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 Post subject: What is "breaking the tables?"
PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:24 am 
All Your Basestar Are Belong to Us
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Rule No. 10 says, "don't break the tables."

Breaking the table usually occurs when some asshat posts an url that is very long or an image that is too large (as viewed on a 1280x1024 screen). The resulting effect is that the text for all the messages in the thread go off the right side of the screen, and you must use the horizontal scroll bar to read the entire messages. Scrolling is also necessary to get to various buttons and the standard forum hyperlinks.

Here is an example of the tables being broken by posing a very lengthy url. Note the horizontal scroll bar and the inability to see the right side of the messages, or the thin red column on the right side of the website, for that matter:

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A much better trick would be to use the BBCodes to make a hyperlink with your own brief descriptive text, rather than the actual url. This can be accompished by using the [url][/url] commands as show below. Note how in the screencap below, the tables have thoughtfully not been broken:

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By not breaking the tables, you not only protect your account from being banned, but you for help make the forums more enjoyable for others. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


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