Exactly DustMagnet. That's why I don't like this way of doing it.
Drake, I understand and agree that for 90% of the posts it's not necessary at all... except for sales threads (which is quite a significant part of the site's activity), for which I find it to be a must. Managing, updating, editing big sales thread is just way easier when you have the pic side-by-side vs having to read every single line.
Now I know I'm a whore and have an unusually long sales thread but I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Anyway, now you're aware of the issue :P Would be great if you guys could look into it!