❇️ REMEDIAL LEVEL: This tutorial contains very basic, easy to understand information requiring very little to no previous computer or technical knowledge.
❇️ For this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re using a desktop computer or tablet & have very little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.
❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you really can’t mess up anything.
Ready To Start?
First, A Little Basic Information About Spammers & Trolls:
Spammers & trolls are any unwelcome user or account which appear on a website with the intent of causing trouble or exploiting the bandwidth and exposure of the website for their own purposes. They are digital parasites.
They can either be actual persons, groups of persons or a collection of computer commands specifically designed, organized and generated to appear like a real person. An artificial human spammer or troll account such as this is called a bot (short for robot).
Spammers & trolls often post distasteful & objective content; or, flood a comment forum with numerous links in an attempt to drive the legitimate users there to a different webpage in the hopes they will purchase products.
Left unchecked, spammers & trolls will take control of a comment forum & eventually destroy a website by degrading the user experience to the point they drive away serious users with the overwhelming proliferation of unnecessary posts.
WARNING:Under no circumstances whatsoever should you ever click on a link posted by a troll or spammer. Doing so could infect your computer with malware or viruses. Also avoid commenting or discussions about the troll or spammer with other users, as this only encourages them and wastes valuable bandwidth.
However, there is ONE very powerful action you can take to fight & counter the bad intentions of any spammer or troll: FLAG their comments.
FLAGGING an undesirable or unwanted comment in Disqus is very easy & very powerful. A FLAGGED comment immediately places the offending content or post directly in the crosshairs of the website’s moderators, who can promptly remove and dispose of it.
How To FLAG Spammers & Trolls In Disqus
There’s a pulldown menu on each comment that you may never know is there until someone points it out to you. If you run the tip of your mouse cursor over at first what appears to be blank, empty space at the far right side of your comment, you’ll eventually find & see a small hidden gray dash mark and downward pointed triangle side by side.
If you click on the gray dash mark, the comment collapses and the gray dash mark changes into a gray plus sign. Clicking again on the gray plus sign expands the comment once again.
However, when you place the tip of your mouse cursor over the gray inverted triangle and click, a small menu box with two choices will appear:
BLOCK USER: Selecting this option will make ALL of the posts (past & present) of that particular user disappear. Instead, wherever this person posts a comment you will only see a blank space with the words THIS USER IS BLOCKED. This is a really great tool to block someone who often posts frequent comments you may not like. After you BLOCK them, you will no longer see any of their comments. If you change your mind later & want to UNBLOCK this person, that’s also very easy to do; however, not a subject we will cover here now.
FLAG AS INAPPROPRIATE: This is the selection you want to make in order to FLAG a spammer or troll. Once you select Flag as inappropriate, this selection box will immediately appear under the comment:
Click on the Spam – posted spam comments or discussions selection and then click on the blue Flag Comment button to send the flag directly to the moderators.
Congratulations! You have now just played a very important part in helping to rid your comment board of unwanted riff raff. Thank you in advance!
Until Next Time: Remember To Always Get The Most From Your Post!
✳️ In this tutorial, you’ll be learning an entirely new skill set in which having a basic and perfunctory understanding of how computers work is highly recommended.
✳️ For this tutorial, you’ll need to use a desktop computer because Torrent requires a device which supports file storage.
✳️ Understanding the Torrent process also involves learning a series of several different steps. At first, it may seem daunting; but don’t worry. Follow the instructions & after only 2 or 3 completions of this process, you’ll know it.
Ready To Start?
Did you know just about every film, television, video, song, book & software program ever created can be found somewhere on the Internet if you know how & where to look?
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to directly access that tremendous amount of online content & information for your personal use, education or enjoyment?
Fortunately, there is & it’s called Torrent.
A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF HOW TORRENT WORKS
Torrent is an open-source digital file sharing protocol. “Open-source” means that it’s not owned by, nor the exclusive, proprietary intellectual property of a big tech company like Microsoft or Google. Open-source means third party developers may modify, enhance or add to it.
