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The future of Scans Daily (yes there is one)
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First off, it's been wonderful to see you all come together. You guys did a great job of linking up my info post. Keep linking. There are already enough rumors, we don't want to encourage their spread. The other reason I want you guys to keep linking, is that I want to give as much of the membership as possible, a chance to connect with each other. We've all made friends at the comm, but not all of us had the forethought to exchange contact info.

Thanks to all of the membership, for being awesome. Special thanks to everyone who took positive steps towards maintaining our community.

refraction has offered lots of helpful advice on how to approach the Abuse Team.

raattgift has commented with clarifications on US intellectual property law.

pandanoai created a backup of the comm, early in February, and acroamatica has it mirrored here.

yatsuha made a syndicated feed for our Insane Journal backup, so we can watch it on LJ.

We've also received comments of support from Gail Simone and Warren Ellis. It means a lot, thank you both. ETA: and now Kurt Busiek as well!

Going Forward

Scans Daily at Insane Journal is picking up. The mod team will be updating the comm momentarily with the rules rewrite were working on before all this happened. Don't worry guys, nothing scary. *g* Unfortunately, IJ has a 1000 member limit on its comms, so this likely won't be our permanent home, but please do join and keep the spirit of SD alive. noscans_daily is up and running. We hope it will be everything scans_daily was, albeit without the scans. We'll try to have all the bugs worked out of both comms as soon as possible. Please bear with us in the meantime.

I haven't yet had a chance to go through all the comments on the info post, so if you have an urgent question that hasn't been answered, you can message me, skalja, or stubbleupdate. A lot of people, (really, a lot of people), have been asking if there's anything they can do to help. I've thought about it, and there are a couple of things.

1) Information. If you're an expert on intellectual property and copyright, share some of that knowledge. If you've been TOSed for copyright violations, share that experience with us.

2) Post. Seriously guys, post. At Scans Daily 2.0 and noscans_daily. Because we are not beaten.

3) Make love fanworks, not war. One of things we were working on, before the blowout, was sprucing up the comm. There's no reason we can't go forward with that. We are need of a profile banner and a new layout. Think about it - a contest will be announced shortly. If you like your graphics 100x100, shareable icons are welcome too. In fact, gankable commemorative icons for us all to share? Pure win.

4) Make love (to Scans Daily), not war. It's been great to hear your stories. How you discovered scans_daily, and what it meant to you. Keep writing them.

Again, thanks, all of you. We'll keep you guys updated as to what we're working on.

Thanks for keeping track of this for us lost scans_daily souls. (*sob*)

If it was a comics industry person who complained about the comm, it just boggles my mind, because that's just shooting themselves in the foot, really. The comm is where I went to give people a recommended issue to read or discussion to peruse (puritybrown did a great one once) to get them into Deadpool or Cable & Deadpool, or to look for new comics to read or acquire myself, or for just tidbits of old comics and comics trivia. I've never *not* bought a comic because it was on the comm - but I have *bought* some after reading something on the comm.

Marketing-wise, here's the thing: if the comics scanned are so old that they're no longer being sold by direct distribution, Marvel, DC, Vertigo, whoever are not going to be profiting on sales of them anyway - it would be any reseller out there making the profit. So the companies that hold the copyright are not harmed unless the issues are just out or out in TPBs.

If the comics ARE new or are out in TPB, it's unlikely that a community like this would replace actually buying the comics, because, in general, the comm didn't post full scans of issue after issue of any one run. To follow the story, someone would still have to buy a TPB or subscribe/keep up to date on their subscription.

So...where do the copyright owners lose out, here?

(I know you probably already know this - just thinking out loud, so to speak...)

Anyway, thanks for these posts, and hurrah that Gail, Warren, and others showed their support!

ETA: Just FYI, I got curious and posted an entry on noscans_daily in which people can reply with a list of comics that they would not have bought but for scans_daily.


Interesting to see the impact so far.

Hey S_Ders. I though for sure that the community would die, but it looks like we might just pull through. Good to see.

If I may ask, what exactly in on the backups? Is it all the entries, or entries and comments, and does it have hotlinks to the scans? I just thought I'd ask before I downloaded 50 MB. Thanks in advance.

R.I.P. Scans Daily.. ;_;

I'll miss your 'Laaaaaaaaand!' screams...

Which one is our 'next gen' comm, 'nonscans' or 'scans daily' at insane?... Gotta pick a place to stalk and.. maybeh post.

SD at insane journal is for scans. No Scans is for scanless comics talk.