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Resources for learning Japanese

Here at Japanese SE, we see many questions along the lines of "Do you know any books/programs/websites that would help me learn XYZ in Japanese?", even though we (and the stack exchange network in ...
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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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How should I format my questions on Japanese Language SE?

Japanese Language Stack Exchange has a few features and conventions to help everyone with understanding each other's questions and answers. If you find them useful, please feel free to use: Furigana ...
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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 ...
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Deciding on an “officially recommended” format for furigana on JLU [duplicate]

This question is closely tied to two previous questions: What is the correct approach to romaji, kana, and/or kanji in example answers? Is it possible to add support for Ruby tags or any other ...
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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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Do questions have to be in English?

Does a question (and by extension its answers) have to be posed in English, or are purely Japanese conversations acceptable? What about other languages?
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Japanese Language New Site Design

My name is Paweł, I’m a product designer at Stack Exchange. I’m super happy for you, because the process of graduation is about to be concluded! Congratulations to all of you! Updated Design — May ...
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Encouraging participation from native Japanese speakers: translating posts

With the release of the Japanese Stack Overflow, I think JLSE is most likely getting more traffic from native speakers than ever before. Unfortunately, it is somewhat hard to contribute to JLSE ...
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New Logo for Japanese Language & Usage

In the spirit of addressing the beta's Top 7 issues, I thought I'd launch this thread where we can discuss what we want for JLU's logo and hopefully prompt the more artistic-minded among us to post ...
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What can we do to improve findability?

For those who don't know me, I'm Grace Note, a Community Manager for Stack Exchange Inc. It's a pleasure to meet you. Every two months into a beta site's lifetime, the Community Team receives a set ...
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Can we ask question for which we know the answer?

According to beta stats for questions per day, we're going down to around half of the require amount (15 per day). If those stats does not meet the line, sites rarely comes out of beta according to ...
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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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What is the correct approach to romaji, kana, and/or kanji in example answers?

I like to offer example sentences when I answer a question. However, I can't assume that every reader will know every word I want to use. How should I indicate kanji readings? For example, see my ...
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Do we need support for kanji tags?

Currently it seems the stackexchange engine only supports english characters in tags - if you, for example, put 一人称 in the tags field it will be ignored. Do we need/want support for such tags?
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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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Scope amendment: Should questions about Resources be allowed on JLU?

EDIT: It has been over a year since the "vote" has been counted and the vote total no longer has any useful meaning. As noted in the comments, the vote total while the question was current was: Yes:7,...
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Please help translate our tags

This is a follow-up of Should tag descriptions be prefixed with their kanji/kana equivalent?. For accessibility for native Japanese speakers (as well as for learners), I think it would be nice to ...
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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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Moderator pro tempore nomination

According to this, three temp moderators will be selected in two weeks of beta. Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user’s profile (parent and meta) so we can see their ...
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Furigana engine: modified version with various bugfixes, added features

I've uploaded a modified version of the Furigana engine to https://gist.github.com/cyphr/6536814. The changes include various bugs fixed and added features. Fixed bugs: I've added the problem ...
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What notation should we use for showing the pitch accent of words?

Japanese, as I imagine most (if not all) of you are aware, has a pitch accent system, which essentially means that the pitch pattern of a word can be and is often a very important factor in ...
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Creating as much Japanese interface as possible to be more inclusive of native Japanese speakers

This issue came up before, but it seemed to me the focus was on the content of questions and answers. I think when it comes to content, this is a site targetted at English speakers wanting to learn ...
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Furigana engine update

As a follow up to Furigana engine: modified version with various bugfixes, added features, I've tried to fix various issues which have cropped up, and posted the changes to https://gist.github.com/...
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Let’s vote often!

