I'm an inexperienced Japanese user and know only about 30 kanji or so. So every time I ask a question on Japanese SE I specify "Please use kana or furigana only, no kanji." It seems simpler to have the tag or or maybe also , to specify questions which only admit answers using hiragana, katakana or kanji with furigana. This would personally save me the trouble of writing the same sentence for every question, and may be useful for other newbie Japanese learners who get confused or off-put by kanji-heavy answers.


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To get around the problem, I suggest that you state your level of learning very clearly in your question somewhere. I'm sure people will gladly accommodate you and use easier/simpler words and expressions as well as add furigana to the kanji, or just avoid kanji at all. And if someone doesn't, others can always edit it in if they notice.

  • Well, that's what I do anyway, by adding the proviso that I'm looking for kana-only answers, I was just making the proposal so that I wouldn't have to write that sentence every time.
    – Lou
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 10:56

I wouldn't support this proposal. Tags are meant to describe the topic or contents of the question (e.g. means that a question is about Japanese grammar).

tag the way you'd like it to be used would be like a meta-tag. It wouldn't describe the question's topic, it would describe the script you would like to be used in the answer. This would be confusing as it would mean the usage of this tag would be different to all other tags.

Understood the way all other tags work, the tag might be taken to mean "the question is about words/phrases/passages written in kana only".

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    Ah I see, that's fair enough. I was thinking of code golf SE, where users can tag questions according to how people should answer. I didn't realise that sort of format didn't exist here.
    – Lou
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 10:55
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    @LeoKing I think code golf SE is a bit unique as it's not really a site where people ask questions because they don't know the answer.
    – Szymon
    Commented May 6, 2014 at 9:07

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