Sometimes our feeds on dev.to are populated by animated GIFs and images from people's posts. I get that images are great ways to bring someone into the post, but when they're animated images it distracts me from reading the rest of the posts.
Should there be a pause/ play control for each GIF image post? That may help with one or two GIFs, but I imagine it would be tedious to control for 3 or more posts.
Should there be a global site-wide option to disable GIFs that can be found in your profile settings?
If we're conforming to WCAG, the guideline this relates to is Pause, Stop, Hide (2.2.2)
For any moving, blinking or scrolling information that (1) starts automatically, (2) lasts more than five seconds, and (3) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it unless the movement, blinking, or scrolling is part of an activity where it is essential; ...
Presently I admit that there are few posts with animated GIFs on my feeds, however this falls onto chance. Unless I am wrong, there are no limitations into the number of animated GIFs appearing on your feed and length of their animations.
My motivation is to prevent the distraction scenarios manifesting into problems for the audience of DEV.to.
Happy to hear insights.