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    Default Too many pictures, Need to scale back.........

    Well guys, this is not required but a request, please scale back on too many pictures in a thread like this one;

    https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...37#post1844037

    and

    https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...%2858-Shots%29

    It is taking 15 minutes or longer to load up 100+ for us people who uses wireless internet on laptop. I know you warned us with the Warning 56k and so forth but please next time, try to link it to your hosting page if you can.
    (Still loading after 20 minutes). Please have some consideration for those who are on wireless or dial up. Thank you.
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    No prob Ken, will do. Sorry bout that.

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    I totally agree that there is no excuse for large numbers of members having to waiting 15 to 20 minutes for "Regular" Threads & Posts to load.

    Yeah, I'm still a dial-up user...

    And yes, I did see that 56K Warning in the thread, Loaded it and enjoyed it...

    But, It seems there are a lot of folks out there that can't seem to understand, that not everyone has the same internet speeds as they do...

    To make matters worse, so many folks refuse to follow the rules set forth by the forums. File types...JPGs (Instead of PNGs) Resolution maximums...1024x768, for example.

    I don't even mind if folks bend these rules on occasion...and I am even willing to wait sometimes to see these pictures & screen shots...

    But what really ticks me off, is HOW MANY (NOT ALL) lack of thread title warnings concerning the time requirements for these huge posts for those folks that have slower connections. You see a topic that is interesting, you click on it, then WAIT... Sometimes wondering if your dial-up connection has faltered before you realize what is really going on. Then there are the folks, that refuse to start new threads to support these extremes, and continue to use established ones that are supposed to be following the forum rules, but which just grinds them ALL to a halt. Screen Shot Threads for example. One single extreme post takes for ever to load as it is, but then multiply that by ten in a row for example, those just trash the whole thread for many members.

    As I said, I don't even mind waiting sometimes. I'll load it up, and do something else for a while, then comeback to see what has loaded, and enjoy what is there. But this can be a pain, if you don't have all day to this...

    Then you run in to the problem of saying something to these folks. They get offended, or angry, and make comments like, "Well, I just stop making posts all together until YOU have caught up with today's technology!" You think to yourself: Excuse me, but if you were following the forum rules & policies all along, I would never have said anything in the first place. I HAVE to follow them...JUST LIKE YOU DO TOO!

    I'm still trying to figure out why someone feels the need to post a Screen Shot of a train in a simulation in the largest file size & resolution as possible, just to show other members what products they are working on, or what favorite routes & trains they like to run. THIS ISN'T A PHOTO CONTEST! JPGs with a resolution of 1024x768, will accomplish the these tasks just fine, and keep the download times small, so that members with slower internet connections can enjoy what it is you are trying to share. You can still always provide an offsite URL Link to higher quality images if you need to, when you want to show off some fine details...of a repaint, for example. Even I have been known to click on those...But those are usually ONE click at a time, and when I decide to wait for it to load...

    Someday, I'll ditch dial-up for something faster...But even then, rules are rules, and I'll still have to make posts based on the forum's guidelines.
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    Hi Ken,

    Just a thought... when people quote someone's post that includes a ton of photos, is there really a need to include the photos in the quote... removing them would save a lot of bandwidth and time for people. Often you'll see six or eight screenies, then the next one is someone including them in their reply just to say great shots.

    Paul :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by charland View Post
    Hi Ken,

    Just a thought... when people quote someone's post that includes a ton of photos, is there really a need to include the photos in the quote... removing them would save a lot of bandwidth and time for people. Often you'll see six or eight screenies, then the next one is someone including them in their reply just to say great shots.

    Paul :-)
    Already have it written in a post. See below.

    https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...24#post1733624
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    I do agree with Paul on the needless quoting of pics in replies, and I do agree that there needs to be some judicious editing of whats to be put up, rather than just dumping your memory card,

    BUT.....

    It's hard to complain about big threads when everyone around here seems to prefer these humongous "Any, Any Any" threads that produce precisely this outcome. Count me in as Critic #1 of these "Any Any Any" threads, on the grounds that it stagnates the screenie forums too much, making the place look way more deserted than it is because the same handful of threads sit on the top FOREVER, but evidently we are a lazy bunch and 10 clicks on 10 new threads each and every day was "too much heavy lifting" for so many of us, and we evidently decided that one big thread with zillions and zillions of screenies was where the future was at. We got what we wanted.

    Given the current glide-path, I don't think the burden of warning anybody is on the poster at all. If you choose a wireless laptop over a wired broadband PC, then your deliberate choice of mobile platform plays a part in your slower connection, so its up to you to be judicious with your downloading. If you are on a slow connection, and you know you are, then the burden is on YOU to do some selective choosing on what to look at. And that's another reason I dislike the "Any Any Any" threads, the choices of what to view for slow connection users ends up being rather limited, with a choice between one humongous "Any Any Any" thread, one humongous Fictional thread, one humongous "Scenes without Trains" thread, one humongous Passenger thread, etc.
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    I don't think the burden of warning anybody is on the poster at all. If you choose a wireless laptop over a wired broadband PC, then your choice of mobile platform plays a part in your slower connection, so its up to you to be judicious with your downloading. If you are on a slow connection, and you know you are, then the burden is on YOU to do some selective choosing on what to look at.
    I agree and I will not give warning of any kind. It was simply a request. For me, it's partly my choice, I don't work, currently on disabled and retired due to health reasons. I am not going to sit at my desktop PC all day and look at the forums. I am moderator to 4 different forums besides this one. I rather sit in the comfort of my couch with laptop via wireless on lap in the living room with my TV and my N scale train layout. I also have my Kindle Fire and my smartphone to look at the forum when I am away from my PC or laptop. Yes, I do use my desktop PC when needed.
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    Pet Peeve: People that "reply with quote" and include the pictures we've already seen...

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