Gather 'round, n00bs and old farts!
Let me paint you a picture of devious struggles and highlights of days long gone.
First off, browsing art back in *my* day, we had to scroll uphill, both ways. Even in winter. Without friction smoothing mouse gloves. The mousewheel was barely out of the prototype stages.
Often, shit didn't even load. Heck, in the beginning, thumbnails weren't even thumbnail sized - More like ring finger sized.
Endless scrolling was a concept yet untought of. 24 "thumbs" per page. I'm not sure if that used to a maximum and you could have even less. Today's river thumbs used be tiny puddles of pinkies. Back then you could browse via a text/link list. Can you imagine browsing image content today by just text - "TITLE by ARTIST, submitted on DATE" - Well damn, sounds intriguing, might be worth the bandwidth and loading time. I hope my browser won't crash while rendering the page. I'll just go take a dump in the meantime.
You couldn't even embed deviation thumbnails anywh