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Preface: While I saw this similar question on Meta Stack Exchange, and the original poster there is complaining about the 160 limit in general. My issue is with the restriction being applied to both dimensions instead of just one.


I think I found an odd bug.

PNG images are declared “Too small…” if both dimensions are not equal to or larger than 160 pixels.

I discovered this while attempting to add an image to an old question from 2018. I adjusted the image in that question (made the height 160) to upload it but the issue can still be reproduced as follows.

  1. Go to the question.
  2. Click “Edit.”
  3. Attempt to add a new image and do it with this URL; this is a link to the old Imgur image (fp3bV.png):

    enter image description here

  4. Click the Add picture submit button.
  5. And… Et violá! You are greeted with the error: “Image is too small: please upload an image that is at least 160x160px”:

    enter image description here

  6. Welp!

Should the restriction be on both dimensions? Or only one dimension?

Of course if it were only one dimension someone can try to upload a 2000 pixel wide and 1 pixel high image. But I never ran into an issue like this on Stack Exchange sites when using Imgur.

Have the rules changed? Or is the 160x160 rule applied to both dimensions?

FWIW, screenshot below of the info dialog box from “Preview” running macOS Sonoma (14.4.1). It shows the image in question (fp3bV.png) is 1,259 (wide) x 139 (height) at 96 DPI; creation date is when I downloaded it. And all of this was tested in Safari 17.4.1 running on the same macOS Sonoma install.

enter image description here

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Previously on Meta Stack Exchange, Slate mentioned we had initially restricted the size requirement due to a new set of platform safety features we had implemented. However, we saw that limiting the size of uploads in this way heavily affected users and functionality.

As such, we have removed the minimum image size restriction and added additional tools to ensure Trust & Safety goals. While I cannot go into detail about those tools, we are confident that this change will still provide the desired preventative measures while allowing standard workflows for community members.

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