At 12/6/02 04:49 AM, liljim wrote:
I don't know what your definition of "overkill" is, but this is less taxing on the system and less harmful to authors - I can imagine it being quite disheartening for them to get reviews like, "This is stolen!" - when in fact it's not.
Fourchinnigan, RiftMaster: thanks. :)
First I want to say that I've been posting fairly harsh criticism's lately. I can see how this could be somewhat insulting to those of you who work to keep newgrounds at top performance. Insulting you was, in fact, my intention, but only so much as I might catch your attentions. Now that I see I've been heard, I'd like to apologize if anything I said might have been too critical. I have great respect for the NG crew.
That being said, let's get started on a whole new line of slanderous insults, shall we? ;)
In my last post I went through all the various details and reasons why this "Whistle Blowing" system will cause more complications and why it's basically a superfluous addition to the site. I was very specific and painted graphic situations that WILL arise in the next 3 months. (Mark my words.)
But all my details and specifics fell shy of conveying the real point. So here it is in black and white:
Newgrounds is ours; The users are the admin's. We own it and we run it. We control the horizontal, we control the vertical - Not Tom, not Wade, not even lilJim.
It is the ultimate democracy and that's why it's so popular. We submit the content, we throw out the shitty submissions, we decide -- with our votes -- who deserves to make the front page and who deserves to fall into obscurity. WE have the power of GreySkull motherfucka's!
And when I saw the reviews disappear on new submissions, I saw a little bit of that democracy die. We lost the ability to communicate with each other, to respond to each others thoughts, to warn each other of a mailicious movie, and we lost the option of telling a fellow user to "Go suck a dick, This movie's the shit," until such time at which the administrative services decide we can once again speak to each other.
Frankly, I was pissed. I thought it unnecessary - I figure that having hidden the current score was enough. And basically, I think that if you weigh the pro's and con's of either leaving reviews visible or hiding them, you come up undenyably on the side that would leave them for all to see.
In any case, I bounced around the portal for a while to get a feel for the new system and, though even now I'd still like to see it gone, I was getting used to it. I was becoming at ease with it...
Then, out of nowhere, comes the perverbial, "PANIC Button." This "Whistle" to be blown in the event of malfeasance....
And suddenly, I looked around and Newgrounds was no longer a straight forward and honest democracy - it was nolonger a land where everyone could have their say and we all collectively made the decisions. Rome had fell, as it always has, to politics.
It is amazing to me, that in three days so much power could be taken out of the hands of the people. Nolonger do we warn each other of a malicious movie, now we just report if to the bacon. Nolonger do WE decide if a movie is excessively pornographic by blamming it, the Illuminati will make that decision for us.
NG is getting dangerously close to becoming a political mock up of so-called American "democracy". This "Blow the Whistle" shit opens up very interesting possibilities for special interest groups. Hell, you might even start to see a Christian Coallition form now that a lesser number of people can choose for the rest of us whether something is overtly racist, pornographic, or otherwise mentally unsanitary. (Don't put it passed those Christians, they'll do anything for media attention!)
Well... You can pick apart my words and list the rebuttals for the details of my argument - trust me, I know them better than anyone.
But all those details and ideas are just a frame; a support structure built around a pre-existing truth that is evident to anyone who opens their eyes. The users - the people who support this site - the proletariat - is being robbed of their influence. The masses are losing their votes because the few have abused our freedom.
hmmm... That sounds familiar... I wonder if Osama is behind all the blamming at Newgrounds too?