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nikki ♫ ([personal profile] fascinates) wrote in [community profile] ofurotaimu2010-12-27 08:06 pm
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Nico Nico Guide IV: Communities

One of the important parts of your Nico Nico life, especially if you're into utaite/Vocaloid producers, is joining communities. If you like listening to namahousou (live broadcasts), you need to join the communities of the people you listen to because sometimes, they lock their namahousou. There are also some people who lock some of their uploads to their communities, so you have to join to view them.

The most basic thing to do here is to go to the person's community page and click the join button:

After clicking it, you will get a "do you really want to join this comm?" message and you just have to click the black button to continue. There are times, like in ASK's comm, that you have to type a small message before joining (these are moderated communities). You have to type in Japanese your reasons for joining and you'll be approved within a week.

There are more to communities than just for listening to namahousou, though. This is a very basic guide to what you can see in a community page.

When you go to the community homepage : com.nicovideo.jp, you'll see something like this.

The communities with most recent activities are listed on the left part while interest tags are listed on the right. You can search communities you might like by tags or you can use the search bar. If you access the menu at the top beside your name, and click the community (コミュニティー) link, you'll be given a list of communities you've joined.

Each community has a title, blurb and some stats on them. A closer look will be like this:

The three stats with numbers at the bottom left corresponds to community level, number of members, and number of uploads recorded in the community, respectively. The community level determines the priviliges the community owner/members can do. The higher the community level, the more things they can do during namahousou. Some levels and their priviliges are:

Level 20/54/80/115 - the ability to give out backstage passes (2, 5, 10, 20 people respectively)
Level 25 - the ability to do a survey (anquette) during the namahousou
Level 40/50 - free points which can be used to pay for skipping queueing for namahousou slots
Level 46/69/90 - free points which can be used to pay for booking namahousou
Level 57/74/86 - free points for extending namahousou (for more than 30 minutes)
Level 66/105 - additional seats for your namahousou (+500 and +1000 seats respectively), this means you can accommodate more viewers and people will have less chances of getting kicked out.

The two squares at the right side of the box are your access details. The first square, the one with the head, refers to your ability to hold a namahousou in that community. The second square, the one with PASS written on it, refers to your ability to have a backstage pass. A backstage pass allows someone to enter the namahousou even if it's full and to have his/her comments appear in special boxes with his/her name, instead of the usual scrolling comments. When these boxes are lit GREEN, it means you have these privileges. If they are grey, it means you do not have these privileges.

A community homepage has a lot of things on it, not only namahousou schedules or uploads. You can look at the different parts of a community page here.

It is very important to read the recent notices and announcements every now and then because this part contains the recent projects, issues and statements of the owner or personality. Guidelines to be followed upon joining the comm is also written here (for example, in the Asamakku community). If you cannot understand Japanese and cannot read the notices, even slight understanding of it using excite.jp or google translate will do, as long as you know that you aren't stepping on any toes or breaking any comm rules.

For paid users, visiting the community is also important because this is where you can watch timeshifts of previous namahousou even if you didn't reserve them beforehand (as long as it has timeshift enabled). When you view the previous namahousou list, you'll see something like this:

A namahousou with a yellow clock icon has timeshift you can view while one without an icon is gone forever. Paid users can watch the timeshift of a namahousou until 7 days since it was broadcasted.

Free users can join up to 50 communities, while premium users can join up to 200 communities. You also cannot have your own community or hold your own namahousou if you do not have a premium account.

Thank you for the help!
- [personal profile] collectivethoughts
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[personal profile] collectivethoughts 2010-12-27 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Premiums can join up to 200 =w=
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[personal profile] collectivethoughts 2010-12-29 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
Haha, I've been stalking around and joining non big-name utaite people as well..
I'm at over 150 atm orz orz
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[personal profile] collectivethoughts 2010-12-29 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
I haven't tried this myself on another account or anything, but I heard from a 主 that you can hold namahousou if you've got access to a community that lets users hold namahousou through it, even if you're not a Premium o 3o
That being said, it's kind of unspoken that you don't unless you're best buds with the 主 or something, so maybe this comment should be deleted after you read it =w=
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[personal profile] anylit 2011-02-02 08:53 am (UTC)(link)
thanks for the info, that's really helpful! ^^
btw, how can I leave a community once I joined? I've been trying to figure it out for a while now but failed >
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[personal profile] stephieku 2011-02-02 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
You can leave it by clicking on "このコミュニティを退会する" at the bottom of the community homepage! It will then redirect you to a new page, then click the black button that says "はい、退会します”

