, in the interest of the members, I believe that there should be a little transparency with respect to their potential ROI. (They invest their time if they write longer and well researched articles.)

    P.S.: Minimum withdrawal limit or withdrawal on a certain date(s) of the month could be added to avoid frequent payment requests of small claims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsmemad View Post
    Unlike on previous occasions, I didn't receive a notification about this contest through E-mail. Wonder if Admin forgot to send the newsletter to the members. If he sent one, I insist on sending few more.
    You must have declined to receive admin e-mails (check in CP) and if not then it must be somewhere in your spam folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsmemad View Post
    I believe that there should be a little transparency with respect to their potential ROI. (They invest their time if they write longer and well researched articles.)
    If some one comes up with a well researched and well written tutorial/Article they wont be disappointed with the amount of money they will receive as prize money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarveshmotihari View Post
    Just Wanted to know when will be the payment done??
    As admin said, it would be nice of you (and everyone else) if they waited trip let the amounts accumulate. This helps in reducing transactions. Also it gives the awardee a lumpsum amount in one go. However, we could set a time limit of max 45 days for payments (this is a suggestion and not a decree ).

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    Default Payment Structure and Bonuses

    Here is the payment structure:

    150-300 words = Rs. 100.00
    301-500 words = Rs. 175.00
    501-700 words = Rs. 250.00
    701-1000 words = Rs. 350.00
    1500+ words = Rs. 500.00

    Bonus Earnings
    Now this will surely interest you – Bonus Earnings! We have set some benchmarks of page views and some additional payments with each benchmark. From the date of publishing to the 181st day of any of your post, if you get the following page views you’ll get additional bonus with your earned amount for that post only:

    • below 250 views = Nill
    • 250+ views = 10% additional bonus.
    • 500+ views = 25% additional bonus.
    • 1000+ views = 50% additional bonus.
    • 3000+ views = 100% additional bonus.
    • 5000+ views = 200% additional bonus.
    • 7000+ views = 300% additional bonus.
    • 10000+ views = 400% additional bonus.
    • 15000+ views = 500% additional bonus.
    • 25000+Views = 700% additional bonus.
    • 50000+ views = 1000% additional bonus.


    Bonus will be calculated on the 181st day after the publishing date. For example, if your article gets published on 17th March, your page views and the bonus will be calculated on 17th Sep. To explain additional bonus, suppose you write a 1000 words article and it gets 7000 views within 60 days, then you’ll earn Rs. 1,400 [Rs. 350 + Rs. 1,050 (300% bonus) = Rs. 1400] for that post.


    Tips on how to make sure you get a good number of views for your thread:
    • Use a good title that you believe people are searching for or would be of interest to a lot of people.
    • Try to write about something that is not momentary and will be forgotten in a few days; so its best to avoid news and stuff and concentrate on other things that people will search for say even after 3 months or 4 months.
    • Share your thread on social networking websites like Facebook, Google plus, Myspace, etc.
    • Invite your friends to join the forum (and contribute).
    • Link your thread from your personal website/blog etc.
    • Link to your thread as a signature on our forum as well as others (even email) to attract more visitors.
    • DO NOT COPY/PASTE from other sites
    • Do not simply rephrase words from other sites
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    @all, If your post disappears from the contests section, it means that it has been removed from the "contest". We cannot provide justifications on "why or how" but request you to have a re-look at the rules and interpretations.
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    Hello sir!!! Today, I read about your new article writing contest. Its really great!!! I helps us to increase our writing skills and to spread the knowledge. I want to participate in this contest!!! But I've written my articles on the other website also. So, Can I post them here after improving them??? The articles are written by me only. They are original. Please give me your email ID so that I can send you the links to my articles.

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    Articles that you have posted elsewhere will not be accepted in the contest. Not just the contest we don't allow that on the forum anyway. Please post something fresh if you would like to participate.

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    But they are originally written by me only!!!!! and I'll do some improvements in them. I'll update them!!!!

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    @ameyban

    You probabbly havent noticed how much money is involved here. If you write a good 1500 word tutorial which in my opinion should not take more then 2 hours max if there is a lot of research involved you make Rs500 straight away and say for example it does not do very well on search engines and you hardly do any promotion it would still get 10000+ views easily in 6 months and you make a decent 400% bonus whihc translates into Rs2000 on top of initial Rs500 so for two hours of work you make a neat Rs2500 and this is the worst case scenario. If you do a little research and make some effort you might end up making a lot more for very little amount of work.

    Say for example if some one is unemployed and start writing for this contest and only does two 1500 word articles per day that would be an easy Rs2000-3000 per day which would add upto 60000-90000 per month and you are asking me if you could use articles that you have on another website? My answer is "No" and I cant explain it better.

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    Ok sir!!!! I understood!!!

