We thought this would be a pretty clear little bit of netiquette, but perhaps it could be spelled out better.
In the What Are You Working On (WAYWO) threads lately, we've been seeing single posts with a ton of images in them. Or posts with very large not-well compressed images.
We think this is a bit selfish, and not in keeping with the intent of the WAYWOs.
Why One Embed?
The point of posting in a shared thread is to share a quick update of whatever you're working on. You really only need one image to do this.
Too many big images make these threads too slow to load for too many people.
Please be considerate of our viewers on mobile. Also, the longer people have to wait for your images to load, the less likely your work is going to be seen.
How Do I WAYWO, Dude?
Embed a single image/video/sketchfab with a link to your own Topic so people can go see more of your great artwork, give you critique, etc.
In your own Topic you can put as many images as you want, and make them as big as you want. (beware though, lots of people will close your thread if they have to wait for them to load, so be considerate.
Within a shared WAYWO topic, one embed means one image, or one animated GIF, or one video, or one 3d viewer like Sketchfab, or one SoundCloud audio player, etc.
If you upload a JPG to WAYWO we'd like it under 1000x1000 resolution so it will be an acceptable file size. It doesn't matter what compression you save as, since the uploaded image is re-compressed by our server. This is done for security purposes, to scrub metadata, get rid of weird headers, etc. 1000x1000 JPGs end up around 500kb, which is a pretty acceptable size for mobile peeps.
If you embed an animated GIF in a WAYWO it should be less than 2 mb.
If you use an external image host (Imgur, Blog, etc.) your still image should be less than 500 kb in a WAYWO.
Avoid PNG format please. It often makes very large image files. PNG works well if the image is mostly large areas of flat color. However, saving a JPG converts a 8MB PNG down to a less than 500kb JPG, and it looks virtually identical.
More embed tips in "Information about Polycount & New member introductions
Merciless Moderation Mom-ness!
Breaking these rules may cause merciless editing by a Moderator. Deleting all but the first image, replacing your giant PNG/GIF/whatever with a JPG screencap, etc.
This is only done in the WAYWOs, because they're a shared resource. In your own Topic you can put as many images as you want, and make them
as big as you want. (beware though, lots of people will close your
thread if they have to wait for them to load, so be considerate.
Make Your Own Topic!
If you want to show more images, or to ask for feedback, please make your own Topic for this.
Your own topic also allows us to frontpage your work more easily, and to get your work into the banner up top (if you're lucky!).
No one is going to post meaningful critique in a WAYWO thread, but they will if you make a Topic!
Thanks for your consideration in this. In the end this makes the WAYWOs more friendly to repeat viewers, which in turn increases your visibility. This also improves your own personal threads, which means people are less likely be impatient for image loading and exit your thread before seeing your artwork.
It's all good!