I'm going to try and generate some interest in this question again because I don't think the HP Team singled me out regarding the size of photos and clip art on hubs. Here's the deal:
1. When adding capsules for a new hub, there are no longer the options for making a photo or clip art illustration half-size or quarter-size. This nearly always affects the resolution, whether the source is online or from my own photos.
2. Although my hubs are still featured, quite a few of them have notices to me that the photos are down-sized (because at the time I published them, the options for 1/2-size and 1/4-size existed). It's quite clear that these "not-up-to-standard" photos (the reduced size ones) are the reason for reduced scores for these hubs, because when I replaced some on one hub with acceptable photos, the score shot up. However, I've spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find photos to replace the other smaller ones and can't find any that aren't pixilated when uploaded. This, of course, worsens the hub score. I've changed one photo four times, to no avail, and can't find anything with which to replace it that meets HP requirements.
I can't understand the reason smaller-sized photo options were eliminated. Some hubs don't need huge photos that take up the full width of the screen or, if they're moved to one side, are still too large. This looks like another case of "change simply for the sake of change." At least, that's what I think until I learn differently. I sent an email to the HP Team asking about this situation, but no answer yet. For some reason, I don't think I'm on their list of favorites.
If ANYONE is experiencing a problem with photo sizes--either with new hubs or when editing hubs to meet the new HP standards, please answer this question. By the way, if you ignore the "request" on your hub (up in the right-hand corner of the screen) to change the photo size, your score will go down. If you click on Edit Photo and then Save, your photo will automatically change to the full size.
A very frustrated Jaye