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

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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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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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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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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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Is it appropriate to edit an accepted but outdated answer to refer to another?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When is a question upvoted?

It seems like questions are not upvoted sufficiently. In comparison, answers are. Would it not be fair, to upvote questions automatically by counting the answers and comments, just to make clear, that ...
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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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Difference between “poor answer” and “answer does not attempt answering the question”

This question is based on this answer. The corresponding question basically says: I want to draw this picture in tikz. The answer basically says: Do not use tikz, but another program and then import ...
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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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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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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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Answering this 3-year-old closed question?

I recently found this question: Parts of my text disappears! I had the exact same problem in my document and also cannot upload a MWE. Nonetheless, a comment to this question contained a "...
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a blinking arrow indicating a reply with more votes below

If the accepted answer to a question is very long, we need to scroll down whether the next reply has more votes or not. I would like to request SE software development team to add a blinking arrow ...
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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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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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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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Sorting answers in one question thread

The answers are typically sorted in each thread: accepted answer followed by answers sorted by the earned points. But my account has changed this feature a few days ago and I don't know how. Now, the ...
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How to animate a code created in LaTeX in an answer or a question

There are many questions where many users of TeX.SE insert not only a code and an image but also a corresponding animation without using LaTeX animation packages. My question is: what is the method to ...
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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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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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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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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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Text line spacing for questions and answers

Just out of mere curiosity, but I wanted to know if the line spacing of the text has been increased because I didn't notice the difference this morning. The image is taken from: Defining a bibstyle ...
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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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Link when referencing another answer

When editing this answer, I thought it would enhance readability/access when having Since this question comes up so often, I thought I'd try to supplement ArTourter's correct answer with a more ...
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Does adding an explanation in an edit make it "deviate from the intent"?

I suggested an edit to a question after it was suggested in another comment when I added some explanatory discussion. However, the edit got rejected on the grounds of changing the intent, although I ...
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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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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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Substantial overlap with post by other user(s)

This is not necessarily a TeX meta question but I do not know where to ask it. From the arXiv I am used that submissions get flagged if they have substantial or some overlap with papers by the same or ...
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Is there a fast way for a user to delete all of their content?

Let's assume that a user wishes to move away from TeX.SE and intends to delete all of the content they created up to the legally possible limit. Deleting tons of comments, unaccepted answers and ...
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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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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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Answering in comments, why is it a trend? [duplicate]

I see so many people giving perfectly valid answers in comments to the question instead of answers. Why is that so? Comments cannot be marked as accepted answers, and people coming across the same ...