Sometimes when I want to ask a question it is somehow difficult to explain what I want exactly (especially whent it is a TIKZ issue).

As I am lazy to open something like paint, draw a picture, make a shot or use the file and upload it here, it may could be easier to directly implement a very basic canvas tool in the question editor. There I can directly draw a very basic picture which can explain my issue better than words (also the possibility to edit the picture afterwards).

I don't really know how complex this would be to implement and, of course, if it is a dumb or a good idea.

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    I don't know. Usually the assumption is that you post a question if you have an issue that you could not resolve on your own. Frankly, this request seems a tiny bit like you want to have maximal convenience when you are asking others to convert your drawings or ideas to TikZ code. You do have the possibility to upload things here, and I do not think it is that inconvenient to mark the screenshot of what you already have in such a way that it is clear what you want to achieve.
    – user121799
    Sep 12, 2018 at 17:59
  • Okay I see your point. It was not my intention to request a feature that people can ask something like: 'please translate my attached drawing in tikz' Currently I have just a very simple question and for this a liitle canvas tool would be helpful because i am not able to create a single part in a picture using tikz in the correct way
    – SRel
    Sep 12, 2018 at 18:04
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    This is all fine. However, I think it is fair to say that your question in the present form can be interpreted in the way I do in my above comment. So you may benefit from making your question more specific, and perhaps also leave the "I am lazy" part out. A significant number of users may take this as a request to pave the path for even more "Do-that-for-me" type questions.
    – user121799
    Sep 12, 2018 at 18:16
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    one other consideration is that such a request can't be applied to this site alone. it would have to be implemented for all of stackexchange (and stackoverflow). i suspect that would not be high on the priority list for the folks that manage these sites. Sep 12, 2018 at 20:02
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    You want an answer from a user, hopefully with working code, maybe explanations and a screenshot of the result. That does take time. You want to have a canvas because making a screenshot is too inconvenient?
    – Johannes_B
    Sep 13, 2018 at 5:39
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    apart from the other comments the network backend is shared across the stackexchange network, so you would need to raise a feature request on the main network meta not here in the tex specific one. Sep 17, 2018 at 9:43

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There's no need for this since there exists a number of default tools on most operating systems already providing this functionality:

I'm sure there are others as well. I use FS Capture on Windows for capturing screen shots and editing/annotating them. If you don't want to work on something from your computer, you can use a free online image editor like Pixlr (similar to Adobe Photoshop).

Note that you don't have to work with files when trying to post an image. You can copy (Ctrl-C) an image (like a screen shot), open the Insert an image dialog and paste (Ctrl-V) them as well.

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    Just to add: on a Mac you can take a screen shot of an area by just pressing command+shift+4. The selection will be put on your Desktop folder. If you click on the picture button when writing a question or answer and then on the area of the window that pops up, a file dialog opens up from which you can select the screen shot. Provided you sort by date, it will be the first item of the file list.
    – user121799
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:53
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    On Windows you can also use the built-in snipping tool to take screen shots of areas and annotate them: support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13776/… Sep 14, 2018 at 18:34
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    On Linux you can use Shutter (which has an Edit option, to edit the image).
    – Sigur
    Sep 14, 2018 at 19:30

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