Thank you all for participating in our 200th release survey. I’ll try to provide some answers to website/scanlation suggestions, as well as general notes of interest. Sorry if I did not get to answering your suggestion! We have read every single survey entry so your ideas were greatly appreciated. I hope this helps!
Please note that some questions have been paraphrased to flow better in a questionnaire.
1. Removing donations (I really hate seeing them)
Donations are absolutely integral to our operation here at Yuri-ism. If it weren’t for the kind support of our readers, we would not be able afford large quantities of expensive doujins. We are not a commission group, we are not compensated at all by your donations. Donation money is used solely to pay the high cost of purchasing doujinshi. With even that, I do not not mention donations on any of our releases, nor in the credit pages. It’s two little buttons that are almost hidden underneath all my other widgets. You can browse this site and download all you want without ever donating. If you don’t want to see the buttons, you could always adblock them.
2. Make the blog wider
Some people already have trouble viewing this blog on their toasters. I don’t think making it wider is a good move.
3. Add unpauseable background music that plays on load.
What song should I play?
4. Older releases updated with the Lewd Meter
I’m waiting for the lewd meter to be 100% done and set in stone before I go editing a bunch of blog posts. But once it is, I will update the old blog posts with the new format.
5. Add a forum
This is something that is possible to do. But I’m waiting to see how many people are willing to help run it first. I don’t want to set it up and get stuck having to moderate it myself.
6. A SFW/NFSW page separation
This is sort of possible. But not really worth it in my opinion. I did however, add two buttons that take you to the sfw/nsfw tag. The sfw/nsfw tag can be independently subscribed to via RSS. You can also bookmark the sfw or nsfw tag if you want to browse the main page without the other showing. I cannot guarantee that all images will be sfw though, and take zero responsibility for awkward moments that come about!
7. Background is too white, layout is lame.
I agree with the background part. I’ll see if I can come up with some kind of subtle tile background at some point. The layout I think is fine. I looked at some other possible layouts and didn’t really find any I liked. Not to mention changing the layout could mess up my current blog posting format.
8. Change banners/add new ones
Fair enough, I’ve been too busy to make any new banners. And even if I did I would just slap some text on some art I liked anyway. So I’m going to need your guys’ help with this one. I’m going to open up user banner submissions for our blog and reader. Have a cool idea for a banner and want it displayed on our site? Then send us one at Madokami@yuri-ism.com
Banner requirements for the blog: 978 × 288 pixels, must say “Yuri-ism” somewhere on the image. Other flavor text such as “The purest form of love” are not required but may be used.
Banner requirements for the reader: 800 x 200 pixels, doesn’t need to say yuri-ism anywhere. In fact it can be something completely random and funny you think would look good. As long as it is tangentially related to yuri. Banners may also be in the form of fake ads, as long as they are not advertising a real product.
9. Give me an option to have email notifications for new releases.
There is one. If you’re using some ad blocking software it might be hiding it.
10. I really, REALLY enjoy the original doujins you guys do, so maybe more of those.
We have more we plan on working on soon!
11. I’d change the spelling of “I’m cumming” to “I’m coming”
I think it’s fine as is. I believe the former is more or less the standard other scanlators use.
12. Make some polls. Maybe twice time in a month
I can do more polls. Sometimes I can’t think of a yuri related one to ask. I could do just generic anime related polls in the future.
13. Add a reliable download server
I am in the process of doing this actually. I don’t have an ETA for when this will be up, but we will eventually have direct downloads from the blog. I plan to test this in the somewhat near future.
14. Maybe batch releases more often?
I was originally going to say no to this, but it gave me an idea. I don’t like the idea of batching up a full torrent more often than every 100 releases. But I could do mini batches say…every 25 releases or so. Like an example being I’d make a torrent of Release 201-225 that you could download. It wouldn’t contain anything but those releases. It would be something you could download in between the big torrents. Yes/no?
15. Random banners. (Chosen at random from selection when site is opened).
I’ll make the banners cycle if I get enough banner submissions to rotate them.
16. needs more feet
17. Percentages on progress e.g. 50% on Typesetting
I don’t think this would work for us. I think it would be more annoying trying to guess what exact % we would be at, than it would be useful for the readers. I also don’t think %s are necessarily a good indicator of progress as well. I’ve done 0-90% on typesetting in a doujin in one day and then couldn’t finish it the next day due to other commitments in the real world. I also think we’d over/under estimate a lot if we tried it.
tl;dr I think we’d just disappoint people more if we weren’t accurate with it.
