A new feature is being added to the KSP app, which will let the android device post a very short message to this website when the kanji-learner reaches a target of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1500 or 2000 kanji, or when they complete the joyo kanji. The message will not contain any private information except username and kanji count, and it will be optional.
Your achievement will appear on the app screen, as shown above (but no, you won’t be praised for learning 2 kanji – that’s just a demo). It will also appear on the Milestones page. The web page will be able to show a lot more detail than the excerpt on the app screen.
To access this function, users will need to have a login name at this website and they will need to enter the same name as their user name within the app. Unmatched names will be reported to the server but will not be processed.
Why bother entering a name? Partly, because you deserve recognition if you learn 1000 kanji. Partly, because your progress may motivate others. By looking at the list of other people’s milestones, and by paying attention to who is at the same part of their kanji journey as you, it may be possible to identify potential study partners.
I’ve just added two plugins to this site that provide a link between kanji and their keywords.
The first plugin provides hover text to translate kanji back to keywords. The plugin still needs a little tweaking, but try hovering your mouse (or tapping with your finger on a touch-screen) over the 水 kanji.
The hover tip does not currently appear when the kanji is part of a word, is next to an html tag, or in a few other settings. To make sure your comments have the correct hover tips, so that other beginners can keep track of what kanji you are discussing, it’s safest to put the kanji in parentheses like this… (水).
(The plugin does not currently provide hover text on the home page, which lists multiple posts, but works when those posts are visited individually. This should be fixed soon.)
The second addition is a text-replacement plugin that should make life easier for people wanting to enter kanji into their PC or mobile phone when they want to make a comment in the forum. Although many people already have their phones setup for entering kanji, people at the start of their kanji journey are not likely to know how to do this, or don’t know the vocabulary that would be needed to use a standard kanji-entry system.
On this site, text within forum entries will pass through a filter so that combinations like :keyword: will be replaced with the appropriate kanji. For instance, : water : (but without the spaces) will become 水.
You can combine both of these effects by typing ( : water : ) without the spaces, which is exactly what I did to produce the above kanji.
Note that, if the kanji has been recognised by the hover plugin, it will be marked with a shadow.
Test it yourself
The last version of this site drowned in spam registrations and comments… I have installed an antispam monitor but I note that several new registrations have come already through today, between de-activiating the initial captcha plugin and the new antispam plugin.
It may seem harsh, but I will delete any account where a user signs up and makes no contribution to the discussion. The grace period will be one day.
Starting again with a clean new site, in readiness for the launch of KSP for Android.
Still ironing out some bugs…