It came to my attention recently that there were/are a few avatars kicking around the forum that are of extreme size; one example being ~250kb. Now, it's not that hard for me specifically to find them because whenever I load a page with one my computer screeches to a halt. It's a slightly older one and having quarter-megabyte avatars scattered about a thread makes a real difference.

I'm not sure, but is there or can there be a setting activated to limit avatar size to a maximum of 100kb-150kb? Asside from the performance impact on lower-end computers, avatars that size take up a rather large amount of bandwidth. A couple megabytes extra per day per user adds up to a hell of a lot of wasted bandwidth for the site.
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