I would like to go ahead and correct a misunderstanding you (and others in this thread, despite some people clarifying) seem to have. The "3 month rule" is a rule that applies specifically to Novel Pick-Up Requests. That's a subforum here where people can actively recommend novels that interest them to any interested translators that stop by, if you didn't know. For obvious reasons, we don't want a ton of threads there full of people ragging on any given translator and begging someone else to take over. That said, it does not apply to Novel Updates. Novel Updates has it's own criteria for judging what counts as fair competition between translators and what is blatant poaching. That criteria is incredibly loose and full of all kinds of exceptions -- it's intended only to excuse us from linking to the most malicious of poaching. That's all. In the situation you described, the new translation would absolutely be linked to, no questions asked. Novel Updates does not get involved in competition between translators. Of course, that doesn't mean the staff doesn't have personal opinions -- we read, hang out, and argue around here just the same as anyone else. Our personal opinions, however, do not change Novel Update's neutrality. I'm not sure what exactly happened with whatever incident you're referring to there, but I can guarantee that, regardless of that mod's opinion, the translation would have appeared on Novel Updates. No change in policy necessary.