Digital file sharing protocol is a fancy description of what Torrent is & does. It’s basically software which establishes an online network over which different users may share files or digital content directly between themselves without having to connect to each other using a centralized sharing location.
Normally, when you watch a movie online with Netflix, Amazon Prime or YouTube, your computer or phone connects directly to a centralized server where a copy of the movie is stored. This is known as streaming.
Traditional central server downloading/streaming configuration
Torrent works differently. It allows you to access, connect & share content by completely bypassing & eliminating any central server connections altogether. This means the exchange of files & content occurs between the computers of individual users instead of passing thru a single, centralized point where it may either be monitored or controlled. It does this by allowing individual computers on the Torrent network to connect & talk directly to one another in order to share the requested content. This non-centralized, file sharing model is called Peer To Peer, or P2P.
Torrent peer to peer file sharing configuration
Unlike a streaming service, whenever you use Torrent, you are not actually downloading any content directly from a Torrent website. Instead, you initially download what’s called a bittorrent file. A bittorent file is usually a small .torrent formatted HTML file (usually less than 100K) which contains instructions telling your computer how to establish network connections with all the other computers (peers) which already have a stored copy of your content.
DISCLAIMERS & ADVISORIES
The following is a step by step, how to, beginner’s guide to set up and use Torrent. Please be advised the United States Federal Government has determined that the duplication & downloading of copyrighted materials is illegal. The New Americanist does not in anyway condone any activities which violate the law.
The following information is offered only as public service; and, is knowledge which is already widely available on the internet. By using this information, you agree to accept all risk & liability. You also agree to completely release The New Americanist from any & all future claims of liability for any & all losses of data or any & all damages which may result from the loss of data. Please read the following thoroughly and make certain you completely understand everything before you actually attempt to do anything.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
SAFETY & SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USING TORRENT
Use your head: safety & security are key. Everything worthwhile in Life involves some degree of risk and Torrent is no different. Make certain to follow these simple guidelines & recommendations to guarantee your Torrent experience always remains safe, secure & enjoyable:
A.ALWAYSUSE A VPNEVERY TIME YOU DOWNLOAD WITH TORRENT
This can’t be emphasized enough. In case you don’t already know, VPN stands for virtual private network. That’s a tech way of saying your internet address is masked (hidden) & nobody can watch your online, internet activity. It’s like a digital, invisible cloak. Whether you plan to use Torrent or not, you should definitely already be using a VPN. A VPN allows you to conduct your online business in complete privacy away from snooping eyes which want to monitor where you go to, how long you stay & what you do while you’re there. The snooping eyes of your internet service provider, the Government, Big Tech, online advertising & tracking companies or anyone who wants to collect & sell your personal data. Some web browsers like Opera come with free VPN already built into their browser software. Free browser based VPN is better than nothing, but can be slow and clunky. You can at least always turn it on & run it during a Torrent session; then turn it off again once you’re finished.
Pay VPNs run anywhere between $6-12 a month depending on the company. They return an extremely worthwhile amount of value & security considering the modest amount of investment. They are much faster and more powerful than any FREE VPN. Most also offer a free trial for the first 30 days so you can try them out. Many offer substantial discounts if you buy a 1, 2 or 3 year package up front and a single subscription will usually cover up to 5 or 6 devices simultaneously. If you spring for a pay VPN, you’ll want to install and run it on all of your devices: home desktop, tablets and cell phones.
Here’s a couple of useful page links to allow you to compare & shop the different VPN companies. Currently, I use EXPRESS VPN. That’s not an official endorsement; you should select a company which provides the best fit for you:
If at all possible, you should never use Torrent without a VPN. If you do, there’s always a chance your ISP could log your IP address during a download & suspend your account. Seems they don’t take too kindly to customers bypassing their centralized servers to exchange content. I’ll discuss VPN’s in much greater depth & detail in a future tutorial.
