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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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Meaning of のが in this sentence? [migrated]

I’m wondering what the meaning of のが would be in this: 世界が君の小さな肩に乗っているのが I understand the whole sentence and translated it just toc check but for some reason I can’t seem to think what on Earth the ...
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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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Tools for diagramming sentences and generating images or markdown?

I've often wanted to diagram Japanese sentences to better illustrate how the different parts fit together. With our current markdown setup, this is difficult at best. I dimly recall having seen posts ...
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I can't write "二時” using Windows IME

If I input "niji" the option just doesn't show up. I added it as a custom word in the IME dictionary, but it still doesn't show up. I have to write "futaji" to get "二時". ...
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Best online kanji dictionary/software which shows the stroke order and names the strokes?

There are plenty of dictionaries that show the stroke order of kanji but don't go into detail on the kind of stroke. Just to confirm what I mean by ''kind of stroke''. The kanji for mouth is 口. It is ...
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Where to find simple example sentences

Does anyone know any website or corpus (apart from jisho.org, weblio, reverso context or glosbe) where for a given word I can get lots of simple sentences with that word? There are many times that ...
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Deciding between particle reference material

I am looking at two books on particles to get as reference material. I wanted to hear the opinions of those who used these, especially if you have used both of them. All About Particles A Dictionary ...
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Kanji Kentei - Vocabulary requirements for each level

I'm thinking of sitting any of the Kanji Kentei levels, but I'm not so sure what level I should take. Is there any list or at least estimation available of what amount of vocabulary (and what words) ...
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Any suggestion for improving listening skills in Japanese? Any recommended YouTube channels?

I was wondering if you have any awesome channels you can recommend. I have been wanting to improve my listening comprehension and it's been difficult :(
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How do you figure out the pronunciation of unknown characters without copying and pasting, on a computer?

With Chinese there is an awesome keyboard setting on iOS where you can draw a character, so if you see one you don’t know you just draw it into a dictionary to identify it. Obviously you can just copy ...
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How to type number in Japanese (Chinese number not Arabic number)

How to type Chinese numbers like 九 (for number 9), 二十 (for number 20) on computer keyboard?
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Asking an existing question

If I want to ask an already existing and answered question, since there is something I'm not clear about in the answer, what's the best way? Just to comment (but I noticed the question isn't brought ...
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How can one input 圏点 (emphasis marks)?

I understand that 圏点【けんてん】 are not very often used in Japanese writing as much as italics are used in English, but how do you add 圏点【けんてん】 using an English keyboard?
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Typing in radicals in Japanese

I've googled this and searched on quite a few websites but no luck. I've read replies here about this but it didn't work for me or didn't provide the information I'm looking for. Please read carefully ...
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Unilateral question closure

It appears that some users who are not moderators have the power to close questions by themselves. I'm not complaining; the closures are always reasonable. I'm just curious as to how this comes about.
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META - is there a sticky or list of rules for questions on this site?

Japanese is such a highly context-dependent language that questions about the meanings of single sentences out of context are very difficult to answer, not just because the answerer has to do a lot of ...
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Looking for an assisted reading/translation program or some other kind of aid

I am trying to read a novel in Japanese, now i have never done this before. I am fairly good with kanji and can get by with most manga as long as there isn't too many because of the pictures help lead ...
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How to type を on QWERTY JIS keyboard?

I purchased a Japanese keyboard (QWERTY JIS) from a thrift shop in Sendai. I am eager to learn how to type quickly with it, but I cannot find the を key on the keyboard. Where am I looking it over?
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NX/known-kanji-only words match site or app?

I wish to make a deck in anki or play around with certain vocabulary, but I want to separate it from new kanji learning. So the idea is to take for example N5 kanji, and make a list of matches, i.e. ...
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Why did the CSS colour for quotations change?

It used to be a yellow background that easily stands out. Now it looks like this. IMO, it doesn't stand out at all. There's not even a background colour, and the left side grey border is easy to ...
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Any option to disable 振仮名?

I was trying to clip some good answers to my notebook application. The problem is the 振仮名 will be copied together with the 漢字. The original text: When pasted onto the notebook application:
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Specific kanji not showing up as suggestions on Windows IME

I am learning Japanese mostly through Duolingo and in a lesson on clothing, I learned the word 履き{はき} for 'to wear' (something below the waist). An example sentence would be: 彼{かれ}は靴{くつ}を履き{はき}ます。 (...

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