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Years Ago, `Word Count' Used to be Under the ``Tools'' Menu---What Happened to It? [closed]

Years ago, one could determine the word count of a LaTeX document by simply clicking on the ``Tools'' drop down box; under which, there was displayed an item called `Word Count'. Is there as easy a ...
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Preserve [overleaf] tag if the question concerns an error/unexpected output

I've just answer this question here which is complaining about unexpected output from a sample document. The question was originally tagged with the [overleaf] tag, which I removed, since it doesn't ...
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On Producing TIKZ Images with MATHCHA [closed]

For a recently posted question--- How to Draw a Rose in Latex Sebastiano posted two TIKZ images of roses that he implied were produced using MATHCHA. How does this MATHCHA work? Did Sebastiano upload ...
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How to provide good looking TeX output in StackExchange?

I realise that this is not directly concerned with TeX and friends but it is about improving my answers to such questions. I try and provide an MWE in my answers and I want to show their typeset ...
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Posting Q and A on pandoc

I see quite some pandoc / Markdown questions recently. It fits the pipeline I use, so I'd like to share / post some questions with canned answers. However, no one asks me for that. Next, more grave ...
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Adjusting the Size of the Uploaded Image When Posting a Question

How may one adjust the size of the displayed image when posting a question? For example, I posted the following question yesterday: How to Draw a Rose in Latex If I wanted to scale down the image of ...
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Users without gravatar (avatar)?

In these days I see that there are many users without a gravatar (image) like this: Addendum: What is the reason?
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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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Adapting the highlighting colors for the new highlight.js version

Our syntax highlighter highlight.js has received a complete ground up rewrite of the LaTeX grammar in its latest 10.3 release. This comes with some changes to the CSS classes used by the highlighter. ...
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Test cases vs minimalism in a MWE

What is the balance between test cases and minimalism in a MWE? I recently wrote a question with a MEW I thought was pretty good. One example, nice and clear what the issue is, but it gave me an ...
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How to respond to an answer that ONLY works in the MWE and not generally?

I recently asked a question about linebreaking in a bibliography and it got an answer that appeared good. However, when I tested it, it appears to only work with the specific example text I provided. ...
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Retrieve a question from code

Background I read a question about adjusting the indentation of a list a few hours ago. I've copied the following code found in the question. \use{enumitem} \setlist[itemize]{align=parleft,left=0pt.....
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When is it better to revisit an old answered question?

Many times, I found my inquiries solved on the site by several answered questions. However, I believe (without solid proof) that the packages used in the solution have undergone bug fixes, updates, ...
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What's with the new two-tone color scheme for LaTeX code?

I've noticed that a new, two-tone color scheme has gone into effect for formatted code on TeX.SE. Consider, say, \documentclass{article} or \begin{table} The commands -- \documentclass and \begin --...
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No image presented when opening Stackexchange web [closed]

I'm bothered with the prob for a long time. Everytime I open a stack link, the words can be presented well, but the image never show up (the case in my screenshot). I tried refresh, log in but nothing ...
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Is it always a bad sign to have a question with views and zero interactions?

This is the first time I found myself in this situation (I remembered now it is not the first :)). My last bountied question has a compilable MWE with clear explanation and inquiries. However, I ...
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Paid LaTeX support for svmono+cleveref [closed]

Unfortunately, I expect that Cleveref fails to pick up the footnote number when using svmono 5.6 class is unlikely to get a valid answer “for free”. Which company or which individuals would be ...
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Please make a legal tag

Someone with reputation score 300+ please make a tag for questions about formatting legal documents using TeX/LaTeX. Perhaps make it legal-style? I am feeling the lack of such a tag. Suggested ...
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Answer deleted by moderator because “not good practice”

Today I noticed the following deleted answer: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/561476/ (only visible for >10k users because it is deleted). Screenshot: The question was asking about how to change a ...
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Why not pasting image url automatically if we choose it?

There are two options on inserting image: Browse paste Why not pasting image url automatically if we choose paste option?
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How to improve question related to editing class files?

I often have the problem that I am using a template and there is just small changes I wish to make to the template, such as changing color scheme. However, opening open a .cls file and making changes ...
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What happened to Schrödinger'scat?

I was always confident that @Schrödinger'scat (user: 194703) would answer most of TikZ related questions. But today I realized that s/he has closed his/er account. What happened to Schrödinger'scat? ...
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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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Exact search is not working properly

I want to find posts that contain \tikz{ but using "\tikz{" does not help. Is this a bug? How can I do this?
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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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What are the privileges and duties of assigning a gold badge in a tag?

I just got a gold badge for the pgf-tikz tag. I know that this badge gives me the privilege of closing with my vote alone a question with this tag if I feel that it is duplicated. This golden badge is ...
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Why must I prove to a machine that I am a human?

