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  1. #1
    "Invalid URL" when trying to insert images
    Ok, this happened last night, but eventually it finally worked. Now it's happening again today, and it's getting annoying!

    I can't even post a screenshot of the error message, but it's at this very much valid image URL:
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4836/30940290047_be1db5c33e_b.jpg


    When I go to Insert Image > From URL > [paste URL in text field] > OK I get a pop-up message that says "Invalid URL"

    What gives?
    -Jonathan
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) - 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) - 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5

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    "Invalid URL" when trying to insert images
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    I'm trying it the same way,

    Yup I got the same message.
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  3. #3
    Download the image to your machine and then Upload it instead of linking it.
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  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Download the image to your machine and then Upload it instead of linking it.
    Tried that, but it doesn't work either. After I select the image from my computer, there's no button to submit the request...I took a screen capture of it, and ironically, IT will post from the URL, but the other image still won't

    44967141725_a2dc8be79a_o.png

    These are both images hosted on Flickr, so I don't get it. Why would one URL be considered valid and the other not, when they both are working URLs? I suppose it might work if I keep deleting and uploading problem images to Flickr until this site is happy with the chosen URL, but there's obviously a problem here that needs to be fixed.
    -Jonathan
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) - 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) - 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5

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    Under the "Choose file" button, the string "Upload File(s)" is actually the button, just not styled properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Under the "Choose file" button, the string "Upload File(s)" is actually the button, just not styled properly.
    Thanks--that worked. They really ought to fix that button styling (or rather lack thereof) and the issue with the URL, though. I'll use the download/upload workaround for now.
    -Jonathan
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) - 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) - 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5

  7. #7
    I just tested the URL link, just make sure that you uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option and it will link without any problems. Downloading the remote file and then adding it seems to be broken.

    So you have two ways of adding screenshots.
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    ...Ashwin


  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    I just tested the URL link, just make sure that you uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option and it will link without any problems. Downloading the remote file and then adding it seems to be broken.

    So you have two ways of adding screenshots.
    Ah! I hadn't even noticed that option - that would explain why when a URL did work, it showed the image as attached (though that was strange). Seems like an odd default option, though, since I'm assuming attachments are taking up server storage space. Only advantage I see is to prevent broken links if those remote images are ever moved or deleted.
    -Jonathan
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) - 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) - 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5

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    "Invalid URL" when trying to insert images
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    I just tested the URL link, just make sure that you uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option and it will link without any problems. Downloading the remote file and then adding it seems to be broken.
    I noticed that a while back but we had so much going on that it was forgotten. Something else to add to the "need to get done" for the site software. The software that controls user profiles is also in need of repair.

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