All of the replies to my previous post were a waste of space. If you don't have something useful to say, don't reply to this.
It has been my experience that when I am running k-lite it takes a long time to load ANY webpage, and certain ones that have a lot of unnecessary graphics load REALLY slowly or not at all. One or two of the discussions I participate in elsewhere come in a lot faster - almost as fast as when nothing else is running. They are the ones with the least useless graphics to load, and are usually the ones with the most useful content.
It was even worse when I was running WinMX.
Maybe I was wrong to assume that the file sharing software would suck back bandwidth for most users, but it sure does for me!
I am running a PII, 266Mhz, 128Mb ram. I have a 56K modem that usually connects at 48K - about normal in this area. The only high speed connection available in this area is wireless and the equipment cost is prohibitive.
My son is studying programming. Due to his influence, I regularly run msconfig and remove anything I don't need from startup whenever I install something new. My system tray is susrprisingly empty. My system resources are usually about 96% free at startup. I run Ad-aware about once a week. I use an independant local ISP - not AOL or Sympatico that require their software to run when you are connected
In other words, I am not one of those people who has a whole bunch of garbage runnning all the time. And although I am new to this forum, I have been participating in internet discussions for a few years. And although I am relatively new to K-lite, I have been using file sharing for over a year and have over 2000 files shared.
My point was simply this: I would think, since most of the world is not wired for high speed internet, that most users have a hard time downloading webpages with high graphic content while they are are running k-lite. I would also think that most users, at least the first time they come to this board, come here via the link on the opening page ("Web") of K-lite. There is other message board software available that downloads faster and therefore gives the novice a better chance of actually loading it and getting some of the help they are coming here for in the first place.
I think it is great that people are willing to give their time to help others figure out how to make this work better, and I am glad that this board is available at all, but it could work a lot better if it wasn't nearly impossible to access initially.