What makes Newgrounds cool. Well, it allows relative unknowns find a platform for their animations, music or whatever and find a fanbase, or be ridiculed for their shoddy artwork. But, they have a chance to improve. Which was unique. I mean, Newgrounds as you can see has been going on for 17 years. Course, the Newgrounds we know didn't really pick up till 1999 when the account system was first introduced. I guess at a certain point when the entrepreneur becomes a business-man, a full blown CEO of a company not just a fun idea you threw together for your and a few friend amusement. Its now Everything, By Everyone and everyone is entertained in some way and it's not just you contributing.
Which seperates Newgrounds from a lot of other sites. THere are flashes that are horrible, they get blammed and removed from the system, the ones that do are usually the result of mass 5 fives from say the Kitty Crew or Clock Crew of the old, some of which do get removed because Newgrounds isn't stupid. The other ones that make it through despite it's content are the workings of illwillpress. Seriously, he blows. Hell, his shit has gotten blammed, some based on hate, but mmost on the merit of his work being stale, old, garbage and ran into the fucking ground. Course, the cases where he has had his Foamy stuff blammed someone steps in and says "hey we liked that flash, trolls mass blammed it" THen his works get restored. But, otherwise, it's a "oh your work is lame? tough shit, stop being bad"
Of course that's not how Tom would word it.
If you're going to support every artist, do not lose sight of what makes Newgrounds different from Youtube. Ensuring quality stands paramount to quanity. So even a well established artist can be held up to scrutiny for making a subpar animation. Course, if being a horrible writer and a loud and obnoxius and unfunny character counted for something, Egoraptor would not have many flashes here. Just saying.
Enough raving. Newgrounds isn't EbaumsWorld. Tom would never sell this site at all, but this isn't selling the site, this is trying to get his money makers more money and help him make more money. Capitalism, feeding the system. But, yes, on Newgrounds, the artist comes first, the site is just that, the place to host and spread the word about the artist. This is the age of social media and Tom Fulp never became a dick that saw a flash and said "yeah, this is my flash, see there's a watermark on it that proves it!" No. As much as I hate a lot of artists here, their work is theirs.
Would VC take that away? Will selling out force your artists to sell out to companies they're not comfortable with? A choice should always be an option for people
Other than that, I say go for it, just remember Newgrounds can never be bought, it has a niche that is too big to any organization to buy. Start making money Tom. But do it your way, free of bullshit.
tl;dr long ass post when I am tired and yeah I guess it's not bad just as long as this doesn't go totalitarian, IE IGN/Gamespot and silences critics it's fine. MONEY!