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New Poll - Buying Physical Manga
ForeignerChan suggested that we dive deeper into the question about physical manga. So where do you get yours?

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: You prefer digital or physical for reading manga, manhwa, manhua?
Choices:
Physical (i.e., paper) - votes: 848 (30.9%)
Digital - votes: 1900 (69.2%)
There were 2747 total votes.
The poll ended: July 22nd, 2023 2:35pm PDT

I wonder if this poll would be different if we were talking about novels with physical books vs eBooks
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 22nd 2:41pm
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We're 19!
In the past 19 years, the Internet has changed. Creating a website is more accessible, but most people don't do it. It's much easier to stay close to one of the major platforms where the people are. It seems everyone recently discovered that websites can't exist on ad revenue alone and that tech workers cost a lot of money. Will this continue to centralize content and reduce diversity?

Content itself has changed as well. In order to attract people, we've reverted to emotional tactics. Everyone is stuck in personalization echo chambers. Deceptive headlines grab people's attention and most article text is about instilling a reaction. This has filtered down into how we react with each other in comments as well. It's more common to find personal expressions of rage rather than interesting contributions to topics. You also can't trust if a comment thread reflects the actual sentiment of the population due to the fact that most of the comments might be fake due to bots. We need to gauge ourselves continuously against the unfiltered and unpersonalized sentiment of the world in order to make effective personal decisions, and it is becoming much more difficult to find a reliable source for that information. Where will this information come from in the next 19 years?

At the same time though, new AI technologies like stable diffusion (like midjourney) and large language models (like ChatGPT) have made it much easier for more people to express themselves. I feel like most of our problems come from people's inability to communicate effectively with each other and simultaneously understand whether they are being influenced, and these tools show a lot of promise at changing that. We are at the cusp of having oracle machines and automated assistants. These personal companions, kind of like a fiduciary, will care about us at our most vulnerable and malleable stages in life and help us navigate the world without the threat of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous grifters and malicious actors. To have someone (or something) deeply care about each of our circumstances will be game changing for mental health and personal empowerment. That is a future I want to subscribe to. 👍

Thank you everyone for your continued patronage. The world has changed significantly in that time and websites have come and gone. I'm happy that we have been able to last this long. I hope to see you all in another year!
Posted by Manick on 
July 20th 6:57am
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New Poll - Physical vs. Digital
We haven't done this specific topic in many years, but AUOdere suggested we do it again. Since then, there's been a huge uptick in manhwa and manhua, which usually is only in digital. What's your preference?

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: I would choose to be the
Choices:
Hero - votes: 1536 (50.1%)
Villain - votes: 1527 (49.9%)
There were 3063 total votes.
The poll ended: July 15th, 2023 11:47am PDT

This is probably our closest poll ever
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 15th 11:54am
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New Poll - Hero vs Villain
This week's poll was suggested by Midlife_otaku. Isn't it just a matter of perspective whether you're the hero or the villain?

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: If you could somehow go back in time and repeat your life (or try to change it), which point in time would you choose?
Choices:
Newborn - votes: 343 (11.1%)
Infant / toddler - votes: 456 (14.7%)
Elementary school age - votes: 1072 (34.6%)
Adolescent / teenage - votes: 845 (27.2%)
College age - votes: 270 (8.7%)
Young adult - votes: 82 (2.6%)
Mid-age - votes: 13 (0.4%)
Elderly or more - votes: 20 (0.6%)
There were 3101 total votes.
The poll ended: July 8th, 2023 10:52am PDT

Maybe we wish we treated other kids better when we were younger
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 8th 10:57am
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New Poll - Reliving the Past
This week's poll was suggested by our member mallika23. It's the classic time travel question about your own life.

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What is your favorite pre-2006 planet (except Earth)?
Choices:
Mercury - votes: 75 (3.3%)
Venus - votes: 177 (7.7%)
Mars - votes: 306 (13.3%)
Jupiter - votes: 299 (13%)
Saturn - votes: 491 (21.4%)
Uranus - votes: 199 (8.7%)
Neptune - votes: 228 (9.9%)
Pluto - votes: 520 (22.7%)
There were 2295 total votes.
The poll ended: July 1st, 2023 11:12am PDT

To the person who wondered why I didn't include other dwarf planets: Because I never considered those planets in my lifetime. Too bad
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 1st 11:27am
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New Poll - Planets
This week's poll was suggested by Afiaki. I'm surprised this was never suggested before. For the purposes of this, Pluto is included, even though it's not considered a planet anymore.

