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Should we have a Grace period to avoid premature Voting to Close and Reopening Cycle

Although I have got sufficient reputation for Voting to Close, I rarely use (personal choice of course**) for a Q which is live on front page screen and less than 24 hrs old and for first-time users, ...
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Should there be a code-review forum?

Forgive me if there already is such a place on stackexchange. I'm new here and definitely don't really have the hang of the place as yet. But I haven't found such a forum. What I think would be ...
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Who designs the best tag wiki?

Tags are a map of our site. Tag description pages can be like small home pages, including information, internal links and links to helpful external resources. And they can be written with markdown ...
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Links are invisible on the Main site

I've noticed this for quite some time, but I suppose the time has come to do something about it. At least for me to speak about it, hoping to cause some change. Links on TeX SE Main are invisible. ...
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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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Online reviews and reports on TeX.SX

Did you see a review of our TeX.SX site in the web? Did you read blog posts or news articles about TeX.SX? Do you know that somebody wrote a report about questions or answers on TeX.SX? Then please ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2015

StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to ...
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Tagging “Please improve my code” posts

In roughly the last three weeks, we've seen (from oldest to newest): Code improvement for PSTricks figure (5 | 10) How to improve my PSTricks code to construct a triangle number diagram? (7 | 22) How ...
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Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too)

In recent times I see more and more flags on questions and answers. Unfortunately a not insignificant part of them are IMHO the wrong flag type or shouldn't have placed in the first place. While wrong ...
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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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New Design Launched

Hi all, Thank you for your helpful design input. As you can see, the new design went live, grats! If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

I posted a question here and got two equally good answers. Both of them are short, useful and to the point. One person's answer is more upvoted than that of the other which I believe was due to the ...
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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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Tags for document classes

I suggest we introduce tags clearly showing that a document class is concerned. book-class would be clearer than just book and would not interfere with questions regarding books - those made of paper....
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Annual TeX User Group membership question, 2015 edition

I'm Pops, one of the Community Managers at Stack Exchange. It's a new calendar year, which means it's time once more to either renew or cancel our TeX User Group institutional membership. Based on ...
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Etiquette: when is it acceptable to edit anothers' answer?

Case study: How can I typeset the date/time at compile time? A perfectly good answer was left, but without a MWE (minimum working example). It looked easy enough to do, so I figured I'd try to ...
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The prominent link to tex.blogoverflow.com has been buried

I'm fairly sure that http://tex.blogoverflow.com/ used to be linked to in the top bar by the word "blog", close to the chat link. Now we have a supply of good content on the blog it seems to have ...
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Who plans to go to the TUG 2011 conference in India?

TUG 2011, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, from October 19 to October 21. Who will to go there? Does anybody even plan to speak?
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Off-topic closure: predefined reasons

The new approach to closing questions means that things are changing in the way we handle 'off-topic' questions. I've already asked about the generic text and for some predefined off-topic close ...
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Where should images go?

I recently posted an answer and wanted to include a figure I made for it. I ended up putting it on my institutional account, but I realize that this is not ideal (since the account will probably be ...
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Should I self answer my question?

I am new here and do not know how to react now. I asked this question and got some answers, each answer is a part of solving the question. Should I now write a self answer with a summary of all ...
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Is troff/groff a “friend” of TeX

I have several TeX vs. troff/groff questions and surely there are experts on here that would know both. Not wanting to have a question rejected/closed due to the *roff nature, are these acceptable ...
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How to manage big lists?

It has been more or less accepted that big-list questions can be useful and are welcome in the site. But I think we should try to define some guidelines on how these questions should be handled by the ...
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Should minimal examples be completed for the submitter if they only provide a code excerpt?

We had a situation today regarding this question. (See also the timeline). What happened: The submitter asked a question with a code excerpt only, without making a compileable minimum working ...
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(Further) guidelines on accepting answers

I asked a question a few moments ago and someone answered straight away. Then, a while later someone else proposed an alternative way of doing the same thing. The answers are not all that different ...
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What to do with the 'latex' tag?

