Like said, animated skins would be completely optional, out of all perspectives, meaning those who want animated skins would have to deal with it and make them. There are thousands of alternatives when it comes to skin-drawing-programs, and I can wholeheartedly say as a skin-editor that I would simply LOVE to animate my skins, so should all skin-creators, isn't it complexcity and a good appearance we are all after? this is a great way to achieve it! Support!
I dont wanna brag, but I've made darn good skins in my day, but they just don't seem "Alive". Robots they look cool, they don't feel it. Hair, looks realistic, but it doesnt flow. This would be IDEAL for the skin designer. If this was popular enough, and brought to Mojang's attention, then this could maybe spark the MC.net website overhaul that was said many a moons ago.
This. I can only agree that judging by popularity this thread could possibly be the most under-appreciated threads on these forums right now...
I have been thinking in similar directions. And if you are absolutely certain that it could work I am all for it! As long as this is only a quality feature I approve. I do not undestand what you mean with the last issues brought up, but if you mean that the player could choose to have a high-resolution skin I approve that as well. Though this would probably not work as an on-off feature I still approve.
Over all excellent idea. I support