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How are these fake accounts being created?

We're currently having an issue with a troll on this site, who is creating accounts that impersonate (real) user Eddie Kal. https://japanese.stackexchange.com/users/51692/eddie-kal https://japanese....
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Content filters and/or IP range blocking?

There has recently been a barrage of blatantly abusive posts by what appears to be a single individual, creating a series of user accounts that mostly have "kukel" somewhere in the username. ...
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Chiebukuro no longer available in the EEA

Chiebukuro is a site many answers have referenced in the past, and very helpful, but since February 1 2022, it is no longer available in the EEA. This leaves a lot of sources on answers inaccessible ...
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Free fonts designed for visually impaired people for japanese language?

Are there some free fonts to write japanese specifically designed for visually impaired people? Like these ones for the latin alphabet: https://www.luciole-vision.com/luciole-en.html https://...
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Broken furigana parsing in questions page

This post has furigana in the title. It renders fine when looking at the post itself, but when you see it in the questions page the kana and braces are shown in-line with the main text. I'm sure this ...
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Sanseidō Daijirin, 3rd edition, link rot

The link for Sanseidō Daijirin, 3rd edition here in the resources post seems to have expired. Any idea where else it can be found online? Or should we remove it from the resources post?
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Free Japanese Grammar Material

I self-study Japanese. I am at JLPT N3 Level (if we will base it on the certificate that I have). However, I really think I'm weak with grammar. I mostly understand when someone speaks Japanese, but I ...
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Kodansha 大辞泉: what are the kanji enclosed in circles?

When searching the Kodansha 大辞泉 by 音読み, for many 音読み entries there are small kanji symbols in a circle such as 漢 or 呉 or 唐. (Unfortunately this dialog box doesn't allow me to put the circle around ...
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Any software to transcribe Japanese audio?

I have some recordings of Japanese speech that I can't clearly hear and it's a bit annoying to have to unplug my earphones and set my speakers on full blast so to pick it back up on my mic and have it ...
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How to change the romanized conversion table in mozc?

With Anthy, I had a custom table, such that <l> was used for <ん> for instance. I found this more convenient than using a context-sensitive system or pressing <nn> all the time, but I ...
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Is it worth re-doing RTK, or should I just learn Kanji through reading (and forget writing all together)?

I learnt the 常用漢字 last year (approx. 2200) via RTK, but due to work commitments, I lapsed on my revision and have essentially forgotten most of my Anki cards. Is it worth re-doing them, or would I be ...
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Is there a way I can type classical Japanese (文語) relatively easily?

I was taking some notes for classical Japanese, but it's hard for my to type simple words because my IME (Microsoft's default Japanese IME on Windows 11) doesn't show the proper kanji for their ...
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This is not an opinion. It should not be closed for being opinion based

I am not a frequent user here. But I have to say having my well-recieved question (now migrated) closed with no explanation other than that it is "opinion-based" speaks really poorly for the ...
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List of Japanese idioms sorted by popularity

I'm interested in learning common Japanese phrases like idioms. But naturally I don't want to waste time on phrases that aren't commonly used. For instance, in English phrases like "bark up the ...
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Pornographic post — one user castigated another user who edited the offending image away

In a recent thread, a spam answer containing pornography was uploaded (it's now deleted). When I saw it, I immediately flagged it, but the post remained up for more than half an hour. Then, another ...
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Cannot search for posts of deleted user

Fortunately, the posts of users whose accounts have been deleted remain available to view. However, I can no longer search for them. A search for "user:4032" yields nothing. Is this a bug? ...
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Community bot bumping many old "unanswered" questions that actually do have answers

I've noticed the "Community" bot bumping a lot of older question threads to the top of the queue. If you go into the activity history, the "bump" action has the comment text: ...
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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

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