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Blog Posted:5/3/2012 12:15:00 PM

As most Soupers know, we have NEVER sanctioned the placing of HTML code in poems unless it is the Center tag (allows you to center poems). However in the past, our poetry submission page was not designed to remove it. We finally got around to correcting our code. So now, if you place HTML tags in your poems, that code is stripped out and replaced with an “UNSUPPORTED CODE” message. Please do NOT use HTML tags other than the Center tag. We now strip out all prohibited HTML tags. This is a much needed security measure. Without it, we are susceptible to hackers and malicious code. We are trying to keep YOUR computers and poems safe!!! Thanks Soupers!!!

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 6:47:00 PM
    I'm behind you Team Poetry Soup.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 4:13:00 PM
    Best setta comments I've read all week. (Yes, I lead a sheltered life) Love me some soup!

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 4:00:00 PM
    Yes, David, I did remove the blogs as it seemed pointless to have three blogs up on the same topic. All is good. Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 1:10:00 PM
    did Cyndi remove her own blogs??

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 11:06:00 AM
    ohh, so no visuals??... they enhance the poem when needed; please clarify... thanks and huggs!

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 10:48:00 AM
    A tech savy person answering our questions here would be a BIG help! I really see no sense in having all those options in the About the Poem Spot when almost no one knows how to us that spot & if they did NO ONE GOES TO LOOK WHAT WE PUT THERE

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 7:27:00 AM
    Thanks Cyndi, got it to work but it did not work with just c for center had to type in the entire word but b for bold and i for italic worked

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 7:15:00 AM
    oops lol... never mind

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 7:14:00 AM
    Butterfly put < b > what you want bolded and then < /b > at end of what you want bolded, no spaces. worked for me! Same but with an i for italics!

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 7:11:00 AM
    I got it to work but I had to put them in one at a time, like the center, submit, bold, submit, italic, submit, only way I could get it to work. Should I not be able to do it all at the same time?

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 6:57:00 AM
    Can you please give more detailed instructions on how to use these functions of bold and italicizing, I tried it and only get unsupported code.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 6:22:00 AM
    We are still working on the refinements to the code, but we will continue to allow bolding, centering, and italicizing.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Thats a BIG 'its our playground, if you dont like take it your bat & ball and go home" if i've ever seen one....

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:57:00 PM
    thank you soup... for the blog..

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:38:00 PM
    I feel so airheaded right now that I may just slink under my desk for a day or two. Thanks...(the object in the mirror may appear dumber than it is ;-) )

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:32:00 PM
    Oh! We can use those symbols in blog comments now? I never type in the full word "center", just the c(works the same). So for bold: < b > and < /b >(minus the extra space in-between < and b....just did that so this comment will submit). Italics: < i > and < /i >

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:28:00 PM
    hmmm I will try to google this. D'oh.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:28:00 PM
    TPS-- Now that I like. Honesty :) I respect that, no BS'ing. It's been my experience that saying things directly can first cause some discomfort, but in the long term do the most good. Thanks for showing me your cards. Tipping my hat for that. Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:24:00 PM
    Chris I do what soup says, I write < center > and < /center > so do I write < benter>??? Huh? oh, I am tired.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:14:00 PM
    Cyndi, you obviously know how to use center html. For bold, simply use b(instead of the c for center), and for italics, use an i. I would show it in this reply, but html will not submit in a blog comment. Very straight-forward. Do everything you would for centering, but use b or i instead.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:12:00 PM
    @Cyndi- Both

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:10:00 PM
    TPS, you are now confusing me. Are the options of art being denied due to site concerns, as your firs stated, or your personal preferences? Your comment to Debbie seems to indicate that it is more the latter.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:03:00 PM
    LOL... now HOW do we bold and italicize? What is the code for it? Anyone? anyone? Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:57:00 PM
    Yes! Thank you kindly TPS, for letting us implement bold and italics. I can be like a caveman when it comes to the simple things in life....such as bold and italics. Doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but keeps me satiated. Vive la revolution! Rise up from the ashes and paint the planet red! Ooops! Wrong website! My bad. I get confused sometimes where I am :D~Please, just ignore the last part....including the Federal Agent who monitors our online activity here. Just kidding, kidding!

