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If You Give a Raider Some XP…

He’s sure to want some more, right?

But how do you go about getting those points, that was Raider Nicole’s question to me the other night and I realized a tutorial might be a good idea, especially for those not used to hanging out on a BuddyPress-build site!

So, first you need an account. You sign up and follow the usual prompts over at the Register link. So far I’ve needed to change your forum status before you can post over there, but otherwise you should be good to go (and authorizing usually happens as soon as I get the sign-up email, so it shouldn’t take long).

After that (and, of course, after you’ve cooked something from the book and taken a picture of it), you’ve got a couple of options on how you prove it for points.

1- If you’ve uploaded your picture to a public gallery (like Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, etc.), you can put the link in the appropriate forum thread as-is.

2-If you don’t have a public gallery you want to use, you can upload your photos here (but please keep the file sizes low, guys, ‘kay?). Now, you can’t upload directly to the forums, instead, you do that on your profile. Here’s a step-by-step walk-through for you visual learners out there:

Go to your profile by whatever means is handiest--I like the click-on-your-name-in-the-toolbar approach, but that's me.
Go to your profile by whatever means is handiest–I like the click-on-your-name-in-the-toolbar approach, but that’s me.
On your profile page, look at the tow of tabs and find 'Album.' Click it & anything you've uploaded previously will show up, along with an upload link in the second row of tabs.
On your profile page, look at the tow of tabs and find ‘Album.’ Click it & anything you’ve uploaded previously will show up, along with an upload link in the second row of tabs.
After clicking Upload you'll be taken to a fairly ordinary upload screen where you can select a file from your computer and choose it's settings--leave it set to the default "public."
After clicking Upload you’ll be taken to a fairly ordinary upload screen where you can select a file from your computer and choose its settings–leave it set to the default “public.”
Once the upload is complete, you'll go to the Edit screen for that photo where you can add a caption, etc. Even if you don't want or need to do anything with the image, make sure you click save, okay?
Once the upload is complete, you’ll go to the Edit screen for that photo where you can add a caption, etc. Even if you don’t want or need to do anything with the image, make sure you click save, okay?
TaDaa! Here is your photo! If you right click anywhere on the image you'll get the option to "Copy link address." Do that.
TaDaa! Here is your photo! If you right click anywhere on the image you’ll get the option to “Copy link address.” Do that.
Then head over to the Forums and find the right place for your post. Each chapter of the book has their own forum in the Cooking Through the Book Category. Inside of that, each recipe has their own thread. Find the thread for the recipe you make and go to that.
Then head over to the Forums and find the right place for your post. Each chapter of the book has their own forum in the Cooking Through the Book Category. Inside of that, each recipe has their own thread. Find the thread for the recipe you make and go to that.
Finally, post something witty (okay, that part is optional) and paste in your link in the usual forum fashion.
Finally, post something witty (okay, that part is optional) and paste in your link in the usual forum fashion.

That’s all there is to it! The next time I come to the site I’ll look for activity and award you your points.

I also noticed, while I was playing around with things, that it SEEMS like you could right click on an image and use the “Copy image” and be able to paste it into the body of the forum reply. You’re welcome to give that a shot, too, if you want.

One other thing. In an effort to prevent spam posts, sometimes your forum post might not show up right away. I think I’ve changed what was doing that, but if that’s not the case–if you submit a post and it doesn’t seem to “take”–shoot me a message and I’ll check the forum spam folder and un-spam it. Better safe than sorry, yes?

Okay, Little Raiders, go forth and cook something delicious.

And remember: pictures or it didn’t happen!

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