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Let us have some TeX-mas fun

I hope we all know that Christmas is fast approaching. This indeed means that \begin{holidays} with a hope that it never ends \ldots but \ldots \end{holidays}. So, before we start celebrating ...
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Your special moments in TeX - LaTeX StackExchange

This question does not relate to TeX or LaTeX. I wish the question is answered not only by high-reputation users, but also users having lower-reputation. Once you have enough reputation to answer, ...
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Proposal to add “academic honesty” to the code of conduct

When reading the code of conduct of this site, I was a bit surprised not to see any explicit mention of "academic honesty" there. According to how I read this, you can shamelessly copy tricks or code ...
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When exactly did TeX.SE graduate? [duplicate]

TeX.SE is listed on Area 51. However, the right-hand column only references that "this site launched ... 8 years ago." It was proposed on June 2, 2010; had a commitment start on June 22, 2010; went ...
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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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Bounty for bad answer

Dear users I have recently offered a new bounty. If the answer is modest or inconsistent or insufficient what are the actions I should take?
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Why are edits correcting an answer to reflect the current state of affairs rejected?

The top answer of the top question of the rubber tag currently states that rubber is not actively developed. While it may be true that rubber development was in a hiatus around the time the answer was ...
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Unable to update the edits while the initially performed edit is in progress

While editing questions, previously, I remember that we can re-edit the questions by other users while it is being reviewed and the lastest edit is the one that will be reviewed: to either get ...
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How to gather more information for decisions on reopen votes?

When reviewing the questions marked for reopening, I quite often wonder why that question was marked for reopening. For example, I've seen questions closed as duplicates, and the OP added a comment or ...
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Referencing and saving Stack Exchange Questions and Answers

When I find an answer to a question I would like to be able to save the text of the question and answer(s) and also the code in text format so that I can study and modify it for my own use. Is there a ...
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Why MathJax is blocked on this forum, but not on math.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

Why MathJax is blocked on this forum, but not on math.stackexchange.com ? I tried $,$$, and no way i can't do latex formulae. Thank you.
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Examples of Overleaf users not noticing error messages

I have the impression that a disproportional large fraction of overleaf users don't notice error messages, a typical comment stream often goes like: Question: Why is the image placed incorrectly? ...
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Add directly a PDF image from overleaf to a question or an aswer edit

When posting a question or an answer on tex.stackexchange.com I often start by creating a MWE with overleaf. Then if I want to include the resulting PDF I have to download it to my local system first ...
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How do I submit an MWE? — The Help 101 Series by Saphar Koshet [duplicate]

Disambiguation. For the Community, this intends to be the very short One-Question/One-Answer the original started out to be. So, for comments on this, please see and participate in the original ...
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Is there a “load sequence” tag?

Some (La)TeX answers indicate load sequence preferences. Is there a tag for those questions?
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How do I submit an MWE? [duplicate]

One of the most common responses from the experts when a question is first posted is along this line: "Can you show me what you've got by submitting a minimal working example (MWE)?" That prompts ...
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Implementing a canvas in the body editor?

Sometimes when I want to ask a question it is somehow difficult to explain what I want exactly (especially whent it is a TIKZ issue). As I am lazy to open something like paint, draw a picture, make ...
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Ragged alignment of question titles on main page

Screenshot with added red line (which I tried to make vertical): The left alignment is deficient. Is it a site problem? As reported in comments, (initially triggered by this additional image:) at ...
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Does creating a chat room for TikZ/PGFplots discussions help eliminate the do-it-for-me or bad questions?

Recalling that tikz-pgf and pgfplots tags are the top and fifth most mentioned in questions on the main site, I wonder if it is a good idea to make a chat room solely for TikZ/PGFplots discussions, ...
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Preferred way to answer own question that already has an answer

Say I've posted a question about something I consider more a general pattern than a specific problem, and that question already has an answer that sketches a solution idea. Based on where the problem ...
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White shadow on my question

Dear users I ask you the reason because my new inserted question has a white shadow as shown in the figure:
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Is the tag [vim-latex] an alias for [latex-suite]?

The vim-latex tag has no proper description The vim-latex tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? From my understanding as a longtime vim and latex user, vim-latex is the short form ...
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Repository of LaTeX graphs, code from this site and licensing

Some colleagues and I are creating a database of LaTeX based graphs (TikZ, PgfPlots, etc) to be used in Economics (by students, academics, professionals, etc). This will be an online database, freely ...
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Asking a seemingly duplicate question in case of not being able to find the original

Many times, simple questions came across my mind, which made me google them to find their answers. However, since I am not a native English speaker, I might not be able to find the right discription ...
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Question about the search page/bar

This question may be too broad to be relevant, and it is maybe (probably ?) a duplicate. Even though I am almost all day long on TeX.SE, I always go through google to fallback here to find relevant ...
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Linefeed in comments

In some cases I would like to have the possibility to use a linefeed in a comment, is there any way to do so? If i press enter the comment is posted immediatly.
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Wouldn't it be helpful in the future if the TikZperts ask the OPs to write down the name/description of the requested drawing?