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:50:00 PM
    @Debbie, many people get carried away with all of those formatting options. We want poems to be readable and consistently formatted which is why we restrict those options.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:32:00 PM
    Hear you, too, Debbie. I just figured I'd kicked up enough stink... I am beginning to be seen wearing a black hat on Soup, me thinks, when all I really wear is a floppy, old sunhat with rainbow ribbons. Also, the about the poem link is only for PAYING members. I always felt like I was... slighting?...the free members by putting anything in there. I still feel guilty when I do that, like I'm Marie Antoinette saying "Sorry folks. Only some of us get to eat cake. Have a cracker." Oh, oh, I feel that black hat dropping on my head again... hugs,

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:27:00 PM
    Thanks again, TPS. It really is sad that we need to worry so much about attacks, but yes, it is a reality. Shame, though, don't you agree that some people purposely destroy a thing (a poetry website) that is in existence only to foster creativity and self-expression. Sad world. Awesome we can do bold and italics! A poem is brewing!

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:22:00 PM
    So many other poetry sites allow art with the poetry I don't understand why your tech people can not make it safe for us to do it too. Also..what is the point of having all those options in the ABOUT the poem space when we really WANT all those options IN THE POST A POEM SPACE

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:09:00 PM
    Bold, Italics, and Center tags are NOW allowed.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 8:08:00 PM
    Oh dear TPS :) Thank you so very much for fixing the posting on BLOGS!! I am a 'happy camper' :) my center HTML doesnt work so I will just wait until I become a PM! You're to tops! Thanks for looking out for us and responding to all our issues...big deb

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 4:46:00 PM
    Does this mean that I can no longer post a picture where we were suppose to be able to post them before?..I don't understand the HMLT Code exactly what it means for I have not had any computer training..Sara

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 3:40:00 PM
    @Cyndi - It doesn't apply to blogs. We use a secure 3rd party app for entering blogs and we do not have to keep that text "clean" like we do with poems.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 3:31:00 PM
    Thanks, TPS. I appreciate the prompt response. I now understand the concern is malicious code. Why is there no concern about this in the blogs? Are PS blogs a potential risk to our computers? Could you clarify the difference between the poem area and the blog area and the about this poem link in laymen terms? And if you could add the bold and italicized text, that WOULD be smashing. I have often thought I'd like to do a poem in a question and response type of format... and this would be a great tool. Again, thanks for your response in this matter. Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 3:20:00 PM
    @Chris, we'll see what we can do about the bold and italicized text. Don't change your poems yet.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 3:17:00 PM
    @Carolyn, this does not apply to blogs. It sounds like you will need to change the security setting on your browser. They are set too high.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 2:09:00 PM
    The powerful and almighty Oz has spoken! (hee hee!) Thanks for the prompt reply to this concern. We appreciate it and for the extension of our memberships. Happy May Day! Gwendolen

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Thank you for the notification. All if the photos I uploaded were mine, except the ribbon. Nut I can understand the need for security.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 1:18:00 PM
    I gues this explains why I can no longer post photos with blogs??

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 1:04:00 PM
    I just finished!! I erased all the bolds, the italics, and my three pictures...Im a good boy! : ) I understand your concern, PS...but it would be veeeeeeery nice if we're able to use bold or italics. I think it's just the "right" of the Soupers "to petition" to the administration. LOL! Ruben.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:53:00 PM
    *cont'd* - I couldn't care less about you blocking people from using copy-written photos/artwork in their posts( unless photos/artwork belong to the poster, a lot of the artwork available via the internet is actually stolen from the artist without consent, and infringes on copyright laws). But being able to use bold and italics would be great!

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:51:00 PM
    Hullo TPS. The HTML codes for bold and italics are the same as center, except that obviously the letters i and b replace c(blog comments won't allow HTML code). Couldn't you have bold and italics be an allowable choice? It would be smashing. Bold and italics HTML cannot be used by hackers. My computer disagrees with some of the advertising far more than HTML codes. Bold and Italics? Pretty, pretty please? With sugar on you enjoy chocolate or ice cream?

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:49:00 PM
    Thank you TPS. Love, Carol

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:18:00 PM
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