I'd like to clarify a few things because I think that some of my criticisms may have been misunderstood.
I do not have a problem with street teams or street team projects. However, I feel that some things have not been handled as professionally as they should have been, and I know that I'm far from being the only person with that opinion. I've been reading Twitter all week, the band members' blogs, and I looked around Facebook, but I could not get a clear idea of what this Versaillesphilia concept was supposed to represent. It seemed to mean something different every time I turned around.
I appreciated Allie taking the time to explain the idea, and after learning what it was that she was trying to do, I sent her a long e-mail about what I saw as issues with the way it had been presented to fans, some of the objections that fans have had due to communication problems, and some suggestions that I thought might help to smooth the objections and make it more appealing to a wider group of fans. There were probably things in there that she or other street team members didn't want to hear, but I did write it with the goal of providing constructive criticism to help them improve the plan.
What I would really like is for Versailles to be seen in the best light possible, for the staff and street teams to operate effectively and smoothly, and for fans to get along. I don't believe that keeping my mouth shut when I think something is being done clumsily is helpful toward that. I didn't write this stuff just to be a hater, although I probably did some things clumsily myself too and didn't come off as well as I could have. I want both the staff and street teams to think about what happened that might have caused a bad impression so it can be prevented in the future. But I feel like I've come off as some kind of horrible ogre.
Also, I would like to know what the proper channels are to send criticism, suggestions, and contributions to both staff and street teams. That is, assuming that this is even possible for someone with no officially recognized status. A couple of weeks ago I attempted to send a translation to management, something which fans were specifically asking for and would have found useful, but so far there's been no reply. Maybe I sent it to the wrong address or person. Maybe I'm being ignored because I'm not part of a street team. I was hoping to at least get a rejection so I could publish it myself and fans could make use of it.
Earlier I'd felt like some small steps had been made toward some kind of resolution, but now I think it looks even worse. I have tried to be helpful and offered contributions and suggestions, but more and more I feel as if the only role for no-rank fans like me is to shut up and be Versailles' ATM. I guess that's just usual though, so I feel somewhat ashamed for imagining it might be different in this case.