We made a change to who can see radical, kanji, and vocabulary detail pages on WaniKani. The short story: everyone can view them now.
There used to be restrictions for viewing these individual item pages. Free accounts could only see up through level 3. Non-registered users couldn’t see anything. Now, anybody can look up anything they’d like on WaniKani without paying (the vocabulary word 無料, for example). All pages, even 公開, are now open to the public.
We wanted to better show everybody exactly what you’ll learn if you use WaniKani. We also think this will help out more students of Japanese and hope that dictionary services (like our friends at Jisho) can use these pages as references to help their users, too.
We have some plans for improving these pages in the future, but step one is to make them available for everybody to view. Check!
As always, thank you for all your hard work on those reviews.
@oldbonsai This is great! As @rfindley mentioned, this also fixes that annoying issue where the Discourse oneboxing of links would transform the WaniKani item links to the login page (since it was redirected). However, it looks like the item pages aren’t set up to handle this ideally. For example, WaniKani / Vocabulary / 嬉しい when pasted inline like this should be able to automatically transform to something like WaniKani / Vocabulary / 嬉しい since that’s the title of the page. Similarly, pasted it on its own line should show a nice preview of the content, but right now it just has a generic WaniKani text.
I really admire Tofugu for erring on the side of openness. Many companies would consider it risky to let addons heavily modify site functionality and download all the item details, or to open all item info pages to the public. But letting us do all this has resulted in a whole ecosystem of addons that make WK fantastic for advanced users.
It’s one reason I advocate WK to any new Japanese learner I meet.