Faster & More Scouting Pictures

I’ve moved over the fetching of new Flickr images to the new and improved caching mechanism. Originally, there were only three groups to which HalfEagle subscribed:

This was mostly because each new group slowed down the loading of the home page even further. Now that HalfEagle uses the new caching mechanism, it can subscribe to many more groups, and it can subscribe to overlapping groups without having duplicates of the same picture in the cache.

And these are just the groups that caught my eye for having a multitude of contributors and interesting photography. There are even more Scouting photo groups to check out. If you have any recommendations, please link to them in the comments. 🙂

Of course, more groups means more varied pictures. You might load up a page and only see Cub Scout pictures or International Scouting pictures. HalfEagle currently has a pretty strong bias toward Boy Scouts of America at the moment.

If there were a way for you to indicate a preference for a particular area of interest (not just for pictures, but for all the different sections), would that be something you’d use? Personally, I think it would be a neat feature every time I think of it, but I don’t think I’d ever personally use it. Tell me what you think and I’ll use your suggestions to decide how to proceed.

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