The petition for "hiatus" and "Discontinued" for manga status

Currently on MAL there are only three different status types for manga titles. These are Finished, Publishing, and Not Yet Published. Logically these make sense. Why would there be a need for any other status types? Well, many titles fall through the cracks. Sometimes, it is just an extended break to do research or recover from being ill. Sometimes a title is just canceled outright and never given a proper ending. Or Mangaka lose interest in a title and drop it and move onto something new, leaving it in limbo forever. Right now there is no way on MAL to indicate that any of these things have happened to a title on MAL. We are asking to have the status types ‘On Hiatus’ and ‘Discontinued’ added. One this will help to have a better defined database and help our users know useful information about a title that they may or may not read depending on it. Please support this cause by joining this club, to let it be known that we want this feature implemented. *Please note that on MAL if a title is set to done or currently publishing but is on this club’s list it means it is not and is most likely ‘On Hiatus’ or ‘Discontinued’.

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Relations for manga that are on Hiatus or Discontinued
Brand - Nov 11, 2009
29 replies by Akoram »»
Jul 22, 2017 12:23 AM
Information regarding the status of club titles in relations (WIP)
Nidhoeggr - Dec 2, 2016
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Dec 2, 2016 8:11 AM
What discontinued series do you most want to see an ending for? ( 1 2 )
VelvetEris - Jun 18, 2009
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May 23, 2014 6:21 PM

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Kineta | Dec 2, 2016 3:53 PM
I think the way MU handles rushed/axed ending - as a category, not a status - is better. The inverse of rushed/axed is basically neverending/fillers, and we wouldn't make a status for that. This is similar in my mind. Genres are something everyone knows should be revisited at some point, it's just a really large project and not on the table yet.

Discontinued should be a series that stopped publishing mid-story without any plans or intention to resume.

Brand | Dec 2, 2016 8:09 AM
Maybe @Kineta can chime in. I am not sure how easy it would be to add a third status at this point. I might be super easy (we already broke all this stuff to add it in, sure why not) or we have move past that and it would be a huge pain to add yet another status.

So, Kineta do you think Canceled should be added on top of Discontinued. Or do you feel Discontinued could fill both roles (maybe add info in the more info tab)?

Crazy_Cofee_Cat | Dec 2, 2016 7:44 AM
@Brand, now that's much easier to keep track of.
Axed and discontinued will be tagged separately then?

Nidhoeggr | Dec 2, 2016 7:26 AM
@Brand: I agree that we shouldn't count axed manga as discontinued since this will open pandora's box. Fully support you on this definition.

Brand | Dec 2, 2016 7:21 AM
Okay, here is a Google spreadsheet with every title in the club with the status from Manga Update. Some of these are questionable. I know some of these complete are unfinished series. I have it set so anyone with a link can make changes so feel free to make changes and make notes guys. I might add a few more titles too, there are some other unfinished Tezuka titles from when he died.

Crazy_Cofee_Cat | Dec 2, 2016 6:20 AM
After looking through many of them, there seem to be more manga with "Axed" status than discontinued in general

I think there should be another category here to keep it in check.

Brand | Dec 2, 2016 6:16 AM
@Kineta, Glad to see there is some activity with this finally. Thanks so much to everyone who has worked on it.

@Uncrowned_King, I based most of the relations of the MU status of the manga. Many of these are old so it is fair to say the status may of changed or information has changed about it.

@Nidhoeggr, I think if a manga got an ending (even a rushed on) it should count at normal finished otherwise that starts getting way to complicated. I think there would be people who were unhappy with an ending and be like, "I don't like this ending, thus it must have been rushed, therefor this title must have been discontinued." I know that is deep hole to go down but I've seen it. I think leaving discontinued for titles that ended but never got finished would be the most clear and easy way to handle it. But I'll leave that up to the mods to say in the end.

Nidhoeggr | Dec 2, 2016 6:05 AM
Yeah, we need to talk about what defines as "discontinued". WSJ axes most of its new titles for example. Howeve,r these leads to a rushed ending which *is* still an ending even though the story was cut short due to external influences. Therefore it imho is not discontinued (like Highschool of the Dead that just stopped getting new chapters without explanation) or on hiatus like HxH or Berserk, where said break was clearly communicated.
If we qualify axed manga as doscontinued then A LOT of the database will change...

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