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New Poll - Archive
This week's poll is from icassop. Which choice most fits you in terms of your scanlation habits? For myself, I actually used to archive everything I read, but that changed about 6 years ago when I had a hard drive failure that wiped out my collection. After that, I just got cynical and depressed about it, so I never tried to archive a bunch of stuff again. It's now a mix of read then delete or some stuff via online readers.

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: You're creating a series and your protagonist can time travel into which period?
Choices:
Prehistoric (dinosaurs, cavemen, before civilization) - votes: 278 (2.6%)
Ancient (Greece, Rome, Babylon, Persia, etc) - votes: 1897 (17.9%)
Medieval (Kings, knights, castles, etc) - votes: 2063 (19.4%)
Renaissance (Advances in thought, science, and art) - votes: 733 (6.9%)
Exploration and Colonization (To the New World!) - votes: 470 (4.4%)
Industrial Age (Steampunk?) - votes: 817 (7.7%)
Modern (WWI/II, Cold War, etc) - votes: 411 (3.9%)
Near future (Hi-tech, space travel, etc) - votes: 1937 (18.2%)
Post-apocalyptic (end of the world as we know it) - votes: 2016 (19%)
There were 10622 total votes.
The poll ended: February 1st 2014

Wow, pretty close results! 4 of the choices were fairly close together! And coincidentally, most of the books I've read as a kid are in one of those top 4 time periods
Posted by lambchopsil on February 1st 10:29am Comments ( 37 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» BaeSooky on February 1st, 2014, 3:38am

I used to archive a lot and organize the most precious ones in CDs. laugh I've lost those since. Now I delete everything as soon as I read 'em.

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» nakie08 on February 1st, 2014, 4:43am

Quote from BaeSooky
I used to archive a lot and organize the most precious ones in CDs. laugh I've lost those since. Now I delete everything as soon as I read 'em.

I used to do that too! Back when external drives aren't popular yet. Unfortunately they all end up corrupt since I'm not very careful with them. I think I over-used a few. Or it could be the heat here. I dunno. Now I keep them in a 1TB external hard drive.

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» deadphoenix on February 1st, 2014, 6:50am

Quote from nakie08
I used to do that too! Back when external drives aren't popular yet. Unfortunately they all end up corrupt since I'm not very careful with them. I think I over-used a few. Or it could be the heat here. I dunno. Now I keep them in a 1TB external hard drive.



If you want to store manga, it is recommend to purchase the volumes. Paper versions, you can have them for live. While digital media has a limited life time, depending on the quality of the medium.
It is always recommend to have back-ups (don't put them on the same medium).

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» NaweG on February 3rd, 2014, 6:40am

Quote from chomio
If you want to store manga, it is recommend to purchase the volumes. Paper versions, you can have them for live. While digital media has a limited life time, depending on the quality of the medium.


Water damage, insect damage, young kids damage. Granted my kids have grown old enough the last is much less likely. Still remember the feels when I got the YKK series and it was obvious they'd been stored in a warehouse that was too humid.

Yes, digital has it's issues. But paper is not really a solution either. Suppose the ideal would be to buy the volumes, and then laminate each page...

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» strixflash on February 1st, 2014, 3:46am

I read and delete. There are few favorites which I don't delete... so only a few.

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» deadphoenix on February 1st, 2014, 3:53am

Only the good ones are stored, for reading them again later. The bad ones are deleted directly (why wasting disc-space?). Sometimes, I forget to delete the good ones after I bought them (it weird to have a scan while having the paper version.)
laugh

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» RoxFlowz on February 1st, 2014, 4:30am

Read mostly online, but I save the few ones I really like. (For when I can't access the internet and who knows what might happen in the future cry )

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» NaweG on February 1st, 2014, 5:28am

I keep them all, and in fact as I DL I have a script to rename the chapters so they sort properly (since few series end up in just one group for their entire history).

I avoid the disk problems by having two physically separate raid arrays - one upstairs and one downstairs - that I keep synced. Currently they are both USB3 external arrays with four 3TB disks in a RAID-0 striping for speed.

Granted that I need this as much for my own photos and video as for my Anime and Manga :-)

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» auriga on February 1st, 2014, 5:47am

I think there should be a neutral choice between the first two. I archive everything that I read, but once I finish I decide whether I keep them or not. Most of the time I do decide to keep them, but that is neither "a few" nor "everything." Just nitpicking, lol. bigrazz

Stuff from my favorite authors/artists are auto-archived, though; even the bad ones.

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» deadphoenix on February 1st, 2014, 6:46am

Quote from auriga
I think there should be a neutral choice between the first two. I archive everything that I read, but once I finish I decide whether I keep them or not. Most of the time I do decide to keep them, but that is neither "a few" nor "everything." Just nitpicking, lol. bigrazz

Stuff from my ...


Auto archiving looks handy. I'm doing it manually no This really is a pain, certainly as some groups don't use an user friendly distribution. Hide and seek to find are annoying, but even worse here is the chapter but defeat our advertise army first to get it. none

Good luck this a minority of the groups.
I'm still thankful that they do it for us.

I only hope some groups would pick up the abandoned masterpieces, in place of doing double work. bigrazz

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» TKS on February 1st, 2014, 6:19am

I prefer to read online. If I have to download, I delete it immediately after reading.

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» blakraven66 on February 1st, 2014, 7:42am

I did. Until I lost my entire archive last week.

