At 4/13/12 05:41 PM, Magical-Zorse wrote:
Screw those, turn NG into a pornography website.
Tried it; didn't work.
Anyway: I really do think taking VC would be like balancing NG's future on a knife edge, just for the sake of money that I'm not all that sure you actually need.
I don't know what you mean by "wanting to make something big": With roughly half a million unique hits a day, most people would consider this a pretty damn big website already. Exactly how "big" is big in your eyes? Yes, it's tiny compared to the giants of the internet, but comparing yourself to them is just silly. Newgrounds is a site for people who can actually make interesting things using a computer, as opposed to literally anyone with enough I.T skills to open a browser and make an account on a website.
As such, taking VC would inevitably push it towards being just another generic flash-dump site, since you need no talent at all to upload whatever random shit you find on the internet ala youtube-style buttpiracy. And that would remove the very cornerstone of user-generated content that makes this site unique and special.
Yes, it's easy for us all to sit here and say not to take money, since we're not the ones having to pay your staff's salaries or feed your kids, but from my honest point of view, as long as you can make ends meet, how much need for this type of change is there?
If, , there is a way of doing it on a small scale with no alterations to who owns the site or decides upon its content / developmental direction, then it may be worth the money. However, if it's a case of all-or-nothing, I say nothing. Because, as you've proven for the last 12 years at least, nothing really can be a start point for something far bigger than anyone imagined at the time. As much of a help as I'm sure it is, don't fixate on the idea of NEEDING a large amount of extra money to make this place better. If you were told, as a teenager, that your fanzine website would one day be one of the largest flash sites on the web, would you have believed it?