Welcome to the club.
We also have some rules that are important to follow. We don’t like sending anyone to jail, after all. Here’s a big picture summary of the rules, for those that don’t like to read:
Please treat others with respect. Offensive, hateful, racist, sexist, discriminatory, obscene, and/or vulgar posts will result in a time out or ban.
“What generalization!” you say. And you’re right.
That’s why it’s so difficult to enforce things on the internet. It’s a big, fat, gray area. Admins and moderators will do their best to be fair and keep the WaniKani Community a nice, fun, safe, and educational place to be. But please understand: every time we have to look at a post for judgement, it’s just that: a judgement call. Whatever decisions the moderators make, they are doing their best to stay consistent with the rules, listed below. Also, their decisions are final, so please don’t cry-cry when you’re put on time out.
Treat others with respect: This is just basic human decency. Sometimes this means being nice during your interactions with individuals. Sometimes this means refraining from posting things that will offend a particular group (even if that group is just “the entire human race”). Be nice, you know? We’re all on the same team here, and it is imperative that we are united when the lizard people emerge from Mt. Rainier.
Don’t Spam / Promote: We get it. You made an app or resource about Japanese. Good job. Maybe it’s a simple Anki deck. Maybe it’s a PDF. Maybe it’s the next Rosetta Stone. If you post those things on the forums to tell people about it, it’s fine. If you post it up many times, or purposely bump your post so more people will artificially see it, then it’s becoming promotion and spam. We tend to be a little more lax if it’s Japanese related, in general.
Don’t say some of the bad words: Keep it PG-13. There are kids here. And parents too. Not to mention the elderly, to whom we must show filial piety. It is, despite what you might think, possible to communicate just as effectively without taking a stroll down F-Bomb Lane. Don’t even think about turning down C or B Street.
Don’t be illegal: Illegal activity, including hacking, torrents, asking for sect names, illegal downloads, etc., will not be tolerated.
Don’t post inappropriate material: This is a tough one. The standard for “inappropriate materials” depends on the person, country, culture, and another 323 criteria. But, think of it this way: If you wouldn’t be comfortable showing something to your mother, your boss, or both (don’t try to tell me your mother and boss are the same person and she loves spending quality time with you looking at horse porn during work hours), then it shouldn’t be posted here. Outside of that, moderators will do their best to decide what is “inappropriate.”
Don’t be a troll: No trolling or attacking individual members / groups for their opinions, beliefs, etc. If there’s an argument, that’s fine. Debate the issue with as little toxicity as you can muster. If a thread gets out of line, it will be closed and trolls will be given a timeout or ban.
Moderators have the final word: They may also may make decisions that are not explicitly explained here in the rules (or perhaps require some opinion). If you run into any issues with this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help to resolve the issue. Most of us here are human, and we’re doing the best we can to be fair and consistent.
Rules are subject to change: Rules are subject to change at the administrators’ discretions. If you find new ways to break the rules, we’ll probably find new ways to change the rules. So, you know, just be nice, please! It’s way easier that way.
What Happens If I Break The Rules? Maybe just a warning. Maybe a timeout (you won’t be able to use the forum for a while). Maybe a ban (you won’t be able to use the forums ever again!). It just depends on how bad things are and how many times you’ve broken the rules. You’ll get a private message from a moderator to go along with it, with an explanation. Please don’t beg for mercy.
Do not request a sect title: Just don’t do it, brah. Nothing good will happen.
Common Questions (with Answers)
We get a lot of emails about the same things, mostly because nobody reads the guide or FAQ. Please do that, then email us with any other questions! Or, ask your question here in the forums. That’s probably faster, anyways.
Otherwise, go have some fun, be nice, and learn a thing or two.
The WaniKani Team