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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 ...
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What is the best strategy to deal with posts in which the source of the code is not disclosed?

I hope that is not a duplicate. Probably most of you have seen questions in which the OP presents a code which is very likely not written by the OP, but the OP does not provide a link to the original ...
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Suggestion: tombstone/qed/halmos/end-of-environment… tag

Every once in a while I discover myself in the need of improving the placement of the tombstone symbol such as ∎ or □ at the end of various environments. (The latest example is QED for cases and ...
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TeX (Live) development and Github going Microsoft [closed]

with the acquisition of Github by Microsoft I am getting more and more wary to use Github, and would like to probe opinions of other developers. I am currently maintaining the TeX-Live group on ...
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Is wrong to ask on TeX.SE how to draw a swastika in TikZ (or question that involves Nazi in general)?

Recently, in a totally unrelated post, someone asked for a mathematical symbol (a curly \times). One user pointed out the fact that such symbol resembles the swastika of Nazi Germany and he will not ...
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Is it possible to give away the golden hammer “privilege”? [duplicate]

If one acquires a score of 1000 points or more on a given tag, one gets awarded the "privilege" to single-handedly close questions. This is also called golden hammer privilege. But what if someone ...
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What is the recommended way to handle cross-site duplicates

I have asked the question OS X: Blurry Beamer presentations on Sierra / High Sierra, which is about workarounds for the broken PDF rendering on recent versions of OS X that bite especially those of us,...
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People >~10k rep: If you were to start over, how long do you think it would take for you to gain 1k?

I'm asking because I'm curious whether people with high rep are significantly better at answering than other people. If you are above 10k (or thereabout), I have these questions for you: How long (...
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Why tex.stackexchange cannot have a snippet to run (La)TeX? [duplicate]

I know that a lot of users asked for a way to insert support for LaTeX code (or at least equations) like math.stackexchange and other SE sites. All of them received as comment/answer that this site is ...
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Sign error in Eulers formula in header on front page?

Edit: Turns out it's (maybe) not a sign error, but the vertical line in the plus might be hidden by the parenthesis in the background. It still appears like an error! I noticed this today, on the ...
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Do you also fail to get some message(s)?

Motivated by the fact that Dr. Manuel Kühner seems to have also missed at least one message, and that this happened to me, too, I would like to know if this is a well-known problem. My impression is ...
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Is there anyway that I can send the link of my question to someone requesting the answer in SE?

At the end of the question there is an option like Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. But I could not find an option to contact ...
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How to flag a question when it contains no problem?

How to flag a question, which asks a problem which is not a problem at all? E.g. the poster asks help with a code which cannot be compiled, but the code simply can be compiled.
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My question has an answer which is of little use to me because of incompatibilities

Let's say I asked a question about problem X. Someone provides an answer how to solve problem X. I test their code and observe that it does not work for me because it is not compatible with something ...
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Harmonize tags pdf-a and pdfx

Well, as you can see they have a different spelling, but since they derive from PDF/A and PDF/X which have structurally the same form, the tags should do as well. Thus I think one of them should be ...
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One 'Two figures' is better than another

I'm just offering some feedback as a person who gets a lot of assistance from the TEX.SE. There are two highly voted question regarding putting two figures on the same page: here and here. The first ...
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Answers that contain the main idea of the accepted answer

A few days ago a new user answered How to set document font to times new roman by command. This answer basically is the same as the accepted answer, just recommending an outdated package (according to ...