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You can only upload JPG or GIF files. After uploading the images (you can add more than one), you can type your message. Click 'post reply' and you're done (the Dutch say "klaar is Kees", meaning "Kees' your uncle").
Image tags [img] do nut work on this forum. When you paste a website adress, it is automatically recognized and converted to a link.
Make sure the images you place are sharp and clear. Take pictures from different angles when their purpose is identification. Include a scale in the picture where needed. Out of focus pistures usually do not contribute much, and can be deleted.
Take a look at our Fossil photography section for hints and tips to make descent pictures.
You can get more useful information about a community member when you click on one of the icons at the leftside of their post:
Contributions to the Fossil ID system
Contributions to the Mineral ID system
Contributions to the Geology image database
Images contributed to the Location database
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You can use a number of custom, hard-hat smilies. You just type the associated code and the corresponding smiley will appear in your message.
You can place bold, italic or underlined text in your message by using the following tags:
insert [b] bold is not fat [/b] to get: bold is not fat
insert [i] use italics for species' names [/i] to get: use italics for species' names
insert [u] I'd like to stress my point [/u] to get: I'd like to stress my point
Adjusting My Profile
You can edit your own profile data (e.g. password, e-mail adress, homepage and additional info). To do so, first log in, then select 'edit my profile'. Here, you can edit your profile, as well as your database records.
In the My Collection section, it is possible to add pictures from your own collection. The pictures are added through your own profile on the forum (see above). It is not permitted to add photos not related to fossils, geology and/or minerals. There is room for a short explanation with each picture.
This icon is located next to each message from a user that contributed photos to his or her "My Collection". If you click the icon you will be directly transported to the personal collection of the member.
A selected number of forum members have access to the identification system. They can directly add photos to the Identification System for Fossils, Minerals and Geology. These members can add photos and change the corresponding data via their profile. The photos and descriptions must comply with the rules and instructions that are listed there.
Other can submit pictures using the corresponding forms.
Some collecting locations are vulnerable, therefore not all descriptions of fossil locations are available for everyone. Na het inloggen hebben leden toegang tot meer locatiebeschrijvingen. After logging in, members have access to more location descriptions. More information about our location policy can be found in the Member rules.
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