This morning the H!P board of 2ch has begun a discussion on prohibiting the “reprinting” of its threads. It seems likely to be disallowed soon. (Here‘s a Japanese news article about it.) What this means is that after today, many matome sites (my sources) are likely to stop posting new thread summaries. My favorite site ハロプロキャンバス is among the first to have already done so.
I’m not sure how legal or illegal matome sites are. I’m even less sure how legal or illegal this site is.
Still, the problematic thing about this isn’t so much that I’m worried about the FBI kicking down my door for translating threads about Ishida Ayumi’s financial situation or Sayashi Riho’s inability to keep plants alive. The issue is time. This hobby very often takes several hours of my day, and that’s fine because I enjoy doing it. What I wouldn’t enjoy, however — and what I wouldn’t have time for — is spending even more hours browsing through the H!P board of 2ch, looking for new threads to translate, eliminating spam, trolls and haters, and, you know, actually doing all that “matome work.”
I still have around 20 posts worth of backlog in my to-do list to translate, but after that the future of Wota in Translation is uncertain. I see four scenarios on what could happen from here.
1) The discussion stops and everything goes back to how it was
2) My favorite matome sites say “screw it” and keep doing their thing anyway
3) I find new favorite matome sites who say “screw it” and keep doing their thing anyway
4) None of the above happens and this site becomes inactive
We’ll see how this develops. I’ll keep you updated if anything changes.
Well, it looks like this story might have a happy ending after all. If you just want the short version: yes, I’ll be able to keep posting new translations on this site, even after I’ve caught up with my backlog. Probably. In other words, disaster averted. No worries. That’s all.
For those of you who want the long version, carry on reading.