Why the 20 megapixel upload limit?

Started May 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
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In reply to 123Mike, 1 week ago

123Mike wrote:

And in the end, all that it's likely is, is only silly little set of constants and a text update in the code of this site...

Sure, if you want to skip testing to make sure the UI doesn't break, that bandwidth doesn't overload the servers DPR is on, making sure the scaler scales large images sanely (are they using ImageMagick on the back end, does the installed version choke on the highest resolutions available today or does it need to be updated? do their scripts choose the right algorithm for various resolutions, etc.), and so forth, then yes, all that's involved is changing one or two text files and pushing it out and hoping nothing breaks. 
What WOULD absolutely work in any case is a "full resolution" link where just the image file is downloadable.

A responsible sysadmin or even a "webmaster" on a very popular site wouldn't just push out a change like that without first testing it... because it is not quite as trivial as you imply. How many people would whine if it turns out they're on a buggy rev of ImageMagick and it either breaks totally on 36mp+ images, or it happens to scale them poorly?

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