@twinkling I’d like to comment on your story. It proves that the information provided by Viki sucks, if it took you two years to find out how the site works. (It’s none of your fault and totally theirs). They don’t have enough info on the app.
As for me…
It started on youtube. I watched KBS drama specials (still love them) and soon added dramas: House of Bluebird, Pinocchio. At some point, one episode was missing, and a kind soul in the comments said “You can find it on viki.com”.
That was the start of it! A few months after becoming a user I started to contribute and, as they say, the rest is history.
November 7, 2015 - Joined Viki
March 2016 - Started volunteering.
March 13th, 2016 First 2000 subs, first post in Discussions offering my services. Met mahoula who gave me my first jobs as subtitler and moderator
April 20th, 2016 First Italian editor job, on “Five Children”.
April 8, 2016 First time moderator of an on-air show (“Jackpot”, Greek mod)
July 2016. As co-mod of “W”, I devised the “continuous translation” method with the use of Google spreadsheets
November 2016 - Received my NSSA Ninja segmenter degree.
May 2017 - In Viki Discussions, badge for 500 liked posts
June 2019. Out of my more than 20 suggestions and ideas in Help Center meant to improve our volunteer experience, No regional restrictions for QC volunteers, in a few days gathered more than 3000 upvotes (3434 by August 2020) and sparked a site-wide protest, sadly without any tangible result.
Summer 2019 chosen, out of more than a hundred people, as featured Qualified Contributor of the semester, together with bjohnsonwong, cgwm808 and amypun. Here is the little interview I gave back then.
That same summer was also the summer of the Vikibot and the strike of the French community. I was one of the panel of volunteers invited to a Skype marathon discussion with Viki staff to discuss our complaints and our suggestions for a better Viki. Sadly nothing much came out of it. Maybe just a little more communication, which later brought the somewhat regular “Viki update” posts here on Discussions.
November 2019: Bachelor thesis submitted by volunteer @juliasreise majoring in Digital media, with the title: “Fan Practices, Commodification and Participation: How the fan subbing community on Viki.com voices its interests”. It’s focused on the matter of the licenses for QCs I fought for during the past summer, and includes many mentions of me and all the others who actively took part in this campaign. I don’t know if she would allow me to post the link here, so I don’t.
September 11th, 2020 - Discussions statistics:
1400 days visited 16d read time
4000 topics viewed 44400 posts read 3200 likes given
131 topics created 3200 posts created 5200 likes received
September 11th, 2020 - Volunteer statistics:
284411 subtitles, 4957 segments. Not counting the innumerable segments fixed for many dramas. The subtitles are relatively few because I mainly work as a moderator and editor, and less as a subtitler.
PROJECTS I’VE WORKED ON (March 2016-October 2020):
Greek Subtitler: 5 dramas
Italian Subtitler: 13 dramas, 1 film
French subtitler: 1 episode of Drama Specials, 1 film
Italian Editor: 3 dramas, + 3 as subber training sensei
Italian Moderator/Editor: 17 dramas, 20 films (3 stopped midway because of license loss), 3 series of Drama specials
Greek Moderator/Editor: 12 Dramas, 8 Films
General English Editor: 15 Dramas.
Chief English Editor: 7 Dramas, 3 Web dramas, 10 Films, 1 Drama special series.
Channel Manager: 2 Dramas, 7 Films, 1 Drama specials series
Segmenter: 1 Drama, 3 Films, 1 variety show (only 1 episode, never again!)
Segment repair (extensive): 2 dramas, 1 Drama special series, 9 Films.