Hello!

So if you're like me, you're having a field day posting content right now since content drafting got added to the alpha.

One of the best favors you can to do to your content is to add eye-catching images.  It is insane, the degree to which this helps your content catch people's interest.  Lets face it, in this day and age, the written word alone just does not cut it.  If you're posting content without any images, I'm going to go ahead and say it - you're failing.

The good news, this is easily fixed thanks to Creative Commons licensing (and other free licensing).  With a quick internet search, chances are on your side you'll find one suitable FREE image (or three) that will complement your article/story.

Here's how to find free images.

1)  The search

Nothing could be easier.  Go to your favorite search engine (try Ecosia if you want to plant trees each time you search), and type in your image search terms, plus the words 'Creative Commons'.

Alternatively, you can go directly to a site that houses free-to-use images, like Pixabay.  There are others.  Seek and you shall find.

2)  The license

There are several types of licenses offered under the Creative Commons umbrella - once you have found your image, click through to where the image was originally posted.  You should find information on the type of CC license being applied to this image.

Common ones are Share, Attribution, and with or without Derivatives.

Share - yes, this means you're allowed to share this image online.  If you want to use it on Narrative, I highly recommend you look for the mention that commercial use is allowed (it commonly is).  Narrative is a content economy and you will be deriving income from your content here, so this is important.

Attribution - simple: you have to include mention of who the image belongs to.   The content drafting interface allows you to add a caption.  In the image caption like to make the name of the person a link, which sends folks to the person's website, blog, or the page where they posted the photo originally.  I also include a link to the page describing the Creative Commons license, as this is also part of the terms of use for the image.  

Derivatives is also simple - if the license allows derivatives, this means you're allowed to modify the image and share it.  NoDerivatives means you can't modify the image and share it.

Photo: Jacki Dougan, Creative Commons license

 

There are other types of license stipulations, but since they are clearly spelled out on the licensing page of the image you are coveting, there's no need for me to compile an encyclopedia of them here.  Phew.

3)  Image caption bugs

At the time of writing, the caption function in the Narrative content drafting interface is buggy.  It might take some trial and error to place text on two lines in your caption, for instance.  And if you succeed, but realize you need to delete some characters, you might find that each character you delete sends the cursor outside the caption, and you have to click back into the caption to delete the next character.  Perhaps the @Narrative Network Team will get around to fixing this.  In the meantime, it 'sort-of' works if you don't get frustrated and freak out.

No excuses

So you now know all.  And with great knowledge comes great responsibility. 

If I see posts without awesome free images in them, I might just drop in to ask what possessed you. 

??? They give you all this freeeee stuuuuff, and you don't uuu-se eeeet ???

 

Original Post

David, the 'insert image' tool is not working (tried 3x); the bullet function reduced the font to about 10 pts which doesn't match the rest of the piece; the H1 header font doesn't match the title (I really like the H1 header font more than the title anyway.)

Thought I'd share these minor issues with you IRL. Tell me if this is not the right forum for that, and I can share with where you point me. Thank you!

Jayme are you on a phone, pc, or mac? Which browser?  And what does "not working" mean? are you getting an error? Does anything happen at all?  It's working here, which is why I have to ask a lot of questions, to see if I can reproduce the issue and pass it on to the devs.

The bullet function has already been reported and is being fixed.  Good catch on that. Not sure about the H1 header, will check.   


I'm on Firefox, PC and it may be my issue locally. Let me clear cache, try again and also look at this on Chrome before we escalate. The image begins to load, I see the progress and then when it's 100% it says "error, please try again."

I'll do some troubleshooting here, too, and report back.

Ok, when you get the robot it usually has a code number on the page. Can you copy that for me then put in a ticket and paste in the code? Or take a screen shot?  But please let's do a ticket so I can share it with the devs and not cloud up this forum topic. Thanks!

Here's another (very underutilized) source of images.  Work created by government employees, under US law, is not entitled to domestic copyright protection.  If you go to the websites of most government agencies and dig around a little, you'll usually find a library of free images.  I've used images from the USDA, FDA, and of course NASA.

Robert Nicholson posted:

Here's another (very underutilized) source of images.  Work created by government employees, under US law, is not entitled to domestic copyright protection.  If you go to the websites of most government agencies and dig around a little, you'll usually find a library of free images.  I've used images from the USDA, FDA, and of course NASA.

Just be careful not to use any image you find on a government website. Many of them use stock images from Getty and other paid photo sources to accompany articles. (I had a client run into issues because of that. Getty loves to send out copyright violation notices with fines that threaten legal action if you don't pay.) It's pretty clear which images are generated by NASA, but use some due diligence to determine the source of images used on other government agency websites!

Christina Gleason posted:
Robert Nicholson posted:

Here's another (very underutilized) source of images.  Work created by government employees, under US law, is not entitled to domestic copyright protection.  If you go to the websites of most government agencies and dig around a little, you'll usually find a library of free images.  I've used images from the USDA, FDA, and of course NASA.

Just be careful not to use any image you find on a government website. Many of them use stock images from Getty and other paid photo sources to accompany articles. (I had a client run into issues because of that. Getty loves to send out copyright violation notices with fines that threaten legal action if you don't pay.) It's pretty clear which images are generated by NASA, but use some due diligence to determine the source of images used on other government agency websites!

Yes, good point.  What I'm talking about is specific image repositories that each agency makes available.  

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