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Posted by ArtsyCosmicDreamer - 19 hours ago


So, I just read the news from PF staff, and apparently after they finish their check list, which should be finished by late Febuary/ Early March, registrations for new users are opening again.

 

I still think it sucks that you have to pay to get in, but bare in mind that this is a Beta, and this site needs as much money as it can get, so I'll happily ablige. Site appears to have a monitized account, similiar to DA, Pixiv, and NG which is REALLY REALLY REALLY good, since unlike ''free'' sites like Tumblr,Facebook, and Twitter, they don't rely on advertizers for everything, making it less likely for a purge to occur.

I cannot wait to check it out!

 


Posted by ArtsyCosmicDreamer - 3 days ago


To start off, I've been a NG user for quite a while, since I was a child, but I used it more for onlime games if anything, rather than animation. For anmation, I stuck with Youtube, but I feel NG could spark a new renissance for content creators.

Back in the 90s and early 2000s, people used NG because it was the best at the time. However, with Youtube and Tumblr feeling more modern, and having far more users, people moved there. We all know what happened to Tumblr, and what happened to Youtube is more tragic. Because Youtube's algorithium makes it impossible to be an animator unless you do nothing but fan animatics or story time animations, NG is essentially the best solution.

However, NG clearly isn't fully ready yet.

I feel like what's happening is kind of an awkward puberty for NG at the moment. NG mostly stayed the same, because design trends have been old school, and for a while, people hated new layouts. However, now that new, more modern layouts have become succsessful, NG has done some effort to catch up with the times, and I think it's doing a fantatsic job. To give credit where credit is due, it already feels more modern than DeviantArt.

However, there is still much improvement, and I think the NG team is lisenting to advice for improvement, which is good, since I truly want NG to sucseed, in a world dominated by big corporations, with true ''social networks'' being dead.

Most of these suggestions will be for the art section since honestly, the animation and gaming section is fine. I've found what I want pretty easy, and there's not much to improve in my opinion.

1. Redesign and get rid of the entire art layout, just get rid of it. Now, usually when it comes to old layouts, I'm not one to get rid of the old art layout entirely, but it really needs to be canned. Search terms are often very difficult in NG, compared to DeviantArt or Instagram where it is much easier to actually find your stuff. Not only that, but because every art is in a tiny thumbnail size, it makes it really difficult to tell what is actually good. Bare in mind, I have 20/15 vision, and a good 1080p screen, and even I find it irritating. So I can only imagine the pain of someone with poor eyesight or a crappy display will feel.

My solution? Take a look at Piczel.tv, since in my opinion, it's essentailly what a modern art portal and art search should look like, and is the cloest thing I could imagine to it. The images are large, and they're organized, and finding things are pretty easy. I have heard that NG wants to incoporate ''Tumblr'' like features, but unless it's for mass customization of your user account, or to make your NG account into a real blog, I wouldn't reccomend it, in a visual aspect. Their too fundamentally different of a site, and I feel Piczel.TV is by far the best way to go for a modern NG.

This may seem small, but to me, it is a major issue that must not be glossed over, and is the only thing which makes using this awesome sight a pain. The current search functionality in art is so bad, that I end up abusing portals and going on DDG to find ex Tumblr users, which is not a good sign. Just have a normal, DA like layout or better yet, copy Piczel.TV in this area as well for the search section, that will already fix 90 percent of your problems.

As far as the feed, it's perfect, just make the thumbnails bigger, as small thumbnails in a feed, defeats the entire purpose of a feed. There's even a plugin on Firefox that does exactly that, and it makes the site look awesome. Just download the plugin, test it out, bring the same functionality to the site and boom, you've pretty much fixed the site.

That's all I have for now, If I have any more constructive criticism or ways to make NG sucseed on a design level, I'll make more posts. Thank you all so much for reading, and have a great day.


Posted by ArtsyCosmicDreamer - 3 days ago


Ok, this isn't a post to make people feel bad for using Twitter. After all, I like it and it can be a great platform for NSFW art.

BUT.

 

And a big BUT.

 

I highly reccomend updating your art frequently to Newgrounds and Sharesome and not putting all of your eggs in one twitter basket.

With the horrifc FOSTA/SEFTA act coming in, it's going to be a dark day for NSFW content creators. I think artists will still have a chance, since there aren't that many cases of kids being groomed with art porn compared to actual porn, but the law is going to fuck lots of content creators in the ass.

With this law, adult creators will find Pornhub and Sharesome as there only platforms, and artists may be screwed as I fear Twitter may enter a Tumblr like situation where they ban porn. And, it may actually work. Let's all be honest, not many actually use Twitter for porn, compared to the high amounts of people who used Tumblr for porn.

Do I think the FOSTA act will kill NSFW content? No. If people still made porn in the 90s under 8 gigabyte internet, and if content creators still survived over the copyright purge that happened on YT a few years back, I'm sure NSFW content creators will survive.

My reccomendation is to post both on NG and Twitter frequently. And if Twitter ever dies, move to Pillowfort.


Posted by ArtsyCosmicDreamer - December 5th, 2018


Newgrounds has always been my favorite site ever as a kid, and still is to this day. The only other site I love this much is Youtube, 2nd being Reddit and those are the only sites I truly care about. I've been a bit worried about the site dying since it's userbase has decreased, but the purge of Tumblr and Newgrounds new redesign has caused me to come back here again. It already feels so much more welcoming, as the first thing I see in the art section are actually interesting, funny art pieces and not random fandom shit. As well as animations I truly care about.


It feels good to be back.