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Happy Holidays!
Happy holidays, and a happy new year from everyone on the MU team! Hasn't been a particularly good year, especially with what happened recently, but let's keep it up with another one!
Posted by lambchopsil on December 25th 7:07pm Comments ( 18 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - IRC Usage
Our member rincewind1990 suggested that we do an IRC poll again. It's been almost exactly 2 years since the last one (with 30.6% not even knowing what IRC is). So 2 years later, how has it declined? For me personally, I almost never log in anymore...

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Main web browser
Choices:
Internet Explorer 7 - votes: 144 (0.7%)
Internet Explorer 8 - votes: 98 (0.5%)
Internet Explorer 9 - votes: 51 (0.3%)
Internet Explorer 10 - votes: 68 (0.3%)
Internet Explorer 11 - votes: 274 (1.4%)
Mozilla Firefox - votes: 10009 (50.1%)
Google Chrome - votes: 7825 (39.1%)
Safari - votes: 635 (3.2%)
Opera - votes: 730 (3.7%)
Other - votes: 158 (0.8%)
There were 19992 total votes.
The poll ended: December 21st 2013

If we ever do this poll again, I'll combine all the IE choices together. Interestingly enough, all the IE votes equal all the Safari votes. And Opera unexpectedly beats both of them, which really surprises me because no one I know uses Opera.

I'm curious about Safari. Does that mean that most of our users don't use Macs? Or does it mean that the Mac users don't use Safari?
Posted by lambchopsil on December 21st 9:19am Comments ( 32 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Web Browser
If you've been a long time user, you'll realize that this is the third time we've done this poll. No matter! It's been almost 4 years since the last iteration (and also 3 new versions of IE). You know the drill. Back in 2010, it was Firefox that won with a massive 66.9%. How much popularity has Chrome gained?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Which do you think is hardest to scanlate?
Choices:
Shounen - votes: 1869 (10.1%)
Shoujo - votes: 2215 (11.9%)
Seinen - votes: 2576 (13.9%)
Josei - votes: 2764 (14.9%)
Shounen-ai - votes: 1330 (7.2%)
Yaoi - votes: 1383 (7.4%)
Shoujo-ai - votes: 2196 (11.8%)
Yuri - votes: 2200 (11.8%)
Hentai - votes: 2049 (11%)
There were 18582 total votes.
The poll ended: December 14th 2013

Apparently it's not hard to scanlate shounen-ai and yaoi.
Posted by lambchopsil on December 14th 8:34am Comments ( 55 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
English Scanlators Only
To all those people getting submitting non-English scanlators as groups, please stop. We are an English website and only accept English scanlation groups. I'm getting tired of rejecting your submissions over and over (and recently there's been more attempts, hence this news post).

The only exception is if you also do English releases. But if I take a quick glance at your submitted website and can't find any English there, I'm just gonna reject your group.

PS: The funny thing is that I hope these non-English scanlators can read English, otherwise this news post serves no purpose to its intended audience.
Posted by lambchopsil on December 8th 8:36am Comments ( 19 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Hardest to Scanlate
If you haven't yet, please read the previous 3 news posts.
Group Links Removed
Group Links Update
Group Links Update 2

Now to the poll. This week's is from CatzCradle, and it's quite an odd one. In your opinion, which demographic is hardest to scanlate? Feel free to give any reason you want (whether you gotta look at naked people for hentai or you're so ashamed at how stupid some characters are in shounen. Maybe you think the language in seinen is harder to translate? Not that many of us would actually have scanlation experience in all of these demographics...

Now that I think of it, Mahou Sensei Negima! (shounen) was surprisingly hard to scanlate. It tends to have a bunch of text for 18 pages a chapter, so more to read for a proofreader and a translator. If you wanted to be accurate, you had to cross-reference the spells to non-Japanese languages. It took a bunch of work from the editors since there's a lot of redrawing if you wanna do it well. And all the above makes it hard to QC since there's so many things you need to watch out for.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Which one you prefer the most?
Choices:
Hentai - votes: 2478 (21%)
Borderline H - votes: 2167 (18.4%)
Ecchi - votes: 3811 (32.3%)
Nothing of the sort - votes: 3337 (28.3%)
There were 11793 total votes.
The poll ended: December 7th 2013

There was too much discussion on where you lump yaoi, yuri, and smut in those choices...
Posted by lambchopsil on December 7th 8:51am Comments ( 28 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Group Links Update 2
All,

I have been in communication with PayPal directly, and they have re-enabled our account. We were required to remove the PayPal donate button from the site in order to do so, but we should be fine for now.

Additionally, we have worked the issue with our host, and we are no longer in any imminent danger of being shut down, due to our compliance with the DMCA request.

I wanted to clarify some of the rumors being passed around:

1. The DMCA was from an official source and not a troll. We have made a conscious choice not to reveal this source. We are not going to vilify the organization that did this. We want to encourage the adoption of manga outside of Japan, and we're not going to help that by putting a face to everyone's anger. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at us for removing the links.

2. The DMCA request was for "Contributory Infringement", and this link was provided directly by the organization that filed the request: http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca512/question.cgi?QuestionID= 268

3. The DMCA was narrowly targeted at this organization's copyright works. We had to act quickly to ensure that we complied with the request, so we disabled all links. We are looking into code changes to somehow enable links for scanlators who do not scanlate anything related to this organization's licenses. This may take some time.

4. This is the first time we've had any sort of DMCA filed related to linking to scanlator websites.

5. The DMCA was not submitted to us directly, but was passed instead to PayPal and our host. We found out from our host and acted immediately. We have worked with companies in the past to ensure their rights are protected, and we would have appreciated being contacted first. We are willing to communicate with the organization that made the demand. I can be contacted (manick @ mangaupdates.com)

6. The DMCA was submitted through an intermediary who specializes in handling removal of copyrighted material from the Internet.

The MangaUpdates team realizes the importance of group links. To some, this site is no longer what it was without them. While we cannot guarantee anything, we are still trying to come up with some way to provide this information.

We encourage everyone to BUY MANGA. While everyone's purpose for being in this community is their own, our goal is to increase awareness to anyone who wishes to be informed. That is our mission, and has always been our mission. We will continue to strive to do that as long as we can.

Thank you,

MU
Posted by Manick on December 7th 5:54am Comments ( 45 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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