WaniKani Content Overhaul Announcement


#184

First a WK update, and then two days later, the release of Smash Ultimate. I feel blessed this December. Too bad I have a test on the eighth :frowning:


#185

People who are not offended never bothered to start a thread about offensive mnemonics, neither do they reply to any of them.


#186

They do reply to the threads, though. Mainly the ones who say everyone’s being offended, etc. etc.


#187

Instead of framing this conversation as “is it wrong to not want to concede against people who take the slightest offense even if we don’t understand why”, maybe we should be asking ourselves, “how can we expand our community atmosphere to be welcoming and inclusive to people of as many different backgrounds and life experiences as possible”. Just a thought.


#188

Is there really gonna be no more 42? I loved that Hitchhiker’s reference!


#189

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#190

Okay, count all the people who started or replied to a thread, and then compare that number to the number of people who never posted there, or even posted anywhere here.


#191

Nope. The API will return the new subject content (including composition), using all the mechanisms we’ve put in place to show what’s new and what’s hidden and all that goodness. Old mnemonics are only going to be available on the site to help make the transition easier for everyone.


#192

In other words, how to make yourself sound terrible and not contribute something useful in the same post.


#193

Mnemonics aren’t available via any of the API versions anyway, are they…?


#194

Well, excuse me for being salty against the possibility of content being taken out because it could offend someone.

But then again, maybe I just got paranoid after reading some of the responses here, all we can do is wait and see.


#195

Hard Gay is worthy of being removed for pop culture status alone. Go ahead and fill your notes with offensive mnemonics if you want, no one will stop you.


#196

Yes, that was exactly the point I was making, thank you for your insightful comment


#197

Remember that the old mnemonics will still be accessible to us, so no content at all is actually being taken away from you anyway.

I do also disagree with the idea of trying to remove all possible offensive things, but that’s just because offensive things can easily be memorable and thus be useful mnemonics. As long as the replacements are also easily memorable, no harm has been done by replacing things.


#198

Using SJW that way makes it clear what your stance is. The implication that any removal of offensive content is irrational and unjustified is baked in.


#199

Yeah, you got all that from my use of SJW, and I got all that from the OP. The fact that you got that much from that is irrational


#200

That’s enough of that.

I don’t want to see another debate about SJW this PC that. Take a walk and let it go.

We’re making the content better by removing as many obscure references as we can and trying to generalize for all of our non-American friends.


#201

Muchas gracias, amigos


#202

Now that sounds great, as someone from Mexico, I have to admit that some of the references went over my head the first time, and I had to make some google search to understand them. Maybe also update some of the oldest popup references, considering how old some of them are


#203

That’s basically what we tried to do. There will still be some, of course, but the hope is there are less “wait… what’s a mullet?” outside googling required.

Edit: I’m also open to changing more things after this. And for what it’s worth, if I can make someone’s day a little better by changing an old, crappy mnemonic, whether that’s because it hurts/offends/bothers them (which is 100% a legitimate complaint) or whether people don’t know who Sauron is (depressing, but I understand), I’ll do it.