B.PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM POTENTIAL MALWARE INFECTIONS
Always be certain to run an anti-viral & malware scan on every downloaded file BEFORE you click & open them. You’re already doing this now anyway, right? Like everywhere else, there are idiots & very bad people on the Internet who enjoy taking the fun out of everything. If you’re not careful or pay close enough attention, there’s always the possibility you could download a file which isn’t really the season finale of Downton Abbey; but instead, a nasty virus or trojan worm designed to infect your computer. Don’t let this happen to you! Always make certain you run up to date anti-virus/malware software and scan all downloaded files for any possible issues before opening them. Also, please closely follow the following instructions & suggestions to maximize your computer’s safety. If you do, you should rarely encounter any malware issues using Torrent.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a WINDOWS user, your exposure to risk with Torrent will be greater that of a MAC user simply because hackers who code malware do so predominately for the WINDOWS platform. If you’re on a WINDOWS computer, it’s especially important you ALWAYS have & use anti-virus/anti-malware software.
C. DON’T WANDER OFF INTO THE BAD PARTS OF TOWN
If you do a regular Google search for “torrent websites,” literally thousands of hits will come back. Most of these sites may very well be legitimate, but some are not. Some are digital funnels designed to whisk you away and into other online porn, dating or gambling sites. Still others are traps designed to milk you of your personal information or push viruses, trojans, worms and other wretched forms of malware onto your computer. Stay far away from any Russian, Chinese or African torrent websites. DON’T TAKE ANY UNNECESSARY CHANCES: KEEP EVERYTHING SAFE & SIMPLE!
For safety & instructional purposes, we will be using only the Pirate Bay torrent site. The Pirate Bay has been around since 1996 and is one of the first, original torrent sites. It’s also one of the biggest in terms of inventory & cross references other legitimate torrent sites. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the Pirate Bay, it’s probably not available online. Here’s the Pirate Bay link:
You don’t need to register for an account to download torrent files. In fact, I recommend you don’t in order to remain as anonymous as possible.
D. ALWAYS USE THE MAGNET LINK
A Magnet link is a very intelligent, additional security feature which protects your computer from accidentally downloading & opening a cleverly disguised torrent file which may contain malware. What a magnet link does is download a torrent filedirectly to your torrent client without ever risking having to actually open it on your computer. A magnet link bypasses your hard drive altogether & sends your torrent file directly to your torrent client. If there’s anything suspicious about that particular torrent file, your client software will either fail to load it; or, give you an error message. Of course, in any instance where your client fails to load or launch a downloaded torrent file, you should delete that file immediately.
E. KNOW WHEN TO ABORT THE MISSION
The last rule to be aware of when using Torrent is to make certain you always close out a browser tab immediately should you ever find yourself navigated to a strange webpage which has absolutely nothing to do with your most current search or download. This sort of thing will rarely happen if you follow A-D above; however, should you ever click on a link to download a torrent file and suddenly find yourself on some strange Anime gamer page, don’t stick around to explore it any further. Delete that browser tab and leave immediately.
OK, now that you’re familiar with some of the most common security risks involved with Torrent & how to avoid them, let’s move on next to how you actually set up & use Torrent.
HOW TO SET UP & USE TORRENT
Perhaps the best way to describe the entire torrent process from beginning to end is to walk through it using an actual example. In this example, we’re going to download Season 5 of Better Call Saul. With television programs, you often have the choice & convenience of either downloading a single episode or an entire season. Remember, this example is for entertainment purposes only. Always respect copyright laws.
Download & Install Your Torrent ClientSoftware
You’ll first need to download and install a Torrent client. A Torrent client is a very handy piece of software which allows you to connect & network with other computer users who also have that same Torrent software installed on their computers. It’s what enables all the other computers on the network to talk to one another and share content. It also provides a visible interface for you to direct & monitor all your Torrent activities. Torrent client software is FREE & there are many different versions available, but they all basically do the same thing. The one I like & use is VUZE.
You can download & install the VUZE Torrent client here:
Because Torrent clients are free, most will try to convince you to buy extras like their upgraded PRO version or their own in-house VPN service. Many will also try to hit you up for a donation whenever you open their program; or, pitch you other kinds of software from their associates & affiliates. Of course, you don’t need to go for any of that unless you want to. The FREE version will work perfectly fine for everything you plan to do.
