Some minor changes, Linking to photos.
An ongoing issue has come to the point where we needed to make an alteration. The issue is “Linking to photos on other servers.”
There are several things that come into play, the biggest of which is burning up Bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of internet data that moves across the lines to and from different servers. We have seen this in both linking photos from other forums, private albums and commercial websites. All servers are charged based on Bandwidth and Storage Space used.
In addition to the Bandwidth, Linking slows down load times. This is extremely difficult for people who are on dial-up accounts.
The last issue is that over size photos linked into this site make our website lose its ability to fit within the normal screen sizing.
Photos in the signatures cause an extreme amount of bandwidth because they load hundreds of times where people post multiple times in one thread. Personally I like them and think they add to the sense of community we have here. The issue is the size of the photos and the amount of “LOAD” they cause. The little icons in the signatures really do not cause much load. The photos of personal trailers and or tow rigs do cause quite a bit more load.
Our storage capacity is quite large and it is in our best interest to have everyone upload all images to our system. The additional benefit is, that when the posts age, the photos will remain available to future archive searches. Currently, many older posts have lost their images that illustrate the text posted.
So at this point, we have deleted the WYSIWYG editor button that links photos to our website. If you are a programmer and know how to work around the editor, please do not.
PS: If you are having trouble uploading photos, please read our helps section or ask for help.
Thank You all for your understanding and help,