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2009-07-30 02:29:03 by IronRising

A message I recently sent out about things I felt would improve the Audio Portal.

"Hi _______!

Hoping that I'm sending this to the right person (ie someone who can do something about why I'm writing). There seems to be no place on the site for suggestions/contact, or at least none that I can find other than the Staff page.

I have been on this site for several years now after a friend introduced me to it (he loves the Flash games). I, however, found myself constantly loving the music section. I come back over and over to see what new artists are showing up and what new material they are posting, but two issues seem to continually strike me every time I login.

The first issue is in regards to giving a submission a score for it to be ranked. Any song can be re-scored over and over again as you know on a day-by-day basis (at least that's what I believe it is) and the only reason I found this to be a problem was because it didn't provide any type of solid ground for submissions to be on. If someone hates/loves a submission, they can make it their personal mission to bring it down or up. While I'm not sure how often this happens, it is clear that under the Audio Portal main page, the section of Best Tracks Ever means nothing because of the re-voting system. I know people can also get more experience so their vote has more weight later on if they vote again, but why not just have people vote once with whatever their voting power is at the time and leave it at that? It's just hard to find "The Best Tracks Ever" when they constantly change. By only allowing one vote, it could be possible to sort songs by best ever, best of the week, and best of the day as well.

On a note to support that, I just recently found something that my favorite artist on here wrote on this very issue:
"Many of you have been asking... Where have I gone?... Where is the music?
Well right now I'm on EMT practicums and have been keeping myself pretty busy. On top of that some interesting characters took the liberty of zero bombing my entire audio collection until they were completely wiped off the charts. So I gotta tell you the urge to submit hasn't been very strong."
Nobody wants to see talent lose their interest because they are disliked. By giving those who would do harm too much power, it ruins the system. Give us all one vote, and bring some stability.

The other issue I wanted to comment on was the duality of voting on submissions and the reviews. I always feel somewhat silly writing a review, giving it a number 1-10 right after I scored it 1-5. Why have two systems when you could easily have one? Just eliminate the 1-5 scoring system altogether and keep the review system where people can only review a song once, but use the average of the 1-10 scores as the new way to keep track of how many people like a song.

Also, the requirements for commenting are a little strict. I come across songs with hundreds of votes but no reviews. Why? The same reason I hardly review any more: too demanding. It isn't that I don't want to comment, but requiring me to have a summary (or title as I view it), score, and full review is just too much. And character minimums? If I want to write a review about a piece, why do I need a summary/title? Artists who really care will read the full reviews, and the reviews will never get too long because people don't want to be too long-winded.

So by eliminating the 1-5 voting, eliminating the ability for people to re-vote, using the 1-10 system as the new means of scoring, and not requiring people to submit a review (as is currently the case...maybe give them the option to score 1-10 and review too if they want?), I believe the Audio Portal would do much better and put everyone on a more level playing field.

I think that by making these changes, Newgrounds could really bring a stability to the Audio Portal that it lacks. You already have a huge fanbase, but a little updating could make it even bigger.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and should you wish to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to reply.