Image: http://oi56.tinypic.com/zjz7s3.jpg
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[personal profile] anylit 2011-02-02 10:44 am (UTC)(link)
thank you so much! so stupid of me not to notice it >
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[personal profile] stephieku 2011-02-02 11:06 am (UTC)(link)
Naaah, it's really unnoticeable! I had to ask someone too ^^; Also don't click the one next to it, because that's to report a violation.
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[personal profile] anylit 2011-02-02 01:22 pm (UTC)(link)
thank you once again ^^
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[identity profile] jgvf.livejournal.com 2011-08-15 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
This was very helpful ! But I have a doubt: after searching a community, how can I know which one is the community of the utaite I want ? When I put a name, a lot of communities appear and I get all confused.. @.@ And since I don't know japanese is even worse ;-;
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[personal profile] stephieku 2011-08-16 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
It's kinda hard... the best way to see if the utaite linked the community on twitter or blog. Or the community stats link their mylist/twitter/blog etc. Even then, it's hard to judge which are fakes.

Another easier way to look at the top right of the community description, you should see something like this http://i54.tinypic.com/2qtzgp0.png

"オーナー" Means owner. "あさまる" is Asamaru. So it says Asamaru is the owner of this community, so it's likely his community. However some communities aren't owned by the utaite, such as Lon's community. But the utaite can still broadcast and upload community-only videos at that community. So sometimes it's not reliable, and it's easy to fake.

If there's someone's community you're looking for, you can ask me and I can find it for you too :)
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[personal profile] stephieku 2011-08-16 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
To Nikki: Why you apologizing D< LOL!!

Anyways, here's a picture of what nikki's talking about

I totally forgot it existed orz
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[identity profile] jgvf.livejournal.com 2011-08-16 11:05 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you very much to both of you :D This helped me a lot! I gess I'll try those ways, I have so many communities to find ^^

Nico Communites

(Anonymous) 2012-07-08 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
Hey I had a question, I have a community on the English site but also just bought the .jp premium, do you know if the English community, when broadcasting on the .jp site will have the ability to use survey and such or will I have to use the .jp community I just created?
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Re: Nico Communites

[personal profile] stephieku 2012-07-08 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
I actually don't know the answer to this question >< Sorry! I'll try asking around, but I have a feeling you'll need to use your jp community

Leaving communities

(Anonymous) 2013-03-12 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
How do you see a list of all communities you are a part of so you can leave them? I only see communities with recent activity. Clearly I want to leave the ones with no activity.
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Re: Leaving communities

[personal profile] stephieku 2013-03-12 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Not sure if I'm answering your question, but you can see your list of joined communities here: http://com.nicovideo.jp/community
I don't know how you can sort by activity, but you can check each page for their last broadcast date. I believe this list shows all the communities you have joined.

(this can be accessed by going to the nicovideo home page --> Other (そのほか) on the top bar --> Community (コミュニティ) --> go to the right corner to your Mypage menu and choose participating communities (登録中のコミュニティ)

Writing request for joining community??

(Anonymous) 2013-10-25 04:01 pm (UTC)(link)
One of the community that I tried to join required me to write a request? Is this exclusively because I am a foreigner? or is it because the owner require everybody to request to join? I am not a very good japanese, but I really want to join this community. Can you please help me with the casual, polite request message for joining a nico community? (I really really want to join it)
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Re: Writing request for joining community??

[personal profile] stephieku 2013-10-25 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Some communities require a request, regardless if you're a foreigner. Some of these communities have strict rules, so do you mind linking me the community? Some communities accept people quickly (and even welcome new members on their posting board) but some are inactive or were made private due to drama or to remain an exclusive community

Re: Writing request for joining community??

(Anonymous) 2013-10-26 12:15 pm (UTC)(link)
http://com.nicovideo.jp/community/co1718527 I want to join this community, because the artist is one of my favorite illustrator.
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Re: Writing request for joining community??

[personal profile] stephieku 2013-11-01 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry for the long reply. To be honest, I don't know what's appropriate to write. Usually I do something like "私は[your name]です。[community leader]の大ファンだから,コミューをはいたい。よろしくお願いします。" (I am _____. I want to join because I'm a big fan of ______. Nice to meet you.

To be honest I have no idea if that's appropriate or effective, sorry :(