New artists: Read this welcome post!
We've been getting a big influx of new artists as a result of Tumblr purging NSFW art. It's been so big I've even included it in the Newgrounds history page, also recommended reading.
With the impending release of the Smash Collab upon us, some changes to the project system were in order!
The Smash Collab has an interactive menu by @IvanAlmighty but NG didn't have an option to publish HTML5 projects as movies, so that was changed in recent weeks (invite only).
However we want to have an MP4 fallback for the Smash Collab so we set up a test project and found that if an MP4 exists, it always defaults to MP4 (like it does when both an MP4 and SWF exists).
This lead us down a rabbit hole with how NG's system works and how it saves preferences when you toggle between MP4 and an alternate file. A bunch of changes were made so now when you toggle between MP4 / SWF / HTML5, it no longer saves as a preference. Instead if you want content to always default to SWF over MP4, you will need to check a new box under the Content Display Options in your account settings.
The update for this went live yesterday but this morning I'm noticing my account defaults to SWF over MP4 despite my Display Options so there is still a quirk in there. I can't recreate it with an alt or while logged out so I'm curious, is anyone else experiencing this? When you visit Metal Gear Awesome do you see a video player with scrubber or the SWF file with a play button title screen? If you see an SWF, can you confirm the box to default to SWF isn't checked under your display options?
If you're looking to do commissions, we have a new feature to help you!
Jim made a fix in tag search where for example if you search Himiko Toga, results now include items tagged Himiko-Toga, which weren't showing up before (Example). Whoops! Our system replaces spaces with hyphens when you submit tags. Some image boards replace spaces with underscores. I'm not sure if we'll ever change that one but our goal is for tag search to be as useful as possible for both casual users and people who know all the fancy syntax rules.
Speaking of Tag Search, it's an option under "Advanced" search. We're planning ways to increase its visibility and make it the default result page when you click the tag words on individual submissions; it needs visual upgrades before that happens though. We also want to add the ability to remain in tag search mode vs having to set it in Advanced options each time you search. My brain will drip out of my ears if I keep going into this now though.
We hit our December Support goal! Our monthly goal is based on what we think is achievable, vs what NG actually needs to be fully funded. It's awesome that we hit the goal so early but it would also be awesome if people kept becoming supporters! The Daily Goal is based on the monthly goal spread over 31 days so that will keep showing daily progress despite the monthly goal being met. Thank you everyone who has been stepping up to support NG!