Wade Fulp Is a Big Meany

Back in 2004 I was an avid user of Newgrounds.com.  Newgrounds had a lot of stuff that appealed to me at the time, but since the following conversation I have used it sparingly.

To put it bluntly, I may have deserved the reaction I got from him, but at the same time I don’t think it is warranted considering the situation and the fact that he doesn’t seem to care about the people who visit his web site.  The situation is this:  I had uploaded a sound file to Newgrounds’ newly launch “Audio Portal” which was to compliment their Flash Portal.  I thought, “hey, great, I’ll add a sound file I have and see how it works and if its worth the effort, I’ll upload some music I made.”  After my sound file was approved and displayed on the site, I was banned from uploading anything else, with no explanation.

All it said was that I was banned.  So, I decided to e-mail support, which, at the time, was Wade Fulp.  The following exchange of e-mails took place.

From: davepoobond@squackle.com [mailto:davepoobond@squackle.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 3:03 PM
To: wade@newgrounds.com
Subject: audio portal banning

I was banned from uploading anything to the audio portal. I haven’t done anything to deserve this. It would be most appreciated if I were allowed to upload to the audio portal again.

My name on Newgrounds is davepoobond

Thank you.

From: wade@newgrounds.com
To: davepoobond@squackle.com

Did you submit original quality work?

Regards,

Wade Fulp
Newgrounds.com, Inc.

From: davepoobond@squackle.com [mailto:davepoobond@squackle.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 9:28 PM
To: wade@newgrounds.com
Subject: RE: audio portal banning

I had submitted a sound effect of me saying “You suck!” which was put up. I was planning on putting more sound effects and songs I had made recently.

Thanks,

davepoobond
http://www.squackle.com/

From: wade@newgrounds.com
To: davepoobond@squackle.com

You people cease to amaze me! Look at your earlier statement:

” I was banned from uploading anything to the audio portal. I haven’t done anything to deserve this.”

So you think submitting “You suck!” as an audio clip is going to get you approved??? Are you that dumb? We’re looking for music, not people saying “You suck!”. We are looking for serious artists. Now stop wasting my damn time.

Regards,

Wade Fulp
Newgrounds.com, Inc.

From: davepoobond@squackle.com
To: wade@newgrounds.com

Ok, fine then. I see your point. I’m glad you told me off.

I was just trying to be nice in my first email. I understand that saying “You suck!” isn’t that original, but I hadn’t seen anywhere you couldn’t submit those kinds of sound effects.

If its really that big of a deal, maybe you should make it more clear that you ONLY want music on your site. I understand you probably get hoardes and hoardes of stupid people emailing you about stupid things, but I was only looking for an explanation, really. I understand people are stupid, but I’ve at least got some more sense than most. I know its a tough job dealing with so many stupid people on a regular basis.

I don’t give a lick of shit whether or not I’m able to upload MY music onto your web site to help out the community there, but I didn’t think that submitting a sound effect was good enough for me to get banned from uploading to the audio portal. I DO have music to upload, that I am still willing to upload.

This was just a misunderstanding between us, and I found it a little surprising that you’d just explode at me about a stupid little thing like this.

Humbly yours,

davepoobond
http://www.squackle.com/

Safe to say he didn’t read my response, or at least he didn’t care to e-mail me back with any reaction.  If they didn’t like the sound effect, it didn’t make sense why it was on their site for so long.  It’s not up anymore, and I have no idea if I’m still banned from uploading to Audio Portal but it’s not like I’d ever want to.