Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
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Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?

This came up in a discussion of How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu. It seems to me that almost all users of Debian-derived OSes have two options when it comes to installing ...
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New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'unclear what ...
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How to encourage people to send bug reports instead of using SX as kind of bugtracker, or at least send a bug report additionally?

This one is only one of many examples were a user has spotted a bug or incompatibility in one of my LaTeX packages. A (more or less) dirty work-around or patch is provided as answer, and the user is ...
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Speaking of LaTeX editors

Currently there are 505 questions tagged lyx, 184 tagged emacs, 92 tagged texniccenter, 89 tagged vim, 47 tagged texstudio, 54 tagged winedt. Producing La/TeX from the command line is theoretically ...
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Inadvertently driving off new users

What is the proper way to deal with an incorrect answer from a new user? For example, this answer is incorrect. At the time, I was tempted to not respond because I didn't want to discourage the ...
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Message to package maintainers

The question How do I make the arrow -->-- using xymatrix? got an answer from one Ross Moore. I'm pretty sure that he's one of the maintainers of xy-pic. As part of his answer, he wrote: BTW, ...
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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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How newbie-friendly should the site be?

I guess this is the counterpart of the elitist question but asking about the other side of the spectrum. How friendly should the site be to complete LaTeX and even operating system (say command line) ...
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What is our policy for reporting bugs (for the TeX family of software) that were discovered on TeX.SE?

What's our policy on reporting bugs for TeX, LaTeX, XeTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, and friends? The OP should do it. The answerer should do it. The person discovering the bug should do it. He might in fact ...
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Should hit-and-run question posters be penalised?

In my experience, some users (not necessarily new ones) tend to post a question, get an answer they are satisfied with (as evidenced, typically, by their leaving a comment that include a "thank you"), ...
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Asking existing questions differently to improve findability

Recently, I wondered what the algorithm for the placement of floats in TeX is. So I searched this site for "float placement algorithm" and did not find a suitable question - at least not directly. ...
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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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What makes a good community advert?

The Community Promotion Ads - 2013 question has recently appeared on meta. In a comment there, tohecz points out that the stats for the 2012 ads show that older ads get far fewer clicks than newer ...
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Birthday Celebrations

It's not that long to our first birthday (July 26th), and it would be nice to mark it in some way. I'm sure that there will be plenty of silly ideas - save them for chat. Let's have serious ideas ...
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Etiquette: how long do we wait before voting to close?

Case study: How to obtain perfect greyness with TeX? This question makes absolutely no sense to me. I left a comment asking for clarification. On MathOverflow, I would vote to close with little ...
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What exactly do we believe about Community Wiki posts?

Thinking about the concept and practice of Community Wiki more often than not these past few days as come to a head: what exactly does TeX.SX believe about community wiki? What questions count, and ...
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Can moderators change accepted answers?

The title says it all, really. Why I'm asking is because I've seen some questions with accepted good answers, but there are better ones -- more accurate, and probably with higher scores. This is ...
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Policy on +1 comments

What is the policy on "+1" in comments? Should they be flagged? I think that "+1" should not be included in any comment because +1 is what you do with an upvote. It is meaningful to state what you ...
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Dictionary: Commonly Used English Acronyms and abbreviations at TeX.SX

Many times in chat or at the main site we discuss with each other using acronyms (short forms/jargon) of single-liners. In order to help new users, internet chat slang unaware users (myself), non-...
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Some tagging questions

In total defiance of Stack Exchange rules, here are eleven questions compressed into one: what to do about the following tags? look-and-feel: What does this tag mean? (removed) foreach: used for the ...
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Close voting is not a sport

We strive to be a friendly and rational community here, but the question below Reducing the huge space before the first line of the KOMA letter class was just closed as "Too broad". This is a ...
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Who wants to win a duck? Wait, what? [closed]

Introduction Hello there, fellow TeX.sx users! I'm organizing a lottery. The idea is very similar to Who Wants to Win a LaTeX Book?, but both the lottery algorithm and the prize are different. Let me ...
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How to propose a question as duplicate without closing it due golden privilege?

Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal ...
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Removing “thanks” from questions

Why when I make an edit to a question just to "remove thanks" it is always rejected and when it is done by some other users it is accepted? Are there "favourite users" here or, most probably, between ...
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Suggested edits: Giving feedback to editor

Reviewing suggested edits, I sometimes come across 'weird' edits, minor changes or real bad editings which change answers (regardless whether they are useful or not). Apart from Approving Editing ...
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Where should I ask programming questions regarding lilypond?

I could imagine two places. https://music.stackexchange.com/ or https://tex.stackexchange.com/ Therefore the question is, how much TeX-alike is Lilypond. I have the feeling, that I would get ...
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What to do about a post when the OP insists on putting a thanks at the end?

Post under discussion is this one. I edited this post by removing the greetings and thanks. I had put a comment as well to point out the norm at this site. The OP insisted on putting the thanks (...
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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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An answer not answering the question getting a lot of votes

Suppose: You ask a question; Someone (well meaning though he may be) writes an answer which simply does not answer your question, but rather tells you what you should and shouldn't be doing; The ...
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Voting on a question that you answer

I've seen quite a few instances of folks going to the trouble of answering a question without up-voting the question itself. Surprisingly, the answer often continues to receive further up-votes, and ...
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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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About “trivial” questions

I have a question regarding "trivial" questions which sometimes appear on this site. By "trivial", I mean they don't require more insight than to "look in the manual". These usually aren't good ...
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What does the text around the title say?

This is a silly question, but if I don't ask it, it will bug me. I can recognise most of the text around the TEX title, except the elvish in the top right hand corner. What does it say?
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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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How about a TeX.SX blog?

A recent StackOverflow blog post announced the lauch of blogoverflow: stackexchange community blogs. Do we think the TeX community wants one? I know several members already have their own blogs (...
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Should I downvote spam?

When I see a spam answer, I flag it for moderator attention. Should I also downvote it?
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Questions which are feature requests

From time to time we get questions which seem to be feature requests for specific packages, editors and so on. In some cases the appropriate authors are active on the site and may report back that ...
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A website-importing clone

What's the difference between our Configuring latexmk to use a preprocessor (lhs2TeX) and http://tex.aspcode.net/view/635399273629833626247972/configuring-latexmk-to-use-a-preprocessor? I see none, ...
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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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Can/should we get a “How to Ask” page?

Over the last few days, the list of unanswered questions has grown a fair bit. Some of the questions with no satisfactory answer are about specific IDEs, so it is somewhat expected that they don't get ...
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Changing stock comment for “'just do it for me' graphics questions” [duplicate]

Edit: @percusse asked a similar/the same question here, and there seems to be a bit more uptake on that version of the question, so perhaps this question should be closed as a duplciate of that one. ...
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Is it good practice to share your personal work after receiving the answer?

The title is not very clear, so I'll just get to the point. I recently asked this question: What package supports this kind of timeline? and a user suggested that I could share my finished work, so ...
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How to ask a specific question without in the risk of “too localized”?

One may met problems in document writing, some of them are specific that rarely to met by others. So questions asked for seeking resolutions for these problems are often marked "too localized". But if ...
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Limiting the Length of Subject Titles

Recently, I've noticed very long, non-focused question titles. Should we encourage limiting question titles, and if yes, is there a way to enforce this? Personally, I am in favour of this as it ...
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Non-English questions

Edit: No one complained about the German question https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/61549/natbib-biblatex-styling-help for two hours, so I'd like to clarify what our position is (the votes below ...
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How do we repair Gonzalo Medina's posts containing images?

As I explained in this answer, all the links to images that were not uploaded via the "add image" button are broken. (EDIT: See also this announcement by Jeff for the background.) This has the ...
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Text for 'off-topic' closure

Currently, closing as off-topic adds a notice reading This question does not appear to be about TeX, LaTeX or related typesetting systems, within the scope defined in the help center. below the ...
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Hunting for the Critic badge

Some features on TeX.SX are time-dependent. For example, voting and comment editing. The bronze critic badge, however, does not fall under such time constraints. It is awarded immediately after you ...
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Backslash in tags

We've got some tags with command names like newcommand, input, noindent, newline and more. Do we need a preceding backslash in those tags? Commands always begin with \ and are a common subject for ...