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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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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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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 ...
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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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Tags about documentation

At the moment we have three tags concerning documents about TeX: books, manuals and documentation. The only one with a wiki is books, which says that it “is for questions which deal with books about ...
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How to make `select code` work with google chrome?

I wanted to make a transition from firefox to chrome (on windows). I managed to get all javascript buttons like ctan package and comment block to work with chrome. But.... the life line - select code ...
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What is the preferred meaning of the ambiguous {path} tag?

Browsing through questions tagged with path, I note that there is a roughly even split between two senses of the word: File system paths The graphical constructs These two meanings have zero overlap....
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Problematic migration change

From the list of feature changes: 2011-02-09: Migration now does tag checks. During migration, tags will be checked (and replaced if found) for tag synonyms on the destination site. Tags ...
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Posting a question very close to an already solved one

I posted the question entitled Aligning TikZ trees with other nodes when in fact it should have been "Aligning one TikZ tree with other nodes". The question was answered and I accepted the answer as ...
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The {layout} tag is redundant

At first sight, layout seems like a useful general concept which fully deserves the 61 questions tagged with it at the moment. On closer examination, these questions can be divided into three major ...
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Should I ask one question with many requirements instead of many questions on same topic?

When I make fillable form using hyperref package, I face many problems and I sometimes don't get wanted features. So, then I ask a question in this site for this feature. When someone give the ...
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Mark up for info/warning/error messages

Following on from the discussion about block quotes and text starting with !, I think it might be a good idea to look at how best to format messages, etc. For actual TeX code, life is clear enough (...
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How can we encourage people to participate in the meta site?

Discussing on meta helps to improve our site. Besides askings questions and answering of course, voting is especially helpful in making decisions. What can we do to encourage people to participate ...
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how do you upload files to support people answering questions

I would like to know how one uploads files to a question so that people can download full working examples? I was trying to explain my last question, and while people were fast to criticize the form ...
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Rename {script} to {scripts}

... and make script a synonym of scripts. That's following the habit of having tags in the plural form, e.g. packages, tools, languages; as per Our set of tags and Can someone merge tags? (and ...
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What should the site design look/feel/smell like?

It's the obvious question: TeX/LaTeX isn't all about design and typography, but -- shall we say -- the conversation does tend that way quite often. Good design is first off about being functional (...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest [closed]

The following is a "digest" version of the 2011 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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Graphics/images tags

It's pretty unclear which tags people should be using for referring to graphics problems: graphics graphicx (a package) images external-images diagrams drawing picture (an environment) Some ...
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Merging `figures` and `diagrams`?

We currently have two tags which apparently address the same object --- figures and diagrams. While there's a semantic difference between the two (in content/representation), it's all the same for ...
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A clock into StackExchange to access time counting

Dear users I sent the following request to the Stack Overflow team who suggested I submit it to the website contact http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com. I sent on 12/30/16 but still have not had any ...
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How do I get latex output to show up on tex.SE? [duplicate]

This is a question from someone who is obviously quite new to tex.SE. (BTW: this site is awesome!) If I am writing a question, how do I get Latex output to show up on this site? I know how to write ...
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Questions do not have MWE

All the questions in the recent week do not have a clear description and also MWE is missing. Can we block questions for further process where the description is not clear and MWE is missing?
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New TeX site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. TeX is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the design here so ...
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Are any of you interested in starting an online LaTeX course?

What are your feelings about this? I got this inspiration by the courses the MIT and Harvard are giving online nowadays. I took the introduction to electronics of the MIT, and I must say they are ...
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StackExchange secret pages

So I recently learned about the review page. What other unlinked goodies pages exist?
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Make TeX.SX look nice again!

