Well, I have nothing much to say except that I have lost the will to translate the Kagami's series. Originally, I wanted to zip through the rest of Itsuten's volumes by the end of the year, but I've given up and will be retiring with immediate effect.
I remembered briefly that about a year ago, I've talked about how to generate discussion content and a somewhat symbiotic relationship between having a place to discuss and having things to discuss. With other outreach methods like facebook, this has become more viable. But I'm not going to dig up my posts or rewrite some ideas and go into that anymore. Moreover, if one bothers to examine all the current existing standalone
subforums carefully, the point about having enough threads and discussion content becomes moot. If you count the total number of posts of a few of the standalone subforums in its entirety (all the posts of the different threads in the entire subforum), they number less than the total number of posts of some of the single project threads in the aux brigade! And I believe many of these single threads in the aux brigade could have splitable content, but everyone just lump everything into the 'single' thread, because all the project threads exist in one subforum so it becomes messy to split them up, or no one is willing to start a new thread because they are conservative and don't want to go outside the 'norm' behavior, or just for convenience sake. In short, 'content justifying subforum existence' point does not stand well. Content can be automatically 'encouraged' in an implicit manner if the organization of the forums encourage it. This may not be always true but it will be for certain more popular series, so it can be a 'hit or miss' thing. But overall, at this point in time, I feel that it is the organization of the forums that's limiting the quantity and type of content, or encouraging to place 'all talk into one thread', and if this in turns lead to 'not having enough content' to justify subforums, it becomes a vicious cycle. Of course, I'm just stating my belief from my observations and my primitive knowledge on psychology and human behavior, and in no way asserting that this is as true as the law of gravity.
Anyway, I've always held this belief since a long time ago so this is not really the main point that's bothering me and demoralizing me or it would have been so a long time ago. The main point that's bothering me is having DYD grouped together with DxD. They may seem similar in abbreviation, but they are way too different (no offense, Code-Zero
). Btw, Code-Zero, your suggestion makes a lot of sense, but unfortunately no one is working on H-dekinai series. Also, you seem to understand my series so I'm grateful. The fact that this subforum carries the name "Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu" rather than "Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu Series" and the fact the 'legend of the legendary heroes' thread was not moved (until I just did) illustrates that there is a lack of understanding of the series, which resulted in a lack of understanding of the compatibility issues between DYD and DxD and the strong compatibility between DYD and Itsuten, which despite not being among the most popular series on BT, are both active and growing stronger bit by bit, little by little (a function that depends on my activity - I could bring them to greater heights if only I have more time). Since it was DYD who brought me here and it was I who brought DYD here as well, so as to speak, you can imagine my 'anguish' at seeing DYD grouped together with DxD (I'm sorry if this offends Code-Zero again). Thanks to stupid Zexcs and their shitty fan-service Itsuten adaptation, there are some trolls who are under the impression that Itsuten is like DxD but has a lousier storyline when it's nowhere like DxD and it actually has plenty of mind-f*** stuff happening later. Anyway, I'm getting out of point.
I never intended to rant or post anything (if not for Seitsuki forcing me to log in to answer his question on Mahouka). And it's because I've already spoken my mind pages back and on a number of occasions and I just don't want to bother repeating them again and again. Of course, I'm not blaming anyone. I know everyone has real-lives like me, but still, the forum has too many occupants and series and has become too unwieldy for only 2 administrators who login once in a blue moon to administer. A few of my messages on other project administration matters have either been missed, ignored or forgotten. But never mind, I'm not going to translate Kagami's series anymore. Not in the near future anyway.
Jeez, I never intended to write such a long post...... Just 1 last brief announcement (I'll make a proper one in future in a more suitable thread), even in my retirement, I have the urge to translate every now and then (but no more Kagami series for me, at least not in the near future), so I've started a translation blog using wordpress for "Otaria". As to why, I'll give the details later. But anyway, it can be said to be a 'leisure out of leisure' kind of thing. I'll be really taking my time with it and focusing on quality (in fact, I've already gotten a capable proofer/editor) and it will be the one and only leisure series I'm doing (slowly). It won't be opened till I'm back from Melbourne (which means late June or July). I intend to let BT link to it, and only allow copying-pasting 2 months after a chapter is up. I'll be enjoying working on it and customizing my site (hopefully). I won't be posting on BT forums much, though I don't mind helping to administer the wiki if my help is needed and if I'm allowed to continue to do so. So that's all for now.