Server Fault chat has turned into make-fun-of-bad-questions-with-funny-pictures chat and we're totally fine with that. We do still have a lot of serious conversation, but the star wall is constantly littered with links to images.
I'd like to propose one of three ways to improve starred images:
- Show an image preview when a user hovers over a star-wall image link
- Replace star-wall items that contain only a link to an image with a thumbnail of the image itself
- Add a thumbnail next to star-wall links that contain an image
I'm personally a fan of #1.
Edit: I do not think that starred (funny) image links are a problem. Kevin's answer makes it seem like he (and maybe others) have taken it that way. My suggestion is for these images to be more deeply integrated into chat by having star-wall previews. We think they're funny and relevant, so we star them. We don't want to get rid of them or cover them up.