As long as there is a Blam/Save protocol and judgment phase, expanding the available file types from the typical .swf will not be a severe problem.
I want to see a Blam/Save protocol regarding the Art and Audio portals. Songs and pictures can take as much time to make as a Flash of comparable quality. Points for Blamming and Protecting music and art allow voters to chip away at all the useless techno and noise tracks. Maybe the complaints about zero bombing in the Audio portal will become a thing of the past, since the fear of getting blammed runs deeper; zero-bombers are a mere annoyance right now. As is the case with Flash submittions, authors cannot be barred from submitting a modified/improved version of said piece. Good way to impose some good old fashioned rote learning on everybody, not just flash authors.
Such thoughts are wasted, since the redesign is slated to happen sometime in June and nobody is going to gut the code just to homogenize every portals' M.O. Wishful thinking, yet again. If there is one thing I would greatly appreciate, it is a far more stringent portal. Raise the requirements to pass Judgment to such a degree that one needs to surpass a very high threshold. Such a change will irk the underdog author, but it will also cripple the spamgrinders infesting this site like an armada of troll-manned ghost accounts.
The more abrasive crews might still find avenues around this, but that's where a blacklist function pays off. Warn viewers before they click "Play" that the reputation of the flash's author(s) is less than savory and that you hit play at your own risk. This is generated by both how many zero votes and zero reviews have been produced as a response to the author's material. The existence of a blacklist may not prevent the audience from pushing play, but it influences votes in a subtle, perhaps sinister fashion that undermines an errant author's ability or even desire to submit spam that passes judgment. While his buddies will vote ten or at least one in the reviews and spam the five button, only the tally of zeroes is brought to this equation--how many of those got racked up. The threshold between someone who just gets reviewed and voted bad by an audience that doesn't get it, to the utter prick who deserves every ungodly word, depends upon how many protected submissions exist, and their scores. The number of times an author has gotten blammed also plays into whether a blacklist warning appears or not. See, even if a submission gets blammed, the thing ought to haunt the errant author wherever he goes. Anything that ever got the whistle blown, flagged, and was found to be abusive--and still doesn't get the author kicked out for whatever reason--would increase the blacklist tally tenfold next to something that got blammed simply because it sucked.
These suggestions are cruel and unusual perhaps, definitely insane (but who's the writer of this post, huh?), but nobody said any gross changes will be made. The stupid 46X46 to 90X140 crap is a cosmetic joke. You want to streamline the experience in the Portal? Just promise the doofuses a reprieve from spamslinger idiocy.