-A document covering the basic need-to-know information about Forgotten Scans-
Part 1: About the document writer:
Hello! My name is Radioactivekitty (although some call me Jimmy), and I am the administrator and current group leader of Forgotten Scans. While I am not the most experienced individual that you will ever meet in scanlation, I like to think that I have, at least, a moderate amount of knowledge, understand, experience, and familiarity of the scanlation world. Although it took a while for me to become accustomed to this part of my life, I consider my work for Forgotten Scans a very important part of my daily duties. FoS is very important to me, and I hope it becomes important to you as well!
Part 2: A very brief history of Forgotten Scans:
Michael, the Founder of this group, used to be a member of Friendship Scans. Friendship Scans has a long history all it's own and I will not go into detail on their history. Michael's personal history with them is his own story to tell, but he eventually left the group on somewhat unfavorable terms. Regardless of how he left, some of the other FS staff members left with him at that time. While the timeframe is murky, this happened somewhere around April of 2013. In or around October of 2013, Forgotten Scans was officially formed from the 'renegade' members of Friendship Scans. Between the time frame of the founding of Forgotten Scans, and May 2014, Michael remained the admin, with approximately 3 co-admins/head staff. In May of 2014, Michael left the group to pursue other paths in life, and most importantly, focus on his studies. He appointed me as Admin and Group Leader, and I began to restructure the group.
Part 3: The Current Mission Statement of Forgotten Scans:
Currently, my goal is for Forgotten Scans to become a group more capable than it is right now. As it stands, we do have many active staff, and by becoming more capable, there is less work that those active staff have to do. In order to become 'capable', we must have frequent releases of the manga that we currently scanlate and we need to keep that rate going. In June of 2014, I tried to do this, by creating “Fast Pipes” and “Slow Pipes” to allow staff to choose how hard they were able to work, and work on the manga at the appropriate pace. That was an utter failure- we didn't have the staff to handle such an operation, and the staff, as expected, usually don't have the time to devote to the fast-pipe projects. Consequently, we had both pipes going at the same speed, making all that work fruitless. Not all was lost, however, and the essential structure remains, giving Forgotten Scans the edge in production and efficiency, if we have the potential to achieve our endgame plan. My mission is for staff to work at their own pace, and keep things rolling into an ever-better state of manga production. Not all projects need to be released fast, but the ones that do need the resources to get there. In order to get those resources, we have to have enough releases of the right manga to attract the attention of would-be fresh recruits. Essentially: efficiency+production = new staff = faster production = less work on all staff overall = better group situation, better group capability = large group with the power for massive projects and, overall, a higher ratio of work -to- happiness *however* such a goal MUST be balanced with staff happiness:
All staff need the folllowing:
There are other values that Forgotten Scans upholds, but I think keeping the list to 5 items is better than a super-long list for this particular document
In summary/endgame/short-run and long-run pursuits:
Best regards, Radioactivekitty