I recently tried to help on tex.stackexchange and what stroke me was the great amount of newcomers, unfortunately lacking some useful habits such as posting a MWE.

Consequently, a lot of comments on questions are about posting a MWE or adding a code snippet ... Fortunately several posts exist on how to write a correct question / MWE but are sometimes not well-known to average-experienced tex users willing to help (such as myself).

Therefore, don't you think it would be nice to have a short list of links including this one for instance, just when writing a comment to a question, in order to have sort of a constant process to help newcomers ?

It may not be appropriate or even useful, but anyway I'd like to exchange opinion on this matter.

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    Perhaps not the same what you request, but here's a question with text blocks to provide for comments: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/430/text-building-blocks
    – user31729
    Apr 5, 2018 at 14:46
  • @ChristianHupfer, this is exactly the type of information I am looking for. Actually, I just put you link in my bookmark list. My point is that it would be nice to see this type of links somewhere in the page like the "Linked" of "Related" lists
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 15:10
  • @BambOo If these links would appear by default, they would also appear in well-written questions. Do you really want this? Notice that Peter Grill's profile also has a number of useful text fragments.
    – user121799
    Apr 5, 2018 at 15:29
  • @marmot, this is obviously the main drawback. As I said in my question, what I propose may not be appropriate, let's hope the idea is useful ! I know it's not a proper rule, but it could automatically appear, if there is no \documentclass ... \begin{document} ... \end{document} in a single code snippet in the question for example. This could work for missing MWEs but could be complex to set up for every case.
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 15:35
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    But not every question needs an MWE: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/6813/35864. I prefer the manual approach of reading the question and then deciding whether I need an MWE to understand it or not.
    – moewe
    Apr 5, 2018 at 15:37
  • @moewe, the post you refered to is closely related indeed. I understand this could be annoying for experienced users. Maybe some setting in the preferences could allow to avoid unnecesary information to appear ? Some "show helpful links" checkbox ?
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 15:52
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    for the more specific case of trying to find a duplicate or related question, this list exists: Often referenced questions. not quite the same level, but useful for the next step after question is clear. Apr 5, 2018 at 16:22
  • It's funny because now I see every (useful !) link posted in the "Linked" pane, just what i needed :)
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 18:43
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    @BambOo: Because we added links in the comments
    – user31729
    Apr 5, 2018 at 19:16
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  • @ChristianHupfer, yes I guessed so ;)
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 20:23
  • @samcarter, so it seems I am not the only one asking for such a feature ...
    – BambOo
    Apr 5, 2018 at 20:25
  • @BambOo No, you are not :) I myself use aecreations.sourceforge.net/clippings Apr 5, 2018 at 20:49
  • About every 6 months this discussion pops up.
    – percusse
    Apr 6, 2018 at 12:30


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