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Text building blocks

There are some replies that are used quite often. For example, the first reply to many questions is a demand for a minimal example. These replies should typically include a link with additional ...
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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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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Core concepts ❧ Cooperation with editors and non-TeX ...
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Our Do-it-for-me and Draw-it-for-me comments don't reflect our hypocrisy. Can they be improved?

Yes, we don't like people pasting something and asking how can I do this? or if it is TikZ, PSTricks, Asymptote case how can I-draw this? without even making a template of a TeX document, let alone ...
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What if a comment answers a question?

In „Why does the use of microtype and xfrac lead to a high compile time?“ the comment seems to provide the best answer. If seen this also in other questions. What is the best way to accept it as ...
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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 ...
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"Just do it for me" text building block

We get a few questions that boil down to "just do it for me" (often, but not confined to, drawing questions). These can be highly irritating - especially if you've seen a few go by in a short space ...
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Should we clean up obsolete comments?

Comments are usually very helpful and valuable. However, sometimes it happens that comments to answers or questions become obsolete, and can distract from valid comments. For example: Comments ...
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Suggested edits: Giving feedback to editor

Reviewing suggested edits, I sometimes come across 'weird' edits, minor changes or real bad editings which change answers (regardless whether they are useful or not). Apart from Approving Editing ...
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Changing stock comment for "'just do it for me' graphics questions" [duplicate]

Edit: @percusse asked a similar/the same question here, and there seems to be a bit more uptake on that version of the question, so perhaps this question should be closed as a duplciate of that one. ...
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How to produce a new line in the comment box?

A simple question: How to produce a new line in the comment box?
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Policy on +1 comments

What is the policy on "+1" in comments? Should they be flagged? I think that "+1" should not be included in any comment because +1 is what you do with an upvote. It is meaningful to state what you ...
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Are "Thanks, that solved my problem" comments from the OP constructive?

The original poster of the question sometimes adds a comment to the (to-be-)accepted answer to state that it solved his/her problem. Something in the form of "Thanks, that solved my problem" or "Yes, ...
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Can I undo marking a comment as a "great comment"?

Just fully trusting what was written there, I marked Joseph's first comment on this answer as a "great comment". Now Ulrike's comment told me that the first comment wasn't that great after all (no ...
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Mobile site functionality

On the main site, comment deletion is achieved by hovering over the comment, thereby displaying a "delete cross", and clicking it: But, of course, no hovering is possible on a handheld device. My ...
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Is asking for comments on a finished piece of code a permissible question?

I want to learn to use Tikz properly. I've already created a number of pictures with it, thanks in large part to the help I received from fellow tex.stackexchange users. Thus I'm able to use some of ...
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Why can't I comment?

I'm pretty new to the SX world and slightly confused. I can comment on my own question and everything in that page, but the "add comment" button and textboxes just don't appear in any other page. It ...
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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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Multiline code block in comment

I believe there are reasons like easier readability and preserving the original formatting that would make enabling some way of creating multiline code blocks in comments preferable. Searching ...
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Recommending deletion

It happens fairly frequently that some one with very few reputation points posts an "answer" to a question that the community feels was more suited to being a "comment". Some one then starts an action ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do-it-for-me asker inappropriate?

Recently I commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with something like "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" Now the ...
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