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How to ask what a character means?

I was going to ask what a character means but I saw a closed question like it. So if there is a character and you are not sure if it even Japanese how should I structure it?
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Is asking for song title and lyrics against the community rules?

I know some songs in Japanese from which I unfortunately don't know the title. Also, because the songs were heavily auto-tuned and the voice was synthesized, I can't hear any complete sentence that ...
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What's the difference between a translation request w/ the user's own attempt, and a proofreading question?

I just saw this question in the close review queue. At first I was going to vote "leave open", because the asker gave their own attempt (which makes it allowed, I think). But I noticed the asker also ...
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Are questions that are made up of a stray lyrics here and there in the hopes of identifying a song allowed?

For example I know UA did a song I love that I lost some where in the AppStore cloud. It was down and melancholic so that should narrow things down a bit. Throughout the song she keep screening out ...
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Are mneomonic suggestions on-topic?

Are suggestions for remembering Kana/Kanji on-topic on this site? I know there are many resources available online for Kana mnemonics (which have helped me a lot up to now), but I am struggling to ...
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Translation/Proofreading Close Reason Post Notice

I'd like to discuss the close reason post notice for when a question is closed for being off topic under the translation/transcription/proofreading reason following the discussion in chat. I'd like ...
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Modifying Translation close reason to include Proofreading

I'm reviving this meta post from two years ago - Should proofreading questions be allowed? The type of questions I'm looking at: 希代の剣豪の好敵手として祭り上げられた剣士を知る者など Question about/with particles It looks ...
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Let's remove kaomoji questions from the JL scope

Let's remove kaomoji questions from the JL scope. I voted to close this recent question, but it did generate a fairly good answer. Kaomoji are, after all, very prevalent in Japanese culture (so much ...
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Are “what can I do to improve this post” questions on-topic on JL meta?

I've noticed a trend where sometimes users answer, or provide all information necessary to answer a question in comments, as opposed to answering. Perhaps there is some discouraging element to ...
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Sorting out questions with unspecific titles or question scope

The purpose of this meta post is to gather vague questions titled along the lines of "need help with a sentence" or "translation help", and figure out if they're plain translation requests or ...
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漢字についての質問はどこまでJLSEの範囲内ですか?

Why is the order of bottom-left radicals different for some kanji? 最近このような質問に回答したのですが、使った知識はすべて日本に伝わる以前の古代中国語・古漢字についてのものでした。ほかにも調べてみると、 What does 回 mean in 回答? Why does 熊 have 能 in it? Why ...
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Can I ask for translation of some poems? [duplicate]

I saw on twitter two poems and I need help with translation but I'm not sure if I can use stackexchange for it? If not suggest me maybe resources where people can help me.
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Resource questions revisited (2013)

We've had several prior discussions about resource questions, but it has been a while: A discussion from May 2011, hesitantly leaned towards allowing resource questions, but the opinions were mostly ...
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Should proofreading questions be allowed?

We've had a couple of questions so far today that I'd characterize as proofreading questions: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/q/12845/1478 Help with basic sentence Both questions received ...
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Can we update the wording on a close reason?

I voted to close this topic asking for proofreading and corrections. I closed it as "Off-topic" with the following sub-choice: Questions asking for translations are off-topic unless prior research ...
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How to handle “need helppp!!!” translation requests?

As this site is getting more and more popular, I forsee that more people will create one-time accounts, posting a question with a meaningless title (such as the above) and trivial content with no ...
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On-topic? “How can I express that something is inconvenient in front of Japanese so as to not be overbearing?”

The proposed QA site Culture and life in Japan has this sample question: How can I express that something is inconvenient in front of Japanese so as to not be overbearing? First comment says: ...
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How do we customize the “don't ask about” section on the about page?

If you haven't noticed, the about page for every site got a makeover recently to better introduce people to asking and answering questions on the Stack Exchange network. One of the sections on that ...
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What should be required of for Kanji compound word translation questions?

Given a Kanji compound word made of AB+CD, I think it's been pretty well established on the main site that questions of the form: What does ABCD mean? Are generally considered off-topic and ...
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On topic or off topic: questions about fonts and their usage

Are questions about fonts and their usage on-topic or off-topic? Looking at the past questions, the closing policy doesn't seem so clear-cut. Allowed questions: Is it ok to mix fonts in Japanese ...
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Are questions on Okinawan or other Ryukyuan languages on topic?

The Ryukyuan languages, the indigenous languages of southern Japan, are related to the Japanese language. Should questions on them be on-topic on JL&U? If they are, I will be asking a few ...
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Appropriateness of resource and news notices

Occasionally I come across recent news or databases related to Japanese. As a community, I imagine that many of us may be interested in these topics. Is it appropriate to post brief descriptions and ...
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Aren't kaomoji part of the Japanese language?

