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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 ...
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Are “what can I do to improve this post” questions on-topic on JL meta?

I've noticed a trend where sometimes users answer, or provide all information necessary to answer a question in comments, as opposed to answering. Perhaps there is some discouraging element to ...
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Resource questions revisited (2013)

We've had several prior discussions about resource questions, but it has been a while: A discussion from May 2011, hesitantly leaned towards allowing resource questions, but the opinions were mostly ...
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Serial downvoting and downvoting etiquette in general…

I just logged-in and noticed that every single of my contributions (questions and answers) to date had been downvoted: obviously by the same user, most likely without even a reading (there are 10 ...
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Can I edit a post to replace Hiragana by Kanji?

English Can I edit a post to replace Hiragana by Kanji? For example: ごはんをたべます → ご[飯]{はん}を[食]{た}べます とうきょうと → [東京都]{とうきょうと} 日本語 平仮名を漢字に直す編集はしてもいいですか? 例: ごはんをたべます → ご[飯]{はん}を[食]{た}べます とうきょうと → [東京都]{...
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What is “too localized” for our community?

In the comments of the question https://japanese.stackexchange.com/q/1963/384, I commented that the question seemed too localized. I have always understood the "localization" of a question to be a ...
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We should have a way to know if someone is a native speaker.

We should have a way to know if someone is a native speaker, Or something like how many years of experience he had even though he's not a native speaker.. and whether he's using it frequently and ...
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Level of question tags

This was mentioned in another question, so I'm starting a new one to see if we can flesh it out a bit, namely the use of some sort of leveling of questions so that users can filter the site and ...
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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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We need your help translating the Stack Exchange engine to Japanese!

You may have heard that we recently localized the Stack Exchange engine to Portuguese and the site has been doing quite well! We're now starting the work for a few other target languages, and one of ...
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Google counts may not be as reliable as you imagine

Some people even claim that Google result counts are a meaningless metric. Well, “meaningless” might be an overstatement, but as a matter of fact, Google counts can be incorrect by the order of ...
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Do something similar to Stack Overflow Documentation with the Japanese language?

I found that Stackoverflow has just launched a new beta called Documentation, the concept of which is to build documentations for programming languages, etc. with the efforts of the community. I'm ...
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How to “Signal” Willingness to Help With Language Barrier Issues

English Background: Given the current composition of the community and nature of many posted questions, it is only natural that many users assume answers are to be in English. They may further (and ...
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Does it make sense to downvote answers?

When does it make sense to downvote an answer? Do downvotes help improve the overall quality of answers on the site?
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Congratulations! Japanese Language is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Japanese Language met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team ...
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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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Tokenizer of Japanese sentences

Is there any open-source tokenizer of Japanese sentences? For example (according to this answer) 住宅地域における本機の使用は有害な電波妨害を引き起こすことがあり、その場合ユーザーは自己負担で電波妨害の問題を解決しなければなりません。 Becomes something like 住宅地域 に ...
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Best Practices for independent study of Japanese (to chat level)

I was searching for a similar question but found nothing. (After all I guess that requirements differ from person to person) So I'm starting from scratch. I've got reasons to study Japanese on my own ...
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How to improve kana reading speed?

My friend and I are beginning (~6 months) learners of Japanese, and while we both "know" the kana, we still read very slowly - slowly enough in my case that by the time I finish reading a sentence, I'...
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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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Should we have a standard notation for example sentences?

Many texts and internet resources use certain symbols to prefix correct, sometimes correct, questionable, and incorrect examples: ○ (U+25CB): correct (converts with まる in Windows IME) △ (U+25B3): ...
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How can I type this letter づ

when typing "dzu" on japanese IME, it doesn't work :/
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Aren't kaomoji part of the Japanese language?

There was a recent question posted asking about how to interpret kaomoji, which promptly started garnering close-votes. Setting aside the question of whether that question is a good question or too ...
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Is checking handwriting on topic or off topic?

Consider the following questions Is my Hiragana good? [closed] How is my hiragana hand writing and which one needs to be work on? [closed] Is my hiragana writing understandable? Is my Hiragana ...
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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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How can we objectively judge an answer's credibility?

