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Old 04-17-2017, 02:16 PM
CounterMeasure CounterMeasure is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 886

Loading of avatars is rarely an issue of the user PC performance. It is almost always the server load that is the issue. Every forum that I've seen that is slow, when I've root caused it, its been the forum server is overloaded, or some ad server they are pulling data from for embedded ads is overloaded, thus, making their response times painful.

Storage of images in a database takes space. LOTS of space compared to plain old text.

And then you have querying of those pictures for every post. It takes cycles to query for the pictures related to each profile.

And then you have serving of the pictures. It takes a lot of bandwidth on the server end to deliver avatars to your web cache compared to plain old text.

In short, the money involved to do all that is better served to their mission statement.