March 23, 2012: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Hello, this is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto with a brand new edition of the Flipnote Hatena weekly news.

On average we receive about 800 - 1,000 emails a month from Flipnote Hatena users, and one of the common questions we receive is about the spin-off function.

The spin-off function was designed to be fun and allow creators to collaborate and make new works based on other people's Flipnotes. If you do not want other users to copy your work, we recommend that you lock your Flipnotes when you upload them.

Every spin-off posted to Flipnote Hatena does have some portion of it that has been modified from the original Flipnote. There might be some spin-offs that look completely the same as the original with only very minor changes, but these are allowed on Flipnote Hatena as long as the original creator approves.

Many people write us asking what they can do to stop spin-off abuse on Flipnote Hatena, so we have decided to share some of our ideas about that here.

Here are some things that you can do to prevent abuse of the spin-off function:

  • (1) If you find a Flipnote that you think abuses the spin-off function in the Most Popular section, do not add stars to it and tap on 'I do not like this Flipnote'.
  • (2) Please add stars and comments only to Flipnotes that you believe are worthy of that.
  • (3) Please do not post spin-offs that are not significantly modified from the original, or do not include any new content. Posting these kinds of Flipnotes is a waste of your time, and everyone else's too.
  • (4) If you post a Flipnote as unlocked you agree to allow anyone to modify your Flipnote and repost it in any way that the like. You cannot set conditions about how your Flipnote is used, or who may or may not create a spin-off from it. If you do not agree with this, please post your Flipnote as locked.
  • (5) If you are the creator of a Flipnote that has been reposted without any significant changes, you can report it to us for spin-off abuse. Please be sure to explain clearly how the Flipnote abuses the spin-off function. Some good reasons to report spin-off abuse include: 'The animation was just sped up', 'Only the colors were changed', or 'Nothing was changed from the original Flipnote I posted'.

We hope that this advice helps everyone in our community better understand how to take action in regards to spin-off abuse.

Thanks for checking out the news blog, from all of us at Hatena.

In addition to the Flipnotes that we have selected here, you can also see some more of our favorites in the 'Best of Hatena' channel at the URL below:

Best of Hatena

Flipnote of the Week

The Prince (id:Chaos_Cansu) from the Europe and Oceania region made this detailed animation that plays like the introduction of a movie. We are looking forward to part two!

The best of the last week's topic: 'Strong'

There were over 950 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic, and here are some of our favorites from around the world.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Strong

'Strong' Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ We liked the smooth movement in this action packed animation by KumaX (id:K8phux).

★ Check out this great weightlifting Flipnote by chortlinMe (id:ChotlingArmadillo).

Niffian (id:Niffian) presents some epic action accompanied by his own piano composition.

$PRエ〒£BOY (id:spriteboy7) made this funny Flipnote about a super strong magnet.

★ A stick figure comes a life in this Flipnote by MADSKILLZ (id:bmf1998).

★ We liked this detailed strong animation by cosmasque (id:cosmasque).

'Strong' Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Who is the strongest in this Flipnote by katt (id:katt2)?

chloe (id:clo1604) used the Nintendo DSi Camera application to make this neat Flipnote.

josecandel (id:goomer) made this funny Flipnote about a strong head.

★ Flip your wig in this strong Flipnote by geezer (id:geezerdk).

★ Find out if the box will be defeated or not in this Flipnote by Théo.M.™ (id:crazy-thep).

★Lyn☆(id:Brightly_Lyn) made this great animation that is like watching a sports event on television.

'Strong' Flipnotes from Japan

★ We enjoyed the detailed and smooth animation in this Flipnote by Foomin (id:wrbyno10).

NEMO (id:nemnemna) posted this animation about a character with a strong fighting spirit.

★ A strong force needs to save the city in this Flipnote by kenzi (id:ken-703).

★ Watch out for strong drawings in this animation by Ryogi (id:Ant12345).

★ Play a game of catch ball with Osushi (id:okappazusi).

Johnny3 (id:a3735963) made this nice animation about an endless game of rock, paper, and scissors.

This week's topic: 'The Moon'

This week we would like you to create animations about the moon. Try to make stories about viewing the moon from earth or about traveling to the moon. You might want to animate the phases of the moon, or turn the moon into a walking and talking character. We hope that this topic inspires you, and are looking forward to seeing your lunar creations!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by midnight on March 29, 2012 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will present some of our favorites on March 30, 2012 (Friday).

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: The Moon

Frog Sightings

If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the 'Weekly Frog Sighting' section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.

id:aaron found these little frogs in a garden close to Kyoto University, in Kyoto, Japan.


id:yellow-yoshi100 posted this photo of a frog decoration to celebrate the arrival of spring.



What did you think about the weekly news this week? Let us know by telling us your feedback in the box below.

You can read comments posted by Nintendo DSi users by viewing the Flipnote below:

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