I think it should actually be Vek answering these, and not me. He's more of a web expert, while I'm more into local programming, but nonetheless...
Most images would've not be a problem data wise. Those on servers with decent speed, and without scripts behind it, were not the problem here (other than some signatures growing proportionally out of size, but that's a different issue).
It's just the few problem images that were causing it. By enforcing images to be on the same server as E (Just tested, they don't have to be on the wiki, just on the E server, but the wiki is the easiest choice for uploading your images to the E server
), we're sure that the image:
- Is on a server that's currently up and running (else the forum wouldn't work).
- Has no scripts behind it (the only one that could put a script behind it on this server would be Vekseid himself).