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Other than synopsis, summary, or plot, what is the main factor that determines which new series to read?
The cover (or first page)
Art and character design
Mangaka (author and artist)
General popularity
Genres and categories
Ratings, reviews, or recommendations from others
Whether the series is complete or not
The scanlation group
I come to MU and see a new series on the release page, so I decide to try it
I just read random series
 
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New Poll - Choosing a Series
(21 posts, 310 views) Posted: 2d 21h, 21m ago by cmertb in News
It's primarily about ratings, reviews, and recs for me, within the demographics I'm interested in. I might be overlooking some hidden gems this way, but at least I'm protected from disappointing garbage that would waste my time. ...
New Poll - Donating to Scanlators
(8 posts, 234 views) Posted: 6d 19h, 34m ago by cmertb in News
I think you got to the crux of the issue here. Much of the disagreement on this topic comes from the fact that certain scanlators use the word "donation" when they really mean "commission", and then this confusion spreads to pollute any di ...
New Poll - Scanlators Asking for Donations
(28 posts, 682 views) Posted: 10d 20h, 20m ago by cmertb in News
It doesn't matter who does the hiring, once "hiring" is involved, it's not scanlation as we know it anymore. Come up with a different name.

Also, it's not the action of translation that would be copyright infringement, but distributing it afte ...
New Poll - Scanlators Asking for Donations
(28 posts, 682 views) Posted: 11d 16h, 9m ago by cmertb in News
The general understanding of "scanlation" has always been "for fans by fans". If you want to hire someone who doesn't care to do the work, don't call it scanlation, call it something else -- for example, "piracy" or ...
New Poll - Scanlators Asking for Donations
(28 posts, 682 views) Posted: 12d 16h, 3m ago by cmertb in News
The question is about scanlators though, not about leechers.

What's the point of asking me whether I would pay for a scanlation? (I wouldn't, I can read it as is.) The relevant question here is whether I should charge for my translations that I already do a ...
New Poll - Scanlators Asking for Donations
(28 posts, 682 views) Posted: 13d 16h, 28m ago by cmertb in News
Quote from alidan
translators are expensive to hire and they work for essentially free

Are you sure you're not contradicting yourself within the same sentence? ...
New Poll - Donating for Scanlations
(26 posts, 812 views) Posted: 19d 15h, 29m ago by cmertb in News
These groups that extort "donations" have completely twisted the relationship between leechers and scanlators. In one of my groups, leechers actually keep asking us to accept donations just so we scanlate faster. I'm tired of explaining to them ...
New Poll - Scanlating Licensed Series
(33 posts, 1370 views) Posted: 47d 20h, 7m ago by cmertb in News
1000 shounen and seinen titles officially published in English is a very solid assumption based on my extrapolation of a list of published manga on wiki and increasing the value I got for added safety margin -- naturally, the lower the total number, the lower my confiden ...
New Poll - Scanlating Licensed Series
(33 posts, 1370 views) Posted: 50d 19h, 50m ago by cmertb in News
Okay, I should clarify that my sample is representative of shounen and seinen demographic. And it is representative because it's pretty random, and sufficient in size to give me an over 80% confidence level with the assumption of total population in the specif ...
New Poll - Scanlating Licensed Series
(33 posts, 1370 views) Posted: 51d 12h, 28m ago by cmertb in News
Why do you think you understand the manga market better than the publishers who work in it? The claim that the mangaka and his intermediaries will somehow benefit from wider exposure lacks any kind of evidence to back it up, while the publishers who are suppo ...
New Poll - Scanlating Licensed Series
(33 posts, 1370 views) Posted: 51d 20h, 18m ago by cmertb in News
I don't really see how giving out for free something a creator is trying to make a living off can be good for them, but whatever.

I'm more curious about these crap official translations. How do you even know they're crap? I don't actually r ...
New Poll - Scanlating Licensed Series
(33 posts, 1370 views) Posted: 52d 9h, 53m ago by cmertb in News
I chose "Never", which is what I try to practice with my own projects.

