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My favorite (La)TeX editor is...

I use the following fonts:

(Please link to font's page in the font catalogue http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/ which has examples and the necessary code, not to CTAN.)

I mainly use the following (La)TeX compiler and tool chain:

(Feel free to add combinations like latex+dvips+ps2pdf)

I use the TeX distribution ...

I use the following version control software for my (La)TeX files:

I use (La)TeX on the following platform(s):

I use (La)TeX mainly for ...

  • 51
    Writing letters – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 19 '11 at 13:39
  • 114
    Writing my PhD thesis – Seamus Jul 19 '11 at 13:47
  • 139
    Writing [project|homework|lab] reports – Martin Tapankov Jul 19 '11 at 15:00
  • 155
    Writing articles – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 18:02
  • 34
    Writing LaTeX packages – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 18:37
  • 24
    Producing books for conference proceedings or textbook – egreg Jul 19 '11 at 18:41
  • 107
    Writing conference and journal papers – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 18:51
  • 105
    Creating presentations (e.g. for conference papers) – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 18:52
  • 28
    Creating vector-graphic-based illustrations – xport Jul 19 '11 at 19:26
  • 92
    Writing materials for teaching. – Alan Munn Jul 20 '11 at 12:28
  • 18
    Manipulating existing PDF documents (such as extracting certain pages, trimming white spaces) with the help of pdfpages, graphicx packages and an external tool GhostScript directly (or pdfcrop script indirectly). – xport Jul 20 '11 at 13:43
  • 82
    Fun :-) ..... – morbusg Jul 25 '11 at 18:04
  • 36
    Writing a book. – DevSolar Sep 13 '11 at 7:34
  • 31
    writing lecture notes. – bodo Nov 16 '12 at 11:23
  • 60
    Writing my curriculum vitae/resume. – hakaze Nov 23 '12 at 9:22

I have used the following packages / classes:
(more than once or twice)

Use format:
[<name>](http://www.ctan.org/pkg/<name>)

I use the following document viewer (to view PDF, DVI, PS and similar files)...

Please link to the viewer in answers and add the platform for which it is available. This might be interesting for other people. If you use an IDE's viewer write an answer in the form "the viewer of x".

I'm a member of the user group...

Please add 'none, I'm not in any (La)TeX related user group.' if it applies.

  • 29
    DANTE, Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TeX e.V. (German TeX Users Group) – Martin Scharrer Jul 18 '11 at 21:23
  • 34
    TUG, North American and international TeX Users Group – Martin Scharrer Jul 18 '11 at 21:54
  • 7
    UK-TUG: "UK TeX Users' Group" – Joseph Wright Jul 19 '11 at 6:06
  • 5
    GuIT, Gruppo utilizzatori italiani di TeX (Italian TeX Users Group) – egreg Jul 19 '11 at 18:40
  • 178
    none (I am not a member of any (La)TeX related user groups) – xport Jul 21 '11 at 9:45
  • 2
    GUST Polska Grupa Użytkowników Systemu TeX (Polish TeX Users Group) – Martin Schröder Jul 24 '11 at 21:18
  • 2
    NTG Nederlandstalige TeX Gebruikersgroep (Dutch language oriented TeX Users Group) – Martin Schröder Jul 24 '11 at 21:20
  • 2
    ConTeXt group – Martin Schröder Oct 4 '11 at 6:39
  • Nordic TeX User Group – Karl Ove Hufthammer Nov 10 '11 at 11:51
  • 3
    Association GUTenberg (Groupe francophone des Utilisateurs de TeX) – barbara beeton Oct 28 '12 at 14:11
  • CSTUG Československé sdružení uživatelů TeXu (Czechoslovak TeX Users Group) – Martin Mar 9 '13 at 13:35

I create the diagrams for my (La)TeX documents using ...

Possible choices: TikZ, PGF, PSTricks, xypic, picture environment, MS Visio, Inkscape, ...
Select 'PGF' if you really using the low level PGF commands, but 'TikZ' if you use that higher level interface.

I have read the following TeX/LaTeX books:

What do you dislike in (La)TeX?

