I figured I'd post various mistakes by people when requesting. If others want to share their stories or frustrations, feel free. It's a bit of a requester's bar, where people who fill requests can share how they handle requests, and the people behind them.
I do ask if you intend to post someone's request that you strip their name and username from the corrispondence. They're free to respond and object, but by doing so they lose their anonyminity. I can't hold people responsible for that.
For those who aren't familiar with the process, you're generally asking someone else to do something that they're not obliged to.
So here's a piece of advice - DON'T get on the wrong side of the person you're asking for a clear favour. This isn't just a 'Applies to me' thing, but generally good advice, since people who don't like you are far less inclined to handle your work on their own time or money for free for you.
You'd think the above might be obvious but...
In my case, I'm fairly amicable to requests - However, I generally like ground rules, mostly because well, if you've been here any amount of time, you'd have known that I'm fairly busy, get a million requests and do a lot of other stuff rather than idolm@ster. I work in my own particular fashion, and since you're not paying me to do it any other way, would it surprise you to find out I won't?
If you didn't know, I can't actually read Japanese with any degree of reliablity (Why else do you think I'd make a compendium based on numbers and pictures, not words?) so making an assumption that I can is actually a very, very bad idea.
The ONE thing that will tick me off is people making assumptions I can magically forecast their needs without telling them, and when I tell them 'No, it really doesn't work that way' get offended because it APPEARS that I can magically do it.
I also don't respond as well as you might think to platitudes. I'm a nice person but being sucked up to isn't my thing, to be honest. Being cordially polite is one thing (I'm not a fan of a shouting match), but if you're here for something, you'd probably do better to get to the point.
Generally speaking, I appreciate people who have at least a little understanding of how the background works.
I also make statements when you're nearing that line, and when I say "I'll actually post the entire conversation to make a point" I really do mean it. Lessons are to be learned, and I'm not actually that concerned how I'm seen, since I'm an ex-journalist, and EVERYONE hates journalists. (Then again, most people who deal with me know that if I'm not passing time via chitchat, I'm focused on the next objective.)
In any case, below will be an exerpt. Fortunately we've haven't had anything this bad here.