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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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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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“Hide” user to reduce bias assessments

I'm thinking that for certain fields where a user's name (and reputation) is shown, there should be instead a collapsible tab. Something like a "spoiler" prevention. The information about who asked/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Furigana options are gone

I have noticed that for some time, the furigana options that used to be at the bottom of the page in the footer "navigation" are gone. I hate seeing furigana by default, and prefer to hide them. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Redirect problem for usernames with certain Unicode characters in them

Trying to access this user's page leads to a "The page isn't redirecting properly" error for me using both Firefox and Chrome. I'm thinking there might be a problem with the handling of URLs for ...
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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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Input help for rōmaji

To properly input (Hepburn) rōmaji, one should use a macron (ā, ē, ū, ī, ō) to indicate long vowels. Since those letters are not usually found on any keyboard, it'd be nice if they were part of the ...
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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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直 and 喝: Han unification, and being able to write Japanese on JSE

It has already been discussed on the general site meta at Whitelist the <span> tag with the lang= attribute, in order to support Han characters, but I'd like to draw attention to it again here ...
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Logo has strange boldness in 'N' characters

The logo for the web site, both meta and regular, has the N characters' vertical lines somehow bolder than everything else. Here's how it renders on my browser: The lines are two pixel columns wide, ...
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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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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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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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Struckthrough Japanese text doesn't get wrapped in a lang=“ja” span

Struckthrough text (e.g. <s>日本</s> → 日本) doesn't get wrapped in the same <span lang="ja"> tags that wrap other Japanese text on this site. This makes the text look slightly uglier ...

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