The Newgrounds BBS is a bulletin board system that allows people to post comments and statements about Newgrounds and various other things. The name BBS is used to refer to the whole system, commonly referred to as "The Forums" and labeled as Newgrounds Forums in the BBS section of the FAQ. The forums are actually separate subject sections within the BBS. Currently, about 1,000 users post on the BBS daily.
The BBS started in 2000 and was devised by Ross, who is also notable for creating the modern submission system. It soon became an essential part of Newgrounds as both a way for Tom Fulp and other Newgrounds staff to communicate with their users and a means for people to talk about Newgrounds and explore ideas and a community in its own right.
BBS as part of Newgrounds Edit
Since it has sections about things unrelated to Newgrounds, the BBS attracts people to talk about just about anything. A large community of people come to Newgrounds mainly to talk on the BBS, including well known figures such as Malachy, bigbadron, and ramagi. The BBS is therefore a notable part of Newgrounds traffic. As of March 2010, the BBS had over 18 million posts saved on it.
BBS Stat Enthusiasts Edit
Newgrounds encourages people to use the BBS frequently, including putting the users number of posts in their user page and setting up User Of The Day. In order to balance this with maintaining usable forums, Moderators enforce post limits on individual forums and advise people not to subscribe to too many different clubs. Some people consider a persons number of posts as important, to the point of being thought of as Statwhores.
The General forum is the largest forum on the BBS and covers the most ground; most Newgrounds users go here. Due to the fact that the general BBS has so much traffic, with competition for attention on the first page, the General forum tends to be more rigourously policed by the BBS mods.
Where is/How to?Edit
This forum is for questions and suggestions about content on Newgrounds. It is used as a guide for people looking for something or instructions on how they might do something on Newgrounds.
Clubs & CrewsEdit
The clubs and crews forum is used to organize clubs on Newgrounds attracting people with similar interests. As of 2010 it is the second most popular forum, with approx 10% of all posts. As each club has just one thread they use, the threads are very long here.
Discussions on Video games are held here
This forum is for expressing political and religious views.
Artist & Creator ForumsEdit
This forum is where artists can discuss techniques and methods of animation in hopes to improve. It is also the forum where users can ask for feedback on submissions to the Newgrounds Dump.
This forum is a place where artists can share their original artwork with other artists. Art contests are held in this forum. Large images (200kb max. filesize, 595 pixels x 700 pixels) can be uploaded in this forum, a privilege normally granted only to people such as admins, staff, and moderators.
The Audio forum is the gathering place for Newgrounds's audio artists. Here artists discuss different recording programs and techniques.
This forum is where Newgrounds's authors gather. This forum is for sharing scripts, poems, stories, or any other literary work.
In this forum, artists can plan and execute collaborations with other users. It is a great way for new artists to get their art into the portal.
Developer & Programmer ForumsEdit
This forum is for discussing programming and scripting. It covers C,C+,C++,C#, PHP, Java, Perl, XML, HTML, CSS, XHTML, and many more.
Site News ForumsEdit
Unlike all other forums, only site administrators can create topics in these forums. All users can reply, however.
This is where site administrators (usually Tom Fulp) can post any site news. These topics also show up at the top of every other forum for a certain length of time.
Every day, P-bot posts the top scoring submissions from the previous day in this forum.
This forum is for news regarding the Newgrounds network. It is empty at this time.
Flaming is a popular enough thing on the BBS. This is the act of diminishing another person's popularity through insulting comments. It may lead to a ban.
If a user creates a topic that is likely to create a flame war between users either due to controversial issues being discussed or an insulting opening post, the thread is usually locked speedily and the user banned for 3-5 days without warning.
IT'S OVER 9000!!EditIT'S OVER 9000!! is an Internet-wide fad that started on 4chan. The quote comes from an episode of Dragonball Z. In this anime, devices known as "scouters" are used to detect an opponent's power level. The person with the higher power level is considered more likely to win in a fight. Although the average human's level is about five, it can be much higher. The phrase is exclaimed in Episode 28 (21 in the dubbed version), immediately before a fight between Goku, the series protagonist, and Nappa, one of his major adversaries and an ally of Vegeta. Vegeta had a scouter at the time, and was calculating Goku's power.
