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Re: Anitmated graphics
Sorry if I upset people by suggesting this, and sorry I'm so annoying.
I agree that it may not be the root of the problem (there seems to be a speed issue with the datebase), but if you look at it from a bandwidth perspective, it's pretty staggering.
For example, many of these animated gifs are 15K or more. Consider that a thread may be viewed 200 times or more (500-600 is not uncommon in the larger forums)
15KB x 200views = 3MB
3MB in itelf isn't a lot, but consider hundreds of threads, each getting a couple hundred views, the bandwidth usage gets pretty impressive. And each thread may have two or three of these 15K files, doubling or tripling these numbers.
Now, consider that a 100x120 JPG is generally less than 5K, probably more like 3 or 4 (mine is 3.7), we're only using 1MB of bandwidth for the same 200 thread views.