posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 06:01 PM
Bandwidth "cost" isn't an issue at this point, it's user functionality.
As it is, our home page is 68k and our today's posts is 69k (HTML only), and both have a great deal of information (home page - 32 forums and a lot
of other info, today's posts - 75 threads). That link you provided only shows 20 threads, yet is 52k of HTML. The roll-over programming isn't hard,
but it adds "weight" to each thread, forum or post, which increases the download time for our users. For example, we used to have some code that
brightened the background color of the table cells on the today's posts page, because of the number of posts, just removing that simple piece of code
Smaller forums with much less content can get away with such tricks since it doesn't add that much to a page of 20 posts. Our board is gigantic,
we're less than two months away from reaching half a million posts, and very often the first 75 threads in the today page represent less than 4 hours
of activity. Adding nice-to-have cosmetic code like that would end up slowing down the page for everyone.