I find it frustrating that I cannot vote anything up or comment on anything unless I ask a question. I don't know how many answers and comments have helped me from this site, none of which received any feedback from me due to this.

My question is, will you vote this question up if you agree?

This will also have the side effect of allowing me to participate in the future.

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    You can gain reputation by answering questions. Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 8:38
  • Welcome, usually you write up an answer, or two, or three which get upvoted allowing you to contribute. Or asking a well received question. Anyway, this is probbly more suited for meta as it is not a question about tex.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 8:38
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    I love this user!
    – CarLaTeX
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 8:39
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    As your question was moved to Meta you'll unfortunately not gain any reputation with votes on that question...
    – TeXnician
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 9:26
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    And if you can't find a question to answer, you could always add an idea of yours to one of the posts listed here: tex.stackexchange.com/a/387212/101651
    – CarLaTeX
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 12:30
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    Answer any TikZ based question and the Upvotes flood in ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 13:52
  • @TeXnician Apparently votes prior to migration do count. I think ...?
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 3:46
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    @cfr. I think that rep from those upvotes will be reset some time after the question is migrated to meta.
    – TRiG
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 16:45
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    You can't find a heart-warming question everyday here :')
    – Diaa
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 4:46
  • thanks very much, i appreciate!
    – pf4d
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 5:58

2 Answers 2


You are the user we would like to have!

Since you have always found a solution just searching, it means that you are correctly following the Third van Duck's Rule! :):):)

And since you would like to upvote, it means that you know our way to say: "Thank you!"

Hence, you are a perfect user.

Please try to answer a question, we will be happy to upvote your post and make you earn the privilege to upvote!


While I agree wholeheartedly with CarLaTeX, I believe this is important to say. Not too long ago I found myself feeling similarly to you, pf4d. I have found that one of the most important pages I have read on this site is this one. This is for 2 reasons:

  1. "Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you": I, and many others like yourself, have been using LaTeX for ages and solving our own problems before we join this site. However, that knowledge hitherto potentially not shared, cannot simply be trusted based on our relatively anonymous word. We must take the time to join in the community, share our knowledge, and help others to grow as we have. You may find, as I have, that we end up learning and growing more ourselves than we were before. Then our reputation demonstrates our trustworthiness.
  2. "We don’t run this site. The community does.": Everyone working together, sharing information, and learning is what this site was based on, and what makes it keep going. Join the community! We're happy to have you here!

Some suggested actions to take:

  • Finish reading the entire What is reputation? page that I'm talking about.
  • I have found that editing questions and answers is a great way to start gaining rep, and to help others. Some people do not speak English as a first language, and it can really help everyone to improve the spelling or grammar.
  • Answer questions when you are able. Share that awesome knowledge that you have.
  • Engage in community discussions like this one to grow your understanding of what the goals of this community are.
  • If you have not already, read the tour page to get better acquainted with what you can do to help out and gain rep. You get a badge just by reading it!

I hope this helps, and I hope that you decide to keep participating :-)


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