The images are being migrated to a new server over the next several hours. There should be no user impact. But if you see any broken image links, please let us know. (Rest assured that even in the unlikely event that the links are broken, the files are still there.) Thanks.
This should be finally complete. There shouldn’t be any broken image links on the site any more. If you see any, please let me know. Thanks.
Longer version. During HO’s first few years, images have been stored in a combination of forum server and Amazon AWS. Its somewhat unwieldy to have files in different servers even though there is no impact to the end user. That plus cost concerns is what prompted all the files to be migrated to one server.
Now that its done, its actually much easier to administer the file server given its centralized, and its much easier to do regular backups, and allow the site to have a much simpler CDN setup (content delivery network). (IT folks rejoice…)
There is a final, minor step of rebuilding the smaller preview images of older posts. That’s not time sensitive though, so it will just be done over the weekend. The server will have to go down twice in the evening Pacific Time for 20 minutes over the weekend. The timing will be announced.
On topic list, the faded logo served as a default thumbnail if there is no picture in the first post of the topic, otherwise the software uses the first picture in the first post of the topic as the thumbnail.
What changed is that before yesterday, only the regional board topic lists display this thumbnail. Now, all the topic lists do.
If you are referring to the faded logo next to the topic title in the list, that’s intended, for the reason that naf quoted, so the logo (as a placeholder) doesn’t take up too much attention when the topic doesn’t have a picture in the first post.
Now it’s a pale box of nothing. Because I have a memory like a sieve, I cannot remember what icons were displayed to the left of posts before - the icon of the OP? But it looked better than this. This…does not look good. I’m also a little confused that you referred upthread to the logo being a “placeholder.” For what?
If the list stays the way it is, I of course will just get used to it. No biggie.
By placeholder, i just meant that if there is a picture in the first post of the topic, that’ll show as the thumbnail for the topic in the topic list. if there isn’t, then the onion acts as the ‘placeholder’.