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The Secrets of Jappleng
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Welcome to the Secrets of Jappleng Page!

Here you will find information about the many secrets that Jappleng holds.

1. The Secret of J-Coins and Secret J-Coins
Most actions you complete on Jappleng will generate J-Coins for you. You may use these J-Coins to buy things in the Jappleng Market. Occasionally you may find a J-Coin hidden on the site, click on the J-Coin to collect a random amount. The generator is based on activity level and not page refresh, therefore the more people are participating on the site (posting on the forums, j-spot, completing lessons, etc...) the more likely a coin will appear. These coins do not appear for guests. Completing achievements may also give you J-Coins if the reward has J-Coins.

2. The purpose of the Achievements
The purpose of the achievements system was to help people learn more about what can be done around Jappleng since Jappleng is very big and has many sections. In reward of completing certain tasks, the member is rewarded. Rewards also help people unlock new features or have the necessary preparations for trying things they haven't tried yet such as adding an emblem to their avatar or customizing a signature, obtaining an egg to hatch for their pet and so forth....

3. Jappleng is mainly a free to use project, was built by 1 person and as a hobby
Jappleng was founded by me in 2005 and its earliest version called "Jappleng Blog" which was about my progress about learning Japanese. It evolved into Jappleng News then Jappleng.2, then Jappleng University and then just Jappleng over the years. It was once a very popular forum with tens of thousands of members but due to cost and my inability to put more time into the project as I myself was trying to go to college and keep a job, I had to close the site for some time. My promise to everyone was that Jappleng would one day return and that it did. In 2014 I started development again, although it was buggy and was too large by 2016, it was released in "beta" and a year later in 2017 Jappleng released "complete". However by then mobile devices were the norm and the static design made it very difficult to use for anyone not using a PC. I took a break for 6 months and started work again in January 2018. I worked all day almost every day until January 2020 to complete Jappleng. The revised design was not just better for all devices but it also resolved all the issues that it presented. It was a long, difficult process which hardly anyone was supportive of. I hope that Jappleng will continue to be free to use.

4. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Enter
That is the only hint you are getting for this secret achievement.

5. This is how you can find the Global Moderators (GM)
Go to friend finder then tick the slider for "GM" and click search. You will then be able to see GMs.

6. You can enter in relationships
When you are a friend with someone, you can enter a relationship with them. Visit their J-Spot profile and then click on the menu. There is an option for "Request Relationship". If they agree, you two will be in a relationship and their avatar will appear on your J-Spot with a heart. You can find people looking for a relationship using the friend finder.

7. Daily Login Bonuses
Login every day to obtain your daily login bonus! Sometimes they are J-Coins, sometimes they are more than that....

8. We have special events!
Jappleng is setup similarly like a game and I believe it may be one of the only websites in the world that does this. In that regard, there are events which are observed and special prizes are given out. For istance, if it's October, we have a Halloween event where the daily login bonuses are different, there are new or Halloween exclusive items in the J-World market. Additionally, we may have chat related events (party?), competitions and other things that may be relevant to the event.

9. Sticker Collection
Your sticker collection shows how much you know about Jappleng. It's similar to the achievements system except there's a degree of grind involved because some stickers may only be obtained via achievements, events, competition participation, and so on... Anyone can see your sticker collection and whenever a new sticker is available, be sure to obtain it as some of them are obtainable only from events. The exact method to obtain a particular sticker remains a mystery and it is up to the community to figure out how to unlock them.

10. ??????????????????
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If you guys are wondering what's up with Yokai Masters, I had a big bulk of the web game ready in early July. But, I abandoned it in favor of a mobile variant of it instead. So instead of having a basic version of the game for Jappleng, there will be a full-featured 3D game for android / iOS instead.

Initially the idea was a simple web app to help promote the site with some key learning elements added to the game. But, it was a bad idea in the end. It couldn't fit the format I was hoping for and derailed attention from what Jappleng is about. So project Inari is being merged with Yokai Masters as a very unique game coming either very late in the year or early next year.
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[ Sept 16 2020]

Hey, been a while right?  I stopped working on Jappleng in February, got really burnt out from it. Let's just say it's been a project that I worked on since Dec 2005 on my own. It's been through many revisions, it had a few phases of communities and even at some point it was "the place" to go.  But, It's always been a constant struggle to keep up with making the site modern and better. I had to do 3 back-to-back revisions that took a few years just to catch up. To put it plainly, it sucked the life out of me.

I want to keep working on the project but I might have to downsize it. It's a free to use project and I don't profit from it in any way so likewise, it's not an easy task to find volunteers. BUT, Jappleng is pretty ambitious with its goals and it would be fun to see it strive again.

What can be changed that appeals to most people?
I don't know. I know making an app would help, but it would take a lot of time I think. But I do want to build a phone app for it, but only if the website can have a modest community.

What you can do to help:
If you would like to help, and I know it's asking for a lot but consider this. I spent about 30,000hours on this project. It seems ridiculous but if you consider the amount of revisions I put into the site over 15 years and the tremendous aount of articles I wrote (most which aren't online anymore because sections were removed), then it starts to make sense. The only thing I ask is for people to help cheering me on, commenting on this post for example to say "keep going!" or join our discord channel, use our forums daily, and push to help make the community active.

Basically, when people become active, others will follow because there are a lot and I mean a lot of lurkers here. Hundreds come every day.  So please consider lending your helping hand and I promise I can push myself to build Jappleng into an exciting, fun-filled J-Communtity.

Thank you!!
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