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Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:12 PM Reply

UPDATE 1:

We just completed a change to the Favorites system!

How it worked for the past decade: Someone could favorite you while viewing your content. You were then added to a list of "Favorite Flash Artists", "Favorite Musicians" or more recently "Favorite Art Creators."

Why it sucked: Favoriting an artist was context-sensitive; you could never just favorite someone from their user page.

How it works now: You can favorite an artist from anywhere and they will appear on a single list of people you have favorited. We will likely change the terminology to something like "Follow", since you are really choosing to follow that person and receive updates about what they are doing.

Right now you can click the little star icon in your header (next to the logout button) and view recent activity by people you have favorited. We'll be making that info more prominent down the road.

Go favorite these guys to kick things off:

http://stamper.newgrounds.com/
http://mindchamber.newgrounds.com/
http://johnnyutah.newgrounds.com/
http://luis.newgrounds.com/

You can click the pink heart in their userpage navbar. You can also click the fan count to view users who have favorited that artist.

UPDATE 2:

We've officially updated our submission guidelines to ban the submission of shovelware. Shovelware is a somewhat nebulous area on NG but if you've ever submitted a game based on an out-of-the-box physics engine where you stuck Mario, SpongeBob or Ben 10 on an ATV, chances are all your submissions will be / have been deleted. The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.

OTHER NEWS

Pico Day is this Saturday! Be sure to check in and see what tributes people have made to classic characters from the site. We also have a stunning skin by Ephyse that will be on display over the weekend.

If you are making a game or movie for Pico Day, please POP THIS LOGO somewhere and make it link to the Pico Day 2012 page.

We originally were going to NOT do the annual awards on Pico Day, then decided we WOULD do the awards on Pico Day, but we have now reverted to NOT doing the annual awards on Pico Day. They will be announced at a later day so everyone has something else to look forward to.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:15 PM Reply

in b4 Twittergrounds

Amen for Update 2


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:15 PM Reply

Pico day eh? This should be fun! Also, Tom, thanks for getting rid of the Shovelware that stuff was starting to piss me off.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:16 PM Reply

Jay is going to be so happy that there won't be anymore Mario Truck games...


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:16 PM Reply

And btw, I like it tom.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:18 PM Reply

I'm really happy the shovelware is gone, Now This place feels more original........ EVERYDAY.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:19 PM Reply

Great new features they are stellar.

I just wanted to take this moment to add that we are going to be saying goodbye to some of my favorite flash games on the site now. Mario ATV struck such a chord with me when I played it. It was a story of triumph, regret, and friendship. Just when I thought nothing could trump it, I find Mario in Sonic Land. Follow that with Super Mario Truck and you have a wonderful trilogy of magical games.

RIP


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:24 PM Reply

RIP Mario ATV.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:26 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: Epic stuff

Will you bring back whistles?


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:29 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:24 PM, EJR wrote: RIP Mario ATV.

Surely it will be missed.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:31 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: UPDATE 1:

We just completed a change to the Favorites system!

Wonderful!!

UPDATE 2:

We've officially updated our submission guidelines to ban the submission of shovelware. Shovelware is a somewhat nebulous area on NG but if you've ever submitted a game based on an out-of-the-box physics engine where you stuck Mario, SpongeBob or Ben 10 on an ATV, chances are all your submissions will be / have been deleted. The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.

Huzzah! The portal is cleaner! At least when and if the portal stat pages get updated, at least the top 10 will be legitimate users instead of those shovelware accounts. :)

OTHER NEWS

Pico Day is this Saturday! Be sure to check in and see what tributes people have made to classic characters from the site. We also have a stunning skin by Ephyse that will be on display over the weekend.

Looking forward to it.

At 4/24/12 10:26 PM, Ketamine4Life wrote:
At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: Epic stuff
Will you bring back whistles?

I imagine that will come back when flash mods are implemented so that instead of admins having to look at submissions for hours, a group of flash mods can look at them and decide whether they are in need of removal or not. :)


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:38 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:24 PM, EJR wrote: RIP Mario ATV.

