It's not 1997 anymore and we're not on 28.8 modems - every page with banner ads loads more data than a few inline images contain.
Nice way of thinking ... Probably a little too paradoxical coming from a WW member, isn't it ?
You didn't know that fast loading times can make the world nicer, did you ?
As a computer guy since the 14.4 bauds modems era (pre-90'):
- A bit of data from 1997 has the same weight in 2016. Let's stop using JPEG/MPEG or any compression algorithms anymore, just to bench our fiber lines, yeah ?
- If it's useless, don't use it. Displaying +16MB APN photos in a reduced 640x480 HTML frame inside a page is a total waste and crime of high treason. (and kills millions of trees and kitties around the globe each year)
- If a software/page is slow to load, I try to find out why and then optimize it's content. Not by adding CPU task-force, RAM modules or buying a new DSL modem or subscription (and offer it to every member of the community here, or do they have already the same über-DSL modems/subscriptions ?).
- A supra-speed loading time is never fast enough. With ads in 1997 & 2016, so much Internet progress made between the two eras, why are some pages still so slow to display today on our top computers and modems ?
- Are all web-designers on the same level of competence and dedication ? Not in my class of '94, not at work today and tomorrow.
- WW forums comes without any (unnecessary) banners or ads, so your point was not even valid from the start.
It's sort of a worldwide community. Don't think looking down just at your feet ... or your Internet situation.
By the way, don't you check your WW posts/replies behind concrete walls, under tunnels or inside a rock-cave on a MTB ride with a bad phone signal and low battery ?!