Itchy fingers. Just a couple of things I want to write down.
I do not know and I’m pretty sure no one knows, whether uploading official releases actually helps or hurts T&T. Fans will always have different opinions on this issue which always create unnecessary tension within this lovely fandom.
There is no official rule on this kind of things. You’ll never get a clear cut instruction on this issue. It’s more like a common sense and proper etiquette, along with respect for artists and other fans around you, especially forum/community owner who, well, owns the space.
If you’re totally supporting the uploading idea, there’s no need to push that idea onto others to make them agree with you in the forum where the admin clearly stated his/her policy against this kind of acts. For instance, if you desperately want to upload files (for whatever reasons), go do it privately or at your own personal blog. No, I still don’t support your actions, but I’m not going to butt in since it’s a personal choice you made on your personal space.
I know we cannot stop uploaders, no matter what. Personally, I don’t really mind too much with older releases (though if you ask me, I’ll point you to online sellers as I love holding these CDs/DVDs in my hands and drool properly rather than having just electronics copies), but seeing new stuff popped up so fast (while we don’t usually get clips of T&T appearance on TV shows at that speed) totally sucks.
Anyway, I’d rather spend my time enjoying and admiring T&T’s hard work, rather than repeatedly discussing the same thing over and over again as I think it’s not worth our time, energy and sanity to go over this topic every single time our beloved boys release something.
One thing I know for sure though — sarcastic comments are not helping them in any way. The more we discuss about this, the more frustrated most people become, every time. Some people are so gifted with words, and able to write beautifully wordy comment that’s difficult to understand (maybe I can blame it on my eng-rish as language barrier is another factor). Some people just love to jump in and throw their sarcasm at others without even reading the entire discussions. Also, there’s no need to get so emotional trying to protect your butt by screaming at people if you haven’t done anything wrong. In Thai sayings, we called it “a cow with a wounded back” (a person who has done something wrong and deeply feared that people would discover it, just like a cow knew the wound was on its back but couldn’t cover it and freaked out every time the crow flew by that the black bird would tear its fresh out.. something like that — LOL Thai idiom a day lesson!).
In the end, the result is nothing short of an upset fandom.
Non-T&T fans out there will probably snicker at us, or snort when seeing those kinds of comments, or even possibly laugh when seeing our boy’s sales figures after all the so-called discussions we always have.
That, I believe, hurts Takitsuba.
I’m proud to be their fan, and it has nothing to do with their sales figures or
stupid rankings. After all, Oricon chart is just another damn unfair numbers. Quality definitely beats quantity in my book. And that’s what’s counted.
I hate spoilers.
Luckily, this time I managed to avoid them before I got my CDs.
Last week, prior to Koiuta released date, there’s a major stir at the forum. I can understand how fans were overly excited about this first single in almost a year, especially with something special like mini drama, and wanted to be the very first to tell/write/post/report to the world. Even before the official released date.
Good intention can simply turn bad (or worse) with bad timing and improper approach.
This is where I think CDJapan rocks (we got our CDs super fast YAY!) and sucks (it made some people get their CDs faster while being less considerate, and rips appeared prior to official release date, damnit!) at the same time.
Posting spoilers in public without proper warnings or telling someone about the ending (without asking whether or not that person wanted to know it in the first place) is super ebil. In general, not only here in this fandom. It’s like when you’re excitedly going to a movie that you’ve been waiting for, and the one particular dude who sat right in front of you kept telling his/her friend, loudly, what’s going to happen next just because that dude had seen this movie during the premier. Or when you first read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and another dude just had to come along and tell you that *beeps* who happened to be your favorite character *grumbles* died before you finished the book. Anticlimax, isn’t it? Probably make you want to strangle the dude(s) at that moment. I don’t think you want that to happen to you, right?
Lessons learned. I believe.
Lastly, I still stand by my post from a couple months ago:
Now, throw being extremely immature, jumping to the conclusion without trying to understand what’s going on, shamelessly begging, and being sacarstic without good reasons on top of that list too. *runs*
BTW, can I emphasize on emoji abuse again? :P
^^” … much longer than I expected, and pretty much unorganized. If you’re still reading, thanks for bearing with me. m(_ _)m
Any thoughts? Comments are more than welcome as it’s always nice to hear other’s POVs too. :)