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Hey guys.

Newgrounds is a different animal to Youtube in many ways. Youtube's comment section is so full of drivel its a sad day when the comments actually mean anything, good or bad. The only judgement of quality worth anything is a combination of the amount of views it acrues along with the like to dislike ratio. In fact, even having a lot of dislikes kind of means it matters in someway, even if it is negatively.

Then we have Newgrounds with its double wammy of comments & star ratings. I've noticed that generally speaking, the comments here are more intelligent, or at the very least mean something other than random goop that's found its way from someone's mind filtered through the keyboard and onto the webpage.

The star system, as well as the encouragement of ranking allows for a broader palette of discernment.

In effect therefore, you should get a more rounded and balanced view of what your audience likes and why.

At least that's what I thought when I joined.

Over the last few months I must confess that I avoided coming back. Films which I put lots of effort into were not only being ignored, but mercilessly panned... at least by the star rankings.

Bizarrely in the comments section, people were not only giving it rave reviews, but fiercly rating it with as much star power as the site would allow! By the way, thanks to all those who have commented ;-)

A schism seems to have appeared.

I may have rave reviews from the four or five people that commented on it, but only a few hundred watched it, and those who did generally seemed to hate it. Actively. As a consequence, most of my videos only managed to achieve a one star rating and as such put people off watching it.

After all who wants to risk watching a load of crap?

I'm all for someone hating what I do, everyone's entitled to their opinion, and it would be wrong of me to get annoyed with an innocent audience when the joke just doesn't get a laugh. But I feel that a discripency between a review in stars and comments seems to be mainly in numbers.

Of all the videos I have on here, the two that have done well have been seen by large amounts of people.

Obviously you could say that the reason many people watch something is because it is good, but just because a film flops doesnt always mean because it stinks and high views don't always a good film predict.

Reputation- which is seen so much by the star rating system on here can make or break an unknown artist's work. It seems, certainly on NG that there is definatley saftey in numbers which, in peak upload times when there is much competition, numbers are hardly guaranteed. If two people see it and hate it, they give an opinion just as loud as 500 who hate it.

Just a little observation.