The NFC image resolution guidelines are now well over a decade old, from another era and completely outmoded by contemporary commercial standards. At current pixel densities on most display devices, we're down to a one square inch size, rendering the content illegible and useless.
It's really easy to tag and fix these images with bots and some contributors really don't like non-free content use in general, but those are poor rationales for a site-wide policy.
For instance, commercial album art resolution standards for itunes recommend a minimum of 3000x3000, or 9 megapixels. Right now the WP convention appears to still be 300x300, or one percent of the commercial resolution, contrary to the 10% rule of thumb guideline generally suggested.
Now those who follow copyright law are likely familiar with the reality of fair use being determined on a case-by-case basis. Wikipedia policies generally follow this advice, yet we still maintain an arbitrarily low resolution standard. This is a question of legal prophylaxis vs. usability and I think that it is to the detriment of our readers and contributors to subvert any nuanced practice by essentially having the NFC image collection bot patrolled/tagged/resized. At the very least I'd like to propose an incremental resolution increase for these coded thresholds. ˉˉanetode╦╩ 21:22, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
- You are not accounting for mobile devices. Additionally, we are limited by the max thumbnail size settable by user preferences, which is 300px. So no, there's no issue with the current limitations. It enforces the non-free requirements. --Masem (t) 21:37, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
- To further add - we are purposely more restrictive than fair use as we are trying to encourage free content and minimize the use of non-free. We probably would have no legal people chasing us down if we allowed for, say 3000x3000 album covers in conjunction with notable albums, but we want to keep these minimally small to assure there's no legal issues. --Masem (t) 22:06, 6 October 2019 (UTC)