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List of 7+ essential meta questions for the beta period

OK, so as the beta testers we're supposed to work on key aspects of the site's attributes. Taking a cue from other betas, I've made this list so we can easily find them all. ■ This question is a ...
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What can I do to improve my answer to this grammar question?

The downvotes are trickling in, I'm assuming, because of a misunderstanding on my behalf. Is there anything I can do to improve this post?
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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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Writing sections for the proposed guide to be more inclusive of Japanese speakers

As a follow up to Creating as much Japanese interface as possible to be more inclusive of native Japanese speakers, I thought it might pay to try to start writing some sections of the guide which ...
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How should tweets be formatted and filtered for this site?

Without mentioning names, some users seem to just post entire tweets looking for translations, and I think there are some issues here. First, I am not against tweets as a source of study. It can be ...
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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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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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Please explain downvotes … on answers

When I complain about downvoting, it's usually when it's happening to me or to a question-asker who has a somewhat similar level of Japanese to me. But this time, I've come across someone downvoting ...
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2018 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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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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deleting a duplicate

I just want to highlight something about duplicate questions. I think that duplicate questions such as this one should be closed, but not deleted. The reason is this: someone who doesn't know the ...
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Is it possible to reduce the number of close votes needed for certain types of close reasons?

I find that it sometimes takes a while to get some questions which are off-topic closed. In particular, translation questions are almost always very obviously, objectively off-topic, and there seems ...
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Are “history” questions appropriate?

We have a couple of questions asking where something comes from and is essentially history-related. The ones here probably aren't as useful for modern language use. Japanese/Chinese numbers usage ...
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Is automatic posting of questions in chat room useful to chat room users?

Every question on the main site and the meta site seems to be automatically posted in the main chat room. This has two disadvantages for me: This makes it hard to find human posts in the transcript. ...
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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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how to improve questions per day

I know that one of the main areas where our beta here is lacking is questions per day (and possibly correlated, visits per day). At the time that this similar question was asked, apparently the site's ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How to name the tag for the particles “は”, “へ”, and “を”?

We are evolving more and more particle-specific tags such as particle-ni and particle-to but what to do with these three oddball particles? Follow place in the kana tables: ha, he, wo Follow ...
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FAQ does not describe what is in or out of scope

Unless I'm missing something, the FAQ does not explain what is in or out of scope. When closing a technology-related question, a diamond mod said It is absolutely off-topic and you are invited to ...
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What constitutes a 'trivial' edit?

I sometimes have a problem with whether to approve edits or not (or, indeed, whether to make such edits myself). According to this page Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged but the same page also ...
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Is this site for also for discussing Japanese in a way that is not about learning Japanese?

Overwhelmingly, the questions and answers on this site are about learning Japanese. However, as Tsuyoshi Ito pointed out in some comments on a question I think has no learning value, the FAQ states ...
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Privilege requirements have changed

I notice that the reputation required to access privileges has changed. Is this part of the new site design? This happened once before but it was a mistake and got fixed. Given the number of users on ...
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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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How to title translation request

When asking for a translation of a sentence, what is the proper way to title the question? Should the sentence be included in the title? Or is a simple "please help me understand this sentence" or ...
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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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Closed question stats - June 2013

Since we don't have that many questions, I decided to take a couple hours of my time and put together some stats on close reasons. Close reasons as of June 2013   close reason ...
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“Edits must be at least 6 characters”, why?

I just wanted to add furigana to a good answer written by someone else but I get the following error: Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post? This ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Japanese Language & Usage Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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What should the site's theme / background / look & feel include and not include?

We've already began discussing the new logo. In that discussion some of the answers including my own blurred into the topics of overall theme and colourscheme but I think it's cleaner to separate ...
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Should we consolidate the history and etymology tags?

I was looking through the questions for history and etymology tags, and it seems like there is a significant amount of overlap between the two. Should these be consolidated, or are they different ...
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Should 'for fun' / game / trivia questions be allowed?

Do we allow questions that are looking for trivia or fun-fact answers in JL&U? Some example 'fun' questions from English L&U that are not closed by the community: Awkward sounding but ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Website for dialect differences

Is there a website where one might find a list or dictionary or difference dialect differences, -not just kansai- or "slang" of certain regions or prefectures?
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Use American English rather than Commonwealth English for tags?

At risk of discussing the Colour of the Bikeshed, should Japan SE should use American English rather than Commonwealth English (such as colours) for its tags? Stack Exchange generally uses American ...
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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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How much linguistics is within the scope of our site?

On some other sites I've seen questions commented that they should wait for the proposed Linguistics site. What about us? Do we cover all aspects of the Japanese language down into the depths of ...
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Are questions about private tutors ok?

Its been a while since I studied the language and I'm considering a private tutor. Are questions regarding this appropriate for this site? Thanks EDIT #1: Some possible questions: How much should\...
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Merge or reword the “set-phrases” and “expression” tags?

I wrote the tag wiki for the set-phrases tag, which is used 11 times and reads: Phrases with fixed words used as a single unit, many of which are idioms. We also have a expression tag which I ...
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Furigana possibly broken in Firefox 29.0?

I have two computers, both running Ubuntu 14.04, and Firefox 29.0. On both computers, the furigana is not displaying for me. It was working up until very recently, and possibly stopped working with ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Japanese Language Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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Full site not responding to iPad

Some icons/areas do not seem to respond to tapping or hovering on iPad. Particularly, the "Stack Exchange" notification on the upper left, and voting up/down,and adding a comment do not seem to ...
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“Spelling” tag, does it make sense for Japanese?

Being that japanese is a phonetic language, I wonder what the spelling is suppose to cover. here is one example What's the difference between "家" (ya), "屋" (ya), and "や&...
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Retaliatory downvoting (Moderator attention requested)

Not that I mind that now and again people downvote a question or answer they don't like, but this looks very strongly like some kind of retaliation or personal attack. Look at the activity here: ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Japanese Language & Usage Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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Close reasons are changing. Should we add custom “off-topic” close reasons?

Close reasons are changing. You can find more details on meta.stackoverflow, but basically, this is what's happening: "too localized" is going away. "not constructive" and "not a real question" are ...
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Japanese Audio Resources (Audiobook, Streaming Audio)

While I'm at work I'd like to listen to audio in Japanese (I'm a software developer). I can't understand anything now, but I'd like to keep a steady stream of Japanese language in the background so ...
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Are questions that are made up of a stray lyrics here and there in the hopes of identifying a song allowed?

For example I know UA did a song I love that I lost some where in the AppStore cloud. It was down and melancholic so that should narrow things down a bit. Throughout the song she keep screening out ...
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I need a good resource for looking up particles

I have memorize a lot of verbs like at least both Genki books worth and then some. My problem is i don't understand how particles work at all, i have read dozen of articles asked multiple teacher for ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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List of katakana words by frequency

I'm looking for a list of katakana words ordered by frequency. I've seen some resources with a few dozen or maybe a hundred words, but I'm looking for a more expansive list, perhaps from a corpus of ...