Very nice thread that reigns true to mind on the subject, though it brings up a little question from me.
Music on NG is something I'm relatively new to (despite having discovered the site quite some time ago thanks to a specific flash-anim / took me quite a while to realise that NG was far wider than just a 'flash' site).
After I got to make my first flash (thanks to being inspired by this website) I eventually turned to the music - I thought to myself it'd be a good place to get creative feedback if I where to make anything and upload it though it seems in most cases due to activity and NG popularity most newly released items get pushed way off the radar in a matter of hours (sometimes an hour or less) so it's no suprise when movies/music don't get viewed all that often hence I can understand the whole self-advertisement taken on by some people (want of attention, for whatever reason).
So, on that note, I only recently asked myself if it was even a good place to upload items if, like me (someone with many loose hobbies that get no focus, or have little desire in achieving 'success' from them) do you think there are other places one should turn to if they want attention on a creative level as opposed to 'making it big'? In a lot of cases I often just wished a creative mind would drop by and just give me advice. I have a confidence issue where I automatically don't like anything I make - Surely it's unfocussed garbage etc, but I will stubbornly defend it because, as you say, you get proud of your creations and wether you like it or not, for some reason or another, you'd like people to see/hear it.
The only reason this slots into the topic is because (and without trying to justify self-advertisement, which I am guilty of once in a while though still don't condone it and am aware of how annoying it can be) but what do you say to those just looking for help/advice? Just curious as I often limit my browse time and am often very ignorant of possibly more 'suiting' places for this kind of 'attention' if you will.
I think in my years here I posted three links to my own work, one in a review request club thread, one in the music thread/release thread on this forum, and one in a thread quite some time ago that taught me not to ever ever ever do it again in the wrong place >.<
Other than that, respect for the topic and I hope it helps make people understand the level of aggravation SADvertising can cause for people.