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» gwkimmy on February 1st, 2014, 9:42am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

my condolences ;_;

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» gwkimmy on February 1st, 2014, 9:47am

i like to archive my favorite mangas and ones i re-read on a regular basis. though most of the time i just archive everything and later go back and delete ones i don't really care about. helps when we have power outages sometimes and im at a loss of what to do dead

lately though my system is to only dl and archive new releases as they come out. if im picking up an entire new series that's already completed/has some chapters out, i'll read everything online first. if anything new comes out for those titles, then i'll dl and archive.

on rare occasion i'll have to dl an entire series if the quality online is freaking terrible and it's not available on batoto.net

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» dalek on February 1st, 2014, 11:22am

I used to read and delete or only read online, but then my computer doesn't have internet anymore, so I decided to download a lot of mangas I love re-re-re-reading and keep it. Only a few, tho, because I don't have enough space... So I only keep my favorites, the ones I like to re-read even if they are a little bad and some that are really hard to find again to download.

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» ZinnKid on February 1st, 2014, 11:43am

I archive only. This is getting increasingly difficult as unless I got it when it was released, finding the files may be impossible. I look the for the original file released by the scanlator and avoid "repacks" (modified zip/rar, converted to another archive format, or unofficial volume collection). For older and dead groups the file host links are always gone and the irc is empty. My best hope is torrents or indexed ftp/http shares.

Hard-drive space is not an issue. You can get a 3TB external for as low as $100 today. I'd recommend an internal though, as all the external ones I've used spins down the disk and rests the head every 5 minutes of inactivity only to spin right back up when I read from it. This causes increase wear on the drive making them prone to failure.

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» TundraDweller on February 1st, 2014, 11:53am

I read online, very rarely do I download. But I download and save a handful of my favorite series. I consider them my precious little collection.

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» sisa on February 1st, 2014, 1:38pm

I used to archive everything and file them by scanlator. But my laptop died on me and I didn't have a back up for all of it. Now I archive only my favorites and long series manga, others i just read online.

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» lynira on February 1st, 2014, 2:15pm

No, I've never archived scanlations. Back when I read a lot and didn't know any Japanese (several years ago), I would either download and then delete (if I liked it, especially enough to re-read, I bought the physical volumes from Japan, so I didn't need an archive) or read online.

Nowadays I don't read much, and try to read raws only for studying purposes (I have been slacking lately, though), which I download then delete after I finish (I just keep the vocab lists I made from them). Because again, if I like it, I want to own a physical copy rather than digital and, in the process, to give the mangaka some money for a job well done (and if I didn't like it, I don't even want the digital copy).

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» tsuto on February 1st, 2014, 4:35pm

Well, I don't really archive, I just let it pile on my hard disk. Used to though, some years ago, when I didn't have my own internet connection (well, now sharing one, but well, I can use it whenever I want). Reading archived stuff is fun.

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» Sapphiresky on February 1st, 2014, 10:33pm

I archive and meticulously organize. I started before online readers and old habits die hard. I don't care for waiting for pages to load anyway.

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» tactics on February 2nd, 2014, 7:52am

I only archive a few series that are still ongoing. I used to download an entire series so I could read it at my leisure without having to deal with online readers a few times, but I don't download much manga anymore.

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» Nirhtuc on February 2nd, 2014, 7:37pm

Great poll this week! eyes I archive everything (in a rather disorganised way)- I have a 'favourites' list and I archive everything else according to sub-genres... and then I delete the duds if I come across them again.

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» mysstris on February 2nd, 2014, 9:46pm

Only my favorites or ones that I like to reread when I'm bored. I don't bother with mediocre stories. It's usually completed mangas that I have downloaded and archived. Anything ongoing, I wait until it's completed unless it's dropped and a really awesome storyline.

After awhile, I end up buying the english published series if I really like it and deem it worthy enough for me to spend on (buy them by the set nearly new used copies from ebay sellers)

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» Cherelle Ashlee on February 3rd, 2014, 7:54am

I don't, but now I'm definitely contemplating on doing so because for the last two weeks and a half my internet was off and I was left only with memories and boredom. T_T

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» NibbPower on February 3rd, 2014, 9:56am

I only archive only a few there's no reason why. Because honestly, I don't even know why, so I can't respond to it.I thought I knew why, but it's not the same when I archive other scans.

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» 狂気 on February 3rd, 2014, 2:13pm

Apparently, I'm the 1%.

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» mysstris on February 4th, 2014, 9:55pm

so you buy everything digital/paper copies? you don't read scanlations at all?

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» 狂気 on February 8th, 2014, 10:43am

Quote from mysstris
so you buy everything digital/paper copies? you don't read scanlations at all?

No and no. I do read paper copies but rarely buy them myself. Whether paper or digital I read them in Japanese.

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» mysstris on February 8th, 2014, 11:59am

Ok. that makes sense. I was thinking you either read raws or you buy everything.

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» GhostWriter on February 4th, 2014, 4:44pm

I archive... pretty much everything I read. My hard drives haven't died on me yet, so I guess I'll just continue (I hope this post doesn't raise a death flag).

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» DragonAndLance on February 4th, 2014, 5:58pm

I used to have over 100-200 series on my computer but after I got a job, I started to buy it in real life. I figured its much better to own the paperback, so I got rid of all my archives.

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» Antaliss on February 5th, 2014, 1:53am

I archive only my favorites cause, let's face it, all those online readers are hosting tons of pirated contents. You never know when they'll be taken down and their admin sent to jail. On the other hand there is so much content nowadays I rarely ever look at what I stored again.

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» Karuna on February 6th, 2014, 2:54pm

I archive the ones I know I'll want to read again, I turn them into a pfd and save them my tablet.

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» mysstris on February 6th, 2014, 5:34pm

how do you do that? do you use adobe acrobat or do you use another program?

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» MewMan on February 7th, 2014, 12:48pm

I archive everything I read. I used to do so with anime too, but they take up too much space.

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» Knightzomegaz on February 8th, 2014, 9:22am

Download>>Read>>Delete

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