18. Add more release times
I could do this. But sometimes I don’t think it’s necessary. The ones I schedule right now are usually because they are joint projects with another group, or someone has odd availability so my window to release it is small.
19. Definitely more KyouSaya, oh, and Hidamari Sketch as well
We will always be doing Kyosaya/Madohomu doujins. Certainly not as many as times prior, but we won’t stop doing them as long as good artists keep making them. As for Hidamari Sketch, I’ve been a bit out of touch with Hidamari doujins. The guy who scanned many of the non-h ones hasn’t been around in awhile (to my knowledge) so I don’t really have access to new material for that series. I’ll keep an eye out for new ones, but I’d like to find ones with more yuri content rather than just the Hidamari’s cooking or something.
20. Search by author on reader / reader suggestions
I’m not sure if this is even possible with the reader I’m using. I’m in the process of working on the beta of the new reader. Which will add some new functionality. As for its other limitations, the reader itself is just a pre-built program I installed. It wasn’t designed for doujinshi at all. Browsing it outside of the blog is not as good as the other readers available out there. I’d like to change this with a new reader replacement down the line. The big thing I want out of reader as opposed to say Dynasty/Exhentai is that I want it to be fast. I want the resolution to be decent (1600px right now) and for the pages to load at sonic speed. Which is exactly what it does right now.
21. Translate Futanari content
I did not respond to this during the last survey, and for good reason. But I’ll take the time to address this now. No matter what crazy stuff we may do here on yuri-ism, or what boundaries we may push, we will never work on Futanari. None of us are interested in doing it, and I don’t think it has a place on this blog. If you’re interested in futa content I would check out some of the scanlators on our blogroll.
22. Lewd meter isn’t as cool/fun as the original
Yea, it isn’t. But I think the whole 1-5 was stupid as it left some of the numbers in a spot where they were too subjective. I don’t have a mock draft of it ready right now, but I’ve come up with a combination of the old and new lewd meter. It’ll still only be 1, 2 and 3. But it will have some silliness to it. “Hentai” will also be renamed to “Lewd”
23. Better author searches/ author stuff etc…
I’m mulling over the best way to do this. I could create a page that has all the authors we’ve done and links to their work (similar to how the old download page worked). But that’s time consuming and I’d need to do it manually. I’ll try to come up with something and implement it, as long as it’s easy for me to do.
24. Non Paypal/Bitcoin donation methods
We’ll look into it, but we need some suggestions on what we could use as alternatives.
25. Label unfinished series; when complete, add links between parts
I can’t think of too many times where this would be an issue. But whenever I go through old blog posts I’ll add links to the finished product.
26. What is the slogan of Yuri-ism?
“The Purest Form of Love”
27. Resize option on the reader
Presently not possible, but if it becomes available to do in the future I will make sure the feature is there.
28. You guys should do what you enjoy the most and not worry so much about what some fans think.
<3. We do actually do what we enjoy the most. And that’s working on yuri and making people happy! In all seriousness, we don’t really pick up requests that we aren’t interested in doing as well. I like having readers be a huge part in what we do. But I will never make it so that the readers control everything we do. (If that made sense) I believe criticism is important, and just because one person dislikes a release doesn’t mean I won’t release more like it in the future. I cannot make everyone happy with every release, but I try to make as many happy as possible.
29. More download mirror (embedupload, especially zippyshare)
I will hopefully have direct downloads soon so I don’t have to worry about this. The problem with many peoples suggestions on download hosts is that our doujins get a lot of downloads now. Every nsfw release gets 2k+ downloads on the first release day alone. That’s a lot of heat and traffic to be bringing to new download hosts. Mediafire alone processed almost half a million of our downloads before giving us the boot.
30. If the online reader would say whether a doujinshi was NSFW or not
I will do this soon.
31. More Secret Flowers. (You didn’t say it had to be within the realm of possibility.)
But in all seriousness, the next chance for new Secret Flowers is at C85. Beyond that, I have no idea. The author has a history of delaying work and missing deadlines (SF6 has been delayed 4-6 times already) so don’t get your hopes up.
