Originally Posted by CaptainJeff
Coot, I appreciate your experience, but can't help but notice that 95% of your (longish) post #13 is in the past tense.
It's a different world. Not saying you're wrong about anything; however, I do think expectations have changed.
It was past tense because I was talking about what used to be, but I see your point that expectations have changed. The one thing that did the most to make the internet
popular was pretty graphics on web pages. You can hardly find a web page that displays properly in a text-only browser any more.
I don't oppose to large images
on principle, but if I am using broadband
and still pages take too long to load, then I think it makes sense to at least consider whether a large image really contributes something useful to the communication that would not be similarly served by a small image.
It will only get worse, of course. I expect that I will live to see web forums
that only accept postings in the form of video of the poster speaking. Once that catches on, 30% of internet
traffic will be video of somebody saying "and... um... uh..."
Here is a useful technique I use for reading a web forum:
I get the list of messages I am interested in, usually from the "new messages" list. Then I open several different messages, each in a new window. I lower all the windows except the first message, then read it. While I am reading it, the others continue to load. When I finish the first message, I close it, open a new one, then push it to the bottom. This leaves the second message visible, and I read that, and so on...
I don't remember if you can lower windows on Microsoft Windows, but you can minimize them. You can also use multiple tabs if you like tabbed browsers.
The idea is that I always have something to read while I wait for some other window to load. If you get too many going at once, they just get in each other's way, but with a small number of windows it helps cut down on the wait time. Before I hit reply here, I reloaded this page to see how long it would take -- it was 41 seconds. I wouldn't have known if I didn't explicitly check because I was reading about battery
chargers while it loaded.