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Goodbye @lélecteur

Just noticed that this user deleted their account few hours ago. It is unfortunate that we didn't throw a farewell party before it happened :'((
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Furigana font changes?

Is it my imagination or has the furigana changed to a different (and, in my opinion, less easy to read) font? I was looking at this post and things looked a bit strange.
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How to handle highly upvoted answers of suspect credibility

I linked a post today where the top voted answer has been discredited by two native speakers. As a mere amateur I have no way of knowing the truth but I strongly believe that the native speakers are ...
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Why do people comment on a post rather than answering?

I posted a question that got resolved in the comments rather than the answers section. I'm new here, so I was wondering why that might be?
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How do I "score" the JLPT practice test?

I'm considering taking the JLPT N5 test, after a few years of part-time study with a tutor. I'm currently studying GENKI II. I took the JLPT practice today, and got 10 of 15 correct. Is there any way ...
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Should questions like this one be closed for lack of detail?

What's difference between these? This question has been closed as a pure translation question, me myself among the people who cast closevotes. The reason for closure is stated as follows ...
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Do pitch accent dictionaries exist for dialects other than Tokyo/Kantō dialect?

I know there are pitch accent dictionaries for Kantō/Tokyo/Standard Japanese, at least monolingual Japanese ones, such as NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典. I wonder if these exist or have ever been published for other ...
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Can this answer be improved?

Is it just me or is this answer's wording kind of ambiguous and confusing? Despite the 9 votes it's amassed so far, I am having a hard time understanding its content accurately. I was trying to go ...
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Let's not use inline code spans

I've noticed an uptick in the use of the inline code span (produced by encompassing the text with ` text `) on our site, mostly for emphasis. But that is not one of its designed purposes. Nor is that ...
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Why are comments getting deleted

I've noticed over the past month that a number of my comments along with comments of others are being deleted. I'd like to know why. Unfortunately, I can't point to any particular incident other than ...
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When we comment that translation requests are against the rules, should we not provide any translation?

To me, it seems we're incentivising bad behaviour if we respond to translation requests with comments that they are against the rules, but provide a translation anyway. Should we avoid providing ...
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YouTube channels for listening

I was looking for YouTube channels to improve my listening, but at the moment I'm not really finding anything. I found this and this discussions, which have interesting material, but not channels, so ...
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Massive loss of rep

I'm used to the occasional 100 points or so disappearing from my rep due to deleted users. I grumble to myself about it and then get on with life because the site is about learning Japanese, not about ...
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What's up with these old questions showing up on the front page?

Lately there's been a lot of old questions popping up on the main website, with a status that reads modified X hours ago Community♦ 1. On the profile for this account, it becomes clear that this is ...
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Can one ask for English equivalents for Japanese words?

I'm wondering if I can ask for English translations for Japanese words/phrases in Japanese Stack Exchange. For example, 信濃川は日本で何番目に長い川ですか? is an ordinary question asking where Shinano River stands in ...
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How to write Japanese characters in the situation described?

The following situation: Someone has a PC with Linux Ubuntu as well as a mobile phone with Andoide, which is set to English so far and has an English keyboard label. He wants to write Japanese ...
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First post review queue 'no action needed' seems broken

I've been lazy at reviewing recently :-( but I decided to do some today. I was in the 'first posts' queue and decided that the question was perfectly acceptable but not worthy of upvote, downvote, ...
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Japanese translation of our tour

I think we will not end up with a truly bilingual interface to our site, but since we're hoping to involve not only learners, but also native speakers of Japanese, we have tried to make the interface ...
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Is asking/answering/commenting in non-Japanese/English language allowed in JLSE?

So, the original stackexchange is (what seems to be)almost strictly English only, unless you're posting in language specific SE. And here I met an other language comment in JLSE, what seems to be ...
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Should I ask questions that are too easy to answer, like confirmations?

Let's say my question is really easy to answer and I mostly understand the sentence but just want confirmation, is the Japanese stack exchange an appropriate place to ask? If not, where could I ask ...
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Migrate questions to other SE site

If you are looking to close a question and your reasoning follows the path of Closing > Community specific > This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network Why is the only ...
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Why was this answer suggested as a "low quality post" by the system?

Of all posts this one? Seriously? Was it because it had no Latin characters and even the numerals were fullwidth? https://japanese.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/30361 If that was indeed ...
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Japanese spelling and grammar checks solution

I need a way to spellcheck/grammar check Japanese text in Web. Are there any existing browser solutions (plugins) or API, that could help achieve that? I've investigated this topic and existing ...
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What are authoritative Japanese grammar books written in Japanese?

I know Kojien is the most authoritative dictionary. What are some authoritative grammar books written in Japanese?
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What are resources that list contractions?

