I have this need for a biblatex package for legislation and other legal documents (for reference: What is the proper way to cite a legal document? and many other questions) and I was thinking of gathering some people, if there are any, that might be able to help. I do not have enough skills myself to realize the project (barely getting my head around Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles ), but would like to cooperate with someone.

Is a question on tex.stackexchange.com appropriate for finding people, or should I go about it some other way?

  • kind of related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/135295/…
    – jub0bs
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 14:37
  • I am trying to achieve similar goals and would be happy to cooperate with you or share resources (though I am not how much our legal systems have in common). Having BibLaTeX styles for many jurisdictions would be a must for every lawyer out there. I would suggest you ask on the comp.text.tex newsgroup (available on Google groups). If you want, you can also contact me (my pseudonym – gmail).
    – ienissei
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 10:34
  • But to answer your question: there are very few of us at the moment, even worldwide, and chances are we need to build a lawyer's mailing list / group for ourselves if we want anything to work out.
    – ienissei
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 10:36

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The rule is clear: To post a question on the main site, it has to be neither: off-topic (for instance it can't be a feature request), opinion-based (so no questions like "I have an idea ... What do you think about it?") nor unclear what you are asking (i.e., it has to be a true question).

If you look for gathering people for a project, you may try posting a question on meta. Many sites would think that this is inappropriate, but TeX.SX seems to gather a lot of TeX developers and discussion on developments are not uncommon here (especially in our chat).

Altogether, certainly nobody is going to be angry or offended if you give it a try here.


If it's the kind of project that might generate good Q&A on the main site, or might lead to the kind of packages beloved of "From Answers to packages", I'd definitely count it as on-topic here on Meta. It's not asking for the right sort of thing to be a good Stack Exchange main-site question, I think.


An important detail is that if you don't have anything but looking for someone who has the skillz then they might not need you to start with anyway. Hence making a good business case is also something that might trigger some activity.

For that reason, you might want to make a really good question such that people jump on the wagon and as Charles Stewart mentioned do the hard work themselves just for the fun of it. We have many this question led to a package cases on the site.

From Answers to Packages

and many examples of package-creating questions


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