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Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

This is something that I've found vaguely weird about this site for some time: the reputations of top users are insanely high here. Today I got curious and went to other big sites on the network, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Insistence upon MWEs, duplicates, and answers thereto

A recent question appeared to me to be a duplicate of another. I flagged it as a potential duplicate. I also answered the question, restating the essential portion of the answer provided in the ...
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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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A proposal to have a score for a comment [closed]

I would propose a +1 point for the important comments that are voted by the users. Is it possible to do something? See the figure below:
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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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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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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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LyX user questions on TeX stackexchange

Is there a proper way to post a MWE when using LyX instead of LaTeX proper? The commonly used comment requesting a MWE is confusing to me when using LyX.
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When will @egreg reach 654321

And the winner is: yo'! Congratulations! As prize yo' selected a scout duck with neckerchief: (it is already available in the development version of the tikzducks package and will be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Thank you TeX.SE!

I just got my first book published and I would like to thank everyone here at TeX.SE for the help that they provided by answering the questions that I posted. I know that accepting an answer is ...
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How to flag comments posted as an answer for removal?

Recently I have flagged an answer which should have probably been a comment as “not an answer“. Today when I wanted to flag another answer for a different reason, I noticed this message in the flag ...
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English pangrams with ducks [closed]

There have already been several examples of trivialities, here, apropos ducks, and I think that this one is not much worse than others… Motivation This evening I saw an ad on this site from The ...
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Quack overflow on our site

Friends, Some of you might have noticed the presence of a yellow duck in the lower right corner of our site, acting as the fabled Clippy bloke from the Office family. I know there has been a lot of ...
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CTAN has been asking to change our web navigator today 31 — mar — 2018. It is ok?

When today accessed CTAN To read news about changes on packages with Opera 51 and in a second access, FireFox 59.0.2, obtained in both cases a superimposed panel that asked that I should update my ...
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“Close” or “delete” own question?

After having asked this question I realized that it would better be suited on a different site. In that case, should I delete the question or vote to close? Is there something like a best practice?
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When is it acceptable to accept one own's answer?

Here's the scenario: I have recieved a few good answers for a [code-bound] question I asked. Since they all make different contributions, I would like to write my own answer combining approaches and ...
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Creating duplicates for easier navigation, and possibility for a duplicate tag

I was looking for an answer to my question: Plot a function between two values But searching for this didn't come up with anything, however, when I clicked 'Ask Question' and typed the title the ...
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Too rash decision about “duplicate”

There are people who can mark a thread as "duplicate" by single click. On the other hand, there are people who can only "vote" about it. Moreover, there are people who can do nothing about such ...
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What is the point of the ducks tag in non meta tex

As far as I can tell there's only ever been one post utilizing the ducks tag without the tikzducks tag. might they not just as well be merged? or would it be acceptable for me to start asking about ...
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Which is your best underestimated (by other users) answer?

Sometimes it happens to receive a lot of votes for a simple answer, ten minutes' work, whereas an excellent or elaborated one earns fewer votes it deserves. A famous example of the first kind is ...
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How to politely tell someone that his choice of answer is poor?

Recently, I was alerted to how questioners choose which of the answers best solve their problem(s). I observed that, especially for beginners, that they did not select the best answer from the ...
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Who plans to go to TUG 2018 in Rio de Janeiro?

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, ducks and mallards, marmots and capybaras, Darth Vaders and parrot owners, children of all ages! The 39th Annual Meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG 2018) ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Copying and pasting ShareLatex into Tex StackExchange editor window [duplicate]

I was going to ask about \begin{itemize} \item[] $a$ \linebreak \tabto{1.5cm} Effective earth radius [km] calculated from (16). \item[] $a_a$ \linebreak \tabto{1.5cm} An adjusted ...
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What is the highest voted comment on TeX.SE?

I just came across this In an ideal world the workflow would be "1) tell your collaborators to use LaTeX 2) live happily ever after" comment by Seamus and thought "wow, I haven't seen a comment ...
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HTTP vs HTTPS in blog link

I don't know how this is possible, but I get the TeX SE blog for http://tex-talk.net and a completely different page for https://tex-talk.net: What is happening here? How is it possible? What can be ...
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Questioners not responding to answers

There are (many) occasions where a questioner does not respond/acknowledge any answers to their question. Currently an answerer is prohibited from given any kind of recognition to their answer even ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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TeX and friends FAQ posts

There are occasions where I see a new question and know it's one that is asked frequently, yet we don't have a comprehensive question-and-answer(s) to address it. It would be good if we could ...
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Downvoting duplicates?

Is downvoting a duplicate (but otherwise sound) question a good thing to do? It seems to me that it unnecessarily alienates new users (who are probably the most likely to ask a duplicate question.) ...