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Hi there! In case you didn't know, I created newgrounds. No, it wasn't made by some giant company - just some dumb kid. I also co-founded the Behemoth; we made Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers. Icon by JohnnyUtah, banner by FuShark.

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Finally, a place to call home!

Posted by TomFulp - July 16th, 2007


By now you might be noticing something a little confusing: I still make "front page news posts" in the form of traditional forum posts, but I'm posting additional news here on my personal page, as well! I was a bit conflicted with this concept at first, but it's actually really cool.

You see, over the years my role within Newgrounds has sort of changed. The front page space didn't really feel like a place for me to discuss my own day to day thoughts and ideas, and I basically became a mouthpiece for the site and not for myself. Now, I have my own place, where I can complain about stupid shit whenever I want. Expect the front page posts to remain very NG community-centric (with the occasional plugs for my console projects, such as Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers), while tomfulp.newgrounds.com will be much more Tom-centric... More of a behind the scenes of day to day life at NG and beyond.

The user pages are also one more step towards a more "total Democratization" of Newgrounds. One of my big goals has always been for everyone to be able to use the site the same way I do. For example, I once would build pages for each of my games and give them a special showcase spot on the front page, but now I just submit them to the Portal and they are promoted in the same way as any other Portal submission. OK, maybe I leave them on the front page extra long... Life's not always fair. :)

User pages are an extension of that same mentallity. I didn't like the way the old front page affiliate posting system worked; it excluded a lot of people who deserved front page posting access, but I couldn't possibly give it to everyone because official site news would always be getting bumped off the front page. Now, EVERYONE who contributes to the site (in the form of Flash or music) has the ability to post news to the front page, albeit in a space below the official site news. Everything has been brought up alongside the content submissions, so now people don't have to scroll all the way down to find it.

As new features are introduced to user pages over time, I hope to see more people running their own "Newgrounds within Newgrounds"... Where they cultivate their own environment of news and content (not just their own submissions). Essentially, every user page on Newgrounds should have the potential to emulate the traditional Newgrounds front page, but with control in the hands of the user who maintains it.

My goal is that 20-30 years from now, when I'm an old man and no longer hip with the kids, I'll retire to tomfulp.newgrounds.com (where I will continue to post news and showcase my favorite submissions) and a democratically elected user will rise from the ranks to oversee the Newgrounds front page for as long as his term may last. Or maybe I'll just hand it over to my kids or someone from the staff, I can't make any promises there... It just seems like a cool idea. BYE!


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i'm glad you feel that way, tom.
i would make a post except i don't know what to write.

Glad to be one of the first to see this dream gettin' realized. I normally don't take a liking to blogs, but you guys have created a blog based around a game/cartoon environment, and in my eyes it totally redefines the experience. I love it.

You and your team did a great job as always.

YAY !

I can see these user pages being a great addition to NG, makes the site a lot more personal, and it's good to see the staff leading the way forward.

Also, the 'Leave it!' button is misleading, I thought it meant don't comment.

Dont worry, you'll always be hip xD

Always remember IM YOUR FRIEND.

Thanks, Luis.

Tom, you are a God.

The redesign is competely awesome Tom, I'm stunned by how amazing it is, damn good job all of you.

dude u made a great job!!!!!

Yo tom wazzap/

this is really cool.

Tom, you are THE man :)
I really liked the redesign, it gives newgrounds a new, fresh and unique feeling, staying classic at the same time.

The personal pages are the best thing, now people can inform more easily about progress with their future projects.

Congrats to all the NG staff!

Will take some time to get used to, but I'm loving it already.

Ah, Tom! Love what you've done with the place, especially the ByteSize on the front page. Brings back old memories of when I first discovered the site, back in my dial-up days. I'm looking forward to working with the user page thing to see what I can come up with...Alright, that's enough ass-kissing for one day, keep up the good work!

Best Wishes,

A-Dizzle

It's certainly slick. Congrats, Tom.

I guess it's impossible to add this as RSS, eh?

WOOOOOOOOOOO!!1111111111ONEONEONEELEV ENTYHUNDREDEXCLAMATIONMARKEXCLAMATION MARK!!11!

May the force be with you Tom.

<3

Hey Tom I Love The New Home Page I'm Not Trying To Suck Up But Your'e Freakin' Awsome!

Yoink!
I was a little skeptical about the user pages but it seems like a great addition for Newgrounds.

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