Member Rara Avis
What many fail to realize, I think, is that using "hoards" of graphics, or using very large graphics loading from very slow sites, can make our home very inhospitable to people on slow Internet connections or with less than ultra-modern computers. The smilies and graphics exist because they can, indeed, lighten and enhance. But more isn't necessarily better. I see posts with ten, fifteen, even twenty smilies, or I see posts with the same exact smilie repeated over and over, all in a row. Those slow down every computer, and can too easily crash older ones.
Restraint is NOT a four-letter word, my friends…