Although the answer to this question turned out to be about text versus maths mode, it could so easily have been about something specific to MathJaX.

It is probably inevitable that we'll get questions about TeX spin-offs, should we:

  1. Tolerate them - there won't be that many
  2. Tolerate them, but leave notes to the effect of "Probably not the best site for this question"
  3. Actively discourage them
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    please clarify whether MathJax/jsMath/KaTeX questions are off-topic. It is not clear from this question.
    – Jason S
    Sep 15 '16 at 21:35

I think (2) is the best balance. They are within the 'TeX, LaTeX and Friends' area, I guess, but probably outside of the experience of many people here.

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    +1 agreed, and I think it'll also be important to recognize whether the question is really about TeX/LaTeX in general (as in the example linked in the question) or whether it's something peculiar to MathJaX/jsMath/whatever.
    – David Z
    Aug 4 '10 at 22:12

I think the LaTeX part of this tools is mostly on-topic, but can be borderline in certain cases. However, how to install and run this tools is off-topic. In the case of MathJax this would be how to install them on a website and how to troubleshoot software errors etc. Such questions do clearly belong to https://stackoverflow.com/, http://webmasters.stackexchange.com or other SX site.

We should definitively write a statement for the tag, which wiki is currently empty.

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    I now added a tag wiki with excerpt based on Joseph's and my answer here. Feel free to make edit suggestions. Mar 26 '12 at 14:55
  • Thanks for doing this: I was about to open a meta question to cover basically this issue.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Mar 26 '12 at 15:15
  • @JosephWright: Me too, then this question popped up while I was typing my question title ;-) Mar 26 '12 at 15:23

It may be worth pointing out that stackoverflow (but not currently webmasters) has an existing mathjax tag (Davide Cervone, the Mathjax lead developer seems to fairly actively monitor the S.O. mathjax tag)

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