32. It would be nice to be able to browse by artist similar to how I can by series and pairing
Someone (totally not me) forgets to tag artists on our blog posts. Technically you can use the search bar and put in an artist name and it should bring up stuff they did. But it’s not clickable because we forget this stuff. I’ll try and remember to do this, but don’t expect something available real soon.
33. Ban that Chansu guy, definitely a trouble maker.
34. The request system; I’d like to know if the requested doujinshi have been accepted or not
I’m actually in the process of brainstorming a new request system. If I end up doing a forum for people, I might just integrate the requests section in with that instead. That way I can easily respond to threads if something has been picked up, possibly considered or a definite no go. Other possibilities are is creating some kind of interactive guest book bullshit, or using some (100% serious) customer service software where people can put in requests as tickets. Either way, I hope to make improvements to the request section soon.
35. Peeks at the doujins before downloading (so we can check the art)
I’m not sure where I would put this. I know sometimes the cover is not enough, but you could just click the reader link and go a random page.
36. Too much Madoka/Precure
Madoka and Precure make up a lot of what we do, yes. In the case of precure, it’s like an never ending yuri goldmine. So it’s often safe and easy to find yuri doujins for it. Most sites and artists aren’t kind enough to let us know if a doujin is truly yuri or not. Often times we just have to buy it and hope for the best based on the few preview images given. Precure and Madoka have a solid range of artists that we know exactly what we’re getting into. So the rate of poor (untranslatable) doujins on those series is very low, and the number of doujins for them is very abundant.
And just to add a funny story to this. When I (Chansu) originally created this group with my friend Nande we really didn’t have plans to work on much outside of Madoka. The name I suggested for this group was “Yuri Magica”, but since we wanted to do some Yuru Yuri doujins as well. Nande had suggested a different group name “Yuri-ism”. Man I’d feel dumb if we went with my suggestion now.
37. Articles about interesting things (besides releases)
I like being mostly a release site. I’m not sure our articles would be that interesting without a doujin. Or if that many people would be interested in us blogging about non release stuff. The possibility is there, but I don’t know if the demand is. I think one thing is possible, is more random pixiv releases like the Kill la kill thing. Just finding something on pixiv and suddenly feeling like doing it.
38. No Hentai label
As mentioned somewhere above. I’m renaming “Hentai” to “Lewd” so, there.
39. Regarding the Men/Bisexual questions on the survey
I added this in light of some discussion I’ve found on /u/ before. I also tried to word the survey question in such a way that nobody was (hopefully) offended. I don’t think that many of our releases will ever fall into these categories, so I guess the big question is… should I tag this? I ‘could’ warn that a doujin contains these themes so that people that don’t want to read it won’t have to look. But at the same time I don’t really want to spoil the doujin. Thoughts? Should I tag these?
40. Regarding disliked doujins
Stray weeping beauty (the 6 rated release) received the most dislikes of everything we’ve done. This I pretty much expected, and you shouldn’t really expect us to do many doujins like this again. A few others that were disliked were ones with heavy toy usage. I’ll be sure to tag these so they can be skipped in the future. Most of our releases don’t have many toys anyway.
Man, KyoSaya nation won’t let me sleep with both eyes closed. I know, the Kyouko x Mumi doujin was the biggest slap you could ever make to that pairing, but I just wanted to do something for KyoMami in light of the new story books. I didn’t realize it would shit all over Sayaka and rub its butt up and down on it. If it makes you feel better, Sayaka is my favourite meguca. And the rest of the staff likes Kyouko.
Some people mentioned they thought most of the Railgun doujins weren’t that good. And that may be true. Some of the doujins we picked probably did not turn out to be that interesting. It might be a product of the series rather than a problem with what we picked. There’s not too many notable yuri authors that do railgun doujins. And honestly, sorry to disappoint some of you – but I’m not a fan of Sparky x Teleporter. I just can’t take them seriously. I prefer Saten x Uiharu to that. That said, I do have another Railgun doujin in mind I’d like to do sometime.
41. Regarding pairing suggestions
Not going to individual reply to them, but our team has looked through them all. We’ll try to find stuff for some of them.
42. Do more touhou / Do less touhou
We will continue to slowly do Touhou doujins now and then. I like doing the more lewd touhou doujins since all the sfw stuff is so heavily translated by other groups. I wouldn’t expect a lot of touhou from us, but we’ll definitely be doing more.