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How to deal with downvotes and revenge downvotes?

I had a very bad experience when downvoting an answer: I left in the comment the motivation of the downvote, and after that, the user clarified a little bit the answer I removed the downvote but the ...
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Stack changed a text/quote block

What happened to the quote block on this website that used ">"? I remember it had a yellowish block. But now when I use it I see a grey bar like this I don't like this aesthetic very much, so I ...
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Visual search on TeX.SE

In many questions we're likely to post an image of what we're looking for. And there are often multiple visuals for the answer. Is there a way to search the questions via the thumbnails posted on the ...
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Is using the noun “hang-up” appropriate to express judgements about users?

Recently I stumbled over a comment The OP seems to have some hang-ups about ..., which he judges ... The word hang-up means "a source of mental or emotional difficulty" or "an emotional problem ...
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Request to undelete

Please undelete https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/534505/208429 The close comment says "This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a ...
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Dark mode in TeX Stack Exchange

I just realised that there is an option for dark mode for Stack Overflow. I was wondering if there is any chance our community could use it too.
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A follow option: how does it work?

I recently saw this addition at the bottom of posts: What does this follow option provide? Is there any guide that mentions what I can do and don't do with it? Who has used this follow option and for ...
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An information of a pink bar: flags

I was just wondering why some flags are highlighted with a pink background? I only have two pink ones. What's the reason? Thank you very much.
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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If the 365-day roomba requirement 'has 1 or 0 comments' were dropped, would valuable contributions be lost?

The old question roomba requirements are: If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 and a deleted owner has no answers is not ...
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Is Wikipedia <math> on topic?

Tex.sx has a tag for questions that is named wiki and currently has this description: Topics linked to usage of TeX in wiki-type websites, such as Wikipedia. Wikipedia (run by Wikimedia, running ...
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How can we improve the “quality” of questions so a search for information is more reliable?

Often, a question is not phrased clearly or lacks the terms that another user would use in searching for information. This is often not the "fault" of the person asking the question, who may not be ...
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Is there a way to give anonymous feedback without flagging?

Probably many of you have seen low-quality answers, for which less versed users may not immediately see that the answer is low-quality. A specific situation could be answers to TikZ questions in which ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

I'm a big proponent of TeX. I want it to be accessible to a broad family of people, not just those who are sufficiently technically-minded to understand its inner workings, and/or understand the ...
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Good practice for edit summary?

It happens that I edit my own answers. This is because I often write spontaneously and hereby tend to write long sentences. Later I realize how incomprehensible my wordings are. English is not my ...
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Timeline…for some users or for all?

Since a few minutes I saw that on the site there is the icon of the timeline to edit a question/answer. Is this available for all users?
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Placing more bounties than you have reputation

From the Reputation & Moderation page from the Help Center, we read that: A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. It is funded by the personal reputation of the user who offers ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Dealing with and reporting not-so-friendly users (especially when they delete the post)

Recently, I had a discussion with an unfriendly user (Direct counter for the total daily votes, in the now-deleted answer), who took their liberty to qualitatively assess my soul. While I tried to ...
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Recent changes on the TeX.SE website

This evening I have logged in and found some news on the site TeX.SE, for example on the explanations for closure of the questions. I also saw a new screen regarding the reopening of the questions ...
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Should we reroute duplicates if a better fit emerges?

I was trying to decide between babel and polyglossia for use with LuaLaTeX, so I googled "babel vs polyglossia". The first result is the somewhat outdated question Decide between Polyglossia and Babel ...
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Why has my question been deleted?

I posted a question and received an answer. Shortly after that the entire post (question and answer) was deleted. Why is that? Additionally, why was my reputation reduced from 433 to 399?
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Is it possible to have MathJax in a question? [duplicate]

In all other stack exchanges I use (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, etc.) I can just do $x$ and get x printed in a math-style font. In this question it didn't work: Is there a font where lower-case $...
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Is what I want to do right? [duplicate]

I would like to thank the following people for their expert opinions. I would also like to include a first name or a nickname if they allow it in my amateur radio test book. Allow = (1). No Allow = (0)...
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Should TeX.SE provide the citation extension?

As the citation scripts add load time to the page (as I have been informed by the support) they are only provided on pages, which explicitly request it, like on Math.SE or CS Theory.SE. So I was ...
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Should we mark a question as duplicate if old question has no answers?

A recent question minted-make-text-non-selectable-on-output-pdf) seems like a duplicate of an older question remove-selectable-text-from-source-code-pdf-output However, neither the older question ...
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Why do some users not vote often for questions or answers?

