okay here is my idea.
I wanted to know how much bandwidth is used when one page is loaded. Here is what i did.
1. I went to the first page in the first topic in the first forum (any random page will do). It was http://filesharingtalk.com/index.php?showtopic=113565 . I then went to save as in IE.
2. Then I went into windows explorer to look at file sizes.
the actual html page (KL Board - The Story Of This Forum.htm) was 129 KB
i then looked at all of the images that came with the board (ie. the start new reply button, smilies etc.) the total of the 45 images was 58.7 KB
here is where it gets intresting...
now I totaled all of the sigs and avatars sizes 236 KB
3. now for some math
129 + 58.7 = 187.7 KB for board images and the html
236 KB for personal files
187.7 + 236 = 423.7 KB of downloading from the server to see one page.
236/423.7 = 55.7 % of server bandwidth or 236 KB is used on sigs and avatars for only one page load
but wait, theres more. In this topic many people posted twice. In theory, if 15 different people posted and each had 100 KB worth of sigs and avs thats 1500 KB.
1500/1687.7 = 88.9 % of server bandwidth or 1500 KB is used on sigs and avatars for only one page load
maybe we should make people host their own sigs and avs again?
holy crap. I just figured how to cut bandwidth costs in half