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Acceptable Questions and User Opinions

This meta question arises from the closure of my question. I am not going to try to reopen the question, because I am not a close/reopen button lover. Just let the question be part of the silent ...
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How to properly edit code blocks when going from “4 spaces” to “3 backticks”?

As you all know, there are two ways to format blocks of code, four leading spaces in every line vs. three backticks around the code. Many new users know about the first method, but not the second. ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for solving a math problem using latex as a programming tool?

My lately asked question (deleted by me) about solving a problem using Newton's Method has been voted for close since it allegedly was not related to the site. Therefore, can't I ask to solve any math ...
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How to handle edits with information I can not verify myself

I created a post here once, to share my efforts on finding a tool to create Bibtex entries from websites. Now someone anonymous posts an edit which adds a new tool and clearly favors this new tool. I ...
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Why was this question downvoted? How to improve it?

Could you please tell me what's wrong with this question? Overleaf: PDF causing compilation timeout
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Explanations on why my answer had been downvoted (and removed), but a similar one accepted? Things I can improve?

I saw this question a few days ago: missing a tick label that has been named I answered the following, and it got downvoted (3 times), then deleted: Does this give what you want? xtick = {-3.14, -1....
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Is there a possibility to edit your own answers some time later, without the question being pushed somewhere to the top of the "Active Questions"?

Is there a possibility to edit your own answers some time later, without the question being pushed somewhere to the top of the "Active Questions" and without the question attracting ...
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Should [springer] and [springernature] be synonyms of [sv-classes]?

We currently have the tags springer, springernature, sv-classes. The last one is the more widely used tag, with over 130 questions currently. The other two have only around 10 questions each. Should ...
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Is it appropriate to add a tag that applies to the accepted answer rather than the question?

In the question posted here the OP uses suitable tags for the question, namely tikz-pgf, tikz-arrows, graphs. The accepted answer (mine) uses tikz-cd. Is it appropriate to add the tikz-cd tag to the ...
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How to quantitively and/or qualitatively say that a question is not related to this site?

For my last question Define a polynomial symbolically, then differentiate it to find its local maximum, I was told that asking for using TeX packages luacode or pythontex to make a complete ...
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A good way to ask a question?

I have been trying to find something on this site which provides guidance for someone asking a question as to how to do it in order to help someone answer it. I have failed. I'm sure that there must ...
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What is the most appropriate way to proceed if you think that a question or an answer that you did not write yourself probably needs to be edited?

What is the most appropriate way to proceed if you think that a question or an answer that you did not write yourself probably needs to be edited? E.g., something trivial to the experts and the ...
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Should we post a general question regarding "why can't I use this macro inside this other macro"?

^^ see title. I think it should be okay? Compare Should we post a catch-all question answering "What's this font?" on TeX.SX? - TeX - LaTeX Meta Stack Exchange What's the current problem? ...
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A user never answers questions, only asks them

I have come across one user who has asked 168 questions and never helped any other questioner with their problem. The OP has stated that their only interest is in posing questions and will not answer ...
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Submitted answer has incorrect statements about TeX, but code solves problem

Please advise. I asked a question and a submitted answer had code that solves the problem. However, the answer also starts with statements about TeX macros that contradict commonly used TeX ...
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Updating tag wiki on Stack Overflow

Recently there has been a discussion on Meta Stack Overflow (again) about whether to ask LaTeX questions on Stack Overflow or on TeX.SE. I answered that question (https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/...
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How to create multiple consecutive empty lines in Stack Exchange post

How do I create multiple consecutive empty lines in Stack Exchange post? I have tried searching for this, and nothing seems to work in my post. (Any advice on edits to this question are welcome.)
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Enlarging the number of visible communities?

I know that it may be a more general question, but TeX.StackExchange is my main community. If I choose "Profile", I have on the left-hand side two frames: "Stats" and "...
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Passing of our friend Brent Longborough

It is with great sorrow that I write this thread to inform you of the passing of our dear friend Brent Longborough, on December 6th, 2021. According to his family, he passed with honour and grace, at ...
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No display of CTAN documentation of a package in pdf format on smartphones [closed]

I use a low-medium range smartphone. I don't understand why when I log on to CTAN and want to download a pdf this doesn't happen. What is the reason?
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Testing the possible duplicate technique before voting for close

In my question, it has been voted for close as a duplicate of this, however, I didn't manage to make the suggested approach work for me. So, can there be a message to the voters to carefully check if ...
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Do we need to create a new `plasTeX` tag?

