Very helpful, Kej!
From the google descriptions, it appears that (at the time Gurthamoth tried to use the Chat Forums) someone had placed a very, very large image in one of the threads. The forum software tried to send the image as part of the thread display, but choked on the size of the file before it completed its own (server-side) processing.
I guess someone removed the offendingly large file, because the problem apparently resolved itself. Alternatively, the Larian folks might have increased the image-size tolerance of the forums, but I doubt it since we haven't seen any announcements.
Common sense guidelines for folks who want to share images in forums and other web pages:
- If the image is smaller than 25Kbytes, the server can handle it and most users' browsers won't suffer too much lag (delay).
<= for example, this is 11Kb
- If the image is larger than 25 Kb, try shrinking it to less than 25Kb by
-- changing the image format (e.g., from .bmp to .gif), or
-- making a thumbnail image and using it as a link to your own web site.
- If you can't shrink the image without making it too obscure or unintelligible, post the image on your own site and post a text link (e.g., "click here to view image
") to it on the forum thread.