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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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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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Please disable Enter to submit comments

The quick-submit of comments through the Enter key is a real nuisance on this site. When inputting Japanese through an IME you are required to use Enter, which also submits the comment. Having to ...
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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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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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How do I type the interpunct 「・」?

I see this mid-spaced dot character used a lot: 「・」 According to this article on Japanese punctuation, it’s called an interpunct and it’s used to separate words. But how do I type it? Mac and ...
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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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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 Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted ...
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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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Japanese Language — Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! おめでとうございます! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two ...
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Is it possible to add support for Ruby tags or any other mechanism for Furigana?

Furigana is extremely useful if not indispensable in site dedicated to studying Japanese, but unfortunately the Stack Exchange software doesn't seem to support it out of the box. I've already seen ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Japanese Language's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cannot search a single letter

It does not seem that we can search a one-letter word. When we type a single letter in the search box, it takes us to an explanation of how to search instead of the search result. Example: Search 僕. ...
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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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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Japanese Language's first moderator election* has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the pro tempore crew shortly — please thank ...
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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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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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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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Great websites for beginner reading [duplicate]

I am wanting to focus on reading. But I'm finding it hard to find websites for kids to go on, or websites with stories for kids to read. I came across this site which has fairy tales, but I'd like ...
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What is wrong with ending a question with ありがとうございます?

When I post a question and write ありがとうございます at the end of the question, other users complain about it or delete it. What is wrong with it?
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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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Questions written in Japanese should not be blocked by the “quality” filter

You cannot write a question in all Japanese because the software does some kind of quality checking. I'm wondering if it is possible fix the quality standards filter to allow questions be posted in ...
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Drop minimum character limit in titles and comments

The minimum 16-character title limit is incompatible with the site, given that Chinese/Japanese nouns are typically less than half the character length of their translations in a phonetically written ...
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How do we get more positive support and minimize negative interaction on JLU?

Imagine you came to this site, asked a question, and got a response that simply said "You are wrong!", and nothing else. Who would want to be on a site like that? I hope it goes without saying that ...
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The server rewrites www.amazon.co.jp to www.amazon.com, and breaks some links

When a post includes a link to the Japan website of Amazon (www.amazon.co.jp; for example http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4140111127), the Stack Exchange server automatically rewrites it to a link to the ...
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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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Searching has a huge flaw

Why is each kana mora or each kanji character considered a separate word when searching? Here is an image of the rsults of me searching for よろしく on meta. You can see that the first three results ...
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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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B and I tags should be styled like STRONG and EM on the mobile site

The full site contains the following CSS: b,strong{font-weight:bold;}i,em{font-style:italic;} But on the mobile site, strong and em are styled, while b and i are not. Why does this matter? Because ...
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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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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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resolving conflicts once and for all

I'm familiar with a few other StackExchange sites (and other online communities as well). They all have their share of arguments but it has never reached the level I find on Japanese Language and ...
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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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Issues with bolding

Because Japanese doesn't have spaces, I've noticed a lot of posters have had trouble bolding individual words in sentences (myself included). See this answer for an example: Passive-transitive-verb ...

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