Whats that, about 150MB?
About 109 on disk. If I finished converting all of the GIFs to PNGs and optimized the PNGs I could probably get it down a bit.
If you don't have a pennant number for a ship (such as UK battleships or Civilian ships), then the Pennant number is replaced with just the type as follows:
HMS Howe had a pennant number. She had pennant number 32 even if it wasn't painted on the hull!
I would suggest to use "hull classification" prefixes always except for the US Navy ships (and perhaps JMSDF) where they would be redundant - regardless of wether it's a single ship or whole class, esp. that not all ships have/had pennant numbers.
To give an example: in Polish folder there is patrol boat Batory - it's file name is KP-1 as at one point it was named like this, and I wanted to keep sequence with other KP-... boats, but easily I could name it simply Batory instead, and - at least theoretically - there could be another file named Batory, but showing a passenger liner. If "hull classification"/"type" prefixes were to be used always, it would be no such problem (one would be PB Batory and other MS Batory). And in the case from my example, where KP-... files had PB prefix removed, it creates situation where "patrol boats" are (unnecessarily, IMHO) in two separate places in one folder.
I will take your thoughts under consideration, but I offer no promises.
I was under the impression that the mainsite was confusing was because we changed the system around after nation-specific folders were added and the older drawings never got their filenames changed. In this respect, changing the system again would just add to the confusion.
The renaming has been in flux for a long time, Golly didn't do a lot because his connection to the server was SLOW (It would take him a couple of hours to download everything, while it only takes me about 30 minutes [the connection overhead eats a lot more than you would think]). The goal has been to update the files, but it takes time, and as eswube said, the old files need to be fixed also.