There are few women in the ROM hacking scene because fewer women care for game design and programming in general. I mean, look at Mario Fan Games Galaxy and Super Mario Bros X. The percentage of female members on those sites is roughly about as much as it is here. SMW Central is the same way.
But hey, every type of 'fan' activity tends to be heavily skewed towards one gender. ROM hacking and fan game development tend to be male centric, fan fiction and cosplay tend to be female centric, and fan art is somewhere in the middle. There are probably a mixture of biological and social reasons for these trends, and they usually tend to mirror the larger 'real world' industries they're inspired by (the games industry is male dominated, the literature scene is female dominated).
I don't see it as an issue at all. People are all different.
This topic here.
Assuming they are reading and learning as they go, even if it isn't the specific stuff they are looking the learn about, then no time is being wasted!This I very much agree with. ASM is nothing more than programming but they way you here it referred to here in some of the docs you'd think it is summoning Cthulhu or something.
I'm not sure what you are doing but it sounds like you are doing it wrong. Tab will auto fill file names for you on the command line so hundred character paths take seconds to go through and, as mentioned, you really shouldn't be copying cmd to every dir. If you'd like to know more about it or have any specific questions please feel free to ask.
Oh, are we not meant to have degrees in comp sci? Well this is a little awkward...
(1) You realise ROM hacking is programming yes? No matter how you do it you are rewriting the game code and data which is exactly what programming is. Ok, if you are using a program or tool to do it you are pretty removed from it and that isn't really programming but if you are just using a hex editor to alter values programming is pretty much what you are doing.
(2) You do this and I swear I will hunt you down... Sure we (may) want to appeal to more people but that doesn't mean we should dumb the whole scene down to do it.
(3) Perhaps in general use in the home and by Joe Bloggs they are but I assure you in the software development business we are no where near moving away from the desktop. ROM hacking isn't something you can just do on the bus, it takes focus and concentration, and for that you will want a desktop.
Someone, in reference to something else once said '...we are ROM hackers, and ROM hackers are meant to be smart.' In all seriousness a lot of what I am seeing suggested here seems to revolve around dumbing everything down. Now although I'm not against making things more accessible in areas, we can only hold people's hands so far before we have to expect them to take the onus for their own learning upon themselves.
Wow, I remember having the same discussion when I first started posting here and thinking someone was a bit of an elitist ass for suggesting there should be a level of difficulty in learning ROM hacking so as to weed out people who weren't cut out for it and to prevent having the volume of crappy ROM hacks that are out there multiple exponentially (I believe he referred to the plagues of remakes of SMB 1-1) and here I am pretty much touting the same rhetoric! Man how things change.
Sure ROM hacking is programming. But programmers don't only use the command line. They often use editors with things like syntax highlighting, macros, and a nicer user interface. Like for web stuff, the one for Notepad++, or Brackets, or whatever else. And even there, a lot of people will use stuff that makes things easier on them, like frameworks (see Bootstrap or Foundation or whatever).
And in other game design/development houses, they use engines with decent editing tools, like the Unreal Engine editor.
ROM hacking tools look like something from the Commodore 64 era by comparison.
Oh, and simplifying things is not about 'dumbing it down'. If you make things difficult for newbies to get into, your scene probably will eventually die. There should be a nicer learning curve for ROM hacking, otherwise when the old guard finally moves onto new pastures, it'll be hard to sustain any level of activity.
As for modern designs... I disagree. I think they just look nicer, whether that's for newbies or veterans. The ROM hacking scene needs to move away from the 'programmer art' Geocities esque design that seems to be plaguing it and get with the times.
As far as translations go, it seems to me like there is an untapped Youtube market for Lets Players who can speak both English and Japanese. A lot of people are unwilling to play old games, but are fine with watching others play them. So a person fluent in both who could translate the dialogue as they play would probably draw a lot of attention.
Get them to play Fire Emblem Fates, and they'd get a few thousand subscribers in no time!
Also, a few other things that would help:
1. A nicer wiki. Okay, Data Crystal exist... kind of. But it's very empty for the most part. For example, I type in Mario 64 and...http://datacrystal.romhacking.net/wiki/Super_Mario_64_DS
I get only the page for the DS remake, and a page with about two links and a picture. So I try Super Mario World:http://datacrystal.romhacking.net/wiki/Super_Mario_World
Bit better, but a lot of red links and not much real detail. But hey, SMW Central exists for that, so maybe I'll try... The Legend of Zelda:http://datacrystal.romhacking.net/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda
Well... it exists. But it's again, just random links.
Either way, the wiki needs some more maintainers. I'd help myself, but hey, Super Mario Wiki is enough of a timesink for me as it is.
I also think a bit more community spirit and a focus on the authors as people could help too. Like, imagine if ROM Hacking.net sometimes had interviews with prominent modders and posted them on the front page? That would be nice to see. Or how about real reviews of hacks, by a dedicated team or something? Something akin to Levelengine's Mario hack reviews, except more general?https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cmskLuUDIgT30mjUa6UWw
But those are just my suggestions.