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Questions tagged [answers]

This tag is for questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Explicitly indicate the reasons why answering a just-do-it-for-me question

I already said that answering just-do-it-for-me questions gives a wrong signal. Moreover, it makes this site become a just-do-it-for-me(-for-free) service. Indeed, it leads to comments like this ...
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Should we “educate” (new) users by not answering until…?

I catch myself answering questions that are not well asked (without MWE, question not clear to everybody,...), sometimes with comments that request exactly what's missing, because I think I understand ...
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Answers that contain the main idea of the accepted answer

A few days ago a new user answered How to set document font to times new roman by command. This answer basically is the same as the accepted answer, just recommending an outdated package (according to ...
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Which is your best underestimated (by other users) answer?

Sometimes it happens to receive a lot of votes for a simple answer, ten minutes' work, whereas an excellent or elaborated one earns fewer votes it deserves. A famous example of the first kind is ...
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TeX questions on StackOverflow

Before you close this question as a duplicate: I know that the common sense in the meta answers is "TeX questions on Stackoverflow are on-topic there and we separately answer questions, even if they ...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

I have asked a question and opened a bounty to get some attention. Fortunately, I received two good but wildly different answers. The differences as I see them are: Answer 1 Seems like a more ...
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1answer
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How can I know whether an answer is obsolete?

While I was looking for some information, I found a question about the exact problem I'm having. Unfortunately, the provided solution requires manually spacing row heights. And I'm a bit unsatisfied ...
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When I delete/annul my own posting/answer, how to ensure that reputation increase due to upvotes is also annulled?

I'm in an embarrassing situation: I wrote an answer to a question. I got many upvotes and reputation for that answer. But that answer is flawed in a subtle way. Obviously those who upvoted did not ...
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How can I find stats about all the people contributed to my posts?

I started last week posting questions issues in this Q&A space. I had no idea how to use LaTeX. Now I learned a lot of thing thanks to many people helped me. I want to recognize your help in my ...
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1answer
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A suggestion to improve learning curve for new users of TikZ

Regarding the use of TikZ, I am a beginner ..... One can easily judge this by looking at my points (showed next to my username). I am trying to learn these tools to make effective documents. So far, ...
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1answer
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What if a comment answers a question by a keyword/hint?

I have read "What if a comment answers a question?" and in most cases I am supposed to ask the user who commented to give an answer. And here is the instance "Timeline for overlapping (multi-year) ...
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Maintain motivation for new members [duplicate]

While looking through old questions I noticed the majority of questions is answered by around a dozen of people. New questions reach a stunning short answering time, which makes it difficult for ...
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Edit to comment template?

This answer was posted recently. Werner commented. I saw this through the LQ queue, and I commented. This motivated me for this question. That comment template: This does not provide an answer to ...
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1answer
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What if an answer is good but not completely usable?

I asked a question that got a pretty good answer. But the answer requires me to change something in my preamble where I only want to make a one-time change within a single list. (This involves the ...
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putting answers in comments [duplicate]

When someone puts their answer to a question as a comment on the question, does that mean that the question was a bad question? Does it have any particular meaning? I don't see how I could mark that ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an accepted but outdated answer to refer to another?

In TeXShop, is there a directive to select biber or BibTeX on a per-document basis? The above answer is the 'correct' answer to the question, but the accepted answer was accepted before the feature ...
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1answer
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Should I add a new answer or edit a previous one

Two solutions to the same problem have occurred to me within a few days. I tried to add the alternative solution, but the system suggested to edit my previous one. Should I add a new answer or edit a ...
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1answer
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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?

I sometimes recommend non-TeX solutions to questions here. For example, pdftk, pdfcrop, and imagemagick are tools I've recommended. My standard has been that I'll only recommend the non-TeX tool if ...
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1answer
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Should I post an answer to have some kind of feedback to my code?

A few days ago, I found a question dealing with the problem I was having and ended up using the solution proposed in the accepted answer. However, I then re-wrote the code from scratch and “solved” ...
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0answers
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How to Accept an Answer in Stackexchange [duplicate]

Hi I'm new to this site and need some help with how it works. How do I accept an answer given to a question I asked.
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1answer
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Mismatch in counts of Meta Sportsmanship badge

The new profile page reveals how to get the badges ;-) Well, at least in my case, there is a mismatch for the Sportsmanship badge. (See the screenshot or on my Meta Profile.) As of now, it says, ...
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1answer
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A deleted post is it visible to other users?

When I delete a answer, I can undelete it. But the other users, the common users, not admin, can they see it? I have just delete a my answer because it is wrong and am wondering to whom it might ...
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1answer
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Something messed with my answers backslashes and newlines

My answer is not displayed correctly. The internet archive has a correct version of the first revision, see this screenshot from archive. The difference is that now, though I didn't do any changes to ...
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What is the best method to capture latex output for questions and answers?

I have seen questions and answers posting output from latex that appear to blend in well with the site. In looking at the html/css underlying these posts, it appears that all that is required is to ...
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1answer
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For how long a removed answer is shown?