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    My thread has been moved from contests section to proper section. But that post hasn't been included in selected list. Has it been selected?
    Admin Please reply.
    This is the post. http://www.innofloorworld.com/mobile...iew-guide.html

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    Take it easy! It takes time to move and update... Just4kix is doing it right now as I see in who is online list.. Give it a min please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Take it easy! It takes time to move and update... Just4kix is doing it right now as I see in who is online list.. Give it a min please.

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    Sorry I became a bit Anxious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarveshmotihari View Post
    My thread has been moved from contests section to proper section. But that post hasn't been included in selected list. Has it been selected?
    Admin Please reply.
    This is the post. http://www.innofloorworld.com/mobile...iew-guide.html
    I very sincerely not request you not to jump the gun immediately. We are very fair minded. Please be patient; else we will pay you out.
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    Please pardon me...I became a bit anxious.....Will keep it mind in future.....

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    501-700 words = Rs. 250.00
    701-1000 words = Rs. 350.00
    1500+ words = Rs. 500
    What if the article is between 1001-1499 words?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartflight View Post
    What if the article is between 1001-1499 words?
    Thanks for pointing this mistake. I will update the post. BTW, it will be Rs. 400/-
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Thanks for pointing this mistake. I will update the post. BTW, it will be Rs. 400/-
    No problem.

    Also, how are the words going to be counted? I am running my article through here and I'm not sure how I could reach a proper word-count, seeing as this contest disregards a, an, the, if, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartflight View Post
    No problem.

    Also, how are the words going to be counted? I am running my article through here and I'm not sure how I could reach a proper word-count, seeing as this contest disregards a, an, the, if, etc.
    I do it in a simple crude manner. I copy/paste the text in MS-Word and remove most common words. Word document properties gives me the word count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    I do it in a simple crude manner. I copy/paste the text in MS-Word and remove most common words. Word document properties gives me the word count.
    Could you share the list of words you are removing, if you have made one?

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    Not a really exhaustive list. Most common words of 4-5 letters or less including articles, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Not a really exhaustive list. Most common words of 4-5 letters or less including articles, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc.
    Hmm. Nice catch here. My 1300-word article would dwindle down to somewhere between 300-400 that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartflight View Post
    Hmm. Nice catch here. My 1300-word article would dwindle down to somewhere between 300-400 that way.
    If you are interested just submit your article and see. Don't look at the money angle only. Think of the payment as a bonus. As I said in my previous post, we will be very fair. On a side note, are you saying that your 1300-word articles contains nearly 900 of the most common words such as 'a', 'an', 'the', 'to', 'with', 'on', 'of', etc.?
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    @ smartflight

    Please have a look at the entries and how much they will get paid to get an idea how the word count turns out to be : http://www.innofloorworld.com/contes...rs-so-far.html This thread have the link to articles and the amount of money written alongside so its very transparent. Whatever number of views these articles will get in 6 months from the date they are posted will decide the amount of bonus that will be paid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    If you are interested just submit your article and see. Don't look at the money angle only. Think of the payment as a bonus. As I said in my previous post, we will be very fair. On a side note, are you saying that your 1300-word articles contains nearly 900 of the most common words such as 'a', 'an', 'the', 'to', 'with', 'on', 'of', etc.?
    When you put it that way, I think it'd be around 700 words
    I don't know. Could you run me a test otherwise? I will submit the article sometime tomorrow.

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    Please have a look at the entries and how much they will get paid to get an idea how the word count turns out to be : http://www.innofloorworld.com/contes...rs-so-far.html This thread have the link to articles and the amount of money written alongside so its very transparent. Whatever number of views these articles will get in 6 months from the date they are posted will decide the amount of bonus that will be paid.
    Hmm, I have gone through that. The bonus-payment is a nice idea. However, will the initial amount and the bonus be paid at once (after 6 months)?

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    Not like that. But we would like the individual payments to accumulate to a good nice upper figure so that there are less number of money transfers involved. We are going to take a review at the end of each month or so (till the contest ends) and clear payments. At the end of 6 months, bonuses will be calculated and paid out.
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    I think I should post this over here.

    The articles posted for the contests should be properly formatted and should be devoid of spelling mistakes. I wonder why the mods and admins haven't stated that as a mandatory clause.

    Take for instance this post http://www.innofloorworld.com/bsnl-e...tml#post358765

    The author introduces capital letters in the midst of the sentences throughout the article. Also, it has spelling mistakes / grammatical mistakes (like broadband written as brodband; the modem costed me etc etc). I realize that many will find it exceedingly tough to come up with perfect pieces.

    Hence, use something like Check Spelling, Style, and Grammar with After the Deadline to check your articles for such oddities before posting them here.
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    I guess there shouldn't be a hard and fast rule for spelling and Grammar because one may end up making some mistakes in long posts..

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    Sarvesh, Try the link in this post : http://www.innofloorworld.com/contes...tml#post359193 to correct your mistakes before posting your entry.