(This is tangentially related to the question about identifying native speakers.) At present, answers to questions appear to derive from the following sources (in my subjective order of decreasing ...
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Should tag descriptions be prefixed with their kanji/kana equivalent?

I've noticed that a few tag descriptions are prefixed with a kanji (or kana) version of their text: kanji - 漢字: Chinese characters as used in Japanese writing as opposed to the two kana syllabaries ...
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Proposal about furigana

Premise: My question is not about whether using Furigana or not. That topic has already been covered. My question is about how to display Furigana in order to make them easier to read. I'm not sure ...
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Is an answer in Japanese only an answer suitable for this site?

I think we should standardize the idea that answers on this site have to have an explanation in English. This point was not just inspired by this answer. I believe this happens now and again where ...
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Where can I find an Old Japanese dictionary with 上代特殊仮名遣い distinctions?

I want to read some parts of the 万葉集 in its original pronunciation. Unfortunately, all editions have transcribed the poems into modern kanji-kana mixtures, which destroys the original pronunciation, ...
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Sorting out questions with unspecific titles or question scope

The purpose of this meta post is to gather vague questions titled along the lines of "need help with a sentence" or "translation help", and figure out if they're plain translation requests or ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Japanese Language Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, October 29th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for ...
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Should we start using Japanese tags?

Now that JLU has been updated to support non-ASCII characters in tags, we have the ability to introduce non-English versions of our tags, and use synonyms to match the Japanese and English versions ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Formatting Sandbox – Please test stuff here

Other sites have formatting sandboxes, so I figured, why not here? After all, we've got lots of our own special markup. If you need to try out any of the markup or formatting options on Japanese.SE ...
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How can I learn to type on a JIS keyboard?

I have a Macbook with a Japanese keyboard for the purpose of assisting my learning the language. I would like to learn to type using a JIS keyboard without using the phonetic IME. Are there any ...
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How to write ッ on keyboard

Some small Katakana use "x" followed by "i", "u", "e", etc. which makes characters such as "ィ", "ゥ", "ェ". Typing "xx" will make "ッx", and if you follow that up with "i", "u", "e", etc., you get "ッィ", ...
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How valuable are answers by native speakers that are mainly subjective?

I am a native speaker of Japanese. As such, I sometimes come across questions that, although I think I know the answer, are difficult to find a sufficient sources or objective explanations. This is ...
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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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You don't have to get a green check to be right, or to be helpful

This isn't a question, it's an appeal. Recently, I've noticed there has been a large increase in the number of good answers being put in the comments of questions, because people are overly cautious ...
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Why is the Japanese Language Stack Exchange site so negative? [closed]

I believe I can objectively demonstrate that, at least in my experience, Japanese Language provides a much more negative experience than many, if not all, other Stack Exchange sites. I belong to 33 ...
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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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We've got 94 unanswered questions

The site has an Unanswered Questions list, and right now there are 94 questions on it. That's out of 7327 questions total†, which puts us at 98.7% answered. Questions appear on this list if ...
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Can I trust the quality of Japanese to English translation sites?

Sometimes I use Google Language Tools or other translation sites to check sentences that I've formed on my own. Recently I've tried copying Japanese sentences out of textbooks into these sites and ...
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Improved IME Handling, re-enabling Enter to submit

In the past there was an issue (reported here) where pressing the Enter key to select an IME suggestion would also submit the comment. The good news is that we believe to have found the proper way to ...
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Etiquette regarding commenting/answering off-topic questions

Occasionally people (myself included) provide answers or comments to questions which are clearly off-topic. Here's an example I left a comment on. I was wondering if this is okay, and considered as ...
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What to do? My useful question is already answered elsewhere

A while ago, I had what I thought was a pretty good question which I couldn't find on here. I Googled anyway to try to find some more information, and found the question answered on WordReference ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should we burninate the [source-error] tag?

We have a source-error tag, which was the pet project of one particular high reputation user who hasn't been around for more than a year and a half. It seems that since they left, no one else has ...