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What sector / industry creates the best or most memorable advertisements?
Choices:
Medical - votes: 31 (1.9%)
Automotive - votes: 118 (7.4%)
Food - votes: 595 (37.1%)
Military - votes: 44 (2.7%)
Government - votes: 19 (1.2%)
Entertainment - votes: 285 (17.8%)
Charity - votes: 19 (1.2%)
Scam - votes: 292 (18.2%)
Personal Health - votes: 30 (1.9%)
Insurance - votes: 142 (8.9%)
House / Garden - votes: 27 (1.7%)
There were 1602 total votes.
The poll ended: June 24th, 2023 10:49pm PDT

I remember seeing behind-the-scenes of how food commercials are made, and it was fascinating!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 24th 10:52pm
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New Poll - Ads
This week's poll was suggested by LazyReviewer. What's the best ad or commercial that you've seen?

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: An older manga set in modern times is being newly adapted into anime. What time period should the anime be set in?
Choices:
Same as the manga's original setting - votes: 2164 (83.7%)
Same as the anime's release year (i.e., flip phones in manga are now smartphones in anime) - votes: 420 (16.3%)
There were 2584 total votes.
The poll ended: June 17th, 2023 9:56am PDT

Keep it the way it was!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 17th 10:01am
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New Poll - Updating Time Period
This week's interesting poll was suggested by 8-3. I like their examples, so I'm just gonna quote them here:
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Hoshi no Samidare
The manga was released between 2005 and 2010, while the anime was released in 2022.
In the manga, people have flip-phones and even chunky CRT televisions, which is pretty normal for 2005.
In the anime adaptation, they have smartphones and flat-screen televisions.

Magic Kaito
This manga originally started in 1987. There is an anime adaptation that aired between 2014 and 2015.
Once again, consumer technology was updated to reflect what was considered the latest at the time.
However, they also updated the character profiles to reflect the newer time period. Many of the characters are high school students, so instead of being born in the 1970s, they were now born in the 1990s.


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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Where are you from?
Choices:
North Africa - votes: 133 (4.1%)
South Africa - votes: 27 (0.8%)
East Asia - votes: 75 (2.3%)
South Asia - votes: 115 (3.5%)
Southeast Asia - votes: 271 (8.4%)
Central America - votes: 28 (0.9%)
North America - votes: 999 (30.8%)
South America - votes: 333 (10.3%)
Eastern Europe - votes: 342 (10.5%)
Western Europe - votes: 709 (21.8%)
Middle East - votes: 102 (3.1%)
Oceania - votes: 111 (3.4%)
There were 3245 total votes.
The poll ended: June 10th, 2023 8:11am PDT

English speaking countries, no surprise there
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 10th 8:18am
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New Poll - Geography
This week's poll, suggested by Afiaki, is about where you're from. Last time we did something similar was about a decade ago.

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: When you see or hear "Conan," what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Choices:
Detective Conan (1994 manga still ongoing to this day) - votes: 1783 (53.7%)
Future Boy Conan (1978 anime) - votes: 52 (1.6%)
Conan the Barbarian (pulp fiction fantasy hero) - votes: 989 (29.8%)
Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) - votes: 125 (3.8%)
Conan O'Brien (American talk show host) - votes: 310 (9.3%)
Other - votes: 61 (1.8%)
There were 3320 total votes.
The poll ended: June 3rd, 2023 11:43am PDT

Case closed
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 3rd 11:57am
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New Poll - Conan
This week's fun little poll was suggested by 8-3. I wonder if his name is Conan...

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What is your most anticipated wish list item for Black Friday?
Choices:
Tech & electronics - votes: 574 (33.9%)
Non-tech hobby-related (e.g. crafts, books, exercise equipment, toys) - votes: 168 (9.9%)
Clothes & accessories - votes: 53 (3.1%)
Body care & cosmetics products - votes: 37 (2.2%)
Household goods & plants / gardening - votes: 26 (1.5%)
Something else - votes: 29 (1.7%)
I don't need anything - votes: 404 (23.9%)
I need things but Black Friday's not the best time to buy them - votes: 402 (23.7%)
There were 1693 total votes.
The poll ended: May 27th, 2023 6:30am PDT

Sorry, I should've had an option for whether Black Friday is even a thing in your country
Posted by lambchopsil on 
May 27th 6:32am
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