  • 52
    (La)TeX syntax and programming style – xport Jul 28 '11 at 15:49
  • 142
    Bad error messages. – Raphael Oct 15 '11 at 10:49
  • 28
    Backslashes. Macro expansion. \expandafter. Missing data structures. – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 20:58
  • 10
    Exessive numbers of [] and {}. My pinky hurts after a few hours of coding. This gets much worse when you start using LaTeX inline math instead of $ $ – Canageek Oct 28 '12 at 1:47
  • 14
    real utf-8 without extra packages – Jonas Stein Nov 1 '12 at 21:26
  • 4
    nice tables that dont destroy footnotes without extra packages – Jonas Stein Nov 1 '12 at 21:27
  • 16
    long learning curve (I'm not the patient kind...) – Count Zero Nov 29 '12 at 11:00
  • 13
    The lack of a proper way to integrate libraries and making them agree on a set of common typesetting goals. – user10274 Jan 5 '13 at 2:00
  • 29
    Compilation is too slow – Jonas Stein Jan 11 '13 at 1:49
  • 49
    Packages that conflict with each other – Ari Brodsky Feb 8 '13 at 7:54
  • 7
    To be seen as a geek instead of a cool guy that produces perfect documents ;-) – Penbeuz May 15 '13 at 15:53
  • 6
    Syntax for tables – Martin Thoma Jun 24 '13 at 13:15
  • 4
    Too much attention to "protecting" styles from modification, not enough attention to easy customizability. – alexis Oct 21 '13 at 18:40
  • 4
    Having few friends who use it or want to use it. – OSjerick Nov 29 '13 at 3:24
  • 3
    Too many folders with the same name on many paths. – Sigur Dec 1 '13 at 21:17

I use TeX mainly in the following academic or professional field:

  • 118
    Mathematics ... – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 27 '11 at 7:44
  • 18
    Electronic Engineering – Martin Scharrer Jul 27 '11 at 7:44
  • 68
    Computer Science – Michael Ummels Jul 27 '11 at 10:06
  • 3
    Philology (languages & literatures) – doncherry Jul 27 '11 at 10:53
  • 2
    Environmental engineering – Jake Jul 28 '11 at 0:33
  • 9
    Philosophy..... – Seamus Jul 28 '11 at 11:49
  • 91
    Procrastination ;-) – Caramdir Jul 28 '11 at 15:50
  • 9
    Linguistics.... – Alan Munn Jul 30 '11 at 17:15
  • 44
    Physics (is too short to be accepted as comment) – Stephen Aug 21 '11 at 14:36
  • 2
    Theology ...... – ℝaphink Oct 1 '11 at 8:59
  • 13
    Mechanical Engineering – matth Oct 28 '11 at 11:42
  • 9
    Chemistry (is too short to be accepted as comment) – clemens Feb 15 '12 at 10:50
  • 8
    Statistics/Applied Probability/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology – Faheem Mitha Dec 3 '12 at 17:55
  • 3
    IT Enterprise Solutions – Stephan Lehmke Dec 3 '12 at 17:57
  • 4
    Earth Sciences. – Peter Jansson Dec 27 '12 at 14:27

My favorite aspects of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems are...

  • 174
    Beautiful output. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 18:58
  • 106
    The combination of programming and typesetting. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 18:59
  • 117
    That it's free software/open-source. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 19:08
  • 66
    Extensibility, e.g. the possibility to write or rewrite macros. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 19:10
  • 3
    Their connection to this site (to participate in this community by using them). – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 19:12
  • 17
    Maturity and possibly long-term support. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 14:13
  • 69
    Stability - TeX doesn't crash and it never destroyed my files. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 20 '11 at 14:33
  • 99
    That everything is stored in plain text files. – Caramdir Jul 20 '11 at 16:31
  • 16
    The durable value of Knuth's ideas about typesetting. – Charles Stewart Jul 24 '11 at 10:27
  • 15
    It's fun to use – mas Aug 6 '11 at 10:04
  • 5
    extensible by its users – mas Aug 6 '11 at 10:05
  • 18
    provides abstraction (not least the potential for the separation of content from presentation allows concentration on the logical structure and the content rather than on the appearance) – mas Aug 6 '11 at 10:07
  • 19
    Its versatility: articles, books, notes, resumes, presentation slides, sheet music, ... -- one tool for all! – Raphael Oct 15 '11 at 10:53
  • 29
    Their capability for mathematics — the things that (Open)Office and friends simply can’t do (let alone do well). – Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine Nov 11 '11 at 23:31
  • 9
    Potential to extend the degree of automation almost indefinitely. – Stephan Lehmke Dec 3 '12 at 18:03

This poll is used to know the distribution of TeX users based on their nationalities. Please carefully choose only one option per person, don't make a mistake, and someone with administrative privilege might be watching you!