Recently I have observed that several users vote very low. Are there, peraphs, any specific reasons that can be made public? I think we all have 40 votes, why not use them when there are good ...
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Adding an Overleaf link as well/instead of MWE

I'm new here, and have answered a couple of questions where MWEs weren't really appropriate because the solutions involved minor tweaks to really long .bst files. I've made do with adding the ...
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How do I include an animated preview of slides on stackexchange? [duplicate]

I found explanations of how to include still previews of compiled latex documents on stackexchange here, but my question is specifically for slides. Sometimes people include an animated preview of ...
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Deciding which typography answer should be accepted?

Should I accept the answer that is favored by my personal taste? I am asking typography questions when I don't know what the right answer is (e.g. Spacing in "$d=2$-dimensional" ) So maybe ...
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Should we really delete low quality answers?

Whenever looking at answers in the Low Quality Posts review queue that are real answers (i.e. should not actually be a comment, edit or new question), just bad ones, I'm a bit conflicted about ...
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How similar should two questions be to qualify as a duplicates?

How similar should two questions be to qualify as duplicates? I'm thinking particularly of Add an Arab Word within an English Document and Arabic and greek inline text in russian document pdflatex. ...
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Academic honesty: where to draw the line?

Originally, when I joined the site, I was under the impression that users users are supposed to indicate the sources of their answer. That is, if a given answer makes use of something developed in ...
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When is awarding bounties considered a misuse of the system?

This question is in response to marmot's leaving of the site as discussed in the comments of this post. Comments are disabled there, so I ask this as a separate question. In the comments Stefan ...
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Moderation in non-trivial cases

There have been a few cases recently where the moderator team have taken action involving high-profile users, and that has lead to some of these high-profile users deciding to leave the site. There ...
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To which extent can I use my own codes after I quit?

According to how I understand the fineprint under this link and the rules of the web site, when I delete my account the rights of my answers will belong to the site. So if anyone, including me, ever ...
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New update or a bug in the main & meta page display of a question's activity information

Today I saw this But in the past, I used to see them in the right-hand top corner of the (already not-so-nice) layout. Is this a permanent or a bug? Is this added in order to make way for ads (atop ...
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Roles and actions: Moderators

I recently saw that several of the high-rep users were getting suspended. Then it got to think me why are they getting suspended. By thinking in that direction, I see that when an issue occurs: the ...
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Is it fair to “unaccept” an already accepted answer?

Say I've asked a question to which someone added an answer they put quite some effort into. At first glance the answer seemed to perfectly answer my question, so I accepted it. Now, after using the ...
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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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How do I include a MWE?

I have a LaTeX file called testglister2.tex in my directory ~/GlisterBook. How do I import it into TeX.SE as an MWE? I use emacs as my text editor and from there I can copy the file, but how do I ...
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How should we handle old questions about South Asian languages?

Recently, a number of old questions about typesetting South Asian languages have resurfaced in the review queue and on the front page. Many of them boil down to, “How do I write in this language with ...
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Help me to find a topic for the next DuckBoat!

You know that the DuckBoats usually have two parts. The first one "Quacking in chat" is about TeX.SE news and similar topics, till now: the double backslash problem origin and evolution of duck ...
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how to render latex symbol in tex.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

this piece of latex can be rendered correctly on math.stackexchange.com $\operatorname{var}[\boldsymbol{\mathrm{AD}}+\mathbf{b}] = \boldsymbol{\mathrm{A}} \operatorname{var}[\boldsymbol{\mathrm{D}}]\...
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(Meta)^2: How to ask a meta question?

Looking at a couple of meta questions, including my own, I have the following (Meta)^2 question: To which extent does asking suggestive questions defeat the purpose of meta? The point is the ...
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Fun questions (contests/social events) which require coding: Main or Meta?

As Ulysses suggested in the comments of their question: TeX Art Fun - Mandalas, I think the Community should decide if fun questions of that kind (i.e. contests, social events, etc.), which require ...
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Request to rename [mac] → [macos], with synonym of [osx]

The current name of Apple's desktop operating system is macOS. On this site, the tag mac is used to refer to that. But other Stack Exchange sites use the tag macos, including: Ask Different (Apple) ...
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Problem of failure to report a positive score

I wanted to understand if it's my problem only that when I get a positive score on the achievement icon (cup) you do not see the small green symbol that indicates the reputation. It's been happening ...
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How to typeset/emphasize names of programs or packages or document classes or files within questions/answers at TeX LaTeX StackExchange?

When mentioning names of programs or LaTeX 2e-packages or document classes or files within questions/answers—what is the best way of typesetting/emphasizing them? I often see such ...

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