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I share that feeling. Just as the world seemed to be getting nicely settled with PNGs along comes Giphy with a mission to destroy the universe.

So even when the anim isn't either a tedious throwback to the worst excesses of geocities, or there just to distract and annoy it's garbage quality. Someone will post a video, in gif form, to help illustrate some post, and you can barely make out a thing as the dithering has sent the detail to oblivion. Just make an mp4.

Simply being able to stop a gif anim by hitting ESC was far too useful, so browsers don't do that any more, or sites are somehow blocking it.

I don't understand the appeal of gif anims at all.

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