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What was wrong with my question?

Today I noticed that one of my questions ("How to check which command was used to load a .sty file?") was deleted. As the two consecutive downvotes, after nearly two months, without any explanation ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Yesterday I down-voted the answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/343572/177954 because the websites where the images are from are not disclosed. I left a comment explaining this. Today I noticed ...
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Should I make minor edit in the code in the question to make it compilable? [duplicate]

Consider this question: Parallel arrows along a curve with tikz. The OP's code is clearly not compilable. The preamble of the code is not shown. However, we can add a single line \documentclass[...
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Multi-line texts overlaps in comment window

Today I was typing a comment to reply a user. However, when I was typing my comment, I saw that -- with (might be due to) the new-interface -- overlapping texts which makes it hard to read (all of a ...
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Decrease the size of the text in TeX.SE?

For about a week I have noticed some small worsening on the visualization of the site TeX.SE. As you can see from the rectangles that I highlighted with the color orange, the text has a smaller size ...
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Captcha it is often only for my account?

I wanted to understand if Captcha, computer security codes to distinguish between humans and bots, often happen to me in this period when I have to add an answer on the site TeX.SE. In the last week ...
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How to set up viewing preferences to automatically exclude postings of certain specific users?

Just as it is possible to automatically highlight postings if they are "tagged" with various keywords, it is also possible to ignore postings if their tags are on a user-specified "ignore list". ...
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A question about ducks and other animals

I'm just out of curiosity. Why people here (TeX.SX users) love ducks so much? What's wrong with other animals, like dogs, cats, birds, fishes, geese, swans, marmots, penguins, or much more other ...
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Preparing for Groundhog Day

As you probably all know, Groundhog Day is approaching. As usual, it will be on February 2. And since probably nobody wants to have a long period of lousy weather, I think we should be better prepared ...
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What is a duplicate of what?

I'm sorry for the confusing title, but let's consider the following two questions, which are recently modified on the main site: (1) Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX? Asked in ...
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2018: 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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When does it make sense to post an additional answer?

Suppose you see a question, which has an answer of which you think it solves the problem. Assume further that you'd now an alternative way of answering this question. Meta-Question: Under which ...
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Why does the site attempt to track my web browsing?

Firefox (64.0) which I always use in private browsing mode and with tracking detection enabled, indicates that tex.stackexchange.com makes attempts to track my web browsing. edit: this happens ...
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Revoke reopen: correct procedure

Is there a possibility to revoke one's vote-to-reopen a question? What is the procedure and the correct indications to follow?
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Guidelines for clicking the “upvote”-button/Knowledge test/What is a reputation system worth where people get “upvotes” based on sympathy?

From time to time I see flawed answers in this forum which are not really suitable for accomplishing the task described in the question and which nonetheless get a lot of upvotes. Therefore I suppose ...
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Poll: which are the “Cinderella” topics?

We all have the feeling that every TikZ post, even the most trivial one, gets a lot of upvotes. My question is: on the contrary, which are the topics that deserve more upvotes than the ones they ...
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How do I get reputation?

Why is there no reputation tag? I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.
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In what case should we downvote questions/answers?

I know that we should not downvote all bad questions/answers. So in what case should we downvote those questions/answers?
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Children's photo in the profiles

I've been observing that some users insert images of their very young children. Some photos are probably either downloaded or taken somewhere. I was wondering if this is correct considering that I, ...
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

An interesting issue has arisen with the question How to use Georgia as a font in LaTeX? In the OP's original question, (s)he demonstrates with a code snippet how (s)he is able to use the Georgia font ...
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Let us have some TeX-mas fun [completed]

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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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

update January 18, 2019 Yesterday or so I first noticed this issue seemed to have been solved (possibly network-wide). It my have been so for weeks. I don't know where to link to, if that issue has ...
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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 ...