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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

I was posting some question about this strange thing LaTeX is doing when I try to compile my thesis. Someone asked me to provide a minimal example that reproduces the problem. My thesis is now a few ...
44 votes
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When is (and isn't) it acceptable to edit?

Update: Sort of ironically, this question has been left unedited for a while, even when there seemed to be some consensus in the answers below of the kinds of edits that are acceptable and those that ...
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Our set of tags

After a few questions about tags, meta-tags, what is valid and what should not, I thought it would be useful to keep all of this information in one place. Eventually this will be also useful to ...
45 votes
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Automatic links to the CTAN catalogue?

Many of the answers will probably be of the form "Use package whatever to solve your problem." Wouldn't it be nice if we have some light syntax to make whatever point to the appropriate package in the ...
Juan A. Navarro's user avatar
27 votes
3 answers

When writing a comment, how do I ensure that the person it is addressed to gets notified?

Often I want to address a comment to a specific user. How can I do that? I've seen that I've got to use the @ symbol for this, but I didn't find the exact rules in the faq. Can I notify any user? Do I ...
Hendrik Vogt's user avatar
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Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?

This is one of the few things that always annoyed me on StackOverflow: people use CW as a kind of catch-all options under which everything is allowed. If there's any kind of controversy about a ...
jalf's user avatar
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How newbie-friendly should the site be?

I guess this is the counterpart of the elitist question but asking about the other side of the spectrum. How friendly should the site be to complete LaTeX and even operating system (say command line) ...
Juan A. Navarro's user avatar
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1 answer

How do I mark inline code?

How do I mark my inline code in questions and answers, and how can I mark code in comments?
27 votes
1 answer

how can i upload an image to be included in a question or answer?

can this question be added to the faq, please? i've spent several hours looking for the answer -- i know it's there, because i happened on it a couple of months ago, but didn't record its location. ...
barbara beeton's user avatar
27 votes
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Quality Standards for Answers

This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site? This is a list ...
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About meta-tagging

In a recent blog post, Jeff Atwood explains their new policy about meta-tags: From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged. But, what's a meta-tag? How do you differentiate a meta-...
Julian Lamas-Rodriguez's user avatar
9 votes
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Where should images go?

I recently posted an answer and wanted to include a figure I made for it. I ended up putting it on my institutional account, but I realize that this is not ideal (since the account will probably be ...
Yossi Farjoun's user avatar
14 votes
5 answers

The Unofficial FAQ - discussion

I've just started: The Unofficial TeX-SX FAQ To keep that one clean, this one is for discussion about it. Things to decide upon: Layout Formatting of the subsidiary questions (and how to keep them ...
Andrew Stacey's user avatar
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First FAQ section: What kind of questions can I ask here?

This topic belongs to the more general discussion: What goes in the FAQ? I'll make a start with the first FAQ section. Here is my proposal, following the FAQs of SO related sites: What kind of ...
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SO versus MO model (possible FAQ entry)

I suspect that we'll get a large contingent of people here who are already familiar with the SO software, but as the SO/SE empire expands then these people may have different codes of behaviour. In ...
Andrew Stacey's user avatar
4 votes
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What to do with the 'latex' tag?

As we now have moderators, it's probably a good time to address the 'latex' tag. There are a few questions where this does seem to make sense (such as LaTeX versus ConTeXt versus plain versus ...). ...
Joseph Wright's user avatar
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How to use effectively (possible FAQ addition)

I made the following comment in chat, and it got 4 stars, so I thought I'd raise it on meta to see if we can construct some "How to use the site effectively" content for the FAQ. (Which is only ...
Alan Munn's user avatar
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FAQ request: encourage use of [big-list] meta-tag

The About meta-tagging qn tried to help us reach a policy on meta-tags. I'm not convinced by Jeff's argument, but I'm relaxed about losing most of them, with the single exception of the [big-list] ...
Charles Stewart's user avatar
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Link to editing help?

When asking a question, a sidebar provides an editing quick reference, and clearly points to the full manual. When answering a question, the "?" visual icon leads to the manual. At this site (as ...
András Salamon's user avatar