XF 2.1 Why font awesome files so big?


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I've been looking to speed up my site and something I can't understand is why font awesome files are so massive. It seems like they've more than tripled in size the past few years. For example, ~30% of every XF.com forum page's overhead is due to loading the 3 font awesome files. That is crazy!

In XF1 my FA file size is only 70kb, now between the 3 is over 300kb!
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presumably they only load the one time when you first visit and are then cached. but still doesn't help the initial page load times in terms of Google PageSpeed Insights.

It does seem like overkill given how many icons are used vs how many there are. Any font-trimming services out there? Can we get a font-awesome file that only has what we need?