Welp, it was quite a carnival … but we had to update our code so when people uploaded gif and animated gifs they get sized exactly the same way as all the other images people upload. The reason we hadn’t done that from the beginning is that the .gif image format was actually proprietary and owned by Unisys. So when we first launched there wasn’t good server software to resize gifs so we uploaded the original size and tried to squeeze them as we could into the site.
So it was fun while it lasted, but the over-sized images were becoming too common and messing up too many pages. If you ever wondered why your pet’s pages, or group pages or forums pages were getting stretched too far to the right it was because of this issue.
The first fix went live today such that all newly uploaded gifs will get resized exactly as all the other images do. Later this week we’ll go back through all the images already uploaded and resize them.
Sorry if we’re raining on anyone’s parade, it just became too much of hindrance to the overall experience not to fix now that we finally could.