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Japanese language interface option for Japanese.SE

In the past, we've discussed the possibility of a localized interface for Japanese.SE: Is JLU an English-centric site? & Is it possible to create a localized JLU for Japanese? Creating as much ...
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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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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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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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Suggest adding Japanese monospace fonts to the CSS

I posted a table in an answer and formatted it using full-width space  . I deliberately avoided TAB because it produces inconsistent results in different machines. I expected all full-width ...
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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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No circle around あ on main page

The circle around the logo is missing on the main page. I'm using firefox 26.0 on Fedora 18. EDIT: The circle appears now, but the 'N' got messed up:
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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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Please rename tag [typo] to [source-error]

As a discussion in this thread, please rename tag typo (currently 21 questions) to source-error (currently nonexistent). I could retag them one by one, but doing so would bump the questions on the ...
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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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On Chrome, neither the tags nor the Captcha are working

I can't post a question whether standard or Meta using Chrome, Using IExplorer now. Nearly everything on StackExchange doesn't work- no response at all. The top bar doesn't respond. The tags don't ...
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Are tag-only edits intentionally disallowed?

Today, I tried to add the first-person-pronouns tag to this question, but was unable to save due to not changing at least 6 characters within the post itself: In the past (e.g. here or here), I've ...
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Why was this question written in Japanese automatically flagged as low-quality?

This question, written in Japanese, has been automatically flagged as low-quality:   最終講義・懇親会の出欠連絡の葉書に、伝統的にどんなコメントを書くべきですか。 Perhaps it's because its length in characters is shorter than it would be ...
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Regarding duplicate questions

I was trying to post new question: Title Can we use Kanji for 「びっくりした」 (surprised)? Question: Can we use Kanji for 「びっくりした」(surprised) like 「吃驚した」? If so, is it recommended? And the ...
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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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Minor bug in furigana engine

I just noticed a (very minor) bug in the furigana engine. If the post summary contains two URLs, like http://abc.de/ and http://klm.no/, the summary stops the hyperlink and the furigana engine ...
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Allow audio uploads

I recently got stuck trying to discern whether a person in a video1 was saying 湯, 言う, or something else. I figured things out eventually, but it made me think about how I would ask about these ...
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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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Furigana options are broken

Directly related to this previous issue: Furigana options are gone Only this time they aren't completely missing but the menu has moved and is almost unusable instead (the former isn't the problem.) ...
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Current font missing characters with macron

Latin letters with macron are currently not rendered correctly on this site. The cause is that this site is using a version of Open Sans hosted by Stackexchange server, which only contains Latin-1 ...
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Can I download Japanese Language SE’s Markdown parser?

Is StackExchange's Markdown parser, with its additions for Japanese language, available for download so that I can use it to convert my own documents to HTML outside of StackExchange (personal ...
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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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