I think that there should be more care taken with the handling of stickied news, as it would appear that someone has been rather lazy and hotlinked a 1280×1024 image from wallpaperbase. Now you may not think that this is very important, but considering that it's being used for a 100px tall image (so it doesn't even display properly) and that it adds an extra 4 seconds of load time....... (plus hotlinking isn't a very nice thing to do anyway) For future image optimization, I must recommend Yahoo's SmushIt tool. *it might be acceptable in regular threads, but on the page with the most traffic? I think not. Some webmasters are very strict about hotlinking and have referrer based images, so while someone is linking to a relevent image, it could appear to visitors as anything which in the worst case could be illegal and/or shocking material. Family friendly indeed.