Good day everyone!
I hope you're all doing well, and don't worry, you're not in trouble...yet.
This is just a reminder to all of those people who have banners posted in their story summaries on the site. To be perfectly blunt, they're too big. Banners need to be cut down in size because people who are on dial up have to struggle through the recent updates since the most frequently updated fics all seem to have very large banners to go along with them. Also, some folks use 800x600 resolution on their small computer monitors so a 300x600 banner takes up a lot of page space.
Your best bet for this, if you don't want to modify your banner, is to put your banner as it's own introduction chapter so that people who would rather not spend the time downloading graphics don't have to.
This isn't mean we don't want you to make them, please keep making your wonderful banners, but please
keep them small, or post them as a chapter.
300x300-ish = decent banner size
640x480-ish = TOO BIG.
Don't think I didn't measure them all IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR BANNER IN YOUR SUMMARY THEY ARE TO BE NO LARGER THAN 300x300 (or 600 max if you want to go shorter but longer, or taller but narrower so 150 x 450 is good...) The filesize should be no larger than 30-40kb tops! Please avoid .png and .bmp if possible--those tend to have a much larger filesize than .jpgs and .gifs!
If banners don't start getting smaller, they'll be removed until they find a new home on a separate page, or become happy little tiny versions of their former selves.
Thank you for your time,
The Mods. Added on 1/9 (Happy Birthday AJ!)
Lately people have not been following the rules sooo....The first time you do it, we'll delete the banner and it will say *mod edit due to banner size. The next time you do it, we'll delete the entire story. That means reviews and all!
Sorry but I know Julilly and I are tired of having to go through these stories to delete the banners of people who aren't bothering to read the site rules.