Sorry if I put the bug in your ear, chron. Newgrounds is a great site, but the dynamics of what it represents to audio artists just aren't the same anymore.
I am also starting to hold back on submissions here. For similar reasons and for personal reasons.
To the person who said shit about whinning about a bunch of numbers....
Let me give you the low down.
People do come to this site in search of music. Luke Cummo (UFC FIGHTER) was told this was a great site for music, as he was looking for an entrance theme. If I were him, I would have checked songs by their ranking. And when I found "shit" at the top of the charts ... "sayonara suckers".
......the numbers are a "ranking". Plain and simple. Newgrounds isn't equipped with a ranking "numbering" system because numbers 'don't matter'.
They are there for a reason. Artist's of the good old days know that the numbers mean something. Because songs were rated at their worth. Not 0 bombed by every goddamn noob that comes here. The big problem now, is letting people vote everyday on the same submission, however that is entirely a whole other topic.
Basically I'm saying those numbers still represent "ranks" and being shit on lately gives an artist the feeling that they are shit.
To anyone that says they don't care about scores...thats shit. I mean good reviews should be all that matter. But when you set a 5 year average of 4.40 or greater, then drop to a 3.30 or worse average, all the sudden with no more new reviews...thats saying something. A lot of artists take that as a direct reflection of their "skillz".
Yeah, its a bunch of numbers on a website, but for the artists who take their music seriously and are trying to make it a future, for them, exposing it to....a million plus newgrounds users is the same as doing it for a live audience (without the rush of course). The voting system represents a way for the musicians to hear what the "crowd" says. A bunch of zeroes are basically a bunch of "boos". Whether they come from haters or scripted programming. It can still hurt.
Basically I feel similar to Chron. We were speaking of it yesterday. I'm not retiring from making music, I'm just not submitting anything I've put good effort in, here as much. Even though I have no aspiring dreams to be a "rock star" ...I don't feel like subjecting my hard work to people who don't seem to give a crap anymore. (maybe that will change.)
Anyways, chron...my little drama queen. haha.
At least you are sticking around for the ride. haha.