Question How do translators feel about readers begging for more chapters in comments?

Discussion in 'Translator's Corner' started by rainydayromantic, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. rainydayromantic

    rainydayromantic Active Member

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    Hi translators! Thank you for your hard work that the rest of us enjoy and appreciate!

    I often see comments left by readers (esp on corporate novel sites, less so on indie translator sites) that are begging for mass release or more frequent chapters - even when the translator is already releasing quite often!

    So my question is: how do you, as translators feel about these types of comments? Do you take these positively, negatively, or neutral? Do you find it pressuring or annoying? Do you find it encouraging that people want to read your translation so badly? Does it help you push harder and release more chapters?

    As a reader, I find these comments really annoying. They don't add anything to the discussion about the chapter and I'm assuming that it does little to encourage the translator to release more chapters. Worse, they might be irritating, pressuring, and off-putting. From my perspective, most translators have some sort of schedule they aspire to follow and donation functions to incentivize extra chapters. But I really don't know what it looks like from a translators perspective, so I'm asking here for some insight.
     
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  2. An Anime Addict

    An Anime Addict Half-Shota Half-Adult grrrr.......

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    Simple, for new translators if someone tells that they love your work and want more chapters, they find it flattering as they are basically being indirectly complimented but after some time it starts to feel annoying specially if the translator is not getting paid for translating the work. Though if they do have patreon then things can be solved quite easily for both sides.
     
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  3. DocB

    DocB [dok-bee] ENDING THEM RIGHTLY

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    Tl:dr put your money where you mouth is
     
  4. 911

    911 [Officer][Official Police][Tag me when needed]

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    Feel? Hmm...
    Oh, there's the patron path for ya.
    Next update is next week. Good luck

    Hehe
     
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  5. Harry

    Harry You don't see me

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    I have a hunch if the translator say "it really encourage me...." you will start learn the art of begging, mastering the spammer jutsu and learn hypnotic plus brainwashing technique just by read what you write in comment :hmm:
     
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  6. Amaruna Myu

    Amaruna Myu forgetful procrastinyator

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    if I see them on my novels, I'll ignore, or delete
     
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  7. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*Generous Penny-Pincher*Comedian

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    EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL
    BURN THEM AT THE STAKES!! :blobhero:
     
  8. Little Potato

    Little Potato Sexiest Potato Alive (and uneaten)

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    They used to bug me until I realized there was a delete comment option. :blobowoevil_horns: :blobowoevil_horns:

    Frankly, though, what's more annoying is that I already have a release schedule in the sidebar and on a separate page but sometimes readers comment 'Thank God, I thought you dropped this' or 'Noooo please don't stop at the good part. MOOOREE',
    It's like they don't bother checking out anything else on the site other than the content. (I delete those cuz seeing them irritates me. I'm petty like that.)

    I would rather readers comment 'Thank you for the chapter!' or anything discussing about the plot. :blob_coffee:

    Life is too short to waste your time getting angry at some few demanding people. Do yourself a favor and either ignore/delete comments that are demoralizing.
     
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  9. UnGrave

    UnGrave 「Patchouli」「百年夜行」「DT」

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    I just think "poor soul, you think I'll ever post more?" and then I take a two year hiatus.
     
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  10. GonZ555

    GonZ555 *playing a farming game*

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    GIB ME MOAR!!
    :blobowoevil_horns:
     
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  11. asriu

    asriu Well-Known Member

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    feel like god looking at ant....
    muahahaha.png
    too bad this cat not translator
     
  12. PotatoZero

    PotatoZero Well-known Potato

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    Tried it, doesn't taste good
    You dare to claim to be the sexiest potato alive while I'm here?
     
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  13. Hasr11

    Hasr11 [Cat] [Fujoshi] [JP TL in Hiding]

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    Don’t actually feel much (maybe I’m weird)
    If it’s been like a month or so since the last release, those comments at times remind/motivate me to TL...if it’s like every day, I’d probably get annoyed
    Maybe I’m that one rare TL who has angelic readers lol...
     
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    I'm petty enough that I'll say "say that one more time and I'm dropping this novel". Works for a few chapters:blobhero:
    It's OK at first but when I'm super busy it gets really irritating.
     
  15. Junweizhu

    Junweizhu Well-Known Member

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    I was once called a shill 3 weeks after I took a break for 3 weeks (announced in both the free site and patreon site mind you).
    Can you imagine how that felt like?
     
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  16. rainydayromantic

    rainydayromantic Active Member

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    That's just awful. So uncalled for.
     
  17. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*Generous Penny-Pincher*Comedian

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    I was attacked and told that I am greedy because I don't release chapters as fast as webnovel.com
    Did you know how that felt? :blobsob:
     
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    Junweizhu Well-Known Member

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    Some people just don't know the amount of work involved in this.
     
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  19. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*Generous Penny-Pincher*Comedian

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    It is not just about the work. Webnovel.com is backed by a company what about $500 billion in Tencent while I am just a dude running a small team.
    How the hell people expect me to compete with them in mindboggling
     
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