2000EditThis was the vital year in which the new "Automatic" Blam/Protect system started in the Flash Portal, which revolutionized Newgrounds. At that time only the last person to vote on the submission in Judgment got the points.
2003 EditAfter being hired as Newgrounds's media designer earlier this year, Stamper designed a new layout. This redesign's changes were largely aesthetic, and included
2007 EditThis was one of the bigger redesigns on Newgrounds, where various features were added or improved and some features lost. The anticipation was immense at the time, with lots of speculation as to what would happen.
Save Tank Sm_gif Edit
User speculation of forthcoming changes lead to a campaign to keep the tiny yellow tank pic called Tank sm_gif, even though there were no stated plans to lose it. A twelve page thread ensued; at least four movies were submitted; a band of users put a Save Tank Sm_gif in their sig and a page was made at YTMND. Tank sm_gif was indeed removed from the main pages, but it is still used as the icon when you fav Newgrounds and here in tiny corners of Wikigrounds.
New Experience Levels Edit
The latest set of Experience Levels were added, adjusting the number of points required and making a whole new set of levels up to 60. Auz keeps a thread of what level a user would have had if they were pre-2007.
User Pages Edit
The format/storage of User Pages changed; as explained by Malachy:
"Previously your account was tied to a unique user ID and your profile was a pop up box with some information. That changed in 2007 when the site was redesigned and each profile was given it's own page and url based on the user name. Your username is part of a permanent page of the site that has a specific URL (username.newgrounds.com)"
Loss of Failing Features Edit
A few existing features were not supported: The Batting Averages for Authors failed to work with the new systems and are not updated, though they are still present and out of date. The Magazine, with the Alphas and the Interviews no longer works. The Alphas have sat inaccessible ever since- they always have the same error message featuring Darnell, implying that they are only temporarily out of order. The Interviews have not been updated since 2007 and feature a The-Swain interview from 2006 at the top.
As of November 2010, if you click on NG Mag Home the following message still appears:
"NG Mag was a work in progress that never quite made it to completion. Much of it will return with upcoming features! Alphas and interviews will both return, don't worry!"
The motto of the site changed from "The Problems of Tomorrow, Today!" to "Everything by Everyone". There are pix of the site on the day of changing on the Newgrounds Archive site.
2012 EditAt the end of 2010, Tom Fulp hinted that 2011 would be a year of significant change for Newgrounds and openly admitted that a redesign was in the works. As time went on though, the redesign was delayed to early 2012.
The redesign finally started February 6th, 2012 at 10:00 AM EST. Newgrounds was under maintenance for about a day and a half before the redesign went live.
Many changes were made to the site by the redesign, most specifically a more modern look on collections and the BBS as well as a completely redone style to the review system. The organisation of the various sections of the site was substantially changed, so that visitors can focus more on the one type of submission that interests them. However, although, for example one can go to Games and only see games a Classic option was retained so that one can see, for example, all the Recently Uploaded submissions together.