Yeah, that sums it up. Dragging and dropping pics in while adhering to file size/dimension limitations, then having to copy the image address into the TR, then attach XML [IMG]https://forums.clubtread.com/9-site-feedback-help-suggestions/ tags, then delete the 'ampersand thumbs' statement subsection, then place the XML statement into the TR body ... all to get the image to frame up right, *&%$!!. This is all just damn awful.
Part of the appeal of Facebook is the ease of dragging and dropping pics into their container and the image is resized and formatted without the user doing anything. It's gotta be that simple.
That certainly sounds like a convoluted way to use the attachments manager. I was reading this work-around in the other thread, and this is why I think the tutorial will help some of you. There is no right-click, no URL or IMG tags manually inserted. It's uploads and buttons. Check it out here: https://forums.clubtread.com/97-getti...our-posts.html
As I understand, the need for the work around was because the attached image thumbnails were so tiny. Linking to the full size image was the only way to get a good image view in. That is why the thumbnail sizes were increased here as well. So you can now use the attachments manager to insert the larger thumbnails in to your posts.
I think I mentioned it in a previous thread, but it may be worth you or other admin snooping around livetrails.com to check out the features they have. can link to pics from FB, Flickr, etc when making a TR, can add a GPX that is visible on TR with distance, elevation and other stats when posted, all TR's for a given trail are linked to the main trail description/wiki, easy to search, all trails are located on the map page so you can search via that, and other good features. Not sure if it's easy to figure out how they added the features but may help you with ideas and how certain features could look here.
I have taken a look at this (I did see it in the other thread). I'm looking in to a compatible map for us here, so far no such luck. I did add the .gpx files, but there's no imagery with them. I'll see if I can't find something along those lines.
The ability to attach captions directly to the image was valuable too.
This I've seen elsewhere, and I believe would be compatible here. I'll send a request and see what tech can muster up for us.
I will mention the reality of the forum software limits is that it will never be a direct competitor to Facebook. The development team assigned to FB is leaps and bounds larger than ours here.
That said.. I am still doing my best to get anything I can here that will help you in any fashion. Some of these recent changes are small and trivial, but as I said earlier the main changes will take some time. I haven't overlooked them. They are with their respective departments and in queue for review. I will update you as I can.