At least this gem survived:

  • Super Mario Truck Rider
    Super Mario Truck Rider by dragonstudio

    Help Super Mario ride his truck to the end of all levels without losing control

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:42 PM Reply

Did you ad a "flag" button yet? Barely realized but I can't flag a submission under judgement.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:45 PM Reply

Finally. No more Games2Rule, Games2Dress, etc. I was getting right sick of those accounts.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:50 PM Reply

For some reason I really want to make a shovelware ATV game parody now...


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:50 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote:

:The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a :developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.

Damn straight. Take charge


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:53 PM Reply

Your submission must not be shovelware made to serve ads or promote your site. If you didn't take personal pride and
care in the creation of the content, leave it off NG.
Your submission must not be a pointless "demo" or "preview" without any redeeming qualities.
Do not submit movies or games made from public .FLA files (such as tutorials).

I'm guessing this means I don't have to suffer through games2rule and spot the difference anymore?

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 10:53 PM Reply

Added some favorite users a short time ago. Might add more over the next day or so.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:07 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:53 PM, Spretznaz wrote:
Your submission must not be shovelware made to serve ads or promote your site. If you didn't take personal pride and
care in the creation of the content, leave it off NG.
Your submission must not be a pointless "demo" or "preview" without any redeeming qualities.
Do not submit movies or games made from public .FLA files (such as tutorials).
I'm guessing this means I don't have to suffer through games2rule and spot the difference anymore?

Hopefully although I can't say we will see them totally stop. Some will likely still upload content regardless of the rules.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:11 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: We will likely change the terminology to something like "Follow"

I think you should change it to something exclusive and more fitting to newgrounds, like, Track or ...Stalk!

d'Oh!!

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:24 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: We've officially updated our submission guidelines to ban the submission of shovelware. Shovelware is a somewhat nebulous area on NG but if you've ever submitted a game based on an out-of-the-box physics engine where you stuck Mario, SpongeBob or Ben 10 on an ATV, chances are all your submissions will be / have been deleted. The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.

Thank fucking Christ. I got sick of those accounts months ago, and I'm glad I can finally blam them with confidence on their way through. Maybe this is the kick in the ass the portal needs to make blams come at a rate more than 10% of saves again.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:30 PM Reply

Thank fucking god Tom.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:36 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 10:50 PM, NoLanLabs wrote: For some reason I really want to make a shovelware ATV game parody now...

If anyone can pull this off, it's you. Go for it.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:38 PM Reply

Actually Tom we are doing the Tank Awards. I spoke with stamper and mike and there is a gameplan you know nothing about. See you there.

Also we added a category best eyes and cutest couple.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:46 PM Reply

At 4/24/12 11:38 PM, Luis wrote: Also we added a category best eyes and cutest couple.

Shit just got real


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:51 PM Reply

Hurray for no more "spot the differences" and "drss-up" games. And I am sorry i didn't tell you before but just so you know, I think the "recent notifications" drop down is awesome.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:52 PM Reply

Update 1: Could you include something on the Recent Notifications star like the change to the inbox that tells you when a favorited artist does something new?

Update 2: It's about time for that, I was really getting sick of seeing the same games show up 2 or three times a day. I don't know if the new format just made it look like this was happening more often or if the format change prompted a new wave of ATV/spot the difference/hidden number games to show up but those have been getting out of control lately.

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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 11:58 PM Reply

I only have 1 fans. :(

At 4/24/12 10:12 PM, TomFulp wrote: We've officially updated our submission guidelines to ban the submission of shovelware. Shovelware is a somewhat nebulous area on NG but if you've ever submitted a game based on an out-of-the-box physics engine where you stuck Mario, SpongeBob or Ben 10 on an ATV, chances are all your submissions will be / have been deleted. The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.

Huge step forward for the games portal. Sad to say I'd essentially stopped checking out the games category just because I had to go through so much shit to actually find a fun game, and yeah, I'm a jackass for that.

Not to put the user on the spot (although they haven't been active for over a year), but would games like these be considered shovelware and then deleted? They kind of are shovelware, but I personally found something endearing about them. It is basically the same thing with every submission, but they are aesthetic in their own way. I dunno, I'm just confused about where you draw the line on what's generic and what isn't.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 25th, 2012 @ 12:14 AM Reply

Like the Favorites update, love the anti-Shovelware policy.


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Response to Favorites Overhaul, Shovelware Apr. 25th, 2012 @ 12:36 AM Reply

Yes!! finally Those God Awful dressup games are no more.


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