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Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:32 PM Reply

Hello everyone! A few astute BBS mods figured things out and almost stole my thunder, but my big news is that I'm back at NG, working once more on adding new features to the site.

So who is this Ross guy, anyway? Longtime NG users will remember me as being the person who did the original website programming around here, 6-7 years ago. I helped Tom create the Portal, Grounds Gold, and the BBS, among other things (though they've mostly all been overhauled by the very-capable James since then.) That was a crazy time - working out of Tom's bedroom, coming up with new ideas at 4 AM, and discovering the core of what Newgrounds has become. I'm proud of the work we did back then, and always have been. Newgrounds will forever be Tom's baby, but I like to think that I'm its godparent. (Or maybe its kooky uncle.)

You may be wondering (or not) why I left, and what I've been up to since then. Well, in 2001, the dot-com crash was in full-swing. I got scared about NG's ability to sustain itself and fled to a boring (but secure) job in the pharmaceutical industry. I still worked on the site occasionally in my spare time, but that didn't last long - NG needs full-time care and attention.

Fast-forward four years, and I remembered that analyzing pharmaceutical sales data was not my lifelong goal. My dream, ever since college, was to become a high school teacher. After getting the appropriate certifications, I got a teaching job last year, teaching math and computer programming at a public school in northern New Jersey.

It was fun being a teacher, and I couldn't have asked for a better school or better people alongside whom to teach. However, by the end of the year, I realized that I felt out of place in front of the classroom, and missed being able to write code myself, as opposed to only helping my students write it. Around this same time, Tom mentioned that, if I was available, he could use some extra help over the summer. All it took was working on the site for a short time to realize that this is where I belonged, and Tom welcomed me back.

It's amazing how much can change in just a few years. I'm married now (as of two months ago) and live in New Jersey, and Tom's getting married soon. Instead of being 2-3 of us working out of Tom's bedroom, there are 8-9 of us working (mostly) out of the swanky NG Office, and I get to work alongside some very talented/creative people, and collaborate with an amazing programmer.

Not to mention that the site has grown and evolved in ways I would've never expected. Wait until you see the stuff we've got coming up! It's going to be a lot of fun and I'm excited to have the chance to work on it. I'm glad to be back, and hope you enjoy using the site as much as James and I enjoy programming it!


Ross Snyder - PHP Juggler
If you find a problem on the website, send me a PM.

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:33 PM Reply

Welcome Back


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:34 PM Reply

I remember you

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:35 PM Reply

Welcome back Ross. Now, you'll see truly what kind of hell NG has become(Just kidding ; )).

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:35 PM Reply

Hi then. You don't even have 100 posts, now that you're back, post like hell.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:35 PM Reply

AWESOME!

The site can use another programmer. I remember reading up on you, and it was kind of sad that you left.

All I can say is the kids you taught must have thought it was REALLY cool to have a teacher who was the programmer for NEWGROUNDS.

Awesome, I'm glad you're back.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:36 PM Reply

I dont know you but welcome back

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:37 PM Reply

Oh yeah Ross, I hope you join us in the Programming forum sometimes as we can use some more regulars! James comes in from time to time which is always cool.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:37 PM Reply

Well, hello there!

The first time I've ever heard of you was in that Chumbawumba post, so I can't really say I've missed you... But, you seem like a nice well-rounded guy who's intent on making Newgrounds better, so, glad to have you back!


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:37 PM Reply

Great to see you back!

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:37 PM Reply

That's all fine and dandy but where are the new levels?!


lol

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:38 PM Reply

I remember you so well Ross. I missed you :'(


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:38 PM Reply

Sounds pretty exciting.

I don't quite remeber you, I think I read about you in the NG History bit ages back though. Plus you've been mentioned on the NG BBS a few times. Welcome back either way.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:38 PM Reply

heh, took you long enough to make a huge announcement of your return. Well, here it is.

Great News, and Welcome Back. By the sounds of it, you set some very vital foundations for Newgrounds, and hopefully NG can excel even further, now that you are back.

Have a good stay :)


I hardly ever come here anymore....

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:38 PM Reply

Welcome back ross

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:39 PM Reply

With Ross back. Newgrounds will now return to God Status (it's currently at Demi-God status).

I'm sure everyone will welcome you with open arms. They'll have to with the shiny text.

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:39 PM Reply

Welcome back to NG.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:40 PM Reply

At 8/7/06 02:32 PM, Ross wrote: I helped Tom create the Portal, Grounds Gold, and the BBS,

So you are the one to create this hell-hole of a forum.
Great to meet you.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:41 PM Reply

Sweet stuff.

I just hope that Newgrounds has much more updates and many new stuffs while you're around, great to see ya back.

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:41 PM Reply

Welcome back.


Man..I've been gone a while o.O..

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:42 PM Reply

At 8/7/06 02:32 PM, Ross wrote: So who is this Ross guy, anyway?

Although I came to NG in 2004, but I did know about you from checking old NG News posts and saw news posts from you. Welcome to back to NG. And I did notice you coming back when I saw your name in the users online list. :P


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:42 PM Reply

Does this mean the chat will be moved to the more stable irc server?
i hope so.

Either way, congrats on the wifer ;)


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:43 PM Reply

At 8/7/06 02:37 PM, DFox2 wrote: Oh yeah Ross, I hope you join us in the Programming forum sometimes as we can use some more regulars! James comes in from time to time which is always cool.

No, join us in the general forum! We are much better!


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:43 PM Reply

Who are you?


I dont have a signature, stop bugging me.

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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:43 PM Reply

Welcome back!

At 8/7/06 02:32 PM, Ross wrote: Newgrounds will forever be Tom's baby, but I like to think that I'm its godparent. (Or maybe its kooky uncle.)

Are you going to force Newgrounds to remove it's clothes and take naked pictures of it?


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:44 PM Reply

At 8/7/06 02:32 PM, Ross wrote: I'm married now (as of two months ago)

Congratulations! And welcome back. I'm glad you came back to what you enjoy doing.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:44 PM Reply

"I got scared about NG's ability to sustain itself "

for shame. > : (

welcome back.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:46 PM Reply

At 8/7/06 02:43 PM, Stretchysumo wrote: No, join us in the general forum! We are much better!

lol, I suggested it as Ross is a PROGRAMMER and it's the PROGRAMMING forum.

Plus, general's a mess. You can always count on intelligent replies in the Programming forum.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:48 PM Reply

Welcome back home, Ross. :)
Glad you made it, we saved some dinner for you. Coffee's just been made.


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Response to Homecoming Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 02:49 PM Reply

I'm sure that, by now, you've heard this a million times already, but still, Welcome Back!


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