As we now have moderators, it's probably a good time to address the 'latex' tag. There are a few questions where this does seem to make sense (such as LaTeX versus ConTeXt versus plain versus ...). ...
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I am a serial upvoter

I am Paulo. I am the top voter of the entire StackExchange universe. And I believe I fit the description of being a serial upvoter. It is my OCD. I like to upvote, it is one of my favourite hobbies ...
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From Answers to Packages

On behalf of Andrew Stacey I'd like to invite contributions to the TeX.SX Launchpad Site. The site was originally created with a focus on TikZ, but Andrew always intended it to be an open repository ...
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Who Wants to Win a LaTeX Book? [closed]

I am organising a lottery and Springer have kindly agreed to donate a copy of LaTeX and Friends. Joseph Wright has kindly agreed to act a an independent witness/judge and he knows the winning number. ...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Compared to StackOverflow, where you basically can post code snippets and ask questions about them, this community seems to require more or less the entire document to be posted. Why so, is it the ...
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Will there be TeX.SX Documentation?

The Stack Overflow team has just announced a new service called Stack Overflow Documentation. Users can post examples of code usage and other can vote and edit. I'd like to have this for TeX.SX. In ...
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What NOT to do when you're trying to help a newbie?

Now that the 4th prof. van Duck's article is in press; it's time to think to the next one. Barbara Beeton suggested to me to read this article: https://latex-ninja.com/2019/02/26/guest-post-...
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Using search effectively

There is surprisingly little on meta about search, which is a shame because it's the main tool for avoiding duplicate questions. This question asks the way of searching for a particular character, and ...
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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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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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Job advertising?

Is there an appropriate spot on here to advertise a latex-related job/commission? Alternatively, would it be appropriate to privately message some users and invite them to apply for a job/commission? ...
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SO versus MO model (possible FAQ entry)

I suspect that we'll get a large contingent of people here who are already familiar with the SO software, but as the SO/SE empire expands then these people may have different codes of behaviour. In ...
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Collecting FAQ on LaTeX in this site into a recipe book that is collaberatively developed by us

There are many questions that can be regarded as FAQ as follows: How to adjust column separation in two-column page? How to break column in multiple-column page? How to enlarge the list indentation? ...
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A proposal to include a duck in our background image

Nowadays, TeX and friends are far beyond of just academic usage. I would like to propose the inclusion of a greyscale duck (courtesy of tikzducks) in our background image. This is the current image: ...
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Psmith, the friendly TeX bot, at your service

Prologue We love hanging out in our main chatroom. It's a very friendly place, where we talk about virtually everything - even TeX, sometimes! I decided to give it a try and add a few "extra features"...
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Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs)

I've stumbled a few times across poorly written MWEs as part of questions, and realized recently that my take on what to do (edit it) isn't shared by everyone here (leave the question untouched and ...
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Do we follow StackExchange rules?

I ran across the following question on the hot question list: Nice scientific pictures show off By StackExchange rules, this question is clearly not suitable. It is far too broad. Also, it is a "...
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Why Metapost discrimination?

Searching for tikz on the main TeX.SE site yields 10,938 results. Searching for pstricks yields 627 results. Searching for metapost - only 213 results. A similar search for tags yields similar ...
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Should we keep our TeX User Group membership?

I'm Pops, one of the newer Community Managers at Stack Exchange. We've once again come to the time of year when we need to renew (or cancel) our TeX User Group institutional membership. We're more ...
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Quality Standards for Answers

This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site? This is a list ...
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policy on “how do I draw this?” questions

There are several, I think unnecessary, questions of the form "How can I draw this?" or "How can I draw this in TikZ?" These add nothing to the site really. Sometimes there is some feature of the ...
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Is it better to ask in the high traffic time?

I notice the traffic of TEX.SX is heavy, for example, from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM UTC. So, is it a good idea to wait for that time to ask a question to get enough attention/support from plenty of ...
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Don't ask us about best practices, glom of nit, or Mrs Cake

There are a few questions on the front page that are basically asking for advice: Local central figures repository Which font should be used for diagrams/graphs/flow charts? Should I include ...
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Mark questions that led to creating a new package

Would it be interesting to have a tag to mark the questions that led to creating new CTAN packages? Something like a new-package tag?
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What is the best way for offering private communication to a questioner?

Somebody asked a question. I take solving the issue for a nice challenge which requires communicative interaction with the person who asked the question. I.e., I see several ways of approaching the ...