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Lord Beowulf
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So which do you like better? new
      #5720327 - 03/08/13 11:31 AM

Ok, a quick poll. I've typically been posting embedded images that link to the associated webpage like so:



but I could be posting them so that they take you directly to the full sized image, bypassing the web page and the extra step, like so:



The only disadvantage there is that in bypassing the website, viewers don't get to see other images that may be related but not posted here. On the other hand, it's a much quicker way to get to the full sized image. So I'm just curious how many people typically click on the linked images here and which concept you prefer.

Thanks,

Beo


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Midnight Dan
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5720578 - 03/08/13 01:42 PM

I prefer the link to the web page. In most cases, I just view the image here in your post and don't click on it to follow any link. But when I DO click on it, it's because I want to see more. If it links to the website, I have the option of seeing more related images or seeing more by clicking again to get a larger image.

-Dan


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Tom and Beth
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5720689 - 03/08/13 02:50 PM

Just a note that if I set up my equipment to take a shot like that, I would soon have the Government knocking on my front door.

I'm just a few minutes (by air) from the local airport and an Air Force Base.

It's still a neat pic. I prefer the option to click again for full resolution images if they interest me enough.


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1965healy
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5720770 - 03/08/13 04:07 PM

I like to be able to click on them to go to the web site.

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mikey cee
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5720984 - 03/08/13 06:30 PM

I prefer both!

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Goodchild
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5721158 - 03/08/13 08:42 PM

Skip the link is my vote.

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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5721305 - 03/08/13 10:12 PM

I would also prefer to go to the full-size page.

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stkoepke
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5721360 - 03/08/13 11:03 PM

I like both options however I would probably choose another option personally....

Place a note under the image to "Click on the image for a larger view" or "for original view".

So many images that are posted on CN do not have either option.
I personally would not know I had an option if I didn't see a note letting me know.

And...

Put 2nd link in your signature line for the astrophotograghy images. If someone wants to see more.

I need to learn how to link images like this myself sometime....have to add that to my to do list.

NICE image BTW.


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roscoe
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: stkoepke]
      #5721742 - 03/09/13 08:05 AM

Until right now, I had no idea that I could sometimes click on peoples' photos and get taken to websites!
Jeez.....learn something every day!!!!
Russ


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mich_al
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: roscoe]
      #5721935 - 03/09/13 10:10 AM

Another consideration is people with slow dial-up.

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Bob Moore
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Re: So which do you like better? [Re: mich_al]
      #5721954 - 03/09/13 10:21 AM

Why link it at all, they look just fine posted here on cloudy

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Starhawk
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5725556 - 03/11/13 10:43 AM

Here here! Apparently 7-8 people a week are visited by the police for this in Tucson. Of course, my understanding is the bulk of those are doing it on purpose. But besides being under the pattern for a military airbase, I'm also under the path for a hospital's medivac, and I have a fireman neighbor who is friends with the PD's helicopter patrol who think they are being nice by lighting the alleys with the night sun, from time to time.

-Rich

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Just a note that if I set up my equipment to take a shot like that, I would soon have the Government knocking on my front door.

I'm just a few minutes (by air) from the local airport and an Air Force Base.

It's still a neat pic. I prefer the option to click again for full resolution images if they interest me enough.




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Lord Beowulf
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5727381 - 03/12/13 02:54 AM

Thanks to all! Generally you've echoed my thoughts and concerns (except for the side discussion on lasers! ), so I'm thinking of doing something like this:


Visit Orion Ranch Observatory web page.

That gives both options and makes it clear that there's a link to something. I notice that IE puts a blue border around the images so it's apparent that they're links while Chrome does not.

The other thing I like about linking directly to the image is that you get the real image and can zoom in or out with your browser. With the Gallery 3 webpage, clicking on the image brings up the image full screen, but not full size, in some sort of javascript viewer. There's a download full size option, but that goes to a file and requires two steps to get there.

Thoughts?

Beo


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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5727676 - 03/12/13 09:04 AM

I personally like the option to do either as you have it above. Most of the time, but not always, if an image captivates me, I would like to go to the web page to see more.

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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5728704 - 03/12/13 05:58 PM


this is done because not enough people turn on their 4-1200 watt outside lights at night
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Here here! PD's helicopter patrol who think they are being nice by lighting the alleys with the night sun, from time to time.

-Rich

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Just a note that if I set up my equipment to take a shot like that, I would soon have the Government knocking on my front door.

I'm just a few minutes (by air) from the local airport and an Air Force Base.

It's still a neat pic. I prefer the option to click again for full resolution images if they interest me enough.







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skinnyonce
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5728712 - 03/12/13 06:02 PM

If Im going to click on something I will stay and brouse around awhile

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Lord Beowulf
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: skinnyonce]
      #5859009 - 05/14/13 12:25 AM

Ok, I've decided the extra text link is a bit of a pain and that I can do something a bit nicer. While I haven't settled on the actual icon style, here are the two alternatives now. For the first, clicking the image will give the full sized image and clicking the link icon will go to the linked web page (the format I've been using lately), while on the second, clicking the image goes to the page and the zoom icon will go to the full sized image. Thoughts? Of course I guess I could have BOTH icons, but that gets busy!

Beo







Well, nevermind. I wanted to have the icon to the right of the image like below, but try as I might there appears to be no way to get two image links on the same line! I can put two images, but not with links. Carol, presumably that's some oddity with the code. Any chance that could be fixed?





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Midnight Dan
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Re: So which do you like better? new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #5859257 - 05/14/13 07:34 AM

I like the link icon better.

Clicking the image is a "hidden" feature - there's no real indication that clicking it will do anything. But, if you notice that the cursor turns into a finger over the picture, and you do decide to click it, well since you're clicking an image, you should get an image - just larger. Again, there's no indication in the UI that it will do anything different.

The icon, on the other hand infers a specific action will happen. Plus sign indicates a zoom, link indicates a link to something like a web page.

So it just seems more clear to me to click the image to get to a larger image, while the link takes me to a web page. The plus sign makes it clear that you should get a larger image, but there's no clue as to what clicking the image will do in that case.

-Dan


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