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FYI: Hentaigana coming soon

It is long overdue, but hentaigana (変体仮名) are finally coming with Unicode 10. This is a full set of 285 characters. See here for fuller details.
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Restarting the Election Nomination Phase for 2015 Moderator Election

We sorta had a snafu with the election - namely we let the election persist into the election phase without enough candidates to actually have an election. The normal process, as happened over on ...
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Do we like hats?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...
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Fun with numbers - JLU usage graphs

I've put together some charts that track JLU's beta health meters at Area51 on an hourly basis. User related stats: http://webnumbr.com/.join(jlu-beta-total-users.all,jlu-beta-avid-users.all,jlu-beta-...
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NHK Slightly Harder News

I think I've finally reached the stage where NHK Easy News is easy (mostly). Filled with confidence in my now truly awesome Japanese skills I thought it was time to read the adult news. Big mistake. ...
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“Proofreading” should be chosen as the close reason for “How does my hiragana look?” questions

From What questions are not allowed on Japanese Language SE?, proofreading is not allowed. It's available as a close reason when closing questions: Questions asking for translations, transcriptions ...
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Bolding in Japanese text has finally been fixed!

Bold markup finally works with Japanese! See this announcement on Meta.StackExchange:   Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works Until now, we've been working around this problem by using <...
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Please tell us what you're quoting!

Lately, we have lots of questions like this one or this one, asking about some specific text but without telling us where the text came from or what the context might be. I think that's unfortunate. ...
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Winter Bash 2016: Hats are coming again soon!

It's almost time for Winter Bash 2016! For several years now, Stack Exchange has run a holiday event called Winter Bash! It's a fun little event where users collect "hats" that you can wear on your ...
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An unofficial style guide to our tag wikis

I've been updating tag excerpts with Japanese translations. The format of our tag wikis is inconsitent, so I'd like to record what format I've followed for the tag wikis I've edited, in case anyone ...
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Should sequential tiny edits for old posts be discouraged?

Editing, compared to asking/answering, seems to have less detailed documentation. After I thought of asking this user to slow down a bit, I noticed that I had no specific documentation or discussions ...
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The best reason to close “primarily based on guesswork” questions

Recently, two questions were closed for different reasons: Being addressed as “Anata” by a Japanese male friend (closed as "primarily opinion-based") Tsunetero from tsundere (closed as "unclear what ...
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Which Japanese fonts are aesthetically pleasing to you?

I understand that this question is highly subjective, but I find that I have a few 'go-to' Japanese fonts which I really like the look of. I find others horrible to look at (Mincho fonts in particular)...
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Can someone correct a URL?

On the page at Resources for learning Japanese the URL for the Kyoto/Melbourne n-gram corpus lookup is broken. The (new) correct URL is: http://nlp.cis.unimelb.edu.au/jwb/ngramcountswww.html I can't ...
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What are easy to understand Japanese podcasts?

Preface: I originally posted this question on https://japanese.stackexchange.com, but was informed that it is off topic and would be more suitable to this forum. Thus, without further ado: Original ...
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Winter Bash 2017: Hats are coming again soon!

It's almost time for Winter Bash 2017! For several years now, Stack Exchange has run a holiday event called Winter Bash! It's a fun little event where users collect "hats" that you can wear on your ...
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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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Where's the blue colour?

In the site design release post Japanese Language New Site Design, this colour scheme was shown: I imagined that one colour would be for the main site, and one for the meta site, since for other SE ...
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Would allowing preformatted anonymous critical comments help?

It's sometimes frustrating to get downvotes on posts without getting any feedback on what's wrong with them. Would people be more willing to provide critical comments if they could choose from a list ...
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FYI: Corpus linguistics

Some of you may be interested in a free online course in corpus linguistics that is being taught by Lancaster University. It begins on September 28th. Fuller details available here. I am not ...
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Can we ban the “writing” tag?

We had a tag called "writing", which contained 16 or so questions about orthography, handwriting, composition and name and other tags in a good mix. I don't think a word as general as writing should ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Please help us to answer this question on History SE!

After a discussion on History meta, we have decided we need to take steps to broaden the range of questions that are asked at our stack. Many countries, such as Japan, have a very long recorded ...
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User Experience: Discovering the Formatting Syntax Documentation

For a contributor who is in the markdown editor, and is trying to understand how to take advantage of JLU's unique formatting engine, I feel the experience is poor. I see the user experience go wrong ...
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4,000 questions reached!

