Hello - I’m tuabiht, a new user of WaniKani.
I’m currently level doing level 3, hoping to continue all the way to the end. (I have a JLPT N3, so for the moment it is more a useful review than real and hard learning).
I have a problem with some of the radicals. Not with the names of them (I saw that it is possible to add synonyms, so it’s fine), but with the shape which is sometimes linked to kanji which do not match imho.
For example Nailbat (level 3) is said to appear in the kanji 北 (hoku) - but in the kanji the small bars are not crossing the vertical line, while in the radical the small bars are clearly traversing the vertical line. As far as I know, the “topology” of the kanji (which lines cross which, which are simply touching etc.) is very important, in contrast with the exact angles, lengths, etc. which can vary a lot.
Another example which makes me useasy is linking the triceratops radical to the 半 (han) kanji. In the han kanji, there is no small bar at the top in the middle (it is just one stick on the whole length of the kanji), so connecting the triceratops radical to thsi kanji seems a bit misleading imo.
What do you think about it ? Am I overeacting to small details (or having wrong assumptions about kanjis)? Currently I am afraid that using radicals to learn kanjis I don’t know might lead me to some (small) errors.