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  1. I have set up my site to include a form readers fill out to submit information to me, This is in a drop down from under the title. This may be many typewritten pages with multiple paragraphs. When you enter it into the textarea of a form, however, the line and paragraph spacing disappears, which makes it unreadable and useless for the current purpose. Is there a way users could copy and paste into a form and leave paragraphing correct? Is there a way users could upload a .doc file to the form? Is here a way users could upload a .doc file to the weblog anywhere?

    The blog I need help with is creativewow1.wordpress.com.

  2. We can't even begin to respond, but I suspect you are in the wrong forum and most likely self-hosted rather than hosted here at wordpress.com since we cannot add forms here.

  3. I added a form based on instruction in the forum.

  4. I added a form based on instruction in the forum.

  5. We need a link to the site you are talking about.

  6. Without a URL to the site in question nobody can even guess at helping you

  7. I used these instructions here. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    I didn't realize my url didn't come with the mail. It is:

    creativewow1.wordpress.com

    Thanks for the help.

  8. Any help?

  9. The top of my home page has these .
    Tag: Creative Writers' Online Workshop
    Name: Creative Wow
    Tabs under name above blogs:
    Mission
    Form to submit a story
    Form to submit a critique
    Stories to Critique
    Archives
    RSS Feed
    When you click on "Mission," you get a mission statement. When you click of "Form to submit a story" or "Form to submit a critique," you get a form I made with your WordPress.com. However, the textarea runs the sentences and paragraphs into each other, so it isn't suitable fot rthe purpose unless you can help me with a workaround such as being able to upload a .doc file.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. The top of my home page has these .
    Tag: Creative Writers' Online Workshop
    Name: Creative Wow
    Tabs under name above blogs:
    Mission
    Form to submit a story
    Form to submit a critique
    Stories to Critique
    Archives
    RSS Feed
    When you click on "Mission," you get a mission statement. When you click of "Form to submit a story" or "Form to submit a critique," you get a form I made with your WordPress.com. However, the textarea runs the sentences and paragraphs into each other, so it isn't suitable fot rthe purpose unless you can help me with a workaround such as being able to upload a .doc file.

    Thanks in advance.
    By the way, to remind you, my url is: creativewow1.wordpress.com

  11. Are you referring to this? http://creativewow1.wordpress.com/form-to-submit-a-critique/

    If you are I'm using Firefox 7.0.1 and I see a normal display of the form. I do not see this:

    However, the textarea runs the sentences and paragraphs into each other ...

    Which browser and version of it are you using? Have you logged out of WordPress.com and viewed that form as visitor would?

  12. I'm using the latest version of Firefox. I see the form correctly displayed. That isn't the problem. The problem is that when you copy and then paste a document into the textarea, the paragraphing and line spaces disappear, so it's not usefil for reading long messages like stories, which is the point of what I'm trying to do. If I could get a "wysi\wyg" upload, it would be okay. If the contributor/user could upload a file into the textarea, or if there were an alternative to textarea for file uploading on the form, it would be even better. I couldn't solve this problem. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  13. I didn't understand this answer. Is this spam?

  14. Yes, it is.

    We cannot give you an answer suitable to YOUR site until you give us the URL for your site, starting with http.

  15. kt is spam - I suspect their posting privileges are about gone since this is a repeat performance

    I don't know about the formatting - others would be better to address if that is a feature or a bug

    back to your orig problem - there is no visitor upload ability

    If someone is a regular on your site you could set them up as a "Contributor" then approve their Posts - downside they need an account here.

    You could send them an email account that was set up just for them to send you attachments on the email. They would fill out the contact form and you would send them the email address.

    they could upload the file to a file share site and send you a link - down side they have to do a lot more work

    this is about all I can think of at this point -

  16. The link was hidden above: http://creativewow1.wordpress.com/

  17. Yes, that is spam and staff will whack them on the nose shortly I hope.

    The problem is, the contact form was never really meant for submission of long documents, manuscripts or short stories, it was just meant as a way to let people contact you without you having to put your email address on the site for spammers to get hold of. I don't think it is going to work for what you want it to work for.

    I would suggest setting up a separate email address for this purpose and then post it on your site using one of the munging techniques Timethief wrote about in this post.

  18. Is there a customization program I could buy from WordPress that would enable this capability, or is this a limitation of WordPress?

  19. Actually I just noticed that the email I received on my test comment held the blank lines I put into the contact form.

    It is not something that can be done here at wordpress.com. It is something that could be done with a self-hosted wordpress.ORG installation on a third-party hosting service such as godaddy, bluehost, etc. There might even be a plugin that would allow this, but if there is not, then you should be able to use one of the online form tools to create the form you want. It would not likely support any RTF (rich text format) capabilities.

    The other possibility of course is to create your own. How good are you at javascript and/or PHP scripting?

    On self-hosting, figure an average overall monthly cost, all things considered, of about $10 to $25 (hosting, domain name registration, etc.).

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