Because I have no choice but to be on slow dialup (usually connect at 26.4KBps), and am now using the bloated Vista Home Premium, opening some of the threads where members have large avatar and signature files can be painfully slow -- more than a minute, sometimes two, and sometimes I just plain time out. I'm aware of the option to turn off avatars and sigs, but I'd prefer not to have to, since many sigs have interesting and useful links in them, and there's often something to be learned about a person's personality by viewing his or her avatar. I'd be willing to turn off viewing avatars if there's absolutely no alternative, but not sigs.
The problem is compounded when people include images in their posts, the large majority of which are important to help resolve problems. Is there anything else I can do? Surely I'm not the only one here on dialup who has these problems. It wasn't as bad on XP, but the problem is now magnified by Vista.
Here's a thought ... I'd be willing to edit large files for members. I have an animation editor that does quite a good job, and I really enjoy working with graphics.
[Edit to correct typo - changed 75-100MB to 75-100KB]
Edited by Dialer, 10 December 2007 - 03:30 PM.