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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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Centre the あ inside the site logo

I think the logo should be shifted slightly into the (1,1) direction (45 degrees), i.e. up and to the right. The bounding box may be centred perfectly, but the character inside the circle looks ...
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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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Make comments required for down votes?

On a forum for learning Japanese, I think that when an answer is down voted, it should require a comment to explain what the issue in the question or answer is. I understand the premise behind the ...
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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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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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App to add furigana

I suppose I can add furigana manually in LibreOffice, and I know I can do it in HTML with CSS, but is there a free or low-cost program that can do it with sufficient accuracy that proofreading/...
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Japanese text in 'Related' box rendering strangely

While looking at a recent question, I noticed the 'Related' box on the right side looked rather odd: The actual questions seem fine: When grandmas tell their kids お天道様がみてるよ, how do the kids know ...
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音声記号用フォントの single-storey a と double-storey a

眠いので日本語で失礼します。 問題 [​[a]] → [[a]] [​[ɑ]] → [[ɑ]] (Windows 10 64bit, Firefox での表示) 原因 .IPA { font-family: Andika, Doulos SIL, Gentium, GentiumAlt, Segoe UI, DejaVu Sans, Bitstream ...
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Severe rendering issue in some fonts - what happened?

Looks like my latest answer caused trouble for some people (see revisions for details.) I'm so sorry about that! So the edit says that somebody removed the bolding of kanji (which was on the word 羽織)...
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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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Posting an approximate answer and deleting it when a better answer has come

I am still pretty much a begginer in what I call “Japanese in the wild”(real-life Japanese). However, I pretty much like trying to answer question here because it is great way to practice. ...
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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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Convert thousands of kana flash cards to kanji

I have this Anki deck of 1478 notes that I use to practice reading, speaking, and listening. https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/3355859590 With one reading, one listening and one speaking card for each ...
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Should we merge the “homophonic-kanji” and “kanji-choice” tags?

I ran across this question today, currently tagged kanji:   Difference between the kanjis for "tears/なみだ": 涙 and 泪 I wanted to retag it kanji-choice, but as I typed the word kanji the ...
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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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Japanese keyboard where each button is a Kana

I remember seeing a Japanese keyboard sometime ago where each button mapped directly to a Japanese letter, for example there was keys for か and き. Oftentimes I feel that my typing in Japanese is very ...
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A list of kanji that have different meanings and connotations than their hanzi counterparts?

I'm planning on picking up Chinese, but I don't want to go over the hassle of relearning every single definition. I'm pretty sure at least one Japanese sinologist has attempted making such a list, but ...
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Ruby does not work on user profile page

When ruby is enabled, we can put hiragana above Kanji characters to show how to read the Kanji characters. The text editor of user profile lets us preview the ruby as shown in the following ...
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Make the serial downvoting reversal script more active

From time to time I get serially downvoted. I wait for the reversal script to kick in, and it doesn't, and when I flag it, nothing happens. It's not because the serial downvoting didn't happen, but ...
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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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Mnemonical phrases/verses/songs for Japanese grammar

In Russian, we have mnemonical phrases for memorizing things like grammatical cases, conjugations of verbs, detecting adverbs, etc. They are somewhat similar to Roy G. Biv mnemonic, but most often are ...
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Should we have a tag for “interesting to native speakers” questions?

As many of you may be aware, there are two sites for English on Stack Exchange: English Language & Usage, and English Language Learners. There is some interesting discussion on ELU meta on what ...
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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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How can I stop Google 日本語入力 from changing type of input all the time?

I recently installed Google 日本語入力 on my Windows 10 PC. I used to have it on my old Windows 7 PC and it worked flawlessly, but now it seems the configuration got really messy. When I press the Caps ...
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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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Modifying Translation close reason to include Proofreading

I'm reviving this meta post from two years ago - Should proofreading questions be allowed? The type of questions I'm looking at: 希代の剣豪の好敵手として祭り上げられた剣士を知る者など Question about/with particles It looks ...
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Should we expand the 'asking for learning resources' close reason to include methods?

We seem to get a lot of questions asking 'how should I go about learning this thing?'. (Learning Japanese alphabet and Transitioning to Japanese kanji from Chinese are two recent examples.) At the ...
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Furigana engine update for December 2015

It's that time of year again, where the Furigana engine has been starting to show cracks, and there's the feeling it needs to be duly resuscitated. I've been trying to employ, as much as I ...
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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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The state of browser support of Furigana, and bottom-aligned Furigana

As a follow-up to Do we really need ruby characters all the time?, I think there could be some discussion in regards to the rendering of the Furigana engine: How the clutter of the Furigana could be ...
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Do we really need ruby characters all the time?

Currently, the policy concerning ruby characters is not clearly stated leading in a lack of consistency in their usage. Answers in English tend to have a lot of ruby even on common words. Indeed, ...
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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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Let's remove kaomoji questions from the JL scope

Let's remove kaomoji questions from the JL scope. I voted to close this recent question, but it did generate a fairly good answer. Kaomoji are, after all, very prevalent in Japanese culture (so much ...
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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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Are “what can I do to improve this post” questions on-topic on JL meta?

I've noticed a trend where sometimes users answer, or provide all information necessary to answer a question in comments, as opposed to answering. Perhaps there is some discouraging element to ...
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Winter Bash 2015: Hats are coming again!

It's almost time for Winter Bash 2015! The last few years, 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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Misleading question titles

Occasionally I ask a question which I think is about one thing and it turns out to be about something totally different. For example I just asked "Use of ただ after a plain/continuative form verb" and ...
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Let's destroy the “homework” tag

Today in chat, mirka pointed out that the homework tag exists. I think this is clearly a meta tag: If the tag can't work as the only tag on a question, it's probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use ...
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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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Scope amendment: Character recognition requests?

In the recent spring cleaning effort, I have found a fair amount of questions that are character recognition requests. The Help Center page currently states that direct translation/proofreading ...
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What's the primary phase of the elections?

Nominations finished a few hours ago. Now https://japanese.stackexchange.com/election lands immediately on the "election" tab and we can vote already. The election page says Every election has ...
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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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Why can't I comment on nominations?

On the Stack Overflow election, I am allowed to post comments under the various nomination posts. When I try on the restarted Japanese election, all I see is: comments disabled on deleted / locked ...
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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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