I am on a hosted plan with Discourse (Standard) and very happy so far. We have quite an enthusiastic user base that loves to upload pictures of their horses (it’s a horse forum after all). Problem - some of these pics are way too large (4 to 5 MB). I am afraid that at one point we are running out of space and even if this is some time away it would make sense from a user perspective to compress those images so they can be viewed easier.
Right now - whenever I stumble upon some very large pictures I download, optimize and change them in the post. That’s quite tedious and I am unsure if this actually results in the large images eventually getting deleted. As far as I understand this there is a grace period and if an image is not linked to after this period it finally gets deleted. Am I correct? So at least my efforts are not totally pointless and actually save storage space down the road.
What other options do I have at this point? I haven’t found any settings in my admin menu to limit the file size users can upload. So I could set it to 1 MB which should force them to optimize before uploading (or at least ask for help).
Or is there some kind of support option available that starts a script and batch optimizes all images in the background? Remember I am not self hosting so my options here may be limited.