Speeding up the forum experience on dial-up connections
Another user's complaint about the length of time it took long threads to load on her dial-up connection reminded me that not everyone knows how much control you have over your own experience of this forum. It really is a remarkably flexible system compared to most.
To acces your controls, select the User Control Panel (USER CP, under the peppers), then Edit Options (on the left side) then go down to Thread Display Options. You can turn off (or on) the display of people's avatars, signatures and images. Turning them off just shows you the text and makes everything load much faster.
Changing Number of Posts to show only 5 posts at a time speeds up the loading of each page.
Changing Thread Display Mode allows you to determine how you want the posts to display... oldest first, newest first (so you can skip right to the end), or Threaded and Hybrid, which add a graphic display of the entire thread at the top of the page so you can pick and choose what you want to read and therefore, what has to get loaded, rather than just loading everything.
Following all the above suggestions you can easily double your effective download speed for posts here.
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