This was made after a submission of mine was removed for containing too many bugs. By "removed" I mean that I felt it wasn't worth it since I would probably get in trouble for leaving it up (crashed internet browsers). So I replaced the swf with a 5 second loop saying that the submission was removed (you can't remove submissions while they're under judgment). I changed the title to "Flash Removed (Broken)" and went to go do something else out of boredom. After an hour of watching whatever was on TV I came back to check the portal (barely ever check it anyway). And there it was, my submission. For the past hour, in big letters, it said "Flash Removed (Broken)" with the same 5 second loop, and no reviews. What the hell Newgrounds? No I don't mean the NG Staff or site moderators, I mean the community. The community which keeps this site fresh and new every day. The community which has control over which is considered acceptable material and what is considered garbage. But after a long break from the site, I realized that we, the community, were becoming lazy. We didn't care what passed or what was blammed. We just wanted the stupid blam/protect points. If something looks good, we vote 5. But something that looks good doesn't always turn out good. This is a spamming technique I am showing you here. Most of you are probably familiar with this and think that it doesn't matter. If it looks good, we vote 5. What happened to 2? Or an even better question, what happened to 0? It seems that people start voting 0 on something after it has passed. Why? Because once it has passed we don't have a chance of blamming it. So we just vote 0 and leave a mindless review saying how "gay" and "shitty" it is. Now why didn't we use the 0 button before it had a chance of passing judgment? Were we afraid that is we voted 0 it would come back to haunt us? Were we afraid that it would take revenge and vote down our submissions? Were we afraid we would get in trouble for trying to blam something that doesn't belong on the site? What is going on here. This isn't all coming out of my ass, this is truth. We have become lazier over the past few years and I have proof. Right now, I want you to go to the flash obituaries. Now go to the day before today to see how many submissions were blammed yesterday. If you look near the top you will see a number next to the navigation list. Remember that number. Now go back to the date navigation and set the year to 2006. Notice any differences here? Maybe the fact that the page is completely filled over a hundred blammed submissions? This is only the half of it. If you were to go back a few months in, lets say, July. You will see an average of 300 submissions blammed every single day for that month. Whats wrong with this picture? Is it the fact that we have become lazier or is it somehow the site itself at fault? There is no reason to point fingers here. The main thing we, the community of Newgrounds, need to do is to make sure that this does not continue. Its a long shot, a very long shot. But we have to do this, not try, but do. If we fail to do so the blam numbers will keep dropping until everything will pass right through judgment. And I really mean that. If you take a closer look at the obituaries for today you'll notice that most of the "blammed" submissions weren't blammed. They were deleted or removed. Either by the NG Staff or the author them self. So now you ask what the big deal is if everything gets through, more content for the site right? Yes that's right, the site will gain more and more content. And guess where we end up when that happens. We end up becoming YouTube. Why such a specific example? Well its the best example. Do you want to go to a site littered with trash that contained absolutely no effort whatsoever? I hope not. Then again I'm probably exaggerating, I mean the main slogan of this site is Everything by Everyone so that could never happen... Oh wait.
TL;DR - Don't let this site become a giant trash bin, have better judgment. Vote 0 on anything that deserves it.