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Image file sizes - a new approach
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:17:10 AM »

As you may know, the Dynax Digital moderator team work hard trying to ensure that the site is enjoyable to use for everyone.

One of the ways we've done this is by ensuring that images are not overly slow to load - we've maintained a file size limit, and tried to ensure that it is respected, and enforced it by converting posted images to links where necessary. This is a tedious and time consuming process - we haven't been doing it for fun, but to try to encourage members to post images at sizes that will load in reasonable time for those with slower internet connections.

You may also know that we have trialled a few different approaches to this issue over the past 12 months. We tried stepping back from it and seeing if anyone noticed (some did, after a time). More recently we've attempted a stricter approach. While it has generally been effective, it hasn't been fun, and there is a concern that it detracts from the friendliness for which this forum is known. This is compounded by changes in the way some popular external image hosting sites play with photo files - it has become harder to actually control file sizes if you host with some services - leading to some members having images edited into links even though they had attempted to comply with the guidelines. So...

From now on, it is the responsibility of forum members to try to follow our guidelines for image file sizes as well as they are able. Moderators will not systematically check for this any more.

However, there are some caveats to consider:

  • images will only be considered for the Photo of the Month awards if they comply with image file size guidelines
  • monthly challenge entries will only be selected as finalists if they comply with image file size guidelines

It's also worth remembering that large files lead to slow loading images, which lead to members turning away rather than giving you comments - it is in every image poster's interest to ensure their images are viewable by all members, not just those with fast connections (or lots of time!). This is especially the case when you post more than one or two images in a thread (4-5 large images sizes can quickly make a thread too slow to bother with for many viewers).

But please note - the moderators still reserve the right to convert posted images to links in the case of noticably excessive file sizes, and expect such decisions to be respected - reversing this action by restoring image displays after a moderator has changed it to a hyperlink may lead to further moderator intervention.