There is also a Data Explorer query that uses the information entered in the user profiles. Top ten countries by user numbers as reported on 2017-01-20:

Country         Number of users
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United States   2667
Germany         2372
United Kingdom  1624
India           1014
France          852
Canada          788
Brazil          532
Netherlands     515
Australia       475
Italy           456

Or you can monitor the statistics of this polls at Top countries of Meta.TeX.SX members.

I manage my bibliography using...

  • 64
    JabRef jabref.sourceforge.net -- cross-platform standalone bibliography manager. – Martin Tapankov Jul 19 '11 at 11:53
  • 13
    Reftex an emacs plugin – Seamus Jul 19 '11 at 13:47
  • 24
    BibDesk for Mac OS X, included in MacTeX – Michael Ummels Jul 19 '11 at 18:24
  • 105
    a plain text file (directly editing the .bib file). – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 18:37
  • 22
    Zotero, a Firefox plugin – Jake Jul 19 '11 at 22:23
  • nbibtex - Norman Ramsey's substitute for Bibtex that allows a bibliography database to be represented by a set of .bib files. – Charles Stewart Jul 24 '11 at 10:17
  • RefBase – Loop Space Jul 27 '11 at 18:41
  • 3
    Citavi for Windows, free for databases with up to 100 titles, often free for university students. – Tom Bombadil Aug 21 '11 at 9:37
  • 1
    Bibsonomy.org - a social bookmark and publication sharing system. It has some nice features, among them a JabRef plugin. Biber can even fetch the .bib file from BibSonomy on the fly – matth Oct 28 '11 at 11:41
  • 14
    Mendeley.com - A desktop, web and mobile application for handling and sharing your collection of scientific papers. – Speldosa Nov 1 '11 at 14:47
  • CiteULike - A web based library management solution, with the ability to upload and store documents. Easy to write scripts to automatically download .bib files for particular tags. – qubyte Nov 8 '11 at 15:29
  • KBibTex, a KDE based application – mafp Jan 9 '13 at 15:44
  • Bibweb: a utility for automatically retrieving bibliographical information from MathSciNet – Predrag Punosevac May 15 '13 at 0:57
  • ebib for Emacs – anonymous Aug 31 '13 at 18:07
  • Endnote, and export to bibtex – Ali Nov 5 '13 at 17:24

I find the usage of the following (La)TeX code should be avoided:
and I'm annoyed seeing other users, especially beginners using it.

Expected answers: Most content from l2tabu, bad Word-like typesetting, ...

  • 61
    {figure}[H!] or similar (trying to place a float at the current position; typical behavior of someone coming from MS Word etc.) – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 10:50
  • 68
    Using LaTeX2.0 style font macros like \bf, \it, ..., instead of the proper LaTeX2e macros \textbf/\bfseries, ... – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 10:51
  • 89
    Misusing math mode to get italic text: $text$. – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 14:00
  • 50
    Using eqnarray instead of the math environments provided by amsmath – lockstep Jul 20 '11 at 15:33
  • 22
    Inserting a blank line right before & after a displayed equation. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 15:43
  • 46
    Using \begin{center}...\end{center} instead of \centering in figure environment. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 15:44
  • 92
    Using multiple instances of \\ to make blank lines. – Alan Munn Jul 20 '11 at 15:56
  • 13
    Using single instances of \\ after each source line to break the output line, too (outside of tables). – Paŭlo Ebermann Jul 31 '11 at 4:09
  • 38
    \"{a} notation for umlauts instead of utf-8 – Jonas Stein Nov 1 '12 at 21:23
  • 31
    $$...$$ for displayed equations – Federico Poloni Nov 29 '12 at 13:48
  • 18
    Using utf-8 for umlauts instead of \"{a} notation. @JonasStein Sorry I coudn't resist. What's the problem. – user10274 Jan 5 '13 at 1:58
  • 5
    Using math ellipsis for non-mathematical context such as "I am lazy $\ldots$". The correct one is "I am lazy \ldots". – kiss my armpit Mar 11 '13 at 23:01
  • 15
    Using < and > as "angle brackets" instead of \langle and \rangle. – Zev Chonoles Jul 24 '13 at 8:13
  • 5
    Using " and " as quotation marks instead of `` and ''. – OSjerick Nov 29 '13 at 3:32
  • 7
    Using \Large or \textit{} inside \chapter{} or \section{} to format the headings. – Sigur Dec 1 '13 at 21:20

