Everything is slow, and we're to blame...
More Avatars = More Lag
Why do avatars cause so much load?
The number one cause of lag is...Alpha cuts
Why are these specifically such a problem?
How long does this take us?
Don't blame the body makers.
So what now? How do I get a lower lag body? I like my wardrobe
This is all very well, Beq, but what about X?
Can't the viewer make this better?
Come on then, Beq, prove your point.
OK, so there's a lot of blame being assigned here, mostly to ourselves as users, so I'd better have a good argument to back this up... I think I do, so before you flame me in the comments, let me show you why. My next post will share some empirical data gathered through weeks of performance testing that supports my arguments; I'll show you the extensive testing done and explain how you might try to do something similar to see it for yourself.
UPDATE: Part 2 is now online - warning statistics ahead 9/10 of you will be bored the other half will love it.