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There is a noticeable delay the first time the upvote or flag images are "hovered over". Can this be resolved by pre-caching (using JavaScript) or combining several images into a single file (using CSS)?

This also appears to be the cause of the "loading..." bug (?) that is occasionally (momentarily) seem when clicking to see the detailed the up/down votes.

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This is one time and it takes 2 seconds. But it bugs me too. – deleted Aug 3 '09 at 3:10
up vote 3 down vote accepted

All images are fully sprited now, so if you have one image, you have them all.

(there are some minor exceptions for a handful of SE 2.0 sites with special styling, but not for voting.)

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