Friday, January 3, 2014

Badge Trouble

First off, let me thank all of you who left comments on my Stash Diet post a few days ago.  The response to this idea has been greater than Andrea or I anticipated it would be - there are already 22 members in our Flickr group who are creating their own rules to handle their stashes this year!  If you haven't yet joined the Flickr group but want to participate along with us, do consider going over and becoming a member - the group will serve as both the showcase for photos of stashes and projects as well as a central location for discussions.

Over the last couple days it has become apparent that there are some problems with the badge I created.  I've spent over an hour this afternoon trying to fix it, but as you may know, my computer skills are not very elevated!

I've been able to figure out the problem, but I can't figure out how to fix it! I do have a code that works, but I can't figure out how to save it on the photo page. Every time I try to enter it and save it, Flickr reverts to a different HTML code that links to the picture rather than the group - not horrible, but not ideal.

And as a lot of you probably already know, I can't post the HTML here because it will automatically turn into a badge! So I've come up with a work-around, in hopes I can get a little bit of sewing time this afternoon :-)

I've saved the badge code in a Google Document. If you follow the link below, you can copy the code from there and then add it in whatever way is appropriate for your blog.  I have tested this code on my own blog, and it does add a badge which, when clicked, takes you to the Stash Diet Flickr group.

Sorry this is such a low-tech solution, but I think it will work! If any of you are better at this sort of thing than I, please jump in and let me know what I should be doing!  Flickr keeps telling me that I need to make the photo page for the badge "public" and "safe" but I believe I have done that and I still can't get it to work.

And if there are further problems with the badge, or you just want to share an idea for the group, please let me know!


  1. Okay, so I had no idea this was going on or that you were spending SO MUCH TIME fixing it. Thanks so very much for doing this Gail - I owe you big time :)

    1. Well, if I weren't such a Luddite, it probably wouldn't have taken me so long to come up with this inelegant solution!

  2. I am new to your blog (I navigated here from the Stash Diet flickr group which I found through a badge on a blog) so I hope you don't mind me offering advice.
    Because the text you want to post has HTML tags in it, you need to "escape" the special characters (in this case, the < and > symbols) so the code for the badge will be displayed instead of the image. I can't get the replacement text to post here (it keeps formatting it as HTML, go figure :) )but you can see what to use here:
    Hope that helps!

    1. Thank you for this, Angie! I think it's obvious I'm not a computer guru, LOL! I did think about posting the code here in a way similar to what you describe. But in the end I felt that it might be easier for other Luddites to be able to copy and paste it from a document.

      My biggest trouble was trying to get rid of the code in the 'share' box on Flickr to replace it with my own. That's how all this business got started!

      It sounds like you know your way around code? If you have any suggestions about whether navigating to the document is tedious, or how to fix the Flickr issue, I'd love to know!

      Thanks for taking the time to help out! I do appreciate the advice!


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