When I first saw the redesign, I rolled my mouse over to the clock to see if it was April Fools day... And it wasn't April Fool's Day. Personally, I just like the site the way it was and it was perfect the way it was. Hell it was perfect even way back before 2006 with the black background and the voting panel that was locked before the movies loaded. I don't mind the redesign too much, I mean, if an even more flashier site is what the kids want these days then I guess more power too them.
I see that the exp. system has been streamlined to the point of there no longer any limits to experience points given per day. I do not understand what Tom is trying to do with this, as I thought the limit was put there to keep people from reaching "god status" too quickly and reward them with patience, only offering them privileges like secrets and more voting power when they have earned their keep as loyal NG veterans.
I felt that the site was a little more easier to navigate before this update. Now, I find it harder to find all the classics because now I have to navigate through all these different pages to find them. For instance, I get nostalgic for old games like the brawler Shinobu, Power Fox, and the sword fighting maze epic, Ronin Spirit of the Sword. Let's say I forgot the name of one them, in this case, Ronin. I can no longer go to the classic adventure page which had them all neatly piled up, in alphabetical order, with a little picture, and a neat little description. Now, I have to navigate 33 pages of mostly just pictures that only say the title when I roll the mouse over them.
Then there are little things, like how there used to be a little drop down menu thing to the left siderbar of a movie that I could click to check out other movies by the same author, instantly. I don't see that anymore.
Then, there's the fact that the Bastards!, Newgrounds parodies, and Spam group collections are gone from the collections menu. Maybe I understand the removal of the Bastards! collection, which collected featured entries that many felt crossed the line when it came to humor, because you probably don't wont to bring attention to those works anymore. However the Clock Crew pages were well made and had a complete detailing of a significant moment in portal history. I mean seriously! Strawberry Clock is this generation's Marcel Duchamp. That and the fact that Newgrounds would have a section devoted to satirizing itself was a wonderful idea and spoke true to its nature as the free site that is "Everything by Everyone" and "The Problems of the Future, Today!"
And then, there's the fact that you got rid of the literature sections. I loved reading your stories Tom, and I'm sad that newer kids are either not going to read them, or not be able to find them.
I almost feel like a modern day Rip Van Winkle in the way this site has changed.
Welp, as long Tom doesn't do a 180 and do a Warhammer 40K purge on the portal, deleting classics, old but significant works, works that are found to be "distasteful", significant spam works, old shames and anything that he feels "unworthy" or "irrelevant" or "Outdated" for the new generation of NG. This site at least is still at heart, the site love, and still holds all the classic games and moves and audios I like. I'm just going to have to get used to the newfangled design.
It's like Tom is obsessed with the way his site looks, as if he thinks his site needs to look pretty and high tech in order to attract new fans. Yet his site was always awesome and popular despite the way it looked, and even with this well intentioned but misguided redesign, it's still pretty awesome. It is all about the content; the artists, programers, musicians, the new age of storytellers and madmen. I could care less if my buttons light up with pretty colors and make sounds.
Tom should stop taking inspiration from the "Microsoft Xbox 360 Live School of Compulsively Redesigning Your Dashboard Layout" and take a note from Maddox and Google, both of which, are very bland and simple in their web design, but deliver in content immensely. Sometimes simplicity IS king.