Pantsgoblin, a member of the Encyclopedia staff at Anime News Network, has posted the following at the AnimeSuki Forums (a place dreaded by most of the executive staff at ANN):
(…) In a sense though, you can consider us not even staff. Frankly, the encyclopedia staff is treated like crap, we don’t get payed, and we do a shit load of work. We do it just out of our free time. I can see the encyclopedia falling apart without us staff (particularly, dormcat does way more than he should). With the encyclopedia falling apart, I can also see the whole site falling apart. In fact, some of our staff have just left because of how poorly we are treated. Why am I still doing it? I actually love the encyclopedia and genuinely enjoy submitting information. Still, I’m rather annoyed by how little appreciation we are given.
Zac doesn’t seem to give a shit about the encyclopedia either. He’s submitted a total of 40 pieces of information to the encyclopedia (9 of which have proven to be false information). And he’s only posted once in the encyclopedia forum (and that was just to lock a thread). He mostly only cares about his column and reviews.
Original post here.
For the record, my official stance regarding ANN.
In all seriousness, I can’t believe the only reason why I still visit ANN is treated like shit by the official staff. I already knew Zac was a prick, but to hear it from a very close and active member at the ANN community is something really surprising. I’d love to see the Encyclopedia getting forked out of ANN and getting set up in a website of its own, but I suppose that’s just a far-fetched dream.
I hereby wish Pantsgoblin and the rest of the Encyclopedia staff the best, and a hopeful reminder that their work is acknowledged by tons of people around the net like myself.