My favorite document class is...

  • 53
    scrartcl - an extensive article class of the KOMA-Script bundle – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 27 '11 at 19:01
  • 82
    article – plain and classic – doncherry Jul 28 '11 at 12:21
  • 30
    memoir (for large documents) – Alan Munn Jul 30 '11 at 17:14
  • 4
    report (for large as well as short documents) – Stephen Aug 21 '11 at 14:37
  • 11
    scrbook of KOMA-Script. – DevSolar Sep 13 '11 at 7:42
  • artikel3 from the NTG document classes – Axel Sommerfeldt Oct 15 '11 at 7:47
  • 30
    beamer for presentations – Raphael Oct 15 '11 at 10:48
  • 8
    moderncv, just beautiful. – Raphael Oct 15 '11 at 10:48
  • apa Because I have to. – Speldosa Nov 1 '11 at 14:47
  • 20
    standalone to test TikZ graphics – Ignasi Nov 8 '11 at 9:36
  • 8
    book, just a simple one for lecture notes etc – Stefan Waldmann Mar 7 '12 at 17:11
  • 3
    tufte (for the great layout and font choice) – Count Zero Nov 29 '12 at 10:59
  • 3
    amsart formats things nicely and automatically loads amsmath etc. – Ari Brodsky Feb 8 '13 at 7:40
  • 1
    the one I maintain ;) – boycott.se - yo' Feb 19 '13 at 18:26
  • 1
    revtex for articles in physics – Igor Kotelnikov Jan 7 '15 at 13:06

What features do you miss in (La)TeX?

  • 44
    Automatic paragraph flow around arbitrary shapes (like images) – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 21
    Autokerning based on the shape of the glyphs – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 20
    good multi column support (balancing, images/formulae crossing multiple columns) – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 9
    text areas with overflow capabilities ("read more on page 3") – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 8
    Output to an "open" format such as InDesign (for editing afterwards) or XML – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 4
    Some way of splitting a vbox at a point (should break an image in two parts for example) – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:05
  • 4
    XML input (hey, it's 2011) – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:05
  • 7
    Word's track changes feature. The accept/reject changes functionality blows diff away. – Canageek Oct 29 '12 at 0:50
  • 18
    A real document tree, and a high-level language for arbitrary manipulations thereof – instead of TeX's single-pass traversal and macros. – Philipp Nov 12 '12 at 23:48
  • 15
    More complete implementations of Unicode algorithms and OpenType features. – Philipp Nov 12 '12 at 23:49
  • 14
    A proper grid layout (\grid package doesn't work for me). – user10274 Jan 5 '13 at 2:11
  • 2
    JSON input (hey, it's 2013, @topskip) – BeniBela Feb 19 '13 at 18:20
  • 2
    Designing support. You get a book design from a designer and you have to implement it in your document all by yourself. – Pygmalion Sep 28 '13 at 9:00
  • 1
    Tidier syntax, so that external tools can parse a tex file more easily. – Federico Poloni Jul 4 '15 at 15:01
  • 1
    A proper tool-chain – r0estir0bbe Mar 21 '16 at 13:50

My favorite aspects of TeX.sx are...

