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I want to ask a question on Japanese Language and Usage about X. Is it on topic?

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Disclaimer: opinions differ somewhat about what questions should or shouldn't be allowed. Also, this answer is a work in progress - I may have missed a few meta posts or examples of closed questions.

Some questions are regarded as off-topic for Japanese Language and Usage, but are permitted on meta: Allow limited resource questions in meta? . This happens especially with questions on how to type Japanese. An example of such a question is How can I learn to type on a JIS keyboard?

Questions that are pure requests where no effort has been made may be closed: What is a ダンディー?

Questions that are purely about Japanese are off-topic: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/2511/is-it-a-rumor-that-eating-really-loudly-is-considered-polite

Questions that might summon Cthulhu are off-topic: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/374/regex-match-sentences-except-sentences-contained-in-「」

For further information, browse the questions on meta tagged , and , or browse the closed questions on JL&U by doing a search for closed:1.

  • The acceptability of 'resources' question is anything but settled. Considering 1) such questions were specifically excluded by the proposal itself. 2) they are by definition ill-fitted for SE's format (no one specific answer) 3) while on that page Rob states he thinks they should be allowed, he himself puts restrictions that make it very unclear what questions would and wouldn't be OK in his view. So far, I fail to see enough to overcome the previously established consensus. – Dave Mar 31 '12 at 1:15
  • UPDATE: Have at it... – Dave Mar 31 '12 at 1:17
  • @Dave My answer also stated that "some" (rather than "all") learning questions are off-topic. Do you disagree with that paragraph? – Andrew Grimm Mar 31 '12 at 8:19
  • if you ask me (or the initial proposal): YUP, they are even more off-topic/unanswerable. But most of what you'd call "learning" questions can just as well be seen as "resources" question (and a bad fit for SE for the same reasons). A non-resource, learning question (not specifically tied to an item of language) would have to be something like "What is your method to study [X]" and is a horrible question for JLU. – Dave Mar 31 '12 at 9:32

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