Once you’ve installed & opened your Torrent client software, you should see an interface which looks similar to this:
Like any new piece of software, the interface may first appear intimidating because it’s completely unfamiliar. Yes, there are bells & whistles, but don’t become discouraged; it’s really very simple to operate.
✳️ From this point forward, we’ll concentrate on our actual example to demonstrate & explain all the steps of the Torrent process. To do this, we’re going to download Season 5 of Better Call Saul:
HOW TO FIND A TORRENT FILE & DOWNLOAD IT TO YOUR CLIENT
Use the link provided above & go to the Pirate Bay homepage. Go ahead and enter “Better Call Saul Season 5″ in the search window. Next, check “Video” to focus the search and then click Pirate Search. If you select & click the I’m Feeling Lucky search option instead, you’ll just get lots of random, arcane torrent listings.
Next, a search results page should appear which looks like this:
The actual search results page on my computer returned more than 100 different listings; however, for the sake of simplicity in this example, I have included only the top ten or eleven. Let’s zero in & take a closer look at each of the different column notations & explore what they mean:
Each one of these listing rows represent a separate download file of Better Call Saul. With a television series, you usually have either the choice of sharing individual episodes or complete season collections.
The Category, Upload Date & file Size columns are pretty much self explanatory. ULed by is the username of the person who uploaded the file to Pirate Bay.
A. The Name column is actually an active link & contains helpful information about the quality of the file; 720P is the resolution, WEBRip means these episodes were probably taken from somewhere else on the web & uploaded here. BluRay means the episodes are sourced from a BluRay disk collection. HDTV means they were probably recorded directly from Netflix on a DVR. x264 is a standard, digital video compression format.
B. The horseshoe magnet symbol indicates there is a magnet link available for this file & the little green skull symbol to the right means that magnet link is active & functional.
C. These two smaller columns contain perhaps the most important file information of all. SE stands for SEEDERS. A seeder is another computer on the network which has already downloaded & contains this particular file in it’s entirety. As you can see, 131 different people have already downloaded this file of Season 5 of Better Call Saul and are now online. This information is important for two reasons. First, when a particular file has a high number of seeders, that usually indicates it contains both excellent image & audio quality; IOW, it’s very popular. It also means there’s virtually no chance of it being a covert malware bomb; because if it was, this many people would not have already downloaded it.
LE stands for LEECHERS. A leecher is someone who has only downloaded a part of the file instead of the file in its entirety.
When you share files using torrent, your torrent client doesn’t only connect to a one other sharing source, it connects to as many as it can find. This characteristic is called swarming. It pulls different pieces of the file from as many different, available seeder & leecher sources as it can connect with and then assembles them all together on your computer in a completed, finalized version. The process of collecting these bits & pieces from numerous sources and then reassembling them is called muxing.
A good rule of thumb to remember is the greater the number of file seeders and leechers, the faster your download will be because torrent is utilizing a greater number of sources to transfer the information. Whenever you see a file listing with zero seeders and leeches, that means there are NO sources available for your client to connect with. Such files are called dead torrents. In addition, you may do a torrent search for an older or more obscure film and discover only a single file available containing only one seeder. In such instances, the download transfer time will be slower and longer because your computer will only be able to connect to & transfer from a single source.
You might think transferring & downloading a 5GB, two hour, Hi Def movie file is cumbersome: however, if it’s a very popular file with 750 online seeders, torrent can do it in only 2-3 minutes.
NEXT: OK, let’s keep going! Click on the link in the Name column. That will open a file information page which will look similar to this:
The amount of information found on these file pages varies wildly depending on whether the uploader is thorough or lazy. Some of these pages contain NO information whatsoever, while others toss in everything but the kitchen sink. Some file info pages also contain notations & reviews about the file from other users. Personally, I always scan reviews because if everyone is bitching about poor sound or image file quality, I won’t waste my time downloading it. This particular uploader has included a list of the individual episodes contained in the download (C), as well as a brief narrative synopsis of the season (B). The most important thing you are looking for on these pages is (A) the Magnet Link. Go ahead and click it.