  • 116
    The amount of knowledge in the community. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 19:23
  • 148
    The high activity on the site (quick answers, frequently multiple answers, quality control through votes and comments) – Jake Jul 20 '11 at 4:47
  • 82
    The possibility to always learn more about (La)TeX even if you already know a lot. – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 10:17
  • 41
    To be able to see how other people create documents and solve issues (which can be sometimes completely different to your way). – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 10:19
  • 31
    The nice and easy modern interface for writing, editing, commenting and searching. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 23 '11 at 13:56
  • 34
    How friendly it is. No matter how archaic or random my questions is I still get good answers, and people accept me in the chat, despite the fact that everyone else there has forgotten more LaTeX then I know. – Canageek Oct 28 '12 at 1:49
  • 4
    Practising my (La)TeX skills in areas I don't normally use. – Stephan Lehmke Dec 3 '12 at 17:59
  • 16
    Calling "procrastination" "help". – boycott.se - yo' Jan 12 '13 at 0:51
  • 2
    I wanted to say a big THANK YOU. I had to produce a class file for my students for their third year report, and I wanted to make things as simple as possible for them. I had many unresolved problems as I am no expert, but every single question was answered on the site. Without the help given by the experts on this site I would simply have abandoned my endeavour. THANKS AGAIN. – Pierre May 7 '13 at 19:58

To a total LaTeX beginner (not TeX in this case) I would recommend to start learning LaTeX by reading first ...

Books, online howtos, ...

Tips that may be regarded as best practices in LaTeX.

  • 73
    Consider define a macro for a thing that you use repetitively throughout your document so you can modify its setting in one place later and the changes can affect thoroughly. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 13:55
  • 55
    Don't manually adjust line breaks and page breaks until you prepare the final version, which means no changes in page layout or font size can be expected. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 20 '11 at 14:30
  • 38
    Avoid writing a lengthy document in a single input file. Instead, prepare the document structure in advance by creating a separate file for each chapter and/or section and imports them from within a single main input file; This method has some benefits: (1) easing us to rearrange the contents, (2) speeding up the compilation during the development phase by commenting/uncommenting \input or by using \includeonly. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 15:58
  • 27
    Use "code formatting" to make the LaTeX source more readable, such as aligning similar lines in a displaymath environment. – Jaap Eldering Aug 13 '11 at 10:52
  • 14
  • 2
    Do never put a blank space after a left parenthesis or before a right parenthesis. – kiss my armpit Jul 30 '12 at 13:39
  • 4
    Use structured writing. Use \include and \includeonly and consider using a folding editor. – user10274 Jan 5 '13 at 2:10
  • 9
    Instead of several-hour struggle with some LaTeX problem, ask here. – boycott.se - yo' Jan 8 '13 at 15:47
  • 1
    When encountering a problem, quickly extract the actual problem into a minimal working example (MWE), and solve it there, then port the solution back into the whole document. – Turion Feb 15 at 15:18

What small mistakes that you have done make (La)TeX stop working?

  • 14
    Using pdflatex to compile an input file that either imports EPS or contains PSTricks code. – xport Jul 19 '11 at 20:19
  • 5
    Using latex.exe to compile an input file that imports PNG, PDF or JPEG images. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 9:30
  • 12
    Programmed a recursive macro with a faulty abort mechanism. – Martin Scharrer Jul 20 '11 at 9:57
  • 93
    Forgot a semicolon inside a TikZ picture – Michael Ummels Jul 20 '11 at 13:02
  • 11
    Forgot to add fragile option to Beamer's frame environment that contains verbatim blocks. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 13:46
  • 14
    Confusion between length macros that need \ and counter macros that don't need \ leads us to make mistakes such as typing \setlength{paperwidth}{10cm} or \setcounter{\enumi}{10}. – xport Aug 5 '11 at 18:57
  • 27
    Forgot `\\` somewhere in a table. – DevSolar Sep 13 '11 at 7:40
  • 5
    Didn't know the difference between TeX and LaTeX. (Undefined control sequence \documentclass...) – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 20:57
  • 2
    Introduced a small bug into \fbox that stopped it working for everybody. 1994-06-06 David Carlisle <latex-bugs@latex-project.org> * ltboxes.dtx: Fix bug introduced last week. Add \leavevmode to \fbox, and make \long. At the same time make \sbox and \mbox \long even though they were not \long in 2.09. – David Carlisle Dec 3 '12 at 17:52
  • 6
    Gave a macro less arguments than it needs. – Stephan Lehmke Dec 3 '12 at 18:05
  • 3
    Unbalanced \if constructs. – Stephan Lehmke Dec 3 '12 at 18:05
  • 3
    created a "circular" macro; of course tex didn't stop -- i had to crash it manually. – barbara beeton Dec 10 '12 at 21:13
  • 30
    put in too many open braces/groups, or not enough closing ones; also, mismatched $ signs. either one can get you out of synch really fast! – barbara beeton Dec 10 '12 at 21:16
  • 8
    Using {} instead of [] for optional arguments of macro and [] for mandatory arguments, and forgetting which arguments are mandatory and which are optional. – Guido Jan 12 '13 at 11:30
  • 6
    Forgot to escape _ (e.g. in URLs) – Martin Thoma Jun 24 '13 at 13:20

