Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:06:34 UTC
If you take a look at the supplied link (warning: displays syphilitic Penis) you
will see that it is a very high resolution image that take a very long time even
for broadband users to load. As such for a casual visitor the page will probably
be almost incompehensible, if he / she doesn't scroll down to the bottom and
discover the fast-loading thumbnail and descriptive text (try).
If the image was loaded underneath the image description, on the other hand,
then the fast-loading thumb and description would be immediately visible to the
visitor and the original size image could load in the background. Scrolling
would not be required.
BTW: I have uploaded such a big version because I want the users to have access
to the best version available without uploading several different versions in
different sizes. I think this should be in Wikimedias interest.
Current rev. 1.4pre-alpha has a limited width for the images on the image
description page. If the image is wider than that limit, a "giant thumb"
(default: 800px) is generated and displayed. The image is a link to the
original, very-high-resolution image.
Some users have concerns about the limit being a per-site setting, not a
per-user one, so this might change into a user preference. There is also a
discussion whether the limit should be specified as "width in pixels" or "image
size in KBytes".
Why not specifying both "width in pixels" and "image
size in KBytes" via user preferences?