NomadaPT wrote:So, if the API users were the target of the ads let me say that this goal is partially a failure.
On the contrary. If the API users were the goal of the ads and 100% of API users are getting the ads then the goal is a complete success.
If the goal was to get 100% of web downloads with the ads then, I agree, the goal is failing. It should either cover all instances or none.
I'll get one further: If the user has donated to OpenSubtitles is the only time where ads may be unnecessary.
The other option, of course, is reconsidering ads at the front altogether. I used to hate them but agreed there're not many options to work within the confines of the already-limited SRT subtitle standard. I'm actually more annoyed at other teams credits, that appear with tons of tags and code and special characters in english subs (breaking the encoding, frequently) and I'm *really* annoyed at end-movie credits, because those tend to break dramatic endings, as you know that once that subtitle appears, there's nothing left said in the movie (and if the scene was dramatic, the subtitle breaks the mood).
What I'd do is have both subtitles, but subject to certain rules. For example not having the first subtitle appear if at least 4 seconds can't be found without any subs (using up 1.5 of those 4) and not having the last subtitle appear before at least 10 seconds after the last "proper" one.
Obviously, the biggest point of any ads is that they don't break the subtitles they're occupying so if they might, they shouldn't be included at all.
I'm completely against subtitles, by the way. When I worked subtitling movies and tv series in Mexico (as in "working for pay") I was always against putting the credits at the end for the "translator" and I still think the same. I have come to accept people's "need" of feeling acknowledged so I accept credits. And I have had to come to terms with the fact that subtitle sites will always insert their own credits (although it's irritating when there are either a lot of credits or when some are clearly stealing from the other, like when SUBTITULOS and Addic7ed both have a credit saying they did and synchr'd the sub or similar cases).