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Many magazine scans have extraneous pieces of text over the actual manga content. What should the translator do?
Leave it untranslated. It's not important.
Translate everything on the page. Every. Single. Thing.
 
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Manga is basically the Japanese equivalent of what you might know as comic books. They have a very unique style which has developed over many years. We hope here you can learn to appreciate the art that is manga and become an avid manga fan!

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New Poll - Unrelated Magazine Text
This week has another poll suggested by 8-3. You know how in magazine scans there's usually text on the side that announces news items, new series, or just plain advertisements? Do you think those should be translated?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: A trademarked name is used in the text, but the author blanked it out or altered it. What should the translator do?
Choices:
Change it to a generic (i.e., chocolate snack) - votes: 242 (5.3%)
Change it to the actual name (i.e., Pocky) - votes: 712 (15.5%)
Leave it as the author wrote it (i.e., Poc*y) - votes: 3640 (79.2%)
There were 4594 total votes.
The poll ended: May 26th 2018

Pretty overwhelming results
Posted by lambchopsil on May 26th 7:07am Comments ( 5 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Trademarks in Manga
This slightly odd poll was suggested by 8-3. You know how real life brands are used in stories because it adds realism (or advertising dollars)? Sometimes the author alters the name so that they won't get sued for using it. In those instances, what should the translator do about it?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Opinion about manipulation techniques in manga (mind control, hypnosis, memory manipulation, puppetry, possession, drugs, etc)
Choices:
Come on, fight it! Don't let them control you!!! - votes: 745 (18.4%)
Love reading about it - votes: 638 (15.8%)
Mwahaha just one word and s/he'll betray them all - votes: 249 (6.2%)
Stupid and/or not realistic - votes: 460 (11.4%)
Just another tool in the toolbox - votes: 1577 (39%)
Very disturbing - votes: 376 (9.3%)
There were 4045 total votes.
The poll ended: May 19th 2018

Seems like most people are fine with having it as content in a series
Posted by lambchopsil on May 19th 7:17am Comments ( 8 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Manipulation
This fun little poll was suggested by jacob66. Do you enjoy reading about manipulation? Or does it make you queasy?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Most important quality of a scanlation
Choices:
Volume vs. magazine raws - votes: 98 (2.2%)
Regularity of releases - votes: 964 (21.3%)
Speed of release between raw and scanlation - votes: 321 (7.1%)
Accurate translation of the original language - votes: 1540 (34.1%)
Readability of the English - votes: 1070 (23.7%)
Redrawing of the images - votes: 37 (0.8%)
"Clean" images (lack of artifacts) - votes: 207 (4.6%)
Fonts - votes: 35 (0.8%)
Color (or grayscale) balance - votes: 23 (0.5%)
Image resolution - votes: 227 (5%)
There were 4522 total votes.
The poll ended: May 12th 2018

Even though accurate translation got the most votes, it's also the least likely quality that the average person would be able to evaluate

PS: Happy Mother's Day
Posted by lambchopsil on May 12th 4:38pm Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Scanlation Features
This week's poll was suggested by fruggle. Of the list of scanlation variables, which do you feel is the most important?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Opinion on ecchi
Choices:
Hate it with a passion - votes: 403 (6.1%)
Actively avoid it - votes: 1064 (16.1%)
Mostly ignore it - votes: 1407 (21.3%)
Love it! Only thing I read! - votes: 440 (6.7%)
I enjoy it, but it's not the best thing ever - votes: 2502 (37.9%)
No opinion really - votes: 777 (11.8%)
There were 6593 total votes.
The poll ended: May 5th 2018

Mixed bag. Necessary evil, perhaps?
Posted by lambchopsil on May 5th 7:52am Comments ( 41 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Ecchi
This week's poll was suggested almost 10 years ago by StarlightDreams. If you read manga, you should know what ecchi means, so I'm not even gonna put "what is ecchi?" as an option

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Opinion on deus ex machina in manga
Choices:
Love it - votes: 299 (6.6%)
Hate it - votes: 461 (10.2%)
It's okay... - votes: 447 (9.9%)
Only if it's funny - votes: 396 (8.7%)
Only if it's creative - votes: 1609 (35.5%)
What are you talking about? - votes: 1317 (29.1%)
There were 4529 total votes.
The poll ended: April 28th 2018

Stranded in the middle of nowhere surrounded by water or lava? Just summon that giant eagle to pick you up
Posted by lambchopsil on April 28th 7:24am Comments ( 28 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Deus ex machina
This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. I'm not super happy with the choices, but feel free to comment below. If you don't know what "deus ex machina" means, look it up. It essentially means solving a problem by using a plot device that came out of nowhere

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: A series you like has been on hiatus for at least half a year, and finally a new chapter has been released. You...
Choices:
Drop the series and not continue - votes: 66 (1.1%)
Start over from the beginning again - votes: 749 (12.8%)
Hold off on reading until a decent chunk is out - votes: 1431 (24.4%)
Reread the previous few chapters for a refresher - votes: 2151 (36.7%)
Read the new chapter right away - votes: 1471 (25.1%)
There were 5868 total votes.
The poll ended: April 21st 2018

I have to reread the previous chapters to get my bearings again. Or read a summary at the very least
Posted by lambchopsil on April 21st 7:50am Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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