Arama They Didn't

9:04 pm - 06/27/2014

The Future of Arama They Didn't

the last flying ayu

Hi!

In the past year we’re sure you've noticed a lack in Arama's quality and overall activity. We'd be lying if we didn't say we lost interest. We started Arama They Didn't! nearly five years ago, and to this day it still surprises us what it turned into.

Through years of copyright issues on streaming and download sites, it became increasingly difficult to find Japanese media online which is the only way most of us is able to access it. The J-pop community as a whole was segmented and shrunk even more with the rise of K-Pop’s constant releases and breaking news. At Arama, we tried to create a place that encompassed it all and bring back that sense of unity we once had. We've shared nearly 20,000 articles, received almost a million comments and built a community that brought 19,000 people together with the single interest of Japanese Pop Culture.

LiveJournal has given us the opportunity to achieve what we originally set out to do. In 2012 we joined LJ Media thinking we would be further legitimized as a news outlet and hub for fandom, but after that seemingly went nowhere and swept under the rug. As we grew, our needs also grew but we weren’t sure how to execute them. Finally we decided it was time for us to go to take the next step and plan a revival for Arama.

ARAMA! JAPAN


aramajapan.com


Opening July 1st, 2014 on our 5th birthday!

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edneichon 29th-Jun-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
It was good when it was good.. for now I can only say otsukare!
It was a pleasure. I hope to see some around and to all have a good life!
kurakura_chan 29th-Jun-2014 04:48 am (UTC)
i'm looking forward the new site!
hlynb93 29th-Jun-2014 10:46 am (UTC)
Do you guys have any future plans of creating a forum for the website? It could appease the people worried about a lack of community feeling.
kazeyumi 29th-Jun-2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Eh, the reason why I love arama (and ontd) so much is because mods can and have filter/ed out trolls. I don't think you can do the same for the new website? Especially for guest comments.

Also what about gifs? ; A ;
fukkthedumbshyt 29th-Jun-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
You can still use gifs on disqus (I know people do it all the time on Netizenbuzz) as well post videos but I'm not sure how and it looks stupid when you do sadly.
arashic5 29th-Jun-2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
eh I'm going to miss aramatheydidnt. Truth is jpop fans arent as passionate as kpop, so its true. Best of luck!
fukkthedumbshyt 29th-Jun-2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'll check it out for a while and see where things go but I'm not entirely sold much will change.
norringtons 29th-Jun-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
nothing will change, tbh.
izumi_ixa 30th-Jun-2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
Sad to know that you'll leave Lj, but happy to know that I can be follow you in other webs.
I'll follow the new "Arama Japan", for sure ^^
katzsong 30th-Jun-2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
Just saying, I like Arama because of the user generated content give me the sense of ownership of a community. I was given the chance to be active and creative, instead of just passively reading the news (like any other news outlet). Leaving tips will not be the same.
But well apparently you guys are the real owners of this "community". You have made decision. So...good luck.
ryl92 30th-Jun-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
I've been active in LJ since 2008 and I really love this community since I found it. All the entries are priceless and gave me more knowledge about Japan.
I know you guys might lost interest already but we're not. It's not subjective but I found J-fans are really loyal and most of them are buying the CDs, Albums, DVDs, and others and it's proved with their (artists) high selling each year compared to, for example, K-pop.
I think it is better to change mod OR let other member make a new Arama community.
Sorry to say but you guys are look so stubborn and persistent in my opinion.
It's really a one side decision to close this community and move to the new site (again, I don't know why you guys made a new site while LJ still active and you guys don't even passionate enough in this J-related)
Soon or later you guys will probably abandon the new site anyway.. So sorry but it just teared my heart about the announcement.

Well, good luck anw!

Edited at 2014-06-30 06:02 pm (UTC)
yumett 30th-Jun-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
(it's a bit sad, but,) awesome!
good luck, and i'll follow new arama too for sure ^^ i hope it'll work out...

Edited at 2014-06-30 08:13 pm (UTC)
stbluemoon 30th-Jun-2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
This is kinda sad. I liked the user-generated content, it makes the site a lot more interactive and engaging than just any other news site with comments enabled. I understand that this community was set up by the mods and they have every right to shut it down if they want to, but when a community gets this big it belongs to the members as much as the owners, it's only polite to consult everyone before making such decisions. Perhaps this comm could be kept as a companion site to aramajapan, or maybe renamed to something else if that's a problem. It seems like such a pity to dismantle a gathering place for over 19k members over the decision of a few people.
falling_cookie 30th-Jun-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I believe that you guys will actually keep up this new site since you said yourself that you lost interest. I really do hope that it does well and becomes a new Japanese ent site, but it's going to be bad losing this community.
asth77 1st-Jul-2014 05:25 am (UTC)
Lol I'm glad now that I know Arama's mods. I came into this post vaguely curious about that new site and I end up totally losing interest because of their pretentious asses. I think I'll just have to find another place for my jpop needs.
Bye Arama :( (I mean,the original one...) it was fun while it lasted.
botanbutton 1st-Jul-2014 06:04 am (UTC)
I love how change is not accepted in this community. lol
katzsong 1st-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well, not really changing. Just closing. But hey, that's life
nuuuf 1st-Jul-2014 11:09 am (UTC)
So, I checked the new website. I'll give it its chance for a while and will probably check it every now and then but is this just another Tokyohive? It actually looks fairly nice for the moment but I'm afraid adding 'money' in the equation will make it lose what I believe was arama's spirit. I hope this time you'll manage to stay interested enough in this to achieve your goals and make it a real plus to the J-ent. community. Because, yes, we're a community so I hope the commenting system will be enough to keep the comunity feeling.

I have a question though: I know it hasn't happened in forever for some reasons but what about Free For All? And the Arama awards? Those were really liked and it'd be a shame to lose that. Oh, and by the way, do you intend to post some articles about politics and society once in a while? I remember those posts to be among the most interesting ones, and it's nice to have something 'serious' popping up once in a while.
katzsong 1st-Jul-2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
do you intend to post some articles about politics and society once in a while? I remember those posts to be among the most interesting ones, and it's nice to have something 'serious' popping up once in a while

I know, rite? I follow some formal Japanese news outlet on my twitter and sometime would love to share the news here, to discuss with Arama's members. But now...
And yeah, I've checked the new site as well. The look is a bit fancier, like Tokyohive. The feel is just like another Tokyohive. So...Idk. Maybe it's for the best, since I have to concentrate on something else anyway. Maybe I just have to close the arama chapter in my life.

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