LavaBug and I have talked about modding a little bit and have noticed something:
Sometimes, people try to "show off" their Japanese skills. While I think it is wonderful and fantastic that people can understand a difficult language, there is a time and a place to "show off" and prove your 上手ness. For example, open a thread and chit chat in Japanese, write a Japanese blog on AF, have a debate on slang, or write a story/article for the forum.
The threads where people are asking for help is not the place to try to show off, and it is especially not the place to have fights about very minor details (especially slang, dialect issues, interpretations, and the like). It is a place to help people gain a better understanding of the language. As many of you know, Japanese has many little unspoken rules. Are they important? Not necessarily. I could get by in Japan by calling everyone -san and saying watashi instead of atashi, or saying desu ka instead of no. Don't even get me started on the differences between the Japanese in different areas and the different levels for bosses and subordinates!!
When answering questions, think of these:
- what is the person's Japanese level?
- what will they use the Japanese for?
- what am I basing my answer on?
- are there exceptions to the rules? are they important?
Mainly what I am asking people to do this think before writing. Japanese can be very daunting. By dumping a lot of cultural things on people at once, it may be very overwhelming for them and they could give up. Think about how you studied/are studying Japanese. By thinking of these points, it will be much more beneficial for the person asking the question.