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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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Naturalness the true hurdle to jump over

I am not sure to be within the topic of this site but I can't figure out where would be better? Maybe on linguistics.SE but not sure either so I post here. If you feel this is too broad a question, I ...
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How do you use Furigana on the new Anki?

I've been trying everything the extension says to do, but so far I've been drawing blanks on how to get it working. Anyone familiar with it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is this line wrapping in the middle of a word?

Why is this question wrapping strangely? The word unfavourable is split across two lines: If you edit the post, there doesn't seem to be a space between unf and avourable. In fact, if I change ...
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I would like to know the “criteria” when I got downvoted with no explanation [duplicate]

When I myself downvote, I add the reason for downvotes. Whereas, sometimes or often, I get downvotes with no reason attached. If the moderators would like this site to be more positive, would you ...
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Is there offline Kanji handwriting software for PC?

I love the way of handwriting dictionary, especially for Kanji. Traditional way is very time consuming. This site provide good solution for my way. But I need Internet to run it http://kanji.sljfaq....
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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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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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Taking level N4 or N5 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

I recently finished a standard two-semester introductory Japanese class that went through Nakama I. The class went well and I'm pretty confident about my understanding of what was covered in it, but I'...
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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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Merge counter-words tag with counters

In chat, broccoli forest noticed that counter-words and counters were duplicates: counter-words: 助数詞. Suffices attached to a number to use the number to count things, people, or events. ...
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Kakasi kanji to roomaji converter encoding difficulties

I am trying to use the Kakasi kanji/hiragana/katakana to roomaji converter, as an aid to learning kanji pronunciation within specific sentences. I am using command and parameters: kakasi -Ja -Ha -...
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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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How much Japanese do I need to know to use a J-J dictionary?

Also, are Japanese to Japanese dictionaries better than English to Japanese?
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Place to learn Japanese but in Romaji?

I know how bad it is to learn Japanese in Romaji, but I can't learn alphabets for some reason, so is there a place to learn Japanese but in Romaji? like grammars, words and such....
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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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Resources for slang and dialect differences [duplicate]

Is there a website where one might find a list or dictionary of different dialects (not just Kansai dialect) or "slang" of certain regions or prefectures?
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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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Suggestion to vote answers up to help the questioner decide the accepted answer

I think any experts who know that the answer is correct should vote it up as a confirmation. For me, it will help me to decide whether I have to accept it as the solution or I have to wait for other ...
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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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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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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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Should we merge the tag “written-conventions” into “orthography”?

We have two tags: written-conventions - 15 questions, no tag wiki orthography - 78 questions, has a tag wiki I don't really see a reason to keep written-conventions as a separate tag. It seems to ...
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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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漢字についての質問はどこまでJLSEの範囲内ですか?

Why is the order of bottom-left radicals different for some kanji? 最近このような質問に回答したのですが、使った知識はすべて日本に伝わる以前の古代中国語・古漢字についてのものでした。ほかにも調べてみると、 What does 回 mean in 回答? Why does 熊 have 能 in it? Why ...
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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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How to format citations from Japanese texts (author, title, &c.)

I'll post a few suggestions so that you can vote. Feel free to add your own suggestion. I've been thinking it would be nice to have establish some guideline how we should format quotations from ...
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Should tags polarity/connotation be created?

While writing my question, I thought it would fall under the category connotation or polarity. By polarity I am refering to the phenomenon that for example cheap could be something good (a cheap car ...
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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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Postponing Japanese

I was doing Japanese for a few months, then I stopped. Now, it's been a month since I stopped, but I feel like I retain much of the information I had. I plan to return but eventually, I will have to ...
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Are question duplicates if answered by an answer to a (somewhat) different question?

This came up recently on this question about the the etymology of イギリス. We've already got a question about イギリス vs. イングランド, where the answer happens to contain the etymology as well. In this case, ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 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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Should we use quotes for inline Japanese words or phrases?

Longer passages should use block quotes. This is about when you need to use Japanese words or phrases such as 日本語 within an English paragraph. Should we use quotes for Kanji and Hiragana/Katakana? I ...
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Do we want community promotion ads? [duplicate]

Community promotion ads are ads that promote other SE sites, external web sites, or proposed Stack Exchange sites that are currently in Area 51. As an example, here's the ads either used or proposed ...
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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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Is google translate an accurate device to translate english to japanese? (and vice-versa) [duplicate]

Is google translate an accurate device to translate english to japanese (and vice versa)? Or does it alters the meaning with a high rate? Here are a few examples of english to japanese(note that i ...
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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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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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Strange Characters in Native Post

metaを読みながら、このコメントを見ました: ... 僕なんかは日本語の母語話者だからといって日本語についてきちんと理解している/質問に答えられるわけじゃないというのを痛感し‌​ているので(そのために見に来ているようなところもあります笑),どちら向きにせよきちんと学ばれた方というのは貴重な戦力だろうと思います.ベータ版である上日本語につい‌​て扱える唯一のSEであることもあって,...
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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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Kanji and the IME

When I input hiragana ちょう into the IME I get over 50 different kanji. I understand why. What I want to know is this. Is there a way to thumb through the list and QUICKLY find the kanji I am looking ...
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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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Japanese Input Methods with Kana on the Top

I would like to know whether there is a way to input Japanese with Kana on every Kanji, like what we see sometimes on Japanese book. Is there a input method for this? Is it supported in iOS? Thank ...
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Kerning of usernames

The kerning of usernames isn't that good for me. It's almost keming. As a result, I almost misspelt the username, which meant the user wouldn't have received a reply. Is this a problem for most users,...