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Pushing Boundaries

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Posted by Hendikins

5 July 2015 at 17:55:15 MDT

Hello Weasyl users! Hopefully those of you in the USA have enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. Since we're turning things upside down and folks around here can't resist a good cliché, it's the Aussie's turn for announcement duty.

Since Weasyl went public, there has been one issue above all that we’ve heard needs to be addressed: thumbnail images. “Why are they square? Why are they so small? How are we meant to get a reasonable preview from this tiny space?” Our response, broadly, has been “We’re aware. We’re sorry. We want to make it better.” You’ve been extremely patient with us, and we can’t be thankful enough for that.

Within the next 48 hours, we will be switching Weasyl over to a new thumbnail scheme. It will better display the full content of submissions while making full use of the space in your browser, and offer a good experience for both mobile and desktop users. Check out the following previews:

All existing visual submissions will have their thumbnails converted to full-preview thumbnails that are generated automatically. You won’t have to do anything or change how you use the site.

We also know that some of you have already put effort into creating custom thumbnails for your works, and repeating that work for all your submissions would be tedious. Don’t worry: Your thumbnails have not been lost. We've made a tool that will permit you to restore your old thumbnails for some or all of your submissions. Expect a link and details on how to use it at launch.

We’re excited to take this step forward. We’ve made a thread on our forums for discussing the new changes - if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know!

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