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Why do people answer in comments?

Browsing TeX.SE, I have noticed that very frequently people provide answers to a question in the question's comments. See for example BibTeX error "inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8: not set up ...
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Should high-rep users hang back a little?

This is meant to start a discussion on etiquette and sustainability. It is very clear from looking at the answers that the first-page users are very quick to answer most questions. This of-course is ...
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Usage of the lipsum package in answers

I've notices several times people have been using \usepackage{lipsum} in answers as a space filler. While this is great for demonstration purposes when the document is going to be immediately ...
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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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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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Asking a question and answering it yourself straight away

From what I understand, if you want to ask a question you know the answer to, you should at least give other people a chance to try and answer. This might bring solutions you hadn't thought about, but ...
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How to share a LaTeX "recipe"?

I like to work out my solutions on my own for what I need. Sometimes it really involves some struggle, but that's part of the fun, cracking the puzzle. On the other hand I think others could also ...
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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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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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Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
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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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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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How to encourage people to send bug reports instead of using SX as kind of bugtracker, or at least send a bug report additionally?

This one is only one of many examples were a user has spotted a bug or incompatibility in one of my LaTeX packages. A (more or less) dirty work-around or patch is provided as answer, and the user is ...
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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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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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Creating packages from other people's answers

I've received a number of answers which I am using regularly, i.e. in a large number of separate LaTeX documents. For example: Torn page effect Proportional font, word-wrapping verbatim Fontspec ...
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How to edit your own answers

Sometimes I get some very useful comments on my own answers and feel the urge to correct them accordingly. However, I see the problem, that if I just correct my answer straight, this would leave the ...
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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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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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How much explanation in an answer?

I've noticed in my short time on TeX.sx that the amount of explanation given in an answer varies greatly. As a LaTeX beginner I find that answers that provide a bit of explanation in addition to ...
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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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Add "Change (answer) to comment" in review page

Some of the answers I reviewed are no answers, they are comments, but normally the user has not the reputation to comment. To make things easier for the moderators isn't it possible to add a button ...
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How soon should I accept an answer and when is it appropriate to accept a different answer?

How soon should I accept an answer? As I understand it, you should accept the answer that is most helpful. Often the first answer I receive fixes my problem, but then someone else posts an answer ...
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Answer deleted by moderator because "not good practice"

Today I noticed the following deleted answer: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/561476/ (only visible for >10k users because it is deleted). Screenshot: The question was asking about how to change a ...
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Policy for deleting own answers

What is the policy, or what should the policy be, regarding own answers that are correct, but have no up-votes. Obviously, if you have no up-votes, then nobody find your answer interesting or good ...
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Exposing the subtext

It is often the case that the piece of information that one is after is to be found within the "fine print" of an answer. The example that I currently came across with is the following. How one can ...
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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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Changing acceptance after a long time

This is meant as a conclusion (and possible continuation) of a comment-discussion I had with @Daniel around this answer. I have a strong opinion on this myself, but I'm here for a very short time and ...
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What to do if while answering a question you have a doubt that might require a new question?

Assume, as the title suggest, I'm answering to a question and my solution gets the point. Suppose now that, before posting the answer, I change some parameters in my code getting a surprising result ...
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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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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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Is it good practice to share your personal work after receiving the answer?

The title is not very clear, so I'll just get to the point. I recently asked this question: What package supports this kind of timeline? and a user suggested that I could share my finished work, so ...
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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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When to open a new question that develops from a previous question?

When is it appropriate to open a new question that develops from an old one? I recently asked a question and received a very helpful answer. I asked about a modification in the comments and the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Answer in progress sign

It happens to me from time to time that I’m writing an answer at the same time with an other user, but of course I don’t know that while writing. It’s a little frustrating to see that I invested time ...
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How to get a more up-to-date answer to rise to the top?

The answers to this question about LaTeX support in OneNote have changed a lot since the question was asked, and since the currently accepted answer was chosen (accepted answer was written in 2011, ...
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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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How are you supposed to get reputation if you can't answer a question unless you have a reputation of at least 5?

I really want to contribute to some questions but StackExchange says I can't answer a question until I have a reputation of at least 5. How can I get my reputation up to 5?
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Flagging obviously wrong answers?

Simple question: Should we flag answers that are obviously not answering the question? I don't mean the cases of "question in answer" or "comment in answer", I really mean when question is about X and ...
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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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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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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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What if better than the accepted answer appears?

Say, over the time every piece of software evolves, new packages appear. And what if better than the accepted answer appears? I think, especially for questions that are about doing a task (making it a ...
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Deciding which typography answer should be accepted?

Should I accept the answer that is favored by my personal taste? I am asking typography questions when I don't know what the right answer is (e.g. Spacing in "$d=2$-dimensional" ) So maybe ...
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AI-generated content policy banner in answers. Do we want them?

There was a recent "poll" here on Meta.TeX.SE asking about the use of generative AI in answers. Read all about it here: Should AI answers be banned? The results from that discussion were ...
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