Continuing the discussion from Make Discourse play nice with the Wayback Machine:
[quote=“codinghorror, post:7, topic:34579, full:true”]
Where are you getting this data from? [/quote]
Measuring from my own site on a text-only topic, no cache, I’m getting 4.3 MB. At 56k simulated speeds in Chrome dev tools, it churns for 15-20 minutes and times out, less than a quarter of it loaded. (I’m still trying to find out why my site is heavier than meta… ) I have yet to successfully load a page at this speed.
I’m not saying there are lots of dial up folks out there. But there are a few left, by choice or necessity.
On top of that, folks throughout the developing world have limited access speed and data caps - not to mention under-powered hardware. A simpler, lighter interface will open the door to them as well.
Obviously we aren’t catering to these folks… but since we already serve up an stripped down HTML version, making it functional will let them participate.
Here’s some other big sites that present a functional stripped down version.
Facebook now has “Facebook Lite”: Facebook Lite Is A Stripped Down Android App For The Developing World | TechCrunch
Gmail has basic HTML: Gmail