On which other stackexchange sites you are a member? (Let's say being a "member" means ask a question or provide an answer there.)

The comment format should be:

[TeX](http://tex.stackexchange.com/)

As a TeX user, I favour

  1. logical punctuation, a.k.a. "British style"; or

  2. rhetorical punctuation, a.k.a. "American style."

The following example, taken from Edward D. Johnson's The Handbook of Good English (Simon & Schuster, 1991), illustrates the difference between the two:

I'm not sure what is meant by 'fail-safe'. (logical punctuation)

I'm not sure what is meant by 'fail-safe.' (rhetorical punctuation)

  • 73
    logical punctuation – jubobs Mar 27 '13 at 16:42
  • 24
    In my language, German, only logical punctuation exists. I did not knew there were other styles up until now. The rhetorical style looks ugly and wrong. – Foo Bar Mar 27 '13 at 16:47
  • 7
    logical, for sure. if you've ever been burned by having an unenlightened editor (person) insist that the period (or comma) be placed inside the quotes that delimit a typing command instruction, you wouldn't accept any other option. that was the situation that permitted a change in tex-related user manuals at ams. (i can't speak for other publications, but at least we're freed from questions about why something doesn't work when directions were followed to the letter/punctuation symbol.) likewise for tugboat. logic rules. – barbara beeton Mar 27 '13 at 16:54
  • rhetorical punctuation – jubobs Mar 27 '13 at 16:55
  • 29
    Logical punctuation, because the full stop [period] belongs to the whole sentence, not just the term in quotes. IMNSHO, rhetorical punctuation lives in the same cave as "rhetorical dates", the ones where the day comes between the month and the year... – Brent.Longborough Mar 27 '13 at 17:55

What small mistakes that you have made allow (La)TeX to continue working, but produce an unexpected result?

The objective of this poll is to collect mistakes that are frequently made by us (especially for the beginner).

  • 40
    Forgot to append a trailing \ or {} right after a macro that eats white spaces. For example writing \LaTeXe is... will produce "LaTeX2eis" instead of "LaTeX2e is". – xport Jul 20 '11 at 10:15
  • 44
    Forgot to add a % to remove unnecessary white spaces. – xport Jul 20 '11 at 13:10
  • 8
    Forgot to prefix a period following a capital letter with \@ such that the period is intended to end a sentence. – xport Aug 5 '11 at 4:30
  • 7
    Forgot to append a period following a non-capital letter with \ such that the period is supposed not to be the end of sentence. – xport Aug 5 '11 at 5:50
  • 3
    Kept subversion conflict markers (<<<<<<<<<) in the text body – topskip Nov 2 '11 at 21:00
  • 18
    Misspelled label name in either \label, \ref or \cite. – boycott.se - yo' Jul 7 '12 at 14:58
  • 8
    Forgot to specify non-breaking space with ~ (e.g. Figure~\ref{fig:somefig}. – Count Zero Nov 30 '12 at 9:54
  • Hoping $\tiny abc$ (font size change in math mode) can produce the expected result. Actually it will never work because the developers chose to disable font changing commands inside formulas. – kiss my armpit Feb 17 '13 at 11:26
  • 2
    Forgot to use \ignorespaces when we use \noindent (or \indent) at the end of a macro with arguments. – kiss my armpit Mar 11 '13 at 22:52
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    A wrong placement of \noindent. For example \par\noindent\vspace{\baselineskip} <text> that should be \par\vspace{\baselineskip}\noindent <text>. – kiss my armpit Mar 17 '13 at 14:49
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    Forgot to end the paragraph with \par before the closing } in {\Huge long text spanning 2 or more lines}. – kiss my armpit Mar 21 '13 at 23:09
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    Using longtable inside table environment because of a wrong assumption that longtable is long version of tabular. The same syntax and column specifiers lead us to this wrong assumption. – kiss my armpit Mar 25 '13 at 16:01
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    Used \label before \caption, so that the referencing of the Float did not work as expected. – Adam B. Jan 28 '14 at 9:35
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    Forgot to put a backslash before "underscore and ampersand (symbol)" – Siba Mishra Jan 17 '17 at 9:52
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    Trying to pass an argument to a switch-type command that would need grouping instead: \command{...} instead of {\command ...} – lblb Mar 19 '17 at 10:42

