I have to start being clear that this isn't a "directive from the BE/SBN staff" but rather a friendly suggestion from lil' old me.
If I did have the power to initiate a hard and fast directive, it was going to be making Pajama Jeans the single option for a dress code, but I was quite disappointed that they're only made for women. Racists.
Anyway, we've all had to come to grips with losing the ability to post a deluge of gifs on BE. They were integral to my Dissections and I still feel a bit incomplete without them. However, K.J. Gould made a great suggestion that fits perfectly, as we can hyperlink to gifs hosted elsewhere on the net but just can't embed them on the front page.
Firefox offers an Add-On called "Thumbnail Zoom Plus" that flashes an enlarged version of any in-text hyperlinks when you hover your mouse over it.
That means I can still hyperlink an external gif (or pics and video) in the article and the Add-On will show a huge version of the media, and you don't have to leave the page or do anything but hover over it with your mouse. I think that it's not only a great way to circumvent the gif issue, but makes for an even better reading experience than compared to an article full of gifs.
I believe that either Google Chrome or Safari offers a similar version but I don't know any specifics -- maybe someone can chime in below with info. I just thought I'd let everyone know about this because I really like it and think it adds some convenient depth and personality.
DISCLAIMER: one drawback is that there's a monumental lack of gifs floating around now that ZP's old library has been shut down, but there are still some good ones and I'll try to include anything and everything of interest.
You're also welcome to use the comments below to voice any personal criticism, advice or just to vent/pontificate randomly.
One love, ninjas.