I withheld comment on this before, but the fact is the activity of this community is mostly not altruistic.
altruism: feelings and behavior that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness
It's built on a sharing mindset. Mostly everything is distributed free of charge, and people answer most questions here from anyone willing to learn and put a minimum of effort. The immense efforts put in their works aren't compensated either materially or morally (your post being a prime example).
Or more to the point, only people who speak the original language of the work can truly be said to acting in altruism, as they alone receive no tangible benefit from the activity. Most of us can't speak Japanese worth a lick and the reason for that is that we've not been conditioned to think in Japanese, and for many people the dominant language overruns the brain beyond all else despite all the learning and experience otherwise. Everyone else involved - everyone - is getting the benefit of not having to battle their brain to experience the game (or else, reduce the game play to a series of back-and-forths between the dict/word processor and the screen), that's what the translators contribute. Even people who hack a game so much that they only see it in terms of data chunks nonetheless have the option of enjoying the work of others who have done the same for games they themselves haven't touched. Hacking other than translation... I'm not persuaded that's altruistic... I think that's self-expression... no one yet has made a modding tool that they didn't intend to use for their own creative artistry.
Spending hours on making some tool to give to others on a platter of gold to make their lives easier, is not altruistic.
Spending mounths, even years, on a hex editor and a disassembler trying to circumvent programmer madness to fit in a translation, to distribute something free of charge to the audience in their language (like that terminally-ill grandma who's a fan of Dragon Quest games and wanted so bad to play the sixth game) is not altruistic.
People can't physically learn another language.
The people who romhack the game can't read Japanese and use psychic powers to guess where the "data chunks" with the text are, screw them.
Oh, what else? Is this a more verbose version of the occasional newbie angry breakdown when people don't "help him" translate the game he wants where he is the "leader giving guidance and ideas", but now with more pseudo-philosophical jargon and thinly veiled sexism accusations for people not being servile enough?
no one yet has made a modding tool that they didn't intend to use for their own creative artistry.
Not even the plethora of decompressors/compressors, often done just to help someone? Just this last month I saw two such cases.
I ask about gender because there are umpteen women involved in scanlation, and hardly any in romhacking. So there's the question of what is being projected about romhacking that isn't about scanlation.
Citation. needed. badly.
Just from my own narrow experience this is so wrong.
So because gender isn't the first thing made a big deal of here, means there are "no women at all" here?
Way to go erasing so many translators and hackers (including ones behind the most high profile translations that started the whole gold rush for romhacking).
There is, of course, no shortage of women programmers in the US at least. Though, maybe women simply don't have the leisure time for hacking because the fathers of their kids are living the playboy life and saddling all the responsibility on them. Might do a poll to find out.
All males here are denying women romhacking by the very act of romhacking on (some of) their spare time, which MUST mean they're harming society by wasting time on this hobby, and are losers who are renouncing their social responsibilities and leeching off (again...) women's hard work?
And all women are too busy being in the kitchen as a result because where else would they be?
And everyone is married in some couple, and with an abusive relationship going on.
Dear God. You really outdid yourself here.
Maybe you're helping to push women away from the scene with that kind of sexist attitude?
I agree it's a tasteless answer to a bobby-trapped discussion, but "pushing women away" is... too reductive for women to say the least, and in fact it's echoing one of the assumptions advanced in that answer (that "women faced with the slightest hint of adversity run away crying").