If it's licensed in English, don't scanlate it in English. Scanlate it in whatever other language where it's not available legally. ...
Typesetting questions
(2 posts, 156 views) Posted: 54d 19h, 22m ago by cmertb in Manga General
I'm not a typesetter, but I've been in scanlation for a while, so here some things I've picked up:

1. GIMP is frowned upon by most groups because it apparently rasterizes the text as soon as you type it in, which makes it difficult to change its size po ...
New Poll - Long Series
(16 posts, 976 views) Posted: 92d 20h, 54m ago by cmertb in News
Strange question. For a bad manga, one volume is too log. For a good manga, whatever amount of time it takes to keep it good.

I suspect the actual question the poll's author was trying to get at was how long you feel it takes for a manga to inevitably go bad ...
The Industry - Lifestyle and Wages
(2 posts, 296 views) Posted: 99d 10h, 17m ago by cmertb in Manga General
http://heikinnenshu.jp/creative/anime.html

All numbers in 10,000s yen. Multiply and convert them yourself.

In 2014, avg annual income was 332. 35% were in the 150-300 range, 10% were 350-400, over half were under 400.

By type of job: finishing (coloring I think?) 194. ...
Brother's Girlfriend
(3 posts, 559 views) Posted: 115d 5h, 36m ago by cmertb in Manga General
Quote from pyrolobus
Even though this is a wordplay, "ani" on "anime/animation" often misspelled by japanese as [ani] not [eni] as in english. And [ani] has similar pronounciation with "ani" from "aniki" which has me ...
New Poll - Money
(9 posts, 849 views) Posted: 129d 22h, 45m ago by cmertb in News
Well, I chose coinage because the idea of a chest full of gold coins sitting somewhere in my vault seems aesthetically appealing.

But in reality, this is another unfortunate poll that doesn't present the options clearly or correctly. The form of money that is most ...
New Poll - April Fools' Scanlator Jokes
(12 posts, 1395 views) Posted: 171d 20h, 58m ago by cmertb in News
Most people simply don't have sufficient intelligence and/or sense of humor to come up with any good jokes. So when there's a day in a year where they feel compelled to make jokes, the result is only cringe worthy. ...
New Poll - Chinese Names in Japanese Manga
(20 posts, 2151 views) Posted: 222d 20h, 8m ago by cmertb in News
Quote from 狂気
This is exactly why I called the poll absurd. Except... that would actually be "Maikeru".

Maybe you want to say that the first option of the poll is absurd? The poll itself brings up a very interesting issue and it's definitely ...
New Poll - Chinese Names in Japanese Manga
(20 posts, 2151 views) Posted: 226d 10h, 25m ago by cmertb in News
Quote from Lucumo
The English spelling is listed on the Japanese Wikipedia page, so why would he need to check a different one?

Because "Praha" is one the first line, and "Prague" is a few lines down. Checking the English page is SOP fo ...
New Poll - Chinese Names in Japanese Manga
(20 posts, 2151 views) Posted: 227d 10h, 7m ago by cmertb in News
Quote from Lucumo
Praha = Prague. In what way is it ignorant of the translator not to change it?

First of all, it's not the only mistake in that line.

And the ignorance can be deduced from the fact that the tler hadn't heard of Prague (or of Antonín ...
New Poll - Chinese Names in Japanese Manga
(20 posts, 2151 views) Posted: 227d 16h, 32m ago by cmertb in News
This is an excellent question.

My answer is that, with a few exceptions, Chinese (or any other) names need to be translated to the proper spelling of the target language. It's very common for personal and geographic names of a neighboring country to start t ...
New Poll - Lunar New Year
(15 posts, 1668 views) Posted: 234d 17h, 22m ago by cmertb in News
Is this like "Are you Chinese?" worded in a different way? ...
New Poll - Live Action Adaptations
(17 posts, 2054 views) Posted: 239d 19h, 11m ago by cmertb in News
It actually helps a lot when you don't know the source material. Otherwise, you sit there noting every single deviation from the story and grumbling that "in the manga this was explained better".

Of the live actions I watched recently, I quite enjoyed ...
New Poll - Dere
(55 posts, 4732 views) Posted: 271d 17h, 37m ago by cmertb in News
I wanted to see ヘルノーデレ in the options. ...

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