I've just spent about an hour reading though all these posts and it's clear what people think.
Tom as a right to be pissed because people are stealing code but you can't dis people because they've set up another portal site.
Tom - there's numerous packages out there that's encrypt your source code. If someone knows what there're doing they'll be able to bypass it okay, but it'll stop the novice guys from stealing stuff.
We live in a materialistic world where everything is influenced by everything else. We wouldn't have Star Wars or Indiana Jones without 1920s serials, Pepsi without Coke, Kill Bill without (lots, and lots, and lots of movies) and blockbuster movies without the one that came out the week before etc, etc, etc, etc. It's just the way of the word. Be pissed of, yes. But it's just too complicated and stressful to do anything legal about it. As some of you have already said, should we not credit whoever came up with the first forum? Don't Flash deserve to be mentioned? What about the guy who came up with email? Do you even know where he's from?
Newgrounds is a force that will never go away, and you've got nothing to worry about. But competition is good for everyone all around. If Microsoft had a level rival then maybe we would finally get some products that worked.
It's clear that Newgrounds has a loyal following, but you are only one target market. As a flash author I want our flash to be seen by as many different people as possible. You guys may not go to Atom, iFilm, TFN or any of the portals that have been mentioned here. And equality, the guys that go there may not come here.
Just recently on TFN someone was asking about good Star Wars Fan Films they may have missed, and I told them to come here. It's all about exposure.
I submitted our movie here about eight weeks ago - The Bounty Hunters Talk Back
and we got a great response, but it was clear that some of you really hated it. And that's fair enough. But maybe some of these other portals are geared towards different groups of people.
Don't get territorial and say "Newgrounds is cool and everything else sucks!" Make an informed decision and then decide. No one's asking you to choose one over the other.
To sum up, stealing code is bad, having another flash portal is good.