In regards to the Hania drama, i think that while it is a contraversial choice, its a valid one. I didnt have any say in that award whatsoever, and im not one to speculate heavily on it, but based on my own community efforts, the site seems to be driving more and more emphasis on getting people to integrate and work together. I especially liked the user of the year pick because it reinforced the fact that you can play a heavy role in the newgrounds community without necessarily being in the forums all day or whatever. People have a hard time realizing that being part of the community isnt necessariliy being in the forums. You can play a large role in the community by just being involved in other peoples/involving other people in your projects.
I kind of feel thats how Hania fits in, she actively kept tabs with the community via her userpage and was working with other artists, making world class games/animations/whatever.
The point is, that its where the site is headed, i think animators / programmers / musicians / illustrators have a knack for falling into a bubble, isolating themselves from the community and talent pool that is available to them. I've always felt that the creative part of newgrounds is amongst the friendliest and most open-minded userbase the site has to offer. Too few people actually take advantage of that and make use of that.
So in that respect, maybe this drama and bitterness was inevitable when the firm step was finally made in changing the flow of the river. Maybe looking at it in those terms, it is a worthwhile sacrifice in having people be angry and insulted now, if its for the greater good of breaking that bubble in the long term.