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NewsMaster
3/29/2017 12:35:45 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
UPDATE: Freaking News will NOT close on April 15

UPDATE: Freaking News will go on

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Freaking News will close on April 15, which is the time the server rent ends. We may have a couple of closing contests meanwhile. The site has been around for over 13 years, and it's been a great ride. It's sad to let it go - something that we started as a small site noone knew and made it grow together. The site generated over a billion pageviews total, and massive media coverage. FN's images have been on most news channels, and many magazines. But now it came to a point where I can no longer dedicate my time to it the way I used to. (I will not go into the exact reasons as this forum is publicly read. For those of you wondering - my health is fine, and no, I haven't been lazy at all.) And I'd rather shut it down than have 2-3 contests a month, and see it die slowly.

Here are some important actions you may need to take:

1) Please download all your FN images till April 15 (in case you don't have copies of some). I will make a full archive of the site (in case it ever needs to be resurrected), but I won't be able to get any of the data from the archive (unless the site is restored) if you email me after the site is closed.

2) Please make cashout requests using this form (you will need to be logged in). Provide us with a PayPal email where you want the payment to be sent.

3) Post any public questions in this thread. Message me any private questions or concerns you have.

The most thing I will miss about FN is you - all the great artists who made the site what it was in its glory days. Many of us will stay in touch on Facebook and via emails. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Farewell.

This comment was edited by NewsMaster at 4/13/2017 12:01:18 PM.
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Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
tgiles1981
Republicans
3/29/2017 12:50:12 AM


Status: Secretary of Health & Human Services
thanks for the good times
Comments: 219
Contest Entries: 245

SteveGSQ
Democrats
3/29/2017 2:39:45 AM


Status: Assistant District Attorney
Thank you, NewsMaster for making this a fun site to hang out at for the past five years for me. I didn't enter in as many contests as I had wished, but I took pride in voting fairly to help make sure the best came out on top. I will miss seeing all the talented people share their creations, especially the funny ones. Freaking News will be missed!
Comments: 1837
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Armatien
Democrats
3/29/2017 6:06:46 AM


Status: UN Ambassador
I can't believe this ! I was wondering if the site was OK cause there was less and less contests. I don't know any other site like that in the world... there was Worth1000 but i never liked it. Freaking News is simple fun and clever ! There is so much rich people in the world that don't know what to do with their money (there is more poors yes but they know what to do with their money) can't you find investors or make a crowdfunding ? So sad !!! How can something like this cannot work ??? Nowadays you can make more money being a stupid youtuber than with digital art for sure this is easier to make videos than photomanipulation... stupid world
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hobbit90
Independents
3/29/2017 8:33:22 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
I can't believe I have tears streaming from my eyes, I would soon had been doing this for ten years, I have enjoyed this site so much, even more so after I had to stop working, you kept me active and let me blow off steam with my work, I'm going to miss all of you FN photoshoppers, you all have been so much fun, NewsMaster, I'm just glad you're ok, I know this day might be coming, Thank You for the years I had on here, I looked and there isn't any sites like this, Love Ya All, don't stop Photoshopping.

Your Friend,
Etta Schmelter/ Hobbit 90

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A penny saved is... all we'll have when the Government is done with us.

coolkat85
Independents
3/29/2017 9:13:18 AM


Status: City Council Representative
I have been a member of this site for most of my PhotoShopping career. I haven't participated much in the past few years while I have been going to college (I graduate with my BFA in Digital Arts this May), but I owe a lot of my artistic growth to FreakingNews. My mom (Hobbit90) and I joined this site together nearly ten years ago. I know it was her favorite hobby and I am going to miss the occasions where our images competed against each other.

Good luck with whatever you do after the site. I look forward to the day FreakingNews is reborn.

Sincerely,
Katrina
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If practice makes perfect, but nobody's ever perfect, what's the point in practicing?

Bmore
Independents
3/29/2017 9:44:59 AM


Status: Alderman
Dang Boss! Very sorry to hear this news. I completely understand being short on time. ; ) Too many fires going myself these days. Always enjoyed myself here at FN. You always treated me better than I deserved. I'll try to see if I can't figure out a way to cash out my few remaining credits. Take care of yourself and thanks so much for having welcomed me into your place. May life always treat you better than you deserve. Gonna miss this joint!
Bmore.
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Disasterman111
Democrats
3/29/2017 7:17:41 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Good luck in your new ventures Vlad, I have really enjoyed the site & have learned so much about Photoshop since I joined ;0
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If it was easy anyone could do it!

deaddog
Democrats
3/29/2017 11:04:08 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
I wouldn't be the chopper I am itoday if my sister hadn't sent me the link to FN. all good things must come to an end, thanks for the ride Newsy, and the cash! Don't feel guilty.
Comments: 4185
Contest Entries: 1060

UncleChamp
Independents
3/30/2017 12:43:37 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
I learned what chopping was all about because of FN. There was and is no other site to compare with this one. From day one it felt like family, with some of the best artist in the world here to learn and grow from. Plus to win one of those trophies and a few dollars too boot, was just an great feeling. FN was a stroke of genius Newsy, and it might be history now, but you made history! Your a good soul with a kind heart, and I have only wishes of success for you in the future. Thanks for the awesome, one of of kind experience!
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vicspa
Independents
3/30/2017 7:15:38 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Just as I'm getting back in, you are getting out. Crap.
Sorry to see this happen, best of luck to you and everyone else.

by the way, if there are no more contests, I have the distinction of winning the last one, but I wish it would go on and on.

