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New Poll - Batoto Closing
This week's poll is in honor of the news that Batoto will be closing soon.

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Series is complete but only partially scanlated. No one is translating it anymore (i.e. dropped project)
Choices:
I'd still read it - votes: 3113 (60.4%)
Nope, skip it - votes: 2040 (39.6%)
There were 5153 total votes.
The poll ended: January 13th 2018

Hopefully someone else will pick up the series
Posted by lambchopsil on January 13th 9:38am Comments ( 19 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» residentgrigo on January 13th, 2018, 3:30am

Just a little but for like a month and on a barely perceivable level. Till the groups stationed there go somewhere else, they always do.

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» calstine on January 13th, 2018, 3:46am

Second option for me, not because I read a lot of manga there (I don't read online at all if I can help it), but because there were several anonymous groups based on Batoto who were scanlating series I read, and I have no idea where they'll go now.

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» Trimutius on January 13th, 2018, 5:13am

It is not too bad, i know original websites of most scanlators i like, and i don't mind reading/downloading from there... Batoto was my second choice though...

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» Senrosj on January 13th, 2018, 5:20am

It will kind of affect my manga habits, as Batoto is the one where the anonymous updates are usually posted first. But more than anything, I'm just sad. Batoto was one of my first manga sites, if not the first one. I remember reading ToG, Kubera and Magician on Batoto, back when those were still being translated by fans (around 2012-2013 I guess.) Even though I don't use Batoto that much, I'll still miss it.

Thank you for everything, Grumpy from Batoto.

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» vigorousjammer on January 13th, 2018, 9:37am

Just a little.
I don't typically read manga online, I like the two-page layout I can get from an offline reader better. Batoto was really convenient, though, and the quality of images was top-notch, with most chapters using the group's original png files, without any annoying jpeg re-compression.
It was also a great place for discussion, with so many people posting on there... but I'm sure those users will go elsewhere for chapter discussion now. Perhaps Kissmanga? Perhaps a new reader site?

Batoto was a high quality reader site, and really set a high bar for other sites to follow. Things will change now, but I think the demand from users for a high quality site is still there, and other sites, now more than ever, will try to follow in Batoto's footsteps. I'm sure another site will pop up within a few weeks, or a couple months, and things will be mostly back to normal.

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» F_J on January 13th, 2018, 3:18pm

Huge problems for me. Batoto was my go to for a collective range of manga. I really liked that there was a site where everything was organized. I only had a few websites of groups who didn't allow uploads.. I'm going to have to change the way I read manga... 3:

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» im_uni on January 13th, 2018, 6:13pm

Usually I don't trust on-line sources, precisely for this reason - because they can close down. I don't want my reading to depend on someone else this much, and also to depend on my access to internet. AND manga-pages look much better and more easily understandable for me when I can see a page in its entirety, and don't need to scroll. It's really hard for me to read on-line.
For those reasons I download almost everything I read, and you can't easily download from batoto, so... no, this won't affect me at all.

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» FormX on January 15th, 2018, 12:15am

Quote from im_uni
Usually I don't trust on-line sources, precisely for this reason - because they can close down.


Exactly. Has it been several years already since a notable online reader like Batoto closed down? After several online readers closed down prior to the existence of Batoto I switched to following on MU.

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» dreamaway on January 13th, 2018, 8:41pm

Nothing changes.I go straight to the groups for my fix anyway. The few series that was done by small groups that go straight to batoto and won't migrate will eventually be picked up by someone else if they're popular enough. If not, well, waiting patiently for releases isn't new to me anyway and there's more content that I'll want to read in the meantime.

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» Mikashi on January 13th, 2018, 10:35pm

Just a little.
I prefer to go to a group's online reader (especially since I technically didn't have an account on batoto and couldn't read the older chapters anyway.)
For the groups that solely relied on batoto, here's hoping they get an online reader of their own.
If not, dang-it, but I'll survive.

I can't read/speak any languages other than English (all the Spanish I learned left my brain otl), but I did like the multiple language feature that batoto had, since I haven't seen another site have that option.

