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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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Which expression is more common and defining for LaTeX commands - command or macro?

I've seen many questions using the word command or commands. There are also questions writing macro or macros. Regarding tagging, which should be the master and which the synonym mapped to it? Until ...
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Reopen NSF Fastlane question

The following question was closed as off-topic. NSF fastlane removes hyperref links from PDFs when fontspec is used I really don't think this question should have been closed. We have other ...
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What to do if two answers together answer the original question?

I have asked a question and there are there was one answer that mostly solved the original problem. In the comments to the answer, I asked how one would fix the remaining problem. It was answered but ...
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Etiquette for poorly researched questions?

I would like to open a discussion on this matter, because to the best of my knowledge, there has not been an answer covering, poorly researched questions in Tex SE. For clarity purposes I am not ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do-it-for-me asker inappropriate?

Recently I commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with something like "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" Now the ...
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Do we need both {documentclass} and {templates}?

Browsing through page 2 of our "Tags" site, you'll find the templates tag with 72 questions and the documentclass tag with 70 questions. I can't name the difference between the two tags (classes are ...
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Deleting really exact duplicates

There has just been a post which was repeated almost immediately due to a user account issue. In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions, but in this case the two versions don'...
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can we consider a question duplicate if there is an answer but not in this site

I'm not sure if this question has been asked before. Basically, some questions have answers in other websites which are somehow related to this site. For example, there are several examples in here ...
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How do I get reputation?

Why is there no reputation tag? I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.
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How about a “Featured TeX” post?

I like the design of "photography etc." and I love the idea of a weekly image. I was wondering if it would work here, and if people would like to have such an option. I suggest the following: We ...
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Split the {bibtex} tag into {bibtex-format} and {bibtex-program}

The bibtex tag wiki entry reads: "This tag is for questions that concern Oren Patashnik's BibTeX program and its use." At the moment, there are 121 questions tagged with bibtex. In my opinion, they ...
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The {books} and {book-design} tags

It is not obvious from the tag name that books as about books about TeX and book-design is about creating books with TeX. Accordingly, books is frequently misused. Should we rename books to ...
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Recommendation for new users

Here at TeX.SX and Meta.TeX.SX we have some questions and bundles of answers too about etiquettes, e.g. on downvoting on closing on suggested edits I can not add and link all of them, just for ...
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Is it OK to ask for suggestions concerning a table layout?

I am currently making a table in LaTeX. I also received great help from asking two questions on the site but I forgot to add a parameter to the table so now I basically have to re-make it. I could ...
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Should {accepted-answer} be a synonym of {accepting}?

Should accepted-answer be a synonym of accepting? I think that they are too similar too be told apart and, thus, should be synonyms. The only topic relating to accepting answers that is useful to ...
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Can CW status be changed by a voting process?

Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX? It's been raised that this question is a big-list and should be community-wiki. Am I the one who would have to make it community-wiki, or ...
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Close your own question with no (real) possible answer

It's an echo to this post: Reminder for own (unanswered) question Sometimes, a question have an answer in commentary or fix the problem in other way. For example, my question latex to lualatex error ...
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Why can't we change the bounty amount while the bounty is in progress?

I was just wondering why we couldn't update our bounty to a higher amount while the bounty was in progress. I can understand why we can't decrease it to a lower amount but why not to a higher amount?
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Do we need a new closing reason for “do it for me” questions?

Some of the questions on this site ask community to code a picture they find over the net. Some of these questions do not have any minimum working example appended. Why do not we have a close reason ...
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Merging questions

Now that we have moderators we can merge duplicated questions. If a question is closed as a duplicate, should it be automatic that the questions be merged? Should there be a delay of a day or so to ...
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Privilege: edit community wiki posts

Don't know if this is the right place to answer this question, but I'll try it: I've now the "privilege to edit community posts"; moved by curiosity, I opened the link to understand what exactly they ...
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Reopening 'hand wave' question on main TeX.SX

I've been looking for a "hand wave" symbol to use in a handout, and I came across this question on the main TeX.SX site. Currently, the question has been closed as a duplicate of How to look up a ...
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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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{graphics}, {figures} & friends: Do we need all of them?