Best to all

[Edited by User on 3/30/2017 7:21:24 AM]

[Edited by User on 3/30/2017 7:22:26 AM]
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MsgtBob
Republicans
3/30/2017 9:21:14 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
If you are willing to leave politics at home, will settle for just virtual trophies (no cash), and can accept voting that is nowhere near as lenient as here, you might head on over to Dagger Bay.
Comments: 4949
Contest Entries: 36
Aargh!

Kellie
Independents
3/30/2017 4:48:21 PM
Status: Commander in Chief
Dagger Bay is a nice place. good choppers but pretty much what is left over from the Worth1000 group who didn't go to Design Crowd isn't it Bob?
The competition is a lot more tougher though and as Bob said not as lenient....but hey it's a place to chop as are the ones below.
(No site pays like FN)

Dagger Bay

Photoshop Contest

Mechapixel

Fark

Design Crowd

Photoshop Battles

If you have any others to share do so, I am sure users will still want to play somewhere.

Personally I can't see anywhere that will be as good as FN.
I started here near 14 yrs ago after leaving Worth and never went back, there will be nowhere as good as FN as far as I am concerned. It has changed a lot over the years but always was a good "home" to me.

Thank you Vlad for having me in your "home" through the laughter, tears and a whole lot more

It's not the end for you, it is the beginning and I wish you nothing but the best for your future projects., and again ty for giving us this place (and yourself) for so long.


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Qtrmoonshop
Independents
3/30/2017 6:25:51 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Freaking sad news indeed, and you close on my birthday. I am happy to see you get some much needed rest, Vlad, if in fact you are going to do so even for a little while . . . FN has been truly one of a kind in the midst of other such similar sites that were, in my opinion, never as special. I created some of my best Photoshop art for Freaking News Contests and would not have the same quality portfolio without it. Here’s wishing all the FN choppers, past and present, continued chopping enjoyment, with the hope that one day either FN or something close will return. Best Regards to Vlad, Kelly, Julie, Jim, and any one of the administrators I may have missed!



[Edited by User on 3/30/2017 8:26:00 PM]
Comments: 2855
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All that matters now, has just begun ...

deaddog
Democrats
3/30/2017 8:13:20 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Too many restrictions at Dagger1000, no sense of humor there.

[Edited by User on 3/30/2017 8:14:28 PM]
Comments: 4185
Contest Entries: 1060

vicspa
Independents
3/31/2017 10:44:52 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 3/30/2017 4:48:21 PM, Kellie said:
Dagger Bay is a nice place. good choppers but pretty much what is left over from the Worth1000 group who didn't go to Design Crowd isn't it Bob?
The competition is a lot more tougher though and as Bob said not as lenient....but hey it's a place to chop as are the ones below.
(No site pays like FN)

Dagger Bay

Photoshop Contest

Mechapixel

Fark



Design Crowd

Photoshop Battles

If you have any others to share do so, I am sure users will still want to play somewhere.

Personally I can't see anywhere that will be as good as FN.
I started here near 14 yrs ago after leaving Worth and never went back, there will be nowhere as good as FN as far as I am concerned. It has changed a lot over the years but always was a good "home" to me.

Thank you Vlad for having me in your "home" through the laughter, tears and a whole lot more

It's not the end for you, it is the beginning and I wish you nothing but the best for your future projects., and again ty for giving us this place (and yourself) for so long.


pxleyes.com







[Edited by User on 3/31/2017 10:45:35 AM]
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LunaC
Independents
3/31/2017 10:57:11 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Vlad--You deserve a BIG thank you for all you've done here over the years. FN was my internet home for ten years and I had a blast interacting with you and others. I learned my Photoshop skills right here---based on the challenges of the daily contests and the constructive comments received from other choppers. Really hate to see the site go away--but totally understand the commitment it must entail. Au Revoir my friend. I hope you will keep in touch. And please let me know if I can ever collaborate with you on any project in the future.

Pat Victory aka LunaC
Comments: 3285
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PSMandrake
Independents
3/31/2017 3:29:53 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
I am very sad this.
But I'm sure That one day From Your genius will be born a new Fn without rival.
Keep in chat contact my dear friend Vlad.
for anything, at your disposal.

Hi my dear friend Vlad
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SomethingOdiferous
Independents
3/31/2017 7:21:01 PM
Status: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Dammit. I actually got a 3rd place recently. Bout as good as I could get considering the excellence always on display here. I look back at the entries I have made and it is a virtual learning curve.

I do things on Photoshopcontest.com and pxleyes.com (they are tough on a guy), have trouble figuring out Mechapixel. Fark is for kids.

Good luck on the next stage sir.
Comments: 790
Contest Entries: 210
True freedom lies in knowing your boundries.

AZRainman
Independents
3/31/2017 8:11:45 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Sorry to hear about this. I had a lot of good times at FreakingNews and would of liked to see it go on longer.


May you all find a place to have fun at!



Comments: 5946
Contest Entries: 1145
"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." -George Carlin

Cosmix
Independents
3/31/2017 9:32:40 PM


Status: Director of the CIA
Thoroughly enjoyed four years. Life does get in the way. I just returned in time to get a gold trophy. It's been a privilege to chop next to such great talent on an easy going site.

I've looked at other options but the restrictions put me off. Thanks for all the hard work maintaining such an opportunity to grow PS skills.

I've recently contributed to REDDIT Photoshop battles and Bored Panda. Both using an uploaded photo as the subject matter.

Thanks for all the suggestions in the comments. PS is a major therapy for my lifestyle.

Congrats on such a wonderful contribution you made to the Interwebs.

All the best. Hope to see some of you around other comps.
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Contest Entries: 218
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”Edgar Degas

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