I ''answered'' a question, but later in a comment i watched that it wasn't the response expected by user (it didn't answer the original question). I'm sorry, that was an error. I click in delete but ...
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1answer
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A comment sort of answered my question, how do I marked it answered

So I made this question earlier pdflatex stuck compiling, gives no error and a commenter pointed me towards what could be wrong, I changed my document accordingly and now everything works. I want to ...
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What to do about upvoted “wrong”/off-topic answers?

I asked a question about decorations in tikz here and received two answers that have nothing to do with decorations or tikz, but sidestep the problem using pstricks. I appreciate the effort made by ...
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2answers
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Reminder for own (unanswered) question

Would it be useful to remind users to choose an answer when a question received one or several answers but the question was not marked as answered? This would prevent questions from remaining "...
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1answer
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How to add my final solution to a question that I have asked myself?

I have asked quite a few questions now on TeX.SX and got good answers for most of them. Which I would like to thank everyone how contributed to this. However often I do adjust the answer (that I ...
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Allegedly unanswered questions

There are currently more than 3200 questions on tex.sx that have no upvoted answers. Many of these have been answered, though, often in the comments. Is it somehow possible to mark a question as ...
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1answer
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An edit has been suggestion to a post of mine. How do I accept it?

When I ask or answer a question and someone edits my post, how do I accept the edit?
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accidental post of an answer to the wrong question

I posted accidentally an answer written for How can I redefine my macro to accept a charcode instead of a character? to the other question (which was linked to in the former one) How to highlight all ...
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0answers
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How to answer a comment requesting unknown further information

What should I do when, after posting an answer, I'm asked in a comment for further clarifications and/or a different solution (but still in-topic) and I don't know anything more? Should I answer that ...
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Package loading order questions need some work

Today, this question popped up: Is there a hierarchy between packages? I was sure it was a duplicate, and found this question: What's the right order when loading packages? (First duplicate) ...
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1answer
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Should I always delete an answer which is not accepted?

If I provide an answer which is not useful for the person who asked the question, should I delete it? Obviously, when the answer is off topic (due to a misunderstanding for example), it should not ...
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1answer
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Why we should not use “Thanks” and why should we use it?

I am a new user and find hard when I get the answer to my question and I have this restriction "do not say "Thanks"". I want to say, but I shouldn't, so I give an upvote (now I can). I want to know ...
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Is it OK to flag an answer as “not an answer” even it has upvotes

this might will be a duplicate of sg what I couldn't find... Should I flag an answer as "not an answer" even if it has upvotes? This answer has an upvote but is useless to answer the question (as it ...
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1answer
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Updating an old answer when my knowledge improves, or a package is updated

One of the things I like the most about our community is that we learn from each other. I love reading and learning from everyone's answers- I have seen things done with LaTeX that I would never have ...
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Why are so many answers posted as comments? [duplicate]

In tex.stackexchange, it's pretty common for users to post comments that answer the question. Sometimes there are several good answers posted as comments, but nothing posted as an answer. This doesn'...
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1answer
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Real answer appeared in the discussion that followed the original answer

The answer that worked eventually appeared in the discussion with the author of the original answer which wasn't working for me. Should I accept the (original) answer ? Here is the Question in ...
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A separate answer ? or update my original answer ? to post two (relatively) distinct solutions to a question

I recently answered this question with a solution that provided the required result requested by the OP. I later came up with an answer that I liked better, and I wanted to share that answer as well. ...
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“Share” link doesn't really link question

When inserting a "short permalink" (i.e., the one obtained by clicking the "share" link) into a question or an answer, as clear text, it is substituted by the question title: Do we like the share ...
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Incomplete answer

Just came across an unanswered question for which I am close to finding an answer, but not yet 100%. Unfortunately, I am also stuck as to why my solution is buggy. This let me to wonder what is the ...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

I posted a question here and got two equally good answers. Both of them are short, useful and to the point. One person's answer is more upvoted than that of the other which I believe was due to the ...
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1answer
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Should I switch the accepted answer?

So, after a few posts here and there on SE, I saw this happen a few times: a user A is the first to answer correctly to a question. His answer is thus accepted. Yet, user B then adds an answer which ...
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1answer
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Is it proper to post a first attempt as a self-answer?

The title says it all. On TeX.SE, is it proper for the OP to post his/her first attempt at solving the problem as a self-answer? Or should the first attempt be included in the question instead? Take ...
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1answer
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Quoting the UK TeX FAQ

This is not a new issue, but was inspired by a recent question. There are a lot of questions here that can be answered (and indeed, are answered) with a direct link to the identical topic in the UK ...
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What makes an answer canonical?

If in my eyes the answers are already good, why or what should I change? What are the expectations (MWE, documentation)? How far should explanations go?
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Best practise for answers which are for the community, not the OP (“tikz answer to pstricks question”)

I think that we should define a best-practise for how to handle answers to questions which are ... well, not answers to the OP. This is motivated by my own uncertainty: on the one hand, I like to ...
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Answer in an other question

The just posted question: Package animate is great but could it have a better animation compression? asks a question which is (in my opinion) answered in another question with a fully different ...