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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Posting single line question and answer as visitor/spammer without proper signing/authentication

Why does the visitors to the TeX.SX (may be prospective TeX.SX user) have option to post Q & A as Guest and without proper signing/authentication before posting. For example (Visitor to TeX.SX ...
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problem with possibly "not an answer" and downvoting

(Question 1 below is about "pure" LaTeX if you are not familar with LyX...) The TeX.SX question (my interpretation) Two years ago this question was asked. The title is "Use a quality glossary and ...
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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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About "trivial" answers [duplicate]

An obvious spinoff of the wonderful 'About "trivial" questions,' but different in intent. I'm still relatively new here, but I've been around long enough to see that a whole ton of ...
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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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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 we use a standard response about sticking to defaults for mathematical typography?

Questioners often ask how they can tinker with typography (particularly in math mode, particularly white space). In many cases the best answer is "Please don't - the defaults have been carefully ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I self answer my question?

I am new here and do not know how to react now. I asked this question and got some answers, each answer is a part of solving the question. Should I now write a self answer with a summary of all ...
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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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Writing a list of issues to a given answer (with lists and embedded pictures)

I wanted to write some hints and issues regarding Altermundus' answer in this answer. It would be quite longish and I'd like to include pictures and a list, so I have no idea what to do aboout it: It'...
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Order of answers with the same score (usually zero)

I wonder what influences the order of answers that has the same score. It mostly happens when two users post answers moreorless simultaneously.
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About the “How to look up a symbol” question

Today a added information regarding unimath-symbols to the top answer of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character?. @Speravir objected that I am significantly changing a non-CW ...
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Own answers should be possible to be accepted after some(?) votes of commited tex.se users

I really do not vote up for own questions, own answers and own everything else where voting or any kind of a counted positive commenting is applicable. Theoretically, given that I won't rethink my ...
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Flagging "not an answer"

Now that I have more than 10k rep I get notices from the system to agree/disagree to some flags. There is this answer flagged as "no an answer" https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/58895 but I disagree. ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I find my deleted answers

Is there a method to search for deleted answers, at least for those that have access to them? Did not see anything under the Advanced Super Ninja Search Options on the Search Options Page. I don't ...
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Could i create a question with an answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking a question and answering it yourself straight away Could i create a question with an answer i found myself for help other people? This way other TeX users could improve ...
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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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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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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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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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Which answer to accept if the answer with solution is based on an answer with the important insight?

Let's say that someone only gives a hint and someone else, perhaps even the asker, then creates a full solution based on it. Which of the answers should be the accepted one? On the one hand, it ...
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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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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 ...