I'm seeing these videos make the rounds and I think they warrant some discussion. Do yourself a favor and skip the beginning animation segment-- I seriously groaned and closed the window the first time I was linked to it-- and digest the meat. You'll have to click through to Youtube, as it's in five parts. It's a critique of modern fansubbers and the many, many stupid things they do. It's thorough to the point of nitpicking, the Otaking thing pisses me off, I don't agree with everything the guy says, examples like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and its blackboard are self-defeating, it frequently dips into the exact same self-aggrandizing as a typical fansubber might take part in, and never mind the furious wanking in the comments, and especially never mind this final, self-inflicted blow to the guy's crediblity... it's deeply flawed, okay? Doesn't he know that Dattebayo is trolling? But I am all for the core arguments.
What's very interesting is that from the ratings and the comments, anime fans-- and especially fansubbers-- do not like these points. There's even a guy calling him a pedophile! Doing things this way is not the norm, and how dare you say that the norm has flaws! Fansubbing is in fact something that people do out of their own free time: they are absolutely entitled to do whatever they want, because they really don't owe anybody anything. The logical jump that people make is that because of this, they are somehow immune to all criticism. Furthermore, that anybody who makes a criticism is a squat, big-headed Hitler with ^s for eyes. That's not how it works.
As far as I'm concerned, fansubbing's dirty little public secret is that the hobby is completely ego-driven. If it wasn't, we'd all be using softsubs. In theory, this is fine: competition will make the fansubbers work harder and everybody benefits, riiight? Of course not. If you follow the scene, you know that's not what happens: a no-nonsense translation is not as good for a fansub group's collective ego as a pile of useless things. Double-digit numbers of groups working on the same popular show, benefitting nobody but their spiritually throbbing internet penises. All the ridiculous effects and karaoke and credits and pidgin English and auto-fellatio that are effectively lampooned in this video: they're all totally out of place in the original work and there's no question in my mind that they actively detract from it.
Fansub groups (of course I don't mean all of them, jeez) overvalue their role in the process. Over and over again, often literally, groups put themselves over the work, and over the people who've done the immeasurably fucking harder work of putting together the anime. Even ADV or Macek were never so shameless about taking credit for the show they translated.
5/31: Edited to skip the first video, and inserted further references (via wildarmsheero) to oh my god this guy's credibility does not exist.