We have been gearing up for some time to get ready to rebuild the thumbnails for over 2.5 million images that you’ve all uploaded over the years so that they are a much higher quality for the new website design that we've been working on.
We kicked off this rebuilding process at the start of last week, and it is now complete. The higher quality thumbnails may take some time to filter down through our various CDN providers as they are heavily cached.
Some of you may have noticed over the last few weeks a few subtle changes that we've made to the way thumbnail images are displayed on the website. Every thumbnail should now be scaled to the correct ratio and size for each place it is displayed on the website to accommodate this increase in size and quality.
These new thumbnails look great on the new responsive design we've got coming - the old thumbnail size was simply too small to use in any modern design.
The rebuilding of the site's thumbnails is almost entirely seamless - however there is one area that you may want to check on: if you've uploaded images to your mods - any images that have been cropped to make custom thumbnails will have been replaced with a higher quality original thumbnail - unfortunately we don't have any way of rebuilding cropped thumbnails to a higher quality, so if you want to then you can jump into your mod page right now, and re-crop your images.
Going forward, the new website layout will work best if the images you upload are 16:9 - so if you are uploading new images now and you want to be future proof we highly recommend using that ratio.