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Overview and OrganisationThe goal of the DF Media Gallery is to offer a library of quality drug/drug related media which is easily searchable and viewable by forum members, non-members and guests.
In addition to the Media Gallery, page members are also provided with a personal album facility (Members Albums), to upload, keep and share a broader range of media. Media can easily and quickly be uploaded to the Forum using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Uploaded media (Images, video and audio files) should be saved to the most appropriate drug category (or sub-category) within the Gallery or within personal Members Albums.
All media uploaded should be quality, however, the Media Gallery and media uploaded to Members Albums have different guidelines, privacy settings and allow different levels control. All members should be aware of the structure of the DF Media page, specific guidelines and privacy settings before uploading media.
Navigating Forum MediaNavigating Forum Media can be done in a number of ways and the following steps are not intended to be exhaustive. Note that the screen shots provided below show how the page is displayed on a computer. The appearance of the page varies slightly when viewed on hand held devices however the various tabs, buttons etc. perform the same function.
Accessing DF MediaDF Media can be opened by pressing the 'Browse' tab at the top left of any page then selecting ‘media' from the options provided in the menu bar:
Alternatively, use the forum Quick Links function by hovering over the ‘Browse’ tab, selecting the arrow/down symbol on the right, then pressing ‘Media’ from the drop down menu as indicated below.
Viewing new mediaNew media uploaded by members can be accessed either from within the Media page by selecting ‘New Media’ from the ‘Media Navigation’ box on the left of the screen or from any page using the Quick Links function provided within the ’New’ tab.
Searching MediaThe search engine at the top right of the page will default to only searching media when opened when within the media page. If you require more extensive search parameters, the ‘Search Media’ button on the left of the page within “Media Navigation’ opens the advanced search engine. This search engine also defaults to searching only the media/gallery and has several additional search parameters which can be filled out as required.
General browsing of the Media Gallery categories and sub categories can easily be done by selecting from the drop down menu from within ‘Categories’ on the left hand side of the page. The media content/category which is being browsed can also be filtered/ordered if required.
Watch CategoryIf you have a particular interest in a Category, the ‘Watch Category’ feature may be useful. When a particular category is open, ‘Watch Category’ is displayed (on the right of the page). Once selected, this feature allows users to receive notifications (e-mails or page alert) when activity within a category (or sub-category) occurs.
Adding Media Content
Media GuidelinesAll members should follow the guidelines below. This will assist DF by making the Gallery more appealing to members and non-members and encouraging growth.
- All media should be good quality; blurry pictures, poor quality videos/audio etc. should not be posted.
- Media relevant to a Gallery Drug Category should be put within the relevant drug category not left within personal Member Albums.
- Personal media, gifs, NSFW should be kept in Members Albums.
- Members should remove any personal digital information contained in digital photographs
- Explicit material should be strictly set to private.
Creating a Members AlbumIf the intended media upload is not appropriate for the Gallery, a Member Album should be created. This could be done by first selecting ‘Add Media’ from within the Media page, then, using the drop down menu select the first option (‘create an album’).
The following screen will pop up, then name it, describe it and change the viewing permissions (who will see the contents of the album) if required:
Viewing Permissions within Members Albums are set to be visible to other members by default however bear in mind that page members have different tastes and just because you can share media doesn't mean you should share media. Members should be aware of all privacy settings in all albums at all times. See ‘Viewing Permissions’ and Privacy’ for additional information.
Adding MediaThe first step to add media is the same as creating an album. Whether adding an image, video or audio file into the Drug Gallery, Wiki Images or Members Album, the screen display is similar. From within the Media Gallery, the ‘Add Media’ button within the top right hand side of the screen could be selected.
Alternatively, from the top of the page the quick links ‘Create’ tab could be selected followed by pressing the ‘Media’ option from the drop down menu to add media.
This will open the form shown below which is the same regardless of media type or container (media storage location). Fill the required fields out indicated below:
After a few seconds the media will normally upload (although some media sources/types do require staff approval/verification) and you will then be prompted to add a title, description and tags before pressing ’Save Media’ at the bottom of the page.
If ‘Embed Media’ was selected from the media format above, a URL from an external site needs to be added (typed, cut and pasted etc). The link needs to be from the approved media sites which are shown below the URL input box. After inputting the URL, select the + button to upload, then follow the final steps above.
Managing MediaAfter media has been uploaded, various edits can be made to the appearance, location, name, description, privacy etc.. If members are unsure of the quality, content or correct location for the intended upload it should be placed within a Member Album until any uncertainties have been cleared up. The answer to most queries is likely to be found within the main forum pages, in member groups or through conversations with other page members.
As with many forum functions, multiple ways of editing media are available and the most suitable will likely depend on media type, the device used and personal preference.
Editing AlbumsEdits to existing albums could be made by selecting ‘Your Albums’ from within the media page. This brings up a thumbnail image of the content of your album(s). To edit the album you could select the tick box in the left-hand corner of the thumbnail which opens the inline member moderation options and a drop-down menu as indicated below:
From the options above you can delete the album, ‘edit’ the album by changing the name and description or alter the privacy settings. If album deletion is selected you will be prompted to provide a brief reason why (2-5 words) and changing the album name and description is just filling out the relevant fields. Further information on privacy settings is provided in ‘ Changing Viewing Permissions’.
Editing Individual MediaThe inline moderation method of editing media content is a quick straightforward way of making edits and the same steps could be used to edit individual media content as above and the drop-down menu allows edits to location, name and description. However, if additional changes are required, the individual media item should be opened where more edit options are available. When an individual media item is selected, the layout below should appear on the right-hand side of the page and the annotations indicate a few of the more commonly used edit functions.
Several editing functions can be accessed from this page and page members should make themselves aware of what can be done for future ease of use. When the ’Edit Media’ button (either the large button on the right or the smaller button in the centre) is selected, the ‘form’ below will open and filling it out with any required edits is a simple task.
Privacy and Viewing PermissionsWhen media images, audio or video is placed within the Gallery, the default Viewing Permissions (who can see your media) are:
- Drug Gallery/Wiki Images: Viewable to all, member, non-members and guests.
The option to change Member Album viewing permission settings is provided when the album is initially created. It can also be changed at any time after the Member Album is created. First, navigate to the album you want to change (by selecting ‘Albums’ within your profile page or ‘Your Albums’ from within the ’Media’ page) and open the album that requires adjusting. When the album is opened, on the right-hand side of the screen a box headed ‘Album Permissions’ is displayed. Who has viewing permissions for this album is shown across from ‘Can View Media’. To change that setting select ‘Change Permissions’ as below:
- Members Albums: Members only.
When ’Change Permissions’ is selected a screen similar to that displayed when the album was first created is opened. To change viewing permissions, select from the drop down menu remembering to confirm your selection by pressing the ‘Change Viewing Permission’ button.
Removing EXIF data from photos
Sharing media on Facebook
Control of media
Providing feedback on mediaProviding feedback on uploaded media is encouraged by page members to maintain media quality and promote expansion of of the Media Gallery. Feedback can be provided when the media is being viewed.
Comment on mediaComments can be made on media content when a particular media image,video etc is open in the same way comments are made within forum pages explained here. The visibilty of comments is determined by the Viewing Permissions of the media content and can change over time if the permissions are changed at a later date.
Rate mediaRating an image is done using the 5 star system (1 star being terrible, 5 being excellent) in the same way comments and threads are rated. The option to ‘like’ media content is also provided when the media is opened.
Reporting mediaMedia Gallery content which does not adhere to the site rules, is offensive, misleading should be reported. Reporting within DF posts, thread or uploads is anonymous, is required for promotions and assists staff.