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» alidan on January 13th, 2018, 10:50pm

considering I would rather not read a manga than read it online, nothing changes for me, I still have my sources for direct downloads and if that fails directly from the scanlators.

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» Damnedman on January 14th, 2018, 12:06am

I'm f*cked. I read on multiple devices and am following hundreds of series, so I use batoto to track where I am. With it gone, I'm going to have a hell of a time tracking down everything on my list.

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» gohan11 on January 14th, 2018, 1:17am

One of the things I'm really going to miss is discovering new series easily through them.

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» RoxFlowz on January 14th, 2018, 1:58am

We'll have to see what scanlators who exclusively uploaded on batoto are going to do now. It's really too bad. Finding out what's currently popular or things like the comment section for every manga were pretty cool.

What's really a shame though is that now the only aggregator site that gave a shit about scanlators and didn't flood the net with bots is gone. New readers will all be going to MF or whatever none

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» MinatoAce on January 14th, 2018, 4:19am

Chose Nope, nothing changes for me.
I stay almost unaffected, as the bare minimum ripples it created for me are totally ignorable.
I had an account there, on batoto forum. Which saw close to no action in the recent years. (not like I was really active previously anyway.)
I created it, as a fan of Tower of God's translation by The Company, which they stopped doing after Naver launched LINE Webtoon and started translating it officially in English and few other languages. If you didn't know prior to this, it is Grumpy and other The Company stuffs created batoto.
Lately I have been using batoto forum to follow TOG spoiler thread only, which one can do without signing up anyway (like I did). Now It's closing down, I still got Reddit, FB, Discord. I'm fairly active there.
That's my POV on the subject.

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» Suxinn on January 14th, 2018, 10:57am

Yes, but not too badly. Since MU stopped showing website URLs, I've been using Batoto as my primary go-to for updates and MU as a supplement. Looks like I'll have to switch back to primarily MU and downloading again, but that's a manageable adjustment. (Also gives me incentive to drop a lot more manga that I'm "meh" about instead of stubbornly trying to read them to completion.)

Hopefully, another reader that respects scanlators' wishes will spring up in Batoto's place soon, but as long as MU is around, nothing will ever really affect my manga reading habits too badly.

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» Shibiusa on January 16th, 2018, 9:28am

Just a little, I guess. There are some scanlators that don't have their own online readers and use only Batoto to post new chapters. Those will have to find a new solution for them (I really hope they do) and they are pretty much the only ones that will affect me. Other than that, since I prefer to use the scanlator's online reader (well, if I have to give clicks to someone, I would like for them to benefit the scanlator instead of some random website), I guess it won't be much of a change.

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» Amplify1 on January 17th, 2018, 5:50am

I'm basically screwed, fully dependent on Batoto and furiously transferring over my list of series to here so I don't lose anything, but this may see me reading 90% less manga than I used to do and I may only bother actively keeping up with my top 10 or even top 5 in the future. I've gotten too complacent and kind of treated Batoto as if it would be around forever.

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» Here_And_Now on January 18th, 2018, 8:14pm

It's definitely going to be a bit of a problem for me now. When MU stopped keeping links to most scanlaters' sites Batoto became my main way of easily accessing manga and supporting scanners without having to go on a Google search-and-find every time I wanted to read the latest release. IRCs, Discord, and the like confuse the mess out of me. Every time I try to figure out how to use them, or access the manga I want to read, I usually end up frustrated, confused, and ultimately give up. For me, Batoto was a great way to check out new manga and still support the scanlaters without having to commit to a download for a series I may not even like. Now, I guess I'll have to go back to less community friendly sites to find out if I like a series and then start downloading new releases from the scanner sites after I decide to stick with it.

I'll miss Batoto. I started using it early on (I officially joined on November 29th, 2011 and had been lurking well before then) and I've always been a fan of their transparency and community support. I'm thankful for the many years the site was available and the many manga, mangaka, and scanlaters I discovered because of it. Hopefully a new community friendly site will arise before too long.

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