Once you click on the magnet link, a popup like this will appear on your screen. That’s the Pirate Bay asking for your permission to open up VUZE and send over the torrent file. Select & click “Open Vuze.app”
At this point in the process, we are now completely finished with the Pirate Bay. Everything moving forward will happen exclusively in VUZE. Once you click on the magnet link, VUZE should automatically launch and present you with a TORRENT OPTIONS popup window.
BE PATIENT: sometimes, this popup will appear immediately or take up to one or two minutes to load. During this time, VUZE is checking out the new torrent file from Pirate Bay to make certain it’s clean & legit. VUZE is also scanning the Web and linking to available seeder & leecher sources.
At the bottom of this TORRENT OPTIONS popup window, you can create or designate a particular location where you want VUZE to place your files once their transfer is complete. If you’re on a MAC, the default location will be a Vuze Downloads folder inside your Documents folder on your MAC hard drive. If you’re using Windows, it will probably be somewhere on your C Drive.
Once the TORRENT OPTIONS window finally appears, click on “OK” to officially start the transfer. Once you click OK, the OPTIONS popup will disappear & the actual download begins in VUZE.
NOTE: Again, BE PATIENT. Torrent downloads always start slow with connections to only one or two seeders, but then pick up speed as they progress & add seeders. You can watch all of the action in VUZE. Below is a screenshot example I captured about 30 seconds after the download began:
A. The number of seeder connections (it eventually increased up to a total of 112).
B. The current download (transfer) speed (increased up to 17 MB per second).
C. Estimated time left until download completion: at this point with only 14 seeder connections it was almost 23 minutes; however, the entire file downloaded in slightly more than 2 minutes after connecting to a final total of 112 seeders.
D. Current activity status; downloading, paused or stopped.
E. Amount of data already successfully transferred at this point.
F. Total file size to be transferred.
NOTE: The number of seeder connections will usually fluctuate up & down during the download. This is completely normal. The transfer rate & speed can also repeatedly cycle wildly up & down during downloads. This too is normal.
Once your transfer is complete, it will completely disappear off the VUZE screen. That’s your cue to go check your download location to make certain the finished file(s) are all there, present & accounted for:
Presto! Success! Congratulations! Welcome to the big wonderful world of Torrent!
DON’T FORGET: BE CERTAIN TO SCAN THOSE NEW FILES WITH ANTI-VIRUS/ANTI-MALWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE YOU OPEN THEM IN A MEDIA PLAYER!
I understand I have included tons of information & detail in this tutorial, but that’s only to make certain you don’t become sidetracked by any blind spots or trip up over pot holes. Once you’re able to follow these instructions through to completion 2-3 times, you’ll have it and be amazed at how easy it all really is.
A PARTING SUGGESTION: COMPUTER MEDIA PLAYERS
The default media software included with Windows & APPLE computers is usually Windows Media Player & Quick Time. Both are extremely fickle apps which are written with blatant biases in favor of their own corporate video formats at the expense of not working very well with others. You may encounter difficulties opening and viewing different video & music file formats in either of these two players. To avoid this issue, I recommend using a UNIVERSAL media player which will open and run almost every media file format under the Sun. The one I have used for many years with great success & enjoyment is VLC. VLC is a FREE, open source, cross-platform media player. You may download & install it from the link provided below:
BONUS: MOREUSEFUL INFORMATION!
⭐️ Pi In The Sky ▶️ 16 minutes 15 seconds
⭐️Turning A Windows Computer Into A Plex Media Server ⭐️
“It’s Like Having Your Own Personal Netflix”
VLC is just one way to play media files on your computer, while a PLEX Media Server is a central server that can be accessed remotely via PLEX clients (available for most platforms, including most TV boxes, such as ROKU, AppleTV, etc.).
That’s all for this time! Until the next time, cheers!
