The Suzumiya Haruhi translation project was started on November 11, 2005 by "Big Boss" thelastguardian, which he stated was his most "favourite" novel series. He loved it so much that he wanted to share with others, and by December 24, 2005 the first translated chapter was published, to a silent reception. Unfortunately, time and personal commitments forced his hands and he regretfully had to put that work aside.
Fast forward to April 15, 2006, KyoAni aired an anime based on the Suzumiya Haruhi novel series. Sensing a shift in the tide, the "Big Boss" moved his work to the still new wiki format and, in order to encourage new people to help him bring this series to the world, formed the Baka-Tsuki translation group.
Since then, we have continued work on the "Suzumiya Haruhi" series and have since expanded to other light novels.
Baka-Tsuki differs from your typical fan translation group in several important ways.
First, we are not a rigidly cohesive group. Rather, we are a collection of people who hold roughly similar interests. There is little in the way of control structure or specialized tasks, and we are very open to anyone who wishes to come and go - even to the point to allowing anonymous edits and contributions (within limits). To join the ranks of Baka-Tsuki one only needs to show up and contribute what they can.
Second, we deal exclusively in the "novels" genre, which is somewhat rare since most groups focus on anime and manga.
But recently we have started expand and provide hosting for Visual Novels.
But perhaps the most notable about Baka-Tsuki is, unlike other fan translation groups, we do not "release" anything. All of our translations exist on the Baka-Tsuki Wiki page, and are always open for discussion and revision. Each project is a living document that is never truly "finished" but merely complete.
The Baka-Tsuki project is also open to hosting translation projects started by other, established groups as well as abandoned projects. Pending approval by the "Big Boss," anyone with the desire and ambition can request to start a project of their own.
Due to these unique traits, Baka-Tsuki is viewed by its members to be a fan translation community rather than a group, and we welcome anyone who wants to join us.