I often have difficulty understanding certain mangas like one piece for example. There are many weird contractions and slangs. I can easily look up slang using slang dictionaries. Looking up ...
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Can I ask to have my transcription of Japanese audio reviewed?

I wrote down the first minute of dialogue from the first episode of a Japanese cartoon/anime called "Chibi Maruko Chan", and would like to have my transcription reviewed to see if my ...
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Quotes in Japanese about translation

Does anyone know how I could find quotes in Japanese about the labor of translation? I'm interested in finding quotes in Japanese by Japanese writers or translators related with the difficulties of ...
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Reviewing posts flagged as low quality

I sometimes get confused about what I should do in the review queues when a post is flagged as low quality. This is the example I'm currently thinking of. Whilst the answer isn't great, and doesn't ...
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Missing feature in new review format

I'm not loving the new format of the review queues. Putting aside the fact that I can't see any benefit from the change (apart from the extra exercise that my finger gets), the main thing that's ...
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Merge the [grammar-constructions] tag into [grammar]

I just found a new tag grammar-constructions which seems rather redundant, so I think we should merge it into grammar, but I'll first post here in case anybody has any thoughts on the matter. Update. ...
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This is not a question about the Japanese language

Whatever happened to the close vote reason: "this is not a question about the Japanese language"? Did I just dream that this used to be one of the pre-made reasons for closing a question? A ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What should I do if I was asked for the "context"? Why is it important?

I have a fairly simple question about the interpretation of one specific word/phrase/expression. I thought it should be easy for advanced learners or any native Japanese speaker, but for some reason ...
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Editing of old questions

I feel that fixing minor typos, adding bold to relevant parts etc, is a reasonably valuable exercise for questions/answers that have come in recently. However, I am less convinced that this is a good ...
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How easy/difficult is reading romaji for a native?

Having learned Japanese with kana & kanji from the beginning, I find it quite difficult to read sentences written in romaji (for example in some questions here on the SE). My mind takes forever to ...
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Trouble with transitive and intransitive verbs

Not sure if this appropriate place to post . I am self learning Japanese after a long time of not touching the language. I am now trying to understand the concepts of when to use transitive vs ...
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Can a question be too basic?

I am wondering this in light of this question. I don't even think it is a duplicate, but, and I hope I am not rude here, it is such a basic question, that I wonder why one would ask it here. Simply ...
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Should I delete an answer when a better one is provided by someone else?

I recently wrote an answer to a question, that, while not wrong, didn't provide the full picture. My answer got a few upvotes and nobody seemed to disagree with it. Then someone else posted a more ...
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Pentel Fude brush pen with extra fine tip

I was looking around and found people suggesting that pentel fude is the best brush pen to practice kanji and calligraphy. I ordered this extra fine one but then I found videos where they use medium ...
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How to type ドゥ (which is a 拗音) or ドゥー? (Windows IME)

Update: The question was partially wrong -- specifically in its assertion that ドゥ is a 拗音 (ようおん). The correct concept should instead be Small Kana. Please see Elrikr Utlendi’s excellent answer below....
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Etiquette on deleting answers

I just wrote an answer that, on reflection, was misleading/wrong. I know the OP had seen the answer because they commented asking for further details. I then added a comment apologising and explaining ...
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Font issue in browsers

The japanese font changed recently in my browsers. I think the font currently being used is BIZ UD Gothic and I really don't like the way the text is being rendered. I think this happened after I ...
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How to write ー in android keyboard?

I don't have ー option in my keyboard so it's really hard for me when trying to type words like this: ハンバーガー、アイスクリーム、ケーキ
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Problems with Kanji Font

I recently installed KDE Neon on my computer (Version 5.19.5), and I have come across some problems regarding my font settings. The font seems to be defaulting to chinese variants, as in, kanji like 刃 ...
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Learning kanji by reading or writing entire sentences

This is likely a duplicate, but I feel none of the questions I've seen on the topic of learning kanji have answered mine. Please point me in the right direction if this is not the case! To start ...
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Why was this question tagged as off-topic?

What is the first Kanji in this image? Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, ...
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Microsoft IME switches to direct input when focusing on the search bar in Chrome?

I don't remember it doing that before. Even if I do have it in kana, when I try to type into the browser it goes back to romaji. Was it always like this and I just imagined it not being like this? Or ...
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Explicit rule about including source material or references

The rule that should exist but does not The Japanese Language Stack Exchange (JLSE) platform has existed for over a decade now, and while the current set of rules covers the basic guidelines of the ...
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Why does JMDict not have an entry for 作り込む?

JMDict has 219 entries ending in 込む (including 突っ込む and 落ち込む and 乗り込む), but none for 作り込む. "作り込む" has definitions in Weblio, Goo, and an English translation on Weblio. It's a single morpheme ...

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