This PC is a circa 2010 I7-860 with a GTS250 graphics card. Another from 2009 has an i7-865 with an HD4890 card, and another is a 2013 i7-3517U notebook with Intel graphics, all with the same issue.
I previously made a remark about the irony of the Junk Mail banner atop a Choice staff post about junk mail. The banner shows for a moment every time the thread is opened, and then the thread is positioned. The banner is ‘yuge’!
Now there is a ‘yuge’ banner in the Going Our Own Way. The 4 browsers I checked each render and display the graphic and then position the thread. Hardware acceleration is enabled where available. Perhaps new systems with more power do not display the ‘pause that irritates’?
If pretty header graphics are in vogue at Choice, please make them small and consider the impact on those of us who revisit threads and are presented with the banner, time after time after time. Or is this just me?
Hi @PhilT, apologies for any frustration caused. Sounds like a load time issue or it could be a possible bug. We keep the images to 40kb or less to try to keep everything loading quickly, but maybe there is something our developers can do to assist. I’ll flag it as an issue with them.
I misunderstood what you were saying in your initial post. I do see that banner and then it jumps to wherever I have read to in the thread. It’s only in this thread that I see a huge banner though, and although it is big in area, it is only 39.76 kB (40,715 bytes), so doesn’t noticeably slow the loading process … even on nbn satellite, which is always slow when there are lots of separate items to load.
Speaking of irritations, I’d like to ban the little line going around and around in a circle (waiting/buffering or whatever), which appears before and lasts longer than the banner, but I doubt that can be fixed, I’ll just have to !
@PhilT The image is part of any post that goes into the ‘Featured’ category, and there are a few other stylistic changes as well. The posts in this category seem to attract good engagement, but that’s not to say they can’t be changed, improved or removed.
@gordon, it’s another load time issue. Ideally if load times are quick enough the buffering wheel won’t display for long, but other than trying to improve this factor, there’s probably not much we can do.
‘strange’ referred to the perceived performance issues wrt mention of graphics cards/etc - not that the image was small that was just an observation re transfer time/etc ie that size wasn’t the issue. Case in point, I remember a website I left open that displayed a dozen or so images at a very small size, turned out each was a few MB and the rendering js they implemented at the browser cost that on each frame switch (site had a slideshow banner kinda thing). I had inadvertently left this browser tab open for a number of days and it took some netflow analysis to work out the primary suspects (kids) weren’t to blame … luckily at the time I was running a netflow capable router and had flow export history going back months “just in case”