Originally Posted by PNW_Steve
I don't know if many others are having this trouble but I am seeing more and more threads that I cannot view without clicking the link and then taking a nap while it loads.
I probably could build a service that handled this problem in an afternoon. On upload an image would be resized to several different sizes and stored. Each user could then set in their profile the desired image sizes they wanted to see or set a "bandwidth profile" that chose the best option for them.
Previous images already uploaded to this forum could be migrated, and we could either use new forum software to generate links to the service endpoint or modify the current iteration to do so. If a site admin is interested in trying to prototype something like this, let me know. Migrations are a specialty of mine.
As for upload policy: My advice is allow uploads up to the tens of MB per image, but resize (scale, preserving aspect ratio) in the backend to a few desired sizes. Making others resize prior is just not a reasonable expectation due to vast differences in age and proficiency.
I'd still love to see webp support!