I agree - and I also believe everyone who has already worked on a project knows none of us arrived with powers to leap tall buildings on arrival. You and Simi both have posted some really great posts here to help new folks - and I admit Simi is the one who waylaid me and well...yeah. (laughing) I blame her for my current "reverse Bartholomew Cubbins" wardrobe of hats! The more stylish and "important" a hat is, the more work is truly involved, and editing is more complicated than the simple word in many languages. Change one word, the entire meaning from Chinese to English can change!
As fan of Asian drama, I've learned what being "upright" means. As a competing athlete and coach now for 20 years, I've also learned giving and accepting praise and criticism highly necessary to success. As part of a growing number of Viki volunteers, I've learned that it is more difficult than it appears when you turn your TV on and discover the subtitles are there for you to enjoy.
And thus, it is my hope that readers do take the sincere and thoughtful advice you and Simi have both given them and move forward to their own personal journey of contributing here at Viki. We see in others by their writing who they truly are, and sometimes we get misunderstood or misheard, but my hope is your original posting is well-received and they progress through the helpful training and find their way here along with the rest of us. The upright will always have a place and be heard and valued for who they are, virtually and in the real world outside.
Here I will share what happened when I first started: I approached someone and asked to segment on their drama. I was doing some transcription already. They gave me a fair chance, I did one section in its entirety. Before I even tried it though, I thought, "I want to do this right or not at all." So I had signed up for both Academies in order to be sure of what I was doing. I did review the Guides, and I have a degree in physics, so my general skills and learning ability are pretty decent many years out of college. What happened? My segments were bad, nearly all of them, because it was not enough to read and try it. But the person who told me the truth made me even more her friend, because I already knew in my own heart after trying my best that I was not yet sufficient to the task and had signed up for training. I'm graduating from the full Ninja Academy now, taking the test, and have now also earned the ability to help my friend here out in her dramas as well as help the larger effort working in my own drama. Had she not been honest with me, I might have continued onward with someone silently fixing my work or unhappily nuking it out of sheer sadness at the wasted effort!
And that is one reason I want folks to find their paths and persevere, with the help of others already far ahead on the trail who have been there and understand very well what is truly involved. Thank you again, Irmar.
Linda/Crouching Dieter, Hidden Donut