This question figure looks familiar to me since it is relevant to the heat conduction through the material, which is related to what I am currently working at. So, I wonder if it is possible or ...
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Why can't I edit my own comments after some time has passed?

If I add a new comment and I want to change something i can edit it, when i come back 1 hour later I only have the possibility to delete my comment, but I can't edit my own comment, the symbol is ...
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Comments on the new site design

The page asking for comments on the new site design is so heavily downvoted that it doesn't appear on the Active Meta page, nor does it appear in the Hot meta questions. It intermittently appears on ...
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Insert an image into a MWE of a question or answer

Why don't some users add images when posting a question or answer? I believe that, at least for me, sometimes when the question is not very clear, the drawing helps to understand what you want. Do you ...
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Make TeX.SX look nice again!

A collection of user scripts to make the main site look a bit better again, after the new design has gone live on August 3, 2018. The scripts can be used e.g. with Tampermonkey (Chrome) Greasemonkey ...
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TeX new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for TeX. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled Rollout ...
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Informing new-users about the MWE

Often (or mostly) we all encounter, when a new user asks a question that there is no MWE (done that myself). Also, we mostly ask them to post an MWE via comment. So, apart from giving a tour of the ...
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How to deal with “living” or “evolving” questions?

Since that happened to me a few times, I am wondering how to deal with the following question. A user asks a question, gets an answer, seems to be happy with it, and accepts it. Some time later, (s)he ...
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Peak hour in tex.SE [duplicate]

I am slowly becoming a frequent user in this site. So, in this site, I am wondering is there analytics to see which is (are) the peak hour(s) (on an average). Also, if possible, are there any ways ...
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Can TikZ/PGF experts be lenient with the existence of MWE?

As a novice TikZ user, I can only draw some lines after spending hours reading the TikZ manual, which made me go with Adobe Illustrator to quickly draw what I want despite the ton of features I left ...
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How or why does one gain 2 rep points for posting an answer?

Earlier this evening, I posted an answer to the query Coloring in Table of contents. Since I was already at the daily limit for rep points prior to posting this answer, the first 3 upvotes didn't ...
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TUGboat open-access survey

TUG is considering making all publications to TUGboat open-access. To this end they have started a survey. The survey also addresses non-members, so to be representative it needs as many ...
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Activity on this site vs. time of the day

Motivated by a comment by Barbara Beeton, I was wondering if there is a way to show the average activity on this site vs. time of the day? I am interested in a plot of the following type (I stress ...
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Bounds on the questions/answers ratio

I originally arrived here from the mathematics stackexchange website. I'm also interested in TeX, but I am by no means an expert. I found out I have asked 10 questions already, and provided 0 answers. ...
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How should I bump a question?

If there is an old question that has received no or inadequate answers, it is likely not going to get an answer without intervention, as it is not appearing high enough on the lists of new or ...
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Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

I am surprised that most questions have fewer votes than the answers. It often happens that a question has no vote, or even a negative vote, but the answers have several votes. As egreg says: if ...
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Videos of TeX Users Group 2018 conference talks are online!

The TeX Users Group 2018 annual conference was held in Rio de Janeiro (at the mathematics institute called IMPA) in July. Many TeX.SE users participated and even gave talks there. You can watch videos ...
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Suggest users to add a MWE or MWEB to their question

For many questions a Minimal Working Example (with Bibliography) can be very helpful and for some it is even detrimental to the answering of the question. My suggestion is to point the user to MWE(B)...
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What is your motive to put time and effort into looking for unanswered questions? would it cease someday?

First of all, I know that this is a Q&A website, and of course I am always happy to get answers to my good and even naive questions from the Latex experts on this site. So, this pushed me to ask ...
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New TeX site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. TeX is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the design here so ...
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New entries not choosing best answer, should we make it more clear?

I found myself answering to a question of a new user in TeX.se. Actually he said that that was for him a good solution, but since he wasn't use to the functioning of the wheel he did not choose best ...
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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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Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs) - the W part

I am wondering about a question which is closely related to the question with almost identical title: Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs), in which the focus was on the minimizing part. More ...
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Rationale for the added whitespace in global site (left panel)?

I have noticed that many sites now come with a left panel, for example: This might be one of the announcement posts on stackexchange. Seaching this tag I find many hits such as this one (I ...