I am pretty sad to see Viki turning into a place I am sure its makers were not planning it to go. In the beginning, Viki was a place where passionate subbers were translating korean historical dramas for other viewers and fans. then other groups came, new channels were created and the communnity was working on diverse channels and projects, making this place unique. everyone learned from each other and improved own skills and abilities while working on fan channels mostly, then the licensed content showed up and sometimes only the priviledged could work on them - be it the assigned segmenters, subbers or editors... the changes in segment timer and subtitle editor were made, thet made many of the old Vikians to resign and move on with their lives. then another set of rules came, in form of segmenting/subbing schools that are now grooming all potential segmenters and subbers into perfect Vikians, who are ready to assist the licensed shows with their skills. the ones who do not want to participate in the rat race connected to securing the segmenting part or obtaining a place in the subbing team, have again withrawn from the main stream and decided to work on the abandoned or forgotten dramas and sometimes found a real gem that then turned into a licensed show... still, both licensed and fan channels existed together, giving people the chance to work on what they really wanted without losing the fun connected to it.
we have now been informed that we will no longer be able to add new content to our channels - we will not be able to show other people why we love the Chinese dramas so much and we will have to patiently wait for a Chinese drama to be licensed. a drama that will not necessarily be within our range of interest. why should we feel happy about it? it was our team that brought many people's interest to some awesome Chinese titles that were later taken down. it is our team that struggles to find working links and who is trying to finish the subs on the dramas we chose to love. why is it so hard to give us a breathing space and allow us to grow? why should we comply with the "main stream" and only work on what someone else decided is worth watching? why are we not asked which license we want to have and why are we not even getting a real reason as why the license talks failed? why is it so easy for other drama sites to obtain the license for THE drama of the year (Just one smile is very alluring) and we are left with only a flat notice that the channel will be taken down due to the copyright notice? why is Viki not even trying to see where all the fans are throwing their votes into? why is there no one interested in pursuing the Chinese dramas that bring some freshness into the mix? why, in the end are we left out with no alternative but are only being informed about the facts with a flat info sheet?
what angers me the most is that we spend countless hours on segmenting, subbing, editing, teaching people how to segment clips correctly, how to fix what is broken and how to work together accordingly to all the Viki rules and regulations and we are still being treated as something given. why should we bother to spend hours on the shows someone forces down our throats with a license when we do not get anything in exchange? why should we care if they do not care for us? why are we bothering to offer our free time, our skills, our abilities to a boss that even do not like us and treats us like emotionless robots who will kindly takie him up on any offer and follow him blindly because he provides us with a free license?
have anyone thought about how Viki changed in the recent years? how the fun of working together changed into running from one licensed show to another only to secure one's place as a segmenter or subber? with a limited number of active fan channels - how many of Vikians will be able to secure those spots in the future? how many great subbers will we lose just because they are not interested in the content provided but woudl rather work on fan channels because of their actual love for the show? how many license requests one must send to be heard? I know we threw thousands of them into every Chinese show that is under our belt and still got max 2 or 3 approved so far, with many channels lost forever, together with the subs that many national teams are mourning over even today.
I am pondering whether it is still worth to work/spend time here when we are not even free to choose on what we want to work on, nor are we actually heard when our channels are being taken down or frozen.
maybe it is time to move on.