tl;dr: InkBunny will now be my most complete, and highest-quality, gallery. Baraag and e621 will also likely have most of my gallery at the same quality as InkBunny. SoFurry and Weasyl will have the same quality as FurAffinity (1280x1280) and those posts will have a link to the InkBunny version; the most complete gallery in this case will be SoFurry, since it will also have all of my stories.
When it comes to art quality, I have the following desire: I want to have the highest quality image possible. This usually means I want the highest resolution, within reason. Usually on this internet you come across an image somewhere, then you find out there's a higher resolution of it somewhere else. Although sometimes a higher quality can actually be a lower res, but I digress.
Usually I, and I think most people, want high-res, quality images. But... Sites have limitations.
I was looking at my Christmas post on SoFurry, and I noticed that it (at the time of this journal) had a single 1-Star vote. I'm not about to whine about it; in general Raspberry doesn't get a lot of attention. But, it did make me think: "WHy would this only get a 1-Star vote?"
Well, perhaps it is because that person genuinely thought the quality of the piece was fit for only 1 Star. However, I sincerely doubt that, because I have a bit of context that might explain it as well.
When I first uploaded the picture onto SoFurry, it didn't quite display properly at first. If you went to the page, it would have looked like there was no image posted. There's an almost-invisible depiction of that "there's supposed to be an image here" icon, and if you clicked that it would take you to the SoFurry HD view where you could then clearly see the full image.
I can't remember when or why exactly, but I had this happen before. I think I was updating or replacing an image and it took forever for the replacement to take effect.
So, my guess is that someone went to the picture after it wa sposted, waited a second, but didn't see a picture load like it usually does. The person then went, "Well thi sis pretty lousy," and gave it a 1-Star and then moved on. Not that unreasonable, to be honest.
(As an aside, this is why I wish SoFurry would notify of all votes and not just the 5-Star votes, because knowing when this 1-Star vote happened would further validate my suspicion, as it took quite a while for the image to show on the main post.)
In this case, I believe the biggest blame lies in SoFurry's delay in displaying the image on the main post, which was in part caused by the resolution of the image (2480x3508). While SoFurry is able to handle an image of this size, when you get into the upper-thresholds of any site's limitations, some things are going to start going wonky.
And unless otherwise mentioned, I upload the highest resolution picture I am given, where I can. I typically have to scale down images for FurAffinity, as they only spport images of 1280x1280. Any more than that, and the file gets converted to a 1280x1280 .jpg. Another aside: Tthis is why if you ever download a pic from FA and the extension is a .png but if you try to open it, your image viewer may say it's not a .png, and when you change it to .jpg it magically works; this is because the person posting it posted a larger .png image, and it was downsized and converted by FA for them.
However, due to this recent event, I am now reconsidering this. While InkBunny's uploader is freakishly slow, the site tends to handle itself well. SoFurry also handles itself well, generally, but in this case it didn't. Weasyl I don't enough experience with; while I haven't seen any issues with displaying, it is fun how I'll randomly get an "oops" error. And FurAffinity has heinously low limits so it doesn't even count; if you get a gutter-ball in bowling when you have bumpers on, you have no excuse. Stay in your lane.
Right now, as I've made clear on the other sites, InkBunny has my complete gallery. But, I think, moving forward, it will have my complete gallery that is also at its highest quality. I think that, moving forward, I will post the same version on SF & Weasyl that I do on FA.
"But, Lemmy, why punish SoFurry for just one incident, and then drag Weasyl into it as well?"
Because I'm fat, old, and lazy :V But, as a better justification, I only post pictures suitable for a general audience on SoFurry, FurAffinity, and Weasyl. On InkBunny, you are able to view general-rated picutres without an account. So, I can easily upload to IB, and provide a handy link to it on all th eother sites. If your policy is not to go to InkBunny, well, I can't help you there. That's your boundary, and it's not really my job to cater to that, but read on and you may find a compromise or two. And, if you have an InkBunny account, well hey... Follow me there.
This doesn't necessarily mean that InkBunny will be the only place for these. After all, I also believe in redundancy in case something goes offline or gets lost. I have a Baraag that I haven't really used, yet. I also may create an e621 account to post things there, as I have some pictures up there that others have posted already, and it would be nice to have my images properly tagged and linked. These are places that can also handle the same version as InkBunny.
So that is what I think I will do.
InkBunny will now be my most complete, and highest-quality, gallery. Baraag and e621 will also likely have most of my gallery at the same quality as InkBunny. SoFurry and Weasyl will have the same quality as FurAffinity (1280x1280) and those posts will have a link to the InkBunny version; the most complete gallery in this case will be SoFurry, since it will also have all of my stories.
If you read through that whole thing, congratulations; it was probably pointless to walk through my thought-process but maybe you learned a thing or two.
I don't think this will ruffle any feathers or anything. But if it happens to... Okay.
Till the new year,