❇️ REMEDIAL: This is very basic, easy to learn information. No prior computer or technical knowledge required.
❇️ For this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.
❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you really can’t mess up anything. You’ll get it!
Ready To Start?
Digital Images 101
The Internet is filled almost entirely of words written in text & digital images.
A digital image is a collection of many different small colored dots called pixels.
Pixels are arranged by a computer in a specific order as to represent a recognizable photographic or graphic image.
If you enlarge or magnify any digital image enough, you will see its pixels.
The resolution of a digital image is measured by its number of pixels per inch, or PPI.
Some times PPI (pixels per inch) is also referred to as DPI(dots per inch).
Every photo or image’s pixels are organized & stored in an image file.
A lower resolution digital image will contain FEWERPPI,pixels per inch.
EXAMPLE: A 800 PPI image will have less resolution than a 1000 PPI image.
A higher resolution digital image will contain MOREPPI, pixels per inch.
EXAMPLE: A 4000 PPI image will have more resolution than a 2500 PPI image.
An image file is formatted (organized) in a particular way called a FILE FORMAT.
There are many different types of FILE FORMATS available for photo & video files.
There are many digital image file formats.
Disqus accepts three image file formats.
You don’t need to bother with knowing about all the different digital image file formats; you only need to be slightly familiar with the three image format types Disqus uses: jpg, .gif & .png. Of these three .jpg (or .jpeg) is the most common, widely found image format on the Internet. Almost 95% of all still photos there are in .jpg format.
You can always find an image file’s format by looking @ the file extension on the far right:
So What In Blazes Do .jpg, .gif & .png Actually Stand For?
Ok, since you asked; however, you won’t need to remember these official names:
.jpg (or .jpeg) = Joint Photographic Experts Group
The Joint Photographic Experts Group is the name of the industry trade group of professionals who got together to create this particular image file format.
Let’s keep going; I promise this is the most technical we’ll get in this tutorial:
.gif= Graphic Interchange Format
A .gif image file can be either a single still image or a series of still images ordered in such a way as to play a small looped motion segment, usually containing no sound, over & over again, endlessly.
Understandably, such .gif files are called motion .gifs or animated .gifs. Finally,
.png = Portable Network Graphic
In general, .png image filesare only used for still images & are higher quality than .jpg.
They are often used in artwork such as logos or non-photographic design elements.
You probably won’t encounter too many .png files during your daily internet adventures.
Why Do Digital Photos & Images Need Different Image File Formats?
The different image file formats are solutions to a big digital image issue: FILESIZE.
FILE SIZE is a really big deal for computers & the Internet. Image files are usually very BIG because they contain LOTS of digital information in the form of pixels; more than simple written text words. This usually makes image files very large & more difficult to organize, store & share. Large file sizes occupy more memory & hard drive storage. They can also greatly slow down sharing & transfer. Think of an image file format being similar to a container which stores & organizes all of the photo’s pixels. The different file formats basically all differ by size; some being larger containers which hold larger amounts of digital information (pixels) while others are smaller containerswhich hold less.
To make it possible for photos & images to conform to a certain image file format’s container, the format compresses the photo or image to make it fit. Some image file formats compress photos more to make them fit because their containers are smaller by design.
RAW photo files are typically the largest image files because technically they are uncompressed. They also have the highest & best image resolution. The above examples are very basic & fundamental visual representations of the container & compression elements of digital image file formats & in no way represent actual scale or proportion. The greater the compression, generally the larger loss of image quality.
OK, now you know more simple, yet very important information about digital image files.
❇️ This is very basic & easy to learn information. No prior technical knowledge required.
❇️ For this tutorial, we’ll assume you are using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.
❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you can’t really mess up anything. You’ll get it!
Ready To Start?
I assume you are now a Disqus photo posting pro after mastering this technique:
You may have noticed it doesn’t always work every time as expected. Some times it can be a challenge to get a photo or meme to post successfully. When this happens, it’s usually because of one of only three tiny technical glitches holding up things. Once you become familiar with these glitches, you can quickly spot & remedy them:
1. The SIZE Of Your Photo Image File Is Too Large
Disqus limits photo image file sizes to 5MB each or less. Anything larger & your photo won’t load. You’ll receive a more than obvious message if your file size is too large.