From time to time I am urged to click through so-called captchas in order to prove to the machine that I am a human when posting answers. The captchas often are not precise: E.g., some minutes ago I ...
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Promotional material in usernames

Within reason, users are free to choose their usernames freely. There are restrictions where names are potentially offensive, and 'we' have tended to avoid allowing those which might be misleading (...
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MWE with basic structure or lots of hacks showing attempted solution?

Often users are asked to show a MWE showing what has been attempted to solve the problem. I've received a good answer to a question. But the answer alone doesn't work completely for my real code. By ...
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To make a tag for a synonym tag: explanations

I have wanted to create for an existing timeline tag two synonyms called chronosys and chronology. Is it correct my work to create new synonyms tags or my procedure is wrong? What should I do so that ...
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MWEs and their wrongly assumed place in the question

Purpose: To improve the user experience of the visitors of TeX.SX (who most likely provide the majority of the traffic), in exchange for the slight detriment of that of the questioners and answerers. ...
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How do I list all my own questions?

There are hundreds of pages explaining how to search your own questions, or answers to them, but nothing that I can see about just getting a list of them. Some answers suggested using the Advanced ...
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How to anonymously support the contributors?

I'm bad at (La)TeX and appreciated the help of several contributors quite a lot here. They saved my assday many times. Kudo points (reputation) at StackExchange are fun but probably have no real ...
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TUG 2020 is going online July 24, 25 and 26th

TUG 2020 announcement The 41st annual TeX user conference (TUG 2020) is going digital on July 24, 25, 26. Register for free! Introduction As we move TUG 2020 completely online, we look forward to ...
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What potential problems should be checked for in the great CommonMark switch?

tex.sx is scheduled to undergo a code conversion to CommonMark tomorrow (10 June 2020); for details, see We're switching to CommonMark. The last time an under-the-covers code conversion was ...
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The CommonMark diary

Friends, The StackExchange network decided to switch to CommonMark. The last time SE decided to make some changes, we experienced a lot of problems. Worse, any official position from the Powers That ...
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Should the mapping tag be burninated?

The mapping tag on TeX.SX has absolutely no definition or guidance. The questions about it are a grab-bag asking about everything from graphing a conformal mapping to the Mapping= feature of fontspec ...
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Official number of TeX.SE users

In these days I have asked myself one question: how many are the total users of TeX.SE? From the tables that I am attaching I do not see any global number.
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What to do with a question requesting specifically for a bad practice?

While checking unanswered beamer questions (which are about 280 at the moment with little activity), I found this question. The OP requests in this question something that seems to be a very bad ...
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Is the reputation value increasing?

I feel like 1 rep today is earned harder than 10 years ago. Here is my reasoning. At the very beginning, the simplest and more fundamental questions were asked on this site. Plus, there wasn't any &...
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tex.stackexchange preview snippet [duplicate]

What are ways to preview the output of snippets and "minimal working examples" in a question or answer posted on tex.stackexchange? I was asked to use pastebin, which requires a login. I guess, a ...
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What is a “do it for me” question?

There is a huge number of questions using the term "do it for me" question (such as [1], [2], [3] and many more), and I would like to understand what the term means. The most precise definition I have ...
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A plea to those who answer “just do it for me” questions: please edit question titles to be usefully descriptive as well

Dear people who like to answer "just do it for me question" (especially of the TikZ sort, but possibly others.) Many such questions have titles that are fundamentally useless for searching purposes. ...
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Additional “Field of expertise” tag when posting a question

In TeXample, there is an interesting "Scientific and technical areas" part that really helps to find more efficiently kind of canonical graphs in these fields. On TeX.SE unfortunately, such "field ...
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TeX.SE editor: insert citation

In the site Math.SE. I have seen that there is also an icon (marked with an orange square in the image below) named "insert citation". In TeX.SE this icon doesn't exist. Is it important to have this ...
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Typo in Markdown Help

The first sample code paragraph for Basic Links at Markdown Help seems a bit messed up, with the links within the sentence being in the wrong order, and may not very helpful for a puzzled reader ...
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RTFM, but for the log file

How about a polite way to invite to take a deeper look at the .log file? This is meant for a contribution to be added to Text building blocks. It is agreed that to RTFL someone in the answer is ...
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Non correspondence between the total votes and the numbering indicated in the orange rectangle [duplicate]

My simple question is this. If the number indicated below indicates the daily votes assigned to me, why do I have three votes remained? So I'll never get to 40 total votes. Is the problem because I ...
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How to tag questions about TeXbook, but not the TeXbook source?

I'd like to know how to tag questions regarding the TeXbook contents (i.e. lessons, exercises ...). Going by the description of texbook.tex: Questions about texbook.tex, the source of The TeXbook. ...
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About asking to undelete or reopen a specific post on Meta

This question is whether or not it is useful to have meta questions that are (just) requests to reopen or undelete a post. Some users seem to suggest that the answer is yes. I find this a bit ...

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