This post is a bit different than my other posts, to simply address a problem within NG's community in a civil way. I have seen this many times over the years. But, before I get into this, be advised, this is NOT meant to attack anyone, or make anyone feel offended, but this is a serious problem that is AFFECTING Newgrounds' success on the outside in the professional world, and is affecting traffic. I want to see NG improve, a lot of us do.
I'm someone who cares a lot about Newgrounds, and all of you people in the community, which is why I'm typing this, because I know we CAN do better, and I want to say something helpful, insightful. :) I won't make this too long, otherwise most people won't read it. So, with that said, here we go...I'm going to go over the problem, the result, and the answer. @TomFulp, this is a good read for you and everyone, this is not an angry post, but an insightful one.
I've been around here visiting NG for almost 13 years, and this community is a great one, but there are some parts of it that...aren't so great. For years, I've seen users start "flame wars" (basically act rude, sometimes trolling, get out of control) when they could simply reply without acting in such a way.
Now, you can't expect everyone to act civil of course, but there's a reason for this. The problem is, there are conversations that get out of hand, simply because people want to be toxic, which poisons NG's community, like this thread: www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1405272
That's old news, always has happened on NG, but it's been worse in recent years. In this case, the "problem" is the result of 3 things.
1. The original poster clearly had no idea about how NG works, they thought we would have open arms to such an offer. They had the impression NG's userbase was friendly (which for the most part is, but some "bad apples" came along here). The problem is, the price was too low, and in a way did feel insulting, but...
2. Musicians felt so compelled to attack the original poster, with hateful comments, simply because they felt "entitled" and insulted. We're scaring people off, guys. People were overcome with rage simply because of what seemed to be a greedy "laughable" offer. The truth is, this was all they could offer, and as a studio, they probably should have saved more money for this. They do not know what they are doing. BUT, this could have been handled CIVILY!
3. In recent years, the mod activity has become less and less, and as much as I like some of the mods, there has been less control over the forum threads.
Unfortunately, because of this, Newgrounds has decreased in traffic in past years. People wanted to stop going to the forums, and I've heard things from multiple people both professional and non-professional, saying how "crazy and unprofessional" newgrounds is. NG is professional, yet not at the same time, but the main reason they say that, is because of the "toxic" users not being banned, and acting like they have. Some mods have gotten a bad rep, but the truth is, it's just not in control like it used to be.
I have a quote from a musician friend here who originally posted music on NG, but LEFT for reasons like this, and is in the professional music world now, who said not to use his name, and he said this:
"When i first started dealing with labels they actually told me to delete my account because it reflects badly on me as a professional."
Isn't that sad? :( The truth is, this is how some professionals in the creative industries see newgrounds, and don't even bother to recruit people from NG, and is also why a lot of people don't visit NG in general. Newgrounds is a wonderful place, but guys, we can't act like this anymore, and we need more banning to happen, as much as I hate to say it. NG shouldn't be filled with hate and drama. It isn't entirely, but in some cases, it is.
EDIT: A friend suggested this: What if we had a Business Forum on the BBS? That would let studios have their own section, a section for professionals, and it would be highly watched since it won't have as much activity. Whatcha think?
We need to step up the mod game, and BAN users like this. That way, they will know not to do this again, and we can prevent more drama in the forums, like it used to be. From what I hear, most banning has stopped. This is not ok. Back in the day, NG's mods kept more forums under control.
The forums aren't entirely a mess, but there's still cleaning up to do.
I've been trying to do what I can for the community, because I love Newgrounds, and want to help you guys out, give you guys fun contests every year like A.I.M. and giving you that Pixel Day holiday, because I knew you guys would love it. Something to fight against the negativity, and to promote fun and love in general. I want to spread love to this community as I have. I LOVE you guys! :) So this is my attempt to reach out to you all now, and though I'll never be a mod because I have too much going on, I'll keep helping the community the ways I know how.
I also would like to see the Audio Portal shape up to what it used to be with a new format, because at it's current state, it's not organized enough. I talked to Tom about a Tier system to organize it more possibly, and some people I've spoken with say it could make the AP better. I hope this happens, it would be awesome and make the AP more fun. I care about you guys, and the Audio community is GREAT in a lot of ways, but we've got to solve these problems.
Let's make more studios and people in general feel welcome to Newgrounds, instead of feeling scared to come here. If we manage to do this, this would help NG in MANY ways. Financially, and the community would get more users, and more of us could see success from more studios coming here to search for talent! Wouldn't that be great? :)
This post was inspired by recent events, as well as past, and @Tacticat (formerly dem0lecule)'s recent post which is an interesting read, I reccomend everyone reads it.
Love you guys, stay gold. ~ RF