Are thumbnails for animated GIFs going to be static images from now on?

Aman Loomba 11 years ago updated 11 years ago 1

Hi Guys --

Once upon a time, certain thumbnails of animated GIFs were themselves animated.  For example, this file and its "h" thumbnail are both animated:

Original, animated:


Thumbnail, still animated:


However I'm now seeing images where the thumbnails are not animated any more, for example:

Original, animated:


Thumbnail, NOT animated:


My question: Is this by design and going to be the standard going forward, or are files like the second example some kind of fluke or temporary condition?


This question was answered via e-mail by the helpful folks at imgur, and the answer was yes: animated image thumbnails will be static from now on.