A proposal for everyone: Let’s find good questions and answers and up-vote them! Why? Let me copy a post by Scott Morrison on tex.stackexchange.com, because it is a good advice. (Actually I should ...
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Please explain downvotes

I think in the last week or so some users have been picking up the discussion of how to help this site grow, and trying to narrow down what is on and off topic for us. One area where we could improve ...
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Adding Furigana to other people's articles

Would it be OK if I edited other people's posts to add Furigana if there isn't any, even for much older posts? If it is, are there instances e.g. where Furigana shouldn't be used/repeated, for ...
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Do we really need ruby characters all the time?

Currently, the policy concerning ruby characters is not clearly stated leading in a lack of consistency in their usage. Answers in English tend to have a lot of ruby even on common words. Indeed, ...
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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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What is a better name for the tag [typo]?

The tag typo has the following tag wiki: Some questions later turn out to be based on wrong source. Often, these questions turn out not to be real questions, and ideally should be removed, but that ...
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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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FAQs worth adding

Right now there isn't much in the FAQ beyond the standard boiler plate, but I think that as we move though the beta we might want to expand it a bit with questions like the following: How to write ...
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Chrome Kanji renderings murdering my eyes: how to fix?

I'm using google chrome on a Windows XP PC. There's a known bug where if your main OS language for XP is not set to Japanese, you get served CJK-unified characters by default in Chrome. Does anyone ...
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Does it makes sense to have multiple tags for each dialect

The Japanese language can vary significantly between dialects and the answers to some questions can actually be different depending on what dialect it is referred to. for instance the major ones ...
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JL&U Hacks - Ruby Rendering

A brower script which render ruby (furigana) on-the-fly. Works on Google Chrome (Tested only on Chrome 14 dev) Firefox with GreaseMonkey (Tested only on Firefox 5.0, 7.0a1) Opera (Tested only on ...
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Comments are not for Answers

I will abstain from linking to specific posts or single out users, but I have noticed a definite trend in people using comments to post what amount to answers: good or bad answers, maybe, but not ...
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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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Furigana engine update for December 2015

It's that time of year again, where the Furigana engine has been starting to show cracks, and there's the feeling it needs to be duly resuscitated. I've been trying to employ, as much as I ...
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Improving findability: searching for rōmaji versus kana

Discoverability is a problem for this site, and I want to discuss one particular problem that I think is specific to JLU: If you search for romanized Japanese on Google, you won't find results ...
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So what's the point of the moderator election?

Don't get me wrong, I like all our nominees and am glad to see volunteers step up to support the site. But, with three candidate positions and only three nominees, I'm not sure why we're actually ...
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Kanji tags - now available!

Marc Gravell announced the new support for Kanji tags a couple weeks back, but it looks like it may have gone unnoticed. You are one of the first site that's getting this feature, so there may be ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

As your site is undergoing our new design-independent graduation process, you'll be enjoying your own run of design-independent Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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The state of browser support of Furigana, and bottom-aligned Furigana

As a follow-up to Do we really need ruby characters all the time?, I think there could be some discussion in regards to the rendering of the Furigana engine: How the clutter of the Furigana could be ...
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What are the attributes of a good question?

What does a good JL&U question look like? What are the qualities that a perfect JL&U question would have? Guidelines for answering this meta-question: One quality per answer Provide a brief ...
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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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What should our FAQ contain?

Now that the public beta has started, we really should start updating our FAQ with some of the decisions we've made during the private beta. Possible additions: Basic resources (Rikai, EDICT, ...
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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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Proposal to drop “& Usage” from the site title

Update 11/25: Thanks for your feedback! We're going to go ahead and drop "& Usage" from the site title. The header image and the "official" language around the site (in the help center and about ...
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How should we handle “typo” questions now that Too Localized is gone?

Today, a user asked what エレクトーソ means, presumably because they mixed up the similar-looking kana ン and ソ. Tokyo Nagoya helpfully left a comment pointing out their mistake, and then Szymon edited the ...
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Is JLU an English-centric site? & Is it possible to create a localized JLU for Japanese?

It occurred to me that there is the potential to have non-English speaking students in the JLU community, and that the heavy use of English might hinder their ability to use the site. Is it possible ...