I find discussions about "respecting" fan translation work when the work itself doesn't "respect" the IP rights of the creator to be amusing at best.
Most splash screens/trainers are annoying or downright obnoxious. I agree they should be minimalist if added to the beginning of the game or should be after the credits. And people shouldn't moan about things being done to their work without permission when the work itself is done without permission. Credit is fine and good, but there is a point where the pot is just calling the kettle black.
Well then, playing the unaltered Japanese version (not even the localized version) would be the only way to remain faithful to the original and respect its creator IP. But then people should seek the Japanese versions instead of an unfaithful fan-translation patch.
If they are not satisfied with the work done and the vision of the fan-translators that worked hard on it for free
(ie translation choices, fonts, intros) they should start a whole new translation project instead of removing the credits for the translators.
I fail to see what makes the fan-translator not being worthy of being credited wherever he wants in HIS patch, while the official translation companies are, with 5-second unskippable logo intros no less on top of the original intros (so much for being "faithful to the original")? It's highly odd...
The scam concern is very real, they did after all sell the translation for Mother 3 even with the disclaimer intro screen inside.
Pre-patched roms have been around the net for a long time and reproduced as some community members saw first hand with their projects. It goes without saying the readme isn't distributed along the rom. They may as well sell them with the intros truncated.
What makes the practice of removing intros makes the one doing it any different from Chinese bootleggers who would remove company names and sell it as an unrelated product (case in point, as something that could be sold as an "unreleased official localization")?
And it's not like the Documents section didn't have the answer already: the very document that details how to add the intro gives how to figure out the starting address. The specific nature of the question and the way this thread was created raises a lot of questions...