We've noticed a mixed reaction to the MS artwork.
While we're thrilled some people love it so much (preferring it to the previous infobox images), but we are concerned by the more negative reaction of others. It is for this reason we thought we'd elaborate on why it's being used as the standard for infoboxes, to the extent it's even been made a rule.
There are four main reasons why it's being used:
It allows for uniformity: we wish for the wiki to be easy to navigate for readers, as well as consistent in rules/expectations for editors, and having a uniformity in what's allowed helps make this possible. It also creates a more professional look and a sort of 'brand' for the wiki, too; you always know what to expect and where to find things
It looks more professional: A lot of the older images were of a very bad quality to say the least. If we put in a consistent rule like "only manga" or "only anime", it would lead to huge inconsistency and potentially very bad quality images, and a lot would be down to a judgement call by moderators and admins, causing a rift in the user-base
Potential Issues: Do you use a manga image from the original run or the new run? Do users remember to edit out text in bubbles? Is it a bad scan or a clean digital image? Does the image show just the character in question or are other characters confusingly in the image?
It's more accessible to users: The MS image sometimes need to be cropped, but that's about it, and most users can't go wrong in uploading them. They look modern, and they're also the main port of call for newcomers, as most modern fans are brought in by the Muscle Shot game or the 2011 run of the manga. It's easier to edit/upload and more recognisable overall, good for both editors and readers
It fits better into previews: We had a huge issue with previous images not fitting into preview boxes, especially on mobile . . . at once point, we had a very nice row of crotches. Who is that character? Guess by their underwear! It was a nightmare . . . it's not perfect on mobile, but around 75% of preview images now properly display. The MS art comes in a variety of high-quality poses, and it enables us to easily pick images that fit a preview, while still showcasing the entire character
If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a message below.
We hope this explains the MS decision, though!