I find that reviewing, watching, & voting on movie submissions just simply isn't fun anymore. Even if a movie was total garbage I could read the reviews left behind from others after watching it, some would leave some pretty funny reviews like The_Red_Soviet used to.
Sure, you could read reviews after a movie is blammed but only for a split second before the movie is taken off the portal. I agree that a bit of the "democracy" of newgrounds has been killed off by changing the system like this. I used to enjoy reading some of the more entertaining reviews left behind from other people after a particularly bad movie or sometimes a good one but now it's just watch/vote/post a review that will only probably be seen by the author. BORING.
I usually used the review writer to let out opinions & communicate as the BBS forums are still littered with complete idiots & retarded topics even after removing the spam. I could only hope they remove the warning labels from items in the world so they can kill themselves off.
Forcing people to watch movies to vote is a very bad idea. People would purposely make long stupid movies or the like so you wouldn't want to watch them & thus their submission would remain clogging up the portal.
Speaking of clogging up the portal, I noticed that more submissions are being sent in than blammed on a daily basis. 100 something today got blammed but 120 ish made it from yesterday so that's an extra 20 movies which I never seen before in a while as it's usually more movies blammed than sent in. The portal population is slowly rising back up so the portal will be a clogged mess again most likely.
This blow the whistle idea is still not that great as how many people does it take before they remove a movie? 10-20 clicks? I'd hate to be the one to click on a movie with 100 pop-ups then having to click on the blow the whistle thing when it's probably been clicked on by 20 different users before & it still hasn't been removed by an admin. It was SO much easier to just read a review or two saying it had a virus/pop-ups or stolen. Then I wouldn't have to click on it in the first place. This is why I don't even click on movies from new authors anymore unless it's a reoccuring author.