Pay attention & check your photo image file sizes before posting. Use smaller sized photo image files less than 5MB so you don’t encounter this snag.
2. Disqus Doesn’t LIKE Or ACCEPT The TYPE Of File You Are Posting
In the Digital World, there are many different types of FILE FORMATS for photo & video files; however, Disqus onlyloads & acceptsthree specific format types: .jpg, .gif & .png.
Disqus will also warn you whenever you try to load an unacceptable image file format:
Use ONLY those photo image file formats Disqus accepts.
You can find a file’s format type by looking at the File Extension which follows directly after and to the right of the dot at the end of each image file’s name.
You don’t need to bother knowing what the format abbreviations stand for or what they mean. That’s covered in another tutorial: Different Image File FormatsIn Disqus. For now, you only need to remember the .jpg (or also .jpeg) format is by far the most widely used image file format on the Internet. Probably 90% of all the still photo digital image files there are formatted in .jpg.
3. Your Web Browser Page Window Is Broken
Some times, specific functions on your web browser page window will break down & stop working properly with too frequent & higher than normal usage without regular page refreshes.
One of those specific functions which can first stop working on an overused webpage is your ability to drag & drop photo image files into open Disqus comment windows. When you drag & drop, nothing happens…absolutely nothing.
The comment window remains blank as ever because the photo image file won’t load or display. When this happens, your web browser page has broken down & jammed up.
STEP ONE: This is an extremely easy FIX. Simply refresh your browser window page. Refreshing the page in effect wipes it clean of any corrupted functions & starts you again on a clean & freshly restored version. After you’ve cycled into a new, fresher page; try dragging & dropping your photo image file again into an open Disqus comment window. You will likely see the file load for posting. If you don’t & it doesn’t, then continue to this next step:
STEP TWO: If refreshing your webpage doesn’t initially fix your inability to drop & load photo image files into Disqus comments, BOOKMARK the page you’re on so you can quickly & easily find it again. Next, CLOSE your web browser window completely & then immediately OPEN a NEW browser window. Select your saved bookmark and return to the page you were working on. You should now be able to successfully drag & drop photo image files & have them smoothly load into Disqus comment windows.
Now you can immediately SPOT & FIX the three most common glitches which stop people from posting photos or memes on the internet. Smooth sailing ahead, Sailor!
❇️ This is very easy information to learn, so stay with it until you achieve success. Once you can to do this 2-3 times, you’ll know how to do it forever.
❇️ REMEDIAL: For this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re using a desktop computer or tablet & have little to no previous computer knowledge and/or experience.
❇️ Don’t worry about making mistakes; you can’t really mess up anything. The worst that can happen is your photo or image doesn’t post or display. If that happens, just review this tutorial again to find out what you missed. You’ll get it!
Ready To Start?
Have you ever wanted to post a photo or image in a Disqus comment, but couldn’t because you didn’t know how? In this easy to follow, step by step tutorial, you’ll learn exactly how to do just that.
Adding photos, images or memes (a meme is only a photo or image with added text ) is very easy once you know how; and increases your ability to express yourself & communicate online. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun!
Photo or Image
Meme: Photo or Image with Text
This is a simple 3 STEP process & you only do Step One ONCE.
STEP ONE:CREATE A New PHOTOS Folder:
The first thing you want to do is create a new folder on your computer and name it PHOTOS. If you already have a PHOTOS folder you’re using to store other personal photographs somewhere else on your computer, then name this new folder DISQUS PHOTOS so you won’t accidentally mix the two up.
You want to create a new PHOTOS folder on your computer because you need to have a familiar and easy to find place to store the photos, images and memes you plan to post online in your comments. Did I just say your new PHOTOS folder should be located in a very easy to find place? Yes I did; so put it somewhere you won’t have to navigate through five or six mouse clicks each time you want to find it.