Indeed, there are questions about this software. 44 questions about plasTex It is available here : plasTeX is a Python package to convert LaTeX markup to DOM Shouldn't we create a tag for plasTeX?
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on TeX - LaTeX has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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{chinese} and {japanese} tags synonym of {cjk} tag

I would like to suggest that the tags chinese and japanese (the tag korean does not exist to date) should be treated as synonyms of the tag cjk. The reason is that this page primarily deals with ...
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Why can't I upvote posts when my account is new?

To upvote answers or questions I have to have 15 points. To get these I have to first create questions. I don't understand the reasoning behind this. Does creating questions make my upvotes more ...
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Election page shows contradictory info about the number of candidates

This is certainly a minor issue but I still decided to report it, just in case Although it says candidates 6 the ballot contains 5 candidates only.
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Run the codes in posts with a button [duplicate]

Recently I saw a post on StackOverflow in which a code snippet could be run by pressing a button. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44380104/c-drawing-scatter-plot-on-ms-charts It was indeed really ...
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Go to page x button

I always found it irritating that on the question site you cannot jump to pages in the middle of the site. As you see in the picture you can jump to page 2-5 and 4501, but the questions in the middle ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Enter the Matrix

Since a few days TUG has an official chat on the Matrix network. Below you can find some instructions on how to join the chat. Please let me know in the comments if anything is unclear. Matrix chat ...
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System (Still) Fails at Times to Notify the OP When an Answer is Posted

UPDATE: After not being notified of both answers today that were posted to my question: How to Display the Page Number Only (No Header) for Chapter Pages; Header Only, Elsewhere. I have added this as ...
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Many thanks to Martin Scharrer

TeX-sx left beta in 2011, and since then we have had a team of three moderators: me (Joseph Wright), Stefan Kottwitz and Martin Scharrer. All of us have worked hard to make the community work, mainly ...
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Spread different approaches over several answers or keep them all in the same answer?

Assume someone asks a question and you can think of several fundamentally different approaches to the matter. E.g., when actually the question is about maintaining data via TeX, often different ...
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How can I push the undoing of marking as accepted an answer I gave in favor of marking as accepted a better answer given by someone else?

It happens from time to time/all the time that I realize that the answer someone else has given to a question is better than the answer I gave. This also happens in situations where the questioner has ...
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Don't forget to vote

This is meant as just a gentle nudge to remind people who are pre-disposed to vote but who, maybe, have let it slip a bit to get back in the habit. A little background for others: this site is, ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

The title is the same as in the corresponding topic on Meta.StackExchange.com Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack ...
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Question with MathJaX tag

In different occasions when I see a question tagged MathJaX I think many times if I should answer it or not. Generally on the TeX.SE. site the questions marked with this tag are off-topic. Which are ...
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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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Is it about time to add 'texlive-2021' tag?

Is it about time to add texlive-2021 tag? There is already one question concerning the newest distribution.
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Closing as dup, while the linked Q/A takes longer to decipher than the current one?

Just another beautiful day and I was thinking about what closing as duplicate means. Certainly the rule of thumb/motivation is that if a question is answered once, don't answer twice. And then there ...
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Missed the time of the day, hour, minute on every profile?

I've noticed, and I hope that I'm not wrong, that every user profile is missing the time and the date when they last logged in TeX.SE. The question, although synthetic, refers to the opening or ...
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Can't login with an another device: I have connected my Stack-overflow account to Tex.SE

my qustion on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/68554208/i-have-connected-my-stack-overflow-account-to-tex-se-and-meta-se-cant-login-wi I am @Gomesz785.(SO account, Tex.SE account) One week ago ...
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Targeted downvoting: information related to my profile

I would like to find out information about voting behaviour against me on this site (Main and/or Meta). Does such information exist? If so, where can I find it? For example these are related only on ...
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Coming up with a question, while trying to answer another one

Let's assume a user tries to find an answer for a question posed by another user. After a while, he addresses the question posed but he bumps into a new issue stemming from the solution he found. What ...
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This SE site is probably the most welcoming of the whole network

This is not a question but a subjective opinion I have expressed elsewhere as well. I am on SE for 12 or so years and I was always disappointed by the toxicity of many main "SE network nodes"...
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Color changed (orange) for up-down vote on main site and for my avatar on meta.tex.se [closed]

I have not understood the reason of the different color of my avatar on TeX.SE.meta and the main site as the up/down vote and other backgrounds are all colored with the color orange. Why?
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Would it be OK to reference the existence of my LaTeX book in my name on this site?

I'm currently running a kickstarter for my LaTeX book. I was thinking that I might change my display name to something like "Don Hosek—author of The Preppy Lion: An Author's Guide to LaTeX" ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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