There was a recent question posted asking about how to interpret kaomoji, which promptly started garnering close-votes. Setting aside the question of whether that question is a good question or too ...
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What questions are not allowed on Japanese Language SE?

Most of the questions that we have downvoted and closed as off-topic on the Japanese Language Stack Exchange site have violated one (or more) of the following guidelines. No Questions that violate ...
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What to do? My useful question is already answered elsewhere

A while ago, I had what I thought was a pretty good question which I couldn't find on here. I Googled anyway to try to find some more information, and found the question answered on WordReference ...
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Identify this accent - on topic or off topic?

Is asking about the accent or the like of a film/tv character on topic or off topic? For example, if I filled in the blanks, would the following question be suitable? In Happy Feet 2, the elephant ...
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Is this forum for Japanese learners or language learners?

My understanding for this site is that it is to help people learn Japanese, and that it should be open and welcoming to people learning basics. However, I've noticed a fair amount of heavy linguistic ...
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Should 'for fun' / game / trivia questions be allowed?

Do we allow questions that are looking for trivia or fun-fact answers in JL&U? Some example 'fun' questions from English L&U that are not closed by the community: Awkward sounding but ...
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Should discussions of buddhist terms be off-topic?

A meta-followup to this example question: Why is 空【くう】, and not 無【む】, used to define "void", "emptiness" in a buddhist context? What are their nuances? Keeping in mind that ...
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Should questions seeking advice on the value of credentials be off topic?

This question is in specific reference to this question about how well the JLPT test reflects ability. However, this could apply to any question about fluency or credentials. Just to make clear my ...
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Can I ask for the meaning of an emoticon?

I just received this: (゜゜) In addition to the strange character, I was wondering about the meaning (fear? speed?). Do you consider this kind of communication a part of the language? Would this ...
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Should uniquely cultural questions be acceptable?

Recently someone asked a question about converting between Japanese and Western calendar dates. Tsuyoshi Ito suggested it was inappropriate because it was not language related (ref: this question). I ...
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On topic or off topic: How to find a specific fiction book in a Japanese bookstore?

Question: How to find a specific fiction book in a Japanese bookstore? I voted to close this question as off topic because it seems to me that the question is primarily about the common practice in ...
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Status of “When did you last see her”

When did you last...? Are translation questions still off-topic? If so, the one above is translation pure and simple. (upvoted and answered....)
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Is a translation question for “It serves as a good reminder for me” a good fit for the site?

Question: translation for “It serves as a good reminder for me”? by Pacerier The revision 1 of the question simply asked about the correctness of a particular English-Japanese translation, and it did ...
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Non-programming question about Japanese encodings: japanese or stackoverflow?

Should I ask the following question here, or on Stackoverflow, or somewhere else? At work I come accross a lot of Japanese text files in SHIFT-JIS and other encodings. It causes many mojibake ...
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Are questions about private tutors ok?

Its been a while since I studied the language and I'm considering a private tutor. Are questions regarding this appropriate for this site? Thanks EDIT #1: Some possible questions: How much should\...
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Should “list of words” questions be discouraged?

For example, these questions: Common 四{よ}字{じ}熟{じゅく}語{ご} that use/are 当{あ}て字{じ} Which verbs have 辞書形 (dictionary forms) that look like ~ます conjugations? And these to a lesser extent: 外来語 (gairaigo) ...
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Should pure translation questions be allowed?

I saw this discussion on chat and I figured we should have it in meta. Should translation questions be allowed, and if so, what kinds? For example: "Plz translate my homework/these song lyrics/this ...
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Are “history” questions appropriate?

We have a couple of questions asking where something comes from and is essentially history-related. The ones here probably aren't as useful for modern language use. Japanese/Chinese numbers usage ...
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“on-learning-japanese-from-anime-manga” is this question off topic?

アニメと漫画で日本語を勉強することについて (On learning Japanese from anime/manga) ran into this question, and wanted clarification if this should be considered off-topic or on topic.
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Allow limited resource questions in meta?

Since resource based and general learning questions are a major point of discussion right now, what about having a handful of questions here in the meta that we can point people to in the FAQ along ...
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Who is our target audience?

Since this will become the key point of both the private beta and the public beta it might be best to start the conversation now, namely, who is our target audience? Are we going to be targeting ...
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On topic or off topic: Is there an easily accessible list of terms in the Japanese grammar written both in Japanese and English?

Question: Is there an easily accessible list of terms in the Japanese grammar written both in Japanese and English? I received a comment from Ali on this question: Hi. Thanks for your question but ...
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Language study technique questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can this site include questions about resources one would use to learn the Japanese Language? We're going to be inundated with "How do you learn those 4-character buddhist ...
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Can this site include questions about resources one would use to learn the Japanese Language?

Re: What are good sources for streaming Japanese language television? I originally assumed that the site was centered on the Japanese Language and would include resources for learning the language as ...