I found TeX.sx via...

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    some search engine. – N.N. Jul 19 '11 at 18:36
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    StackExchange menu on the top. – xport Jul 19 '11 at 21:07
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    Migration from StackOverflow. – xport Jul 19 '11 at 21:09
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    Area 51 (participated on the private beta) – Vivi Jul 20 '11 at 1:29
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    Via Joseph Wright's blog Some TeX developments. – Paŭlo Ebermann Jul 31 '11 at 4:15
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    Am I supposed to remember this? – Speldosa Nov 1 '11 at 14:49
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    Some comment in comp.text.tex – Ignasi Nov 8 '11 at 9:40
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    Migration from MathOverflow – Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine Nov 11 '11 at 23:33
  • Area 51 (didn't participate in the private beta). – Gilles Nov 14 '13 at 15:40
  • I liked formatting the equations on the physics.SE and was messing with detexify, and then I was like, hmmm, maybe I should learn more about this, it's so fun. – heather Aug 15 '16 at 14:00

How is your activity or behavior on this site?

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    I read all questions of one topic and try to answer most of them. – topskip Jul 3 '12 at 9:32
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    I try to read all questions unless I know I'm not interested and not able to provide any support. – boycott.se - yo' Jul 7 '12 at 15:01
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    I only read several new questions on that day. – kiss my armpit Jul 8 '12 at 15:12
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    I scan for things I'm likely to be able to answer. – Canageek Oct 29 '12 at 0:52
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    I read questions that are likely to be of interest to me – Canageek Oct 29 '12 at 0:52
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    I use subscriptions on several tags that alert me of questions of possible interest. – Martin Schröder Feb 22 '13 at 16:14
  • I don't read the questions and answers. Instead I am just logged in the chat room for fun. – kiss my armpit Mar 19 '13 at 2:10
  • I am only interested in reading old unanswered questions that are randomly poked by the bot Community. – kiss my armpit Mar 19 '13 at 9:17
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    I only ask questions. I am not knowledgeable enough to provide answers. – Sverre Mar 20 '13 at 15:32
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    I always collect and save reputation and don't want to spend them for bounties. – kiss my armpit Mar 22 '13 at 23:00
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    I mostly search and ask for current problems I have. May find the occasional question I can answer, or post my own question-answer pair. – Raphael Sep 12 '13 at 8:19
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    I will see what I can learn from questions in chat. Sometimes I answer questions on the site, only to find on refresh that egreg and davidcarlisle has pounced the question a couple of seconds later, deleting my answer, and skulking further in the shadows. – Forkrul Assail Oct 22 '13 at 22:36

I use Windows and the TeX Distribution ...

Since Windows users are the only ones who have MiKTeX as an option, I thought it'd be interesting to see how the user distribution between and MiKTeX and TeX Live on Windows is. See also the cross-platform question.

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    MiKTeX ........ – doncherry Jan 2 '13 at 7:04
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    TeX Live ...... – doncherry Jan 2 '13 at 7:05
  • putty to my school server (yes, I really do it). – boycott.se - yo' Jan 8 '13 at 15:42
  • KerTeX on Cygwin – Predrag Punosevac May 17 '13 at 1:27
  • teTeX on Cygwin (Actually a few times I had to use Windows in my life that is how I used TeX). – Predrag Punosevac May 17 '13 at 1:28

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