A collection of user scripts to make the main site look a bit better again, after the new design has gone live on August 3, 2018. The scripts can be used e.g. with Tampermonkey (Chrome) Greasemonkey ...
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New user asking for TeX.SX usage tips and tricks

Since I am a new user on TeX.SX, I would like to ask the community for some usage tips and tricks to aid us in efficiently using the site and other stackexchange sites. I will include some tips I have ...
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The Fastest Method I've Seen for Sharing Any (LaTex) Image

I wanted to share how I do it with everyone as it's extremely quick. Please see my answer.
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Cooperation of TeX Stack Exchange and TeXample.net

While thinking about promoting our site and attracting more users, I was looking for the hottest topic with highest possible impact. Looking at the tags with the most questions currently we see that ...
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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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Who plans to go to the TUG 2015 conference in Germany?

TUG 2015, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Darmstadt, Germany, from July 20 to 22. Who would like to go there? Does anybody plan to make a presentation? April 10 - bursary ...
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Should the spacing between the star number indicator and the question star itself be increased?

On the TeX SE, the number of stars a question has received seems to overlap the star. It isn't really an issue with single-digit numbers, which seem to fit neatly into the crevasse between the two ...
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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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Is LyX an editor which should be recommended?

Very often I read a question like How can I set something in LyX? Every time I think why do you use LyX? I know the biggest advantage is WYSIWYG. But people using LyX normally are not able to edit ...
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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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Why are poor questions still upvoted and answered?

Today I found another example: How to make a 16-gon?. This question shows no research effort whatsoever, yet it has been upvoted with a net of 4. Not only that, it has been answered by 3 different ...
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How to avoid closing a question that gets more than 5k views!

This question here has been asked on May 27th, 2013 and closed the same day for the reason »This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; ...« Today we have to realise that this question ...
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Consistent policy about downvoting and asking the OP to 'show what they have tried'

I was struck by the difference in reaction to two questions that have a lot in common https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/82894/how-to-build-this-table-in-latex How to draw a sine wave on a ...
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are non-sx faqs now redundant?

i've been producing a faq on the web since 1995. it gets lots of traffic ... from search engines; also the odd question searched by an (apparent) user. i note that almost no-one references my faq, ...
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Could we lighten up the Google+ icon a little?

Don't get me wrong, but I'm getting slightly annoyed by the tiny Google+ icon right below the voting controls, in the er... social bar. The size is OK, but the color... well: I swear, at first I ...
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How to promote good answers from new or unpopular community members?

[This would probably cause some controversy, but let's see what people think. I am certainly in a conflict of interest when asking this, but I try to be fair.] I'm all for receiving good answers to ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2016

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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How did the “Cthulhu worshipping madman” question get so popular?

The question How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman? has seen a rise to fame not known to tex.sx before. It's currently the question with the second most ...
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Are we starting to get homework questions?

And if so, what should we do about them? Quite what "homework" means for TeX, I don't know. There are some places that have courses in how to use TeX/LaTeX, and presumably they assign homework, but ...
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TUG Representatives for 2018

As a community we have institutional membership of TUG paid for by StackOverflow. (Thanks to StackOverflow for this support and to Stefan Kottwitz for the initial idea!) The membership entitles us to ...
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Please add more off-topic close reasons

Recently I have started using Stack Overflow and one thing I noticed is that their close dialog is much more feature rich than ours. Let's see a picture of their "off-topic" reasons. Wow! This ...
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Is there any organised way by which new LaTeX learners can benefit from previous questions?

I am a new LaTeX learner, with what I have read and heard about it, I know its going to be a great tool for researchers in time saving and more, I have also discover that TeX, stack-exchange etc. has ...
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Notable Stack Exchange news

I plan from time to time to post here a few newsworthy items from meta.SO that aren't tagged [stackexchange] and so don't turn up on the meta-so-for-texnicians tag set. Feel free to join in.
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Relevant feature requests on Meta.SO

Over on MathOverflow's meta, there's a sticky discussion that is basically a list of all the feature requests that are relevant to MathOverflow (either suggested by users, or that users have found and ...