Nappa: Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level?
Vegeta: IT'S OVER 9000! (breaks scouter at the same time)
Nappa: WHAT? 9000?!
Nappa was surprised since he had expected Goku to be a weak opponent, and had a significantly lower power level of only 4,000. Goku went on to defeat Nappa with little difficulty.
The fad did not instantly become popular until a 4channer submitted a video, editing parts from it including characters' voices. When it was submitted, the fad soon became popular on Newgrounds and other sites like YTMND. People will usually use this quote to whore about their stats, such as when a user has gotten past their 9000th blam/protect total points. Usual responses from other users will end up being 'WHAT?! 9000?!'
Ironically, the original Japanese manga and anime said that Goku's power level was over 8,000. 9,000 was the number used by Vegeta's voice actor, Brian Drummond, in order to lip-sync more closely to the animation.
The Fail pic is a picture of the illusion as if someone stamped the words "FAIL" in the current topic. To this day some people are still doing it. A thread that is usually a stupid topic, breaks the rules with no excuse, actually does something bannable, or even if the thread is about to be locked (Most people post FAIL and then the picture and then they have a hidden text stating "In before mod.")
Some people have been known to add a "WIN" picture to a topic; it is more or less the opposite to Fail. The Win pic is used the same way as the fail pic, except for the fact that the Win stamp means you've won. Most people usually state "Epic Win" and post a pic of it when there is a really funny, good, awesome, or any sort of positive topic on the BBS.
Because you touch yourself at nightEdit
An inside joke used as a response to certain users who asked why things happens. The line was from the Family Guy episode Wasted Talent.
Peter (when he's hungover): This sucks worse than that time I went to that museum. (Flashback to childhood, standing in museum looking at dinosaur skeletons.)
Peter (as a child): Why did all the dinosaurs die out?
Man at Museum: Because you touch yourself at night.
BYTYAN is used on the BBS either as a joke response to someone asking a genuine, perhaps ethically questionable question, or simply to flame a user who asks a completely stupid and ignorant question.
Currently saying it on the BBS will likely result in a ban if a moderator notices it.
Why is there a big cock in the cornerEdit
Why is there a big cock in the corner is a BBS bandwagon started by BBS user Dusty-Gorilla. It is also known as, "Why is there a huge wang in the top left corner?" and "Why is there a cock in the top left corner?"
It all started on a BBS thread called "photo shop me", created on 5/16/09. Someone's elbow got in the upper-left corner of the picture, and people assumed it was a giant penis. The thread was finally locked by Maus after 8 pages of almost nothing but that quote.
The quote is still used today in stupid threads, Photoshop threads, and image generator threads.
The thread that spawned the phrase here
It's a trap!Edit
It's a trap! is a popular meme on the BBS and throughout internet culture. The Quote comes from the movie Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and is said by Admiral Ackbar. Ackbar says the line after he leads his fleet to the Evil Empire's space station, the Death Star. The plan was to attack while the Death Star was incomplete and incapable of defending itself. However, the Evil Empire knew he was coming, and laid a trap for his fleet.
The phrase entered internet culture in 2002, on the website Something Awful. At one point, it was so commonly used that any mention of Ackbar or the phrase became banned on Something Awful. Since its popularization, it has been used in a variety of situations. For example, somebody might respond to a suspicious link by posting a picture of Admiral Ackbar with the phrase attached.
You should've grabbed his cockEdit
A newb, or n00b, is a new person. They often ask stupid questions, and make topics like "Hi! I'm new here!" This often leads to them being flamed. Generally speaking, "newb" simply refers to a new person, whereas "n00b" has a derogatory tone.
Significance EditAlthough the BBS hundreds of users each day, it only makes up a very small percentage of Newgrounds traffic. However, the BBS is considered an essential part of the Newgrounds community. Tom Fulp discussed the importance of the BBS in a 2006 interview.
- Traffic-wise, the forums are a small part of Newgrounds traffic. Financially, they play no direct role in advertising revenue. From a community standpoint, however, the forums are vital. They are the place where all the fans can hang out and have an ongoing dialog. Without the forums, NG would just be a showcase of movies with no real feel of a community around it.