Glanced over at the statistics and noticed the landmark (well, technically 4,002). Based on posting times, it looks like In the japanese The legend of Zelda (e.g. Ocarina of Time), why is navi ...
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How can I look for questions at my skill level?

Many of the questions here are not quite within my skill level. Apart from looking at each question manually, what techniques can I use to find questions at my skill level? Meta tags are considered ...
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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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Which language varieties are on-topic and off-topic?

It seems to be accepted that questions about Japanese dialects are on-topic here and questions about other languages are off-topic. But let's look at the grey areas: Questions about Kansi, Hiroshima, ...
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Is the “learning” tag misleading?

After taking a look through posts that had this tag, I found that quite a few of them either get closed or migrated to meta. Except for users who have been here for awhile, this tag seems to suggest ...
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Heisig Book 2 spreadsheet for anyone who wants it

This isn't a question or a discussion point, it's just about a possible learning aid I've made that might be of interest to people who use this site. I initially used the Heisig system for ...
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Markdown editing help doesn't mention ruby

https://japanese.stackexchange.com/editing-help doesn't mention how to do ruby. Is this something that can be changed per stack exchange, or is it fixed for all sites?
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Building our FAQ!

A lot of the discussions so far have revolved around FAQ content (what it should contain, how it should be answered...). Amanda already got the ball rolling with a list of possible topics: What should ...
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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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Should the tags “sentence-structures” and “syntax” be merged?

I think syntax is the technical and linguistic term for the more popular sentence-structures tag used here. The Wikipedia article on syntax seems to verify this: In linguistics, syntax ... is the ...
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Should we merge the “reference” and “resources” tags?

The tags reference and resources seem to cover the same fields and be used by the same kinds of questions, and about half the time both tags are used on the same questions. Vote to merge or clarify ...
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Etiquette regarding adding links to quoted material

I often ask questions which quote a sentence from NHK news. I had decided that it wasn't worth adding a link to NHK articles since they would expire in a month's time anyway. I thought that the only ...
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Is closing this as a translation request an over-reaction?

I was looking up how the grammar of こと works for "I like verbing" style sentences, as I wanted to have a valid example before putting it into my Anki. I came across I like to do 'Verbs' , ...
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How to ask multiple follow-up questions

Fairly lengthy answers (such as this or this) are wont to invite multiple follow-up questions by the same person. My question is, what's the best way to ask multiple follow-up questions? It seems ...
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Ideas for how to polish fiction novel/short story translation skills

Note: I am posting this question here since I know it doesn't belong on the main Japanese Language forum, and was hoping someone from this community could offer some advice. After many years studying ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Do we need all three tags “set-phrases”, “expression” and “idioms”?

Apparently this has been discussed already 4 years ago. We have three tags idioms Questions about those phrases with fixed words used as a single unit, which typically have a meaning beyond what is......
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Can comments be made to count as activity?

Currently, comments don't bump a question on the 'recently active' questions view; only edits and new answers do. Comments also don't notify anyone except the question/answer owner they are attached ...
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Dialect Resources

I'm looking for some dialect resources, especially concerning those that preserve the 下二段 verb catagorization (like the Saga dialect). Kyoto and Akita dialects are also of interest. If you know of ...
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Nciku Chinese and Japanese

I am one of the Chinese moderators, and I came here to ask for information about Nciku and our SE sites. Nciku is very famous both on CL&U and JL&U, but I noticed a difference between the ...
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Give Japanese names for the badges?

Could the names of badges be made Japanese? For example, student could be gakusei, and teacher could be sensei. Badges are meant to be an optional incentive, rather than something serious like ...
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Suggestions on how to translate handwriting I can't read

An artist I follow on twitter recently uploaded a video where they write some text on a piece of paper. Now, I understand some of it, but most of it I'm not good enough to read, and so I can't put it ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Editing romaji for people without Japanese input

Recently I edited this question and this question and converted the romaji to proper Japanese because the OP had left a comment apologising that their Japanese keyboard was broken. I then deleted the ...
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How to input/type “ー” as in ローマ字 in OSX?

Tried many ways and searched on Google but I am unable to input the dash for long vowels in Japanese under OSX. I am using katakana input mode. Anyone knows how to do?
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Is checking speech on topic or off topic?

Similarly to this question, can I record myself talking in Japanese and ask people to comment on my pronunciation, accent and things like that?