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    Admin why isn't edit option available in this post? http://www.innofloorworld.com/bsnl-e...tml#post358765
    I want to edit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    I think I should post this over here.

    The articles posted for the contests should be properly formatted and should be devoid of spelling mistakes. I wonder why the mods and admins haven't stated put that as a mandatory clause.

    Take for instance this post http://www.innofloorworld.com/bsnl-e...tml#post358765

    The author introduces capital letters in the midst of the sentences throughout the article. Also, it has spelling mistakes / grammatical mistakes (like broadband written as brodband; the modem costed me etc etc). I realize that many will find it exceedingly tough to come up with perfect pieces.

    Hence, use something like Check Spelling, Style, and Grammar with After the Deadline to check your articles for such oddities before posting them here.
    Quote Originally Posted by sarveshmotihari View Post
    I guess there shouldn't be a hard and fast rule for spelling and Grammar because one may end up making some mistakes in long posts..
    ctt is right. I knew that there were many spelling and grammatical mistakes. But I decided to be lenient. I did not wish to clamp down on the very first article submitted.

    @sarvesh, there is always plenty of time. It is not as if the contest is going to end tomorrow. There is a monetary compensation involved. So it is only fair that we ask you to write a clean article. Use a text editor such as MS-Word for writing. Enable "spelling and grammar check" options. Run spell check/grammar check. Eliminate all red/green curvy underlined words and phrases. In short, make an effort to earn the money. One can tolerate minor errors/mistakes. HTH.
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    Its OK that you've removed my posts!!!!!! I'm not angry at all!!! Actually, the thing is I'm in XII standard now. The exams are over. But there one entrance exam named CET which will take place on 10'th may. I can't write any new articles till then. I just want to ask you the end date of the contest!!! Please tell me as soon as possible.

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    As j4k has already mentioned that this contest is not going to end soon and their will be an announcement at least one week before.

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    Why would you be angry? You copy pasted those posts and they have been removed as promised in the announcement that copied content is not allowed. You should be glad you are not banned as you have just been increasing our work load for no reason.

    There is no end date yet so this contest will go on until further notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameyban View Post
    Its OK that you've removed my posts!!!!!! I'm not angry at all!!! Actually, the thing is I'm in XII standard now. The exams are over. But there one entrance exam named CET which will take place on 10'th may. I can't write any new articles till then. I just want to ask you the end date of the contest!!! Please tell me as soon as possible.
    We have not deleted your posts but hidden them for the time being. We found that the content already existed somewhere else. As stated in the rules, this is not allowed - and not just for the contest; it is a "no-no" at all times.

    There is no set end date for the contest at this time. But I will urge you to please concentrate on your studies for the time being. CET is an important exam that will define your career. This is more important than anything else right now. All the best for your exam. We will continue to run contests and such promotions from time to time.
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    Thank you very very much sir for your suggestion and wishes!!!! by the way, the post which you've found on shvoong was originally written by me 'Chimanya'. OK!!! See you on 10'th May bye!!! good night!!!!
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    I did reply to your query in a very detailed reply here : http://www.innofloorworld.com/contes...tml#post359123 You just choose to ignore it.

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    Thanks IBF!! for selecting my posts

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    I will urge others to be forthcoming and write articles.
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    I am facing two issues in posting my article:

    • The maximum images allowed are 8, whereas I have 12 genuine images to post.
    • My images are externally hosted, and when the size is greater than the post body, they do not automatically adjust to the maximum height & width allowed. You might want set that up in the admin panel, not just for me, but for all future uses. As for attaching them instead/referencing them locally, the thumbnails become too small and un-attractive. The result is not pleasing.

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    Yeh I agree with smartflight....There should be an option of inserting images in a post rather than small thumbnails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartflight View Post
    I am facing two issues in posting my article:

    • The maximum images allowed are 8, whereas I have 12 genuine images to post.
    • My images are externally hosted, and when the size is greater than the post body, they do not automatically adjust to the maximum height & width allowed. You might want set that up in the admin panel, not just for me, but for all future uses. As for attaching them instead/referencing them locally, the thumbnails become too small and un-attractive. The result is not pleasing.
    The limit of 8 images applies to me also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    The limit of 8 images applies to me also.

    That really is a bummer! I can't see why an exception can not be made if the images are genuine, and do not use the space of the server's disk at all.

    At least make it so the external images that are big in resolution do not go out of bounds from the forum body?

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    You can post the article in a thread with two posts - one after another. It will be considered as one single article.

    As far as image going outside the body, please resize them to 800x600 as the max size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    You can post the article in a thread with two posts - one after another. It will be considered as one single article.
    Very well! I have no clue why I didn't think of that!

    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    As far as image going outside the body, please resize them to 800x600 as the max size.
    And mess with the image quality? No, thank you! :/

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