I expect most of you reading this will be coming here via N4G, so you should all be familiar with the way things are done around here. For the rest of you though, here's a quick little summary.
AnimeShinbun is a new social news site devoted to anime, manga, fandom and Japanese culture, and is part of the wider Newsboiler network of social news sites, including N4G.com (Video Games), Techspy.com (Tech, Computing and Internet), Filmwatch.com (Movies) and 11x2.com (Soccer).
Our in-house developed Newsboiler platform allows members to not only participate in discussions regarding the news, but to contribute news stories to the site themselves, either by sending in tips, or for those who pass a basic contributors test, to actually submit full news articles themselves. This software will be continuously evolving, and we fully intend to add additional features to the network over the coming months, based on feedback from the community. It's expected that all the Newsboiler sites will end up being quite distinct from each other by the end of the year, with each community having its own distinct needs.
For those of you who don't know me by the way (which, again, is probably most of you)...you could probably just Google me, I'm not all that difficult to track down. ^^;; But to save you some time though, I'm Archaic, the Site and Community manager for AnimeShinbun. Some of you may have heard of me for my work in the Pokémon and Nintendo fandoms, where I'm webmaster of popular fansite Bulbagarden.net and its wiki the Bulbapedia, and have recently established the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance (NIWA) together with Super Mario Wiki and Zelda Wiki. I've also been involved in the occasional freelance work in fansubbing and scanlation, but not generally under this name, so I'll leave you to try and dig up the amateurish examples of my work there on your own. ^^;
If any of you have any questions regarding the site, please feel free to ask them in the comments to this blog post, or send me a PM. Likewise, if you have any feedback on the site and its features, or even any feature requests, don't hesitate in letting us know.
Welcome everyone, to AnimeShinbun. =)