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    Question for all scanlators

    I currently translate for Dark Towers but my friend and I are having problems with fans for a certain series.
    We recently dropped a series due to licensing but the reaction of the fans were kind of unexpected for us. We had emails sent to us calling us pathetic for dropping a series due to licensing and we are constantly blamed for their country not selling the series. People keep posting on our shoutbox to continue and don't seem to get our reasoning for dropping a series.
    So, we were wondering if any of the other Scanlation sites are having the same kinds of problems, and if you are, how do you deal with this?

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    i don't really know your sitation neither what series you're talikng about but i know that if you're doing a work for free is up to you to decide if stop it or continue, so they can't blame you if you decided to stop they have to respect yuor decision.
    if you continue to answer to them they'll continue to complain, the only thing to do in my opinion is to ignore them if they keep annoying you

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    You make a statement. You start banning and ignoring them. In fact, remove all forms of contact that allows them to harass you.

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    Quote Originally Posted by dosetsu View Post
    You make a statement. You start banning and ignoring them. In fact, remove all forms of contact that allows them to harass you.
    Unfortunately, out site doesn't have a forum or anything so we can't really ban. The only way they can contact us is through the shoutbox and our email and we kind of need both to solve other problems

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    you could try to write clearly on your home page "we are not doing X series for X reason and we don't have any intention to start doing it again, please understand our reasons" or something similar...

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    Your fans are probably a little spoiled by all of the groups that translate manga whenever they get picked up.

    However, you do this work for your fans, and unless you've actually been paid for it, the only people you guys are obligated to do it for is yourselves.

    In the end, you did the right thing. If your fans can't accept that, well. That's their own issue, then. They'll eventually stop begging.

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    The vast majority of readers would understand that you have a legitimate reason for dropping the series. The fact that you have a large minority of whiners just means you must be popular. Take it as a compliment and move on

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    Thank you everyone for your replies, it's nice to know we didn't do something completely wrong.
    But it seems like none of you really had the same type of situation... maybe it was the vast number of fangirl readers that did it :|

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    My group's working on Bleach and it's licensed. But it's not like we're going to stop anytime soon.

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    Quote Originally Posted by [Ju-Ni]Vicissitude View Post
    My group's working on Bleach and it's licensed. But it's not like we're going to stop anytime soon.
    ya, well that's because it's Bleach. Viz will probably take time to catch up and it's super major, I don't know how many groups are translating it so I don't think it really matters. The series we were doing was kind of minor.

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    An easy way to shut the fans up would've been to ask them to put their money where their mouths were. Next time put up a donate button and tell them you'll continue the series if you get $200 in within a month. There, you never said you wouldn't do it, did you? And if they do pay up, hey, free $200!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuronekoX View Post
    I currently translate for Dark Towers but my friend and I are having problems with fans for a certain series.
    We recently dropped a series due to licensing but the reaction of the fans were kind of unexpected for us. We had emails sent to us calling us pathetic for dropping a series due to licensing and we are constantly blamed for their country not selling the series. People keep posting on our shoutbox to continue and don't seem to get our reasoning for dropping a series.
    So, we were wondering if any of the other Scanlation sites are having the same kinds of problems, and if you are, how do you deal with this?
    Just noticed this was an older post. Things must have calmed down some since March? Seems like I went a made a long post for nothing.

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    Re: Question for all scanlators

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Just noticed this was an older post. Things must have calmed down some since March? Seems like I went a made a long post for nothing.

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    It is a rather old post but it could happen again so it's nice to be able to hear your opinion and advice on it. I didn't get as many replies as I had imagined back when I actually posted so it's a nice surprise
    Though there are things we tried on our site that you mentioned there are things we didn't try, so I think next time, if this ever happens again I'll make sure to try your instructions and see how things go.
    So, thanks for taking your time to post

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