I’m a MAC user, so my PHOTOS folder is directly on my desktop. I could also put it on my hard drive. If you’re a WINDOWS user, you can put your new PHOTOS folder in an easy to find spot on your C Drive.
Before we continue, let’s explain in very simple terms exactly what you will be doing every time you post a photo in Disqus:
▶️ You’ll be taking a photo or meme from somewhere on the internet by dragging & dropping it into your PHOTOS folder.
▶️Once inside your PHOTOS folder, you’ll move it into a Disqus comment window to post.
These are the ONLY two actions involved: 1) grabbing a photo from somewhere on the web and dragging it into your PHOTOS folder; and 2)dragging your photo out of your PHOTOS folder into an open Disqus comment window. That’s really all there is to it.
To accomplish theses two actions we are going to use a very simple and easy technique called DRAG & DROP. The easiest way to explain DRAG & DROP is just to show you.
STEP TWO:GRAB your photo & DRAG it over into your PHOTOS Folder:
So you found a photo on the internet you’d like to post on Disqus and share with some of your friends. For our example, let’s say you’d like to steal…er, grab this Powerline image of Donald Trump surfing a red wave and post it somewhere else to share it with your friends.
Place your pointer cursor anywhere over the photo. CLICK the LEFT button on your mouse & HOLD it down. CONTINUE to HOLD it down as you MOVE your cursor point with your mouse off the webpage and toward your PHOTOS Folder. (No, your cursor point is not hot pink. I changed the color of mine so it would stand out more & be easier to see in this example.) You are now DRAGGING (Step One of DRAG & DROP) the photo towards your PHOTOS Folder.
You’ll know when you’ve correctly grabbed the photo with your cursor point, because as you DRAG it from the webpage over towards your PHOTOS folder, you’ll see a more transparent version of the image similar to the one above follow along with your cursor point.
CONTINUE to HOLD DOWN the LEFT button on your mouse & DRAG the ghost of the image with your cursor point all the way OFF the webpage & over to your PHOTOS folder. Make certain the TIP of your cursor point is directly ON TOP the PHOTO folder and then RELEASE the LEFT mouse button. The image will disappear as it DROPS into your PHOTOS folder.
OPEN your PHOTOS folder now. You should see an image file for your photo inside. This photo will remain in you PHOTOS folder indefinitely until you throw it away. You can either post it now in Disqus and/or at any future time. You can also post it multiple times on the same webpage or multiple times on many other different webpages. Later, if you become particularly adventurous, you can even use photo & image editing software like Photoshop, Gimp or Elements to modify & customize the image.
STEP THREE:DRAG your photo over into your Disqus comment window:
In this final step, you’ll drag & drop your photo in the very same way as in STEP TWO: only instead, this time you’re dragging your photo from your PHOTOS folder to drop it into an open & waiting Disqus comment window.
You can post your photo in either a top or reply comment window.
Place your cursor point over the photo image file in your PHOTOS folder & HOLD DOWN the LEFT BUTTON on your mouse. CONTINUE holding down the LEFT mouse button as you move & DRAG the image file out of the PHOTOS folder into the open Disqus comment window. RELEASE the LEFT mouse button once your cursor point is inside the comment window to DROP the photo image file into the open comment window.
Once you DROP the photo image file into the comment window, you should see it appear after Disqus takes a second or two to load it. Disqus will also rename the photo image file, usually with an outrageously long new file name. This is normal. At this point, you can also add TEXT by typing it directly into the comment window. Once the photo image file has finished loading into the comment window, CLICK on the “Post as…” button.
Congratulations on posting your photo! Use this same procedure every time you post a photo, image or meme. Does it always work 100%, guaranteed? No. Contrary to popular expectations & opinion, technology is far less reliable than we have been lead to believe. Thankfully, it works much more often than not; and, when it doesn’t, it’s usually because of something very minor and easy to fix.
I’ll cover tips for Troubleshooting Posting Photos in Disqus in the next tutorial.