I'd like an option to disable animated smilies

Rocket J Squirrel

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Jun 7, 2018
Alamo, CA
I know people here love their little animated cartoon things, but I find them highly distracting and annoying.

Back in the olden days, pressing ESC in a browser would cause animations to stop. That doesn't work anymore.

I wonder whether it wouldn't be too hard to add a per-user option to make the animations stop animating.


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Nov 15, 2018
Perth, Western Australia
They are animated gifs. If you use firefox as a browser you can disable them in the advanced config by setting "image.animation_mode" from "normal" to "none".
For it to be managed by the forum, there would have to be a second set of non-animated substitutes served to those who want them, and that gets complex fast.

You can test it by viewing : https://www.troublefreepool.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
If it waves at you, animation is still enabled.
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