If you want to have pre-prepared messages that you expect to copy and paste as a comment multiple times, feel free to post them below. For example, a new user wanting to ask an off-topic question.

  • How do you intend it to be used? Redirect the user here, or copy and paste the message? Maybe you might want to elaborate the q and a section with these kind of texts.
    – user458
    Jul 3, 2012 at 3:37
  • @sawa I'm assuming it's intended to be similar to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/136609/…
    – Troyen
    Jul 3, 2012 at 7:23
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    I do not like long canned responses. Comments should be short and to the point. Otherwise, I am afraid that most people will ignore them. Jul 3, 2012 at 12:04
  • Why are you doubling "pre"? Isn't one enough?
    – user458
    Jul 6, 2012 at 17:12
  • @sawa that's a good question that could be asked on English Language & Usage, but it's cromulent. My theory: English doesn't use "pared" much, so pre-prepared isn't exactly the equivalent of o-mi-o-tsuke.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jul 7, 2012 at 2:05
  • @TsuyoshiIto Feel free to post your own version, or tweak mine. I think this question should be community wiki, come to think of it.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jul 7, 2012 at 2:09
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    @Andrew Grimm: I will post mine if I feel the need for a canned response. But usually I do not use a message with a fixed format. Jul 7, 2012 at 22:51

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New user asks a question about learning techniques for [topic], or some other off-topic question

Good on you for wanting to learn Japanese, and thanks for joining Japanese Language and Usage. Unfortunately, this question is off-topic, for reasons explained here [change link depending on what kind of off-topic it is]. There's a post on the meta site on resources for learning Japanese, and you are welcome to ask about [topic], and anything else within reason in the chat room, even though it's off-topic here. Feel free to ask other questions on the Japanese Language and Usage web site in the future. Ganbatte! (Don't give up!)

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