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New Poll - When Start Reading?
As a followup poll to last week, our user Yask suggested we do one on the age you started reading manga. I decided to break it up by schooling rather than exact years, and post-college is just in chunks of decades. You may have called it each level differently (like junior high or secondary school), but it's just a rough estimate.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: For how long have you been reading manga?
Started within the last year - votes: 253 (2.5%)
For 1 year - votes: 207 (2.1%)
For 2 years - votes: 310 (3.1%)
For 3 years - votes: 374 (3.7%)
For 4 years - votes: 414 (4.1%)
For 5 years - votes: 586 (5.9%)
For 6 years - votes: 466 (4.7%)
For 7 years - votes: 594 (5.9%)
For 8 years - votes: 556 (5.6%)
For 9 years - votes: 520 (5.2%)
For 10 years - votes: 1317 (13.2%)
For 11 years - votes: 528 (5.3%)
For 12 years - votes: 660 (6.6%)
For 13 years - votes: 465 (4.6%)
For 14 years - votes: 381 (3.8%)
For 15 years - votes: 698 (7%)
For 16 years - votes: 236 (2.4%)
For 17 years - votes: 264 (2.6%)
For 18 years - votes: 193 (1.9%)
For 19 years - votes: 89 (0.9%)
For 20 years - votes: 310 (3.1%)
For 21 years - votes: 63 (0.6%)
For 22 years - votes: 65 (0.6%)
For 23 years - votes: 57 (0.6%)
For 24 years - votes: 32 (0.3%)
For 25 years - votes: 42 (0.4%)
For 26+ years - votes: 322 (3.2%)
There were 10002 total votes.
The poll ended: October 13th 2017

A lot of people are at the 10 year mark. It's interesting how each increment of 5 years (5, 10, 15, 20) all have spikes of voters. Probably because you don't remember the exact year, so you give a rough estimate to the nearest 5th year
Posted by lambchopsil on October 14th 2:20am Comments ( 14 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Manga for How Long?
This week's poll was suggested almost 10 years ago by a member named xombiemonkey. How long ago did you start reading manga?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: If you already had the necessary skills (i.e. translate, Photoshop, etc), would you will be willing to do scanlations?
Already do - votes: 304 (7%)
Sure, I'd be pretty active - votes: 984 (22.5%)
Yes, but only occasionally - votes: 1980 (45.3%)
No, don't have free time - votes: 751 (17.2%)
Nope, just don't want to - votes: 354 (8.1%)
There were 4373 total votes.
The poll ended: October 6th 2017

Many people appear to be willing, so just need to get those skills
Posted by lambchopsil on October 7th 2:56am Comments ( 22 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Scanlate or Not?
This week's poll was suggested by SinsI. Assuming you have the magically have the skills necessary to do scanlations (either all on your own or within a group), would you help? Would you give back to the community in this fashion?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Should we have a scanlation culture of translators being paid for their work?
No, it's volunteer work! Labor of love or not at all - votes: 1857 (48.3%)
Yes, it's reasonable to pay them for their hard work - votes: 1989 (51.7%)
There were 3846 total votes.
The poll ended: September 30th 2017

Pretty close split down the middle, and the discussions in the thread got heated too.
Posted by lambchopsil on September 30th 12:00pm Comments ( 8 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Paying Translators
This week's poll was suggested by feral claws. Should we or should we not pay translators? Obviously it's not a white and black matter, but it's hard to quantify the shades of gray into a poll, so I just left them out.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Other than synopsis, summary, or plot, what is the main factor that determines which new series to read?
The cover (or first page) - votes: 466 (9.6%)
Art and character design - votes: 1434 (29.4%)
Mangaka (author and artist) - votes: 299 (6.1%)
General popularity - votes: 85 (1.7%)
Genres and categories - votes: 1421 (29.1%)
Ratings, reviews, or recommendations from others - votes: 513 (10.5%)
Whether the series is complete or not - votes: 294 (6%)
The scanlation group - votes: 41 (0.8%)
I come to MU and see a new series on the release page, so I decide to try it - votes: 98 (2%)
I just read random series - votes: 227 (4.7%)
There were 4878 total votes.
The poll ended: September 22nd 2017

Art and genres almost tied! That was pretty close!
Posted by lambchopsil on September 23rd 2:39am Comments ( 37 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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Posted by lambchopsil on September 22nd 1:50am Comments ( 4 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Choosing a Series
This week's poll was suggested by Karonhioktha. It's very similar to an old poll back in March 2008, but I incorporated some feedback from way back then (always good to read the old forum posts!). The main difference is that you cannot choose summary/plot as a choice.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Have you ever donated money to a scanlation group?
Yes, recently (within last year) - votes: 168 (4.4%)
Yes, but not recently - votes: 242 (6.4%)
Does donating my time count? - votes: 524 (13.8%)
No, but I would if I could - votes: 1893 (49.9%)
No, and I never will - votes: 965 (25.4%)
There were 3792 total votes.
The poll ended: September 15th 2017

Now I'm curious how many of you actually have jobs
Posted by lambchopsil on September 16th 2:51am Comments ( 21 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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