Proposal: Anime & Manga

Shall we accept questions about anime subbing groups? In some cases their activity may be illegal. Here is one example question.

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Why not? I think it is part of the (Western) experience of anime, as most of us do not speak Japanese.

Each group has its own way of translating, quality, and so on: ie they define the experience of the anime for the viewer. All these things are not illegal.

Questions like: 'Were can I find a (free) fansub of [licensed anime]?' could be considered illegal yes, so banning those questions seems wise. (They are not interesting for the site as well!)

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    I agree. General questions about subbing should be allowed, but not requesting for illegal subbing groups or even episodes/chapters for that matter. Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 17:49
  • Though, on the flip-side, you have to consider that not everyone will adhere not speaking about illegal distribution sites. They may end up mentioning a place off-hand or by accident. It might be better to avoid it by not discussing subbers groups. Just playing the Devil's Advocate
    – Seiaeka
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 19:59
  • Be aware though that not all non-Japanese users here are "Western", and specifically, not everyone here is American.
    – user65908
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 10:55

While I agree that subtitles are a common part of the "anime experience" for many non-Japanese people, I don't think it fits in a stack exchange for anime.

A good majority of the subtitling process (especially the video encoding) is more related to technology than anime in specific. These processes can be used for anything, not just anime. You could subtitle a Harry Potter movie into Russian with the exact same process, just different settings for video encoding since there is a great difference between "drawn" video (anime and other cartoons) and "actual" video (with real people).

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    I agree, but feel that some questions related to subbing groups could be allowed without letting this interfere. "Did any group fansub episodes 150-200 of Detective Conan?" seems like it could be on-topic, related to a specific product, but still not fall afoul of various "shopping recomendation" rules. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 19:55

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