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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Correct centering ❧ Cross-referencing, including ...
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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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Relicensing code from answers

Part of the discussion about packaging some of the TikZ answers into a LaTeX package has centred on the issue of licensing the code. Contributions here are licensed under a CC license (see links at ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Providing directly viewable links to specific PDF pages in various TeX manuals

Many questions on the site ask for explanations of specific commands, for TeX/LaTeX/Engine Foo. The informations is often directly available in one of canonical books like "TeX by Topic", "TeX for ...
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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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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

When a user edits her/his own question frequently, it's ensured that it stays high up on the front-page. This is an easy way of continously bumping one's own question up. Is this desired? (How) Can ...
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How to recover from TeX.SE (or, in general, TeX-LaTeX) addiction?

TeX.SE is addictive, we have recently had evidence. I don't think this is only due to the reputation mechanism. For example, the little games available on FB have a similar reward mechanism: you win ...
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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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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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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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Adding a word in cite. For example: According to ABC's studies (2011) in Biblatex [migrated]

\documentclass{article} \usepackage[style=authoryear-icomp,maxbibnames=9,maxcitenames=2,backend=biber]{biblatex} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib} @misc{ABC01, author = {...
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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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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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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 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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(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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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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Should high-rep users hang back a little?

This is meant to start a discussion on etiquette and sustainability. It is very clear from looking at the answers that the first-page users are very quick to answer most questions. This of-course is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't I delete more than five of my own comments?

From time to time I check my comments on TeX.SE and delete obsolete one like "Welcome to TeX.SE" or if the content of my comment has been added to an answer or ... Today I got the message that I'm ...
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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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Which questions led to the creation of a new package?

TeX.sx occasionally inspires people to be ingeniously creative and write cool packages. Let's have a list of all the CTAN packages that originated in a question on TeX.sx. I suggest a single CW ...
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Should we edit questions in answers when reviewing?

This answer is a question. Not surprisingly, it was taken to the Low Quality Posts review queue. Of course, it is a question not an answer, so it deserves deletion. However, the review ended with an ...
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Discussion about TeX Community Polls

Please discuss any ideas and issues about TeX Community Polls in this thread to keep it tidy.
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Is the ``` syntax for code blocks to be preferred?

On the main site I see a lot of edits that replace the indention by 4 spaces for code blocks with ``` ⟨code block⟩ ``` (for example https://tex.stackexchange.com/posts/447721/revisions). Does this ...
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How to deal with overleaf incompatibilities?

Disclaimer: I never used overleaf, nor have I the faintest motivation to ever use it. And this post is related to this post. However, I am getting increasingly concerned by the fact that overleaf has ...
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The {elsarticle} tag and Elsevier's new classes

Since the dawn of time Elsevier recommended the elsarticle class for authors. Recently they started promoting the els-cas-templates bundle \rant{I have no idea why; elsarticle worked just fine} and ...
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Corrected procedure to contact a user who does not write in chat [duplicate]

Is there a way to contact or ping a TeX.SE user who does not use the chat to send a private message, or comment? What is the correct procedure?
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When should we flag an answer?

I am sorry for a series of questions on this topic recently. This will be the last question I promise :) Recently I flagged some answers. The following flags are disputed: How to vertically center a ...
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Poll: “wrong” reasons to upvote

From the Help pages: What is voting up? Voting up is how the community indicates which questions and answers are most useful and appropriate. When should I vote up? Whenever you ...
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Changing the site name

Today I was browsing https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/ and saw in the “Hot Meta Posts” sidebar that they are changing their site name from “Mathematica” to “Mathematica & Wolfram Language”. ...
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How to deal with answers which are wrong?

Recently I see that some clearly-wrong answers are taken to the "Low Quality posts" review queue. Most of them are ended "Looks OK". But, in my opinion, such answers are wrong so clearly that they ...
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Toggle Show/Hide on StackExchange [duplicate]

There are some posts which give solutions for Latex, but no one seems to work here on StackExchange. Is it possible to use this toggle show/hide here on StackExchange? Like when I want to toggle show/...
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How to post questions with LaTeX code? latex2html?

There are many posts in the forum with both LaTeX source code and the resulting images from compilation. Can anyone point me to the resources on posting questions in this format? I would like to ...
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We will have a moderator election… or will we?

Not sure if this should be an answer in the linked question or not. Anyway, I think a question is better than an answer in this case. In Do we need more moderators?, [...] Let's say that the ...
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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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Your opinion about locally saving all posts on tex.stackexchange.com

I am considering using wget -p -k -n Tex.stackexchange and thus save all posts to some future emergency if I or the site goes offline. Do you think this is a good idea?
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Should we keep [listings], [lstlisting] or both?

On the main site, there are two tags about code-formatting inside a LaTeX documents which all refer to listings package: listings and lstlisting. listings currently has 40 watchers and 2.6k questions,...
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Is TeX.SX a competition arena?

I am not a very regular user of TeX.SX, from time to time, when I have time, I come here to write some answers (mainly TikZ) or ask a question, and from time to time I don't come here for months. ...
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How long should one wait before reposting a question that wasn't answered?

I posted a question yesterday, but no one answered it and it only got a dozen views. How long should I have to wait before it is acceptable to post the same question again?
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Who are the package maintainers here?

Quick links: LaTeX Packages A-M, N-Z ❧ LaTeX Classes ❧ ConTeXt Modules ❧ Generic Packages ❧ Support Scripts ❧ Biblatex Styles A fair few users here have ...