Assuming the retagging proposal regarding {floats}, {tables} and {figures} is implemented, questions about the figure environment should be tagged with floats. This begs the question what (if any) ...
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Reputation linkage between main site and meta ?

Is there some linkage in reputation between the meta site and the parent site ? my meta.tex rep is tracking my site rep, without any apparent new activity in meta. I actually like this, but haven't ...
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How to deal with people/answers who/which are rude and showoff skills

I am a beginner in TikZ and using the PGF manual to learn the same. This answer by an TikZ expert is prety rude and disappointing (especially observing the expertise the person has with the points) ...
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Add directly a PDF image from overleaf to a question or an aswer edit

When posting a question or an answer on tex.stackexchange.com I often start by creating a MWE with overleaf. Then if I want to include the resulting PDF I have to download it to my local system first ...
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How long should the site remain in Bootstrap mode once it leaves Beta?

I believe that the default for a new site is to enter bootstrap mode, which is a state where reputation limits are relaxed while the site revs up. From the SE description: Bootstrap Mode helps to ...
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Should the editing history be visible?

Both questions and answers often need to be edited. In this case there seem to be three different behaviors: Editing the question/answer to make it look like the new version was here from the ...
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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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Idea for TeX, LaTeX & Friends contests

I've been thinking about this for some time, and Will Robertson seems to have a similar idea to get stuff done by others, rewarding them with reputation. So, in short: part with your hard-earned ...
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Multiple answers to the same question

Is it acceptable to answer a question multiple times, or should that be discouraged? When I have multiple answers to a question, I tend to just edit my answer and provide them (or sometimes I'll ...
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Different questions with the same answer

I posted an answer to this question: hanging references using \fullcite. A few hours later someone else posted this question: \fullcite not printing references in apa format. The answer to both ...
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Rename {language} to {languages}

Per our tagging guidelines, tags should be plural if possible. So I think language should be renamed to languages. (@Joseph: I think you misinterpreted my flag earlier.) Similarly, paragraph should ...
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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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New tag “verb” in difference to “verbatim”

there is now only "verbatim" and it should make sense to have the short form "verb". "verbatim" is more general for a lot of verbatim environments and the problem having verbatim code as arguments. "...
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Make {external-images} a synonym of {graphics}

I just realized that there's an external-images tag with (at the moment) 16 questions. Given the definition of the graphics tag {graphics} is about inclusion of graphical material in your ...
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Numbers required for the 'difficult' badges

If you take a look at the list of badges, several of the more challenging ones need an awful lot of votes/views/whatever. I guess that the values were set for SO, but wonder if they are likely to be ...
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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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Are advertising / crowd-sourcing questions acceptable or not?

Some of you will probably know about tlcontrib already. I would like to ask for new volunteer members to register and upload extra packages, but I am not sure whether something like that is ...
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Prompting the user to change “latex” to LaTeX

While the issue of using "latex" instead of "LaTeX" is a small issue (not many authors have to be reminded of the fact), it would be nice to prompt the user and say something along the lines of, "Hey! ...
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Can anyone else see the “edit tags” link?

When I hover my mouse near the tag list at the bottom of a question, I get a link "edit tags" that allows me to just edit the tags. First question: Who else can see this? Is it a moderator thing, ...
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Spams Spams Spams around

This user : https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/50311/user49929 has been adding spams to the website by questions and now to answers as well(How to compose poetry with LaTeX). Please do something ...
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How to ensure the better organisation and availability of knowledge on TeX.SX?

TEX.SX is a source of knowledge such as online encyclopedia (i.e. WP) but experts focus on (question/answer model). The issue facing online encyclopedia is how to get one source of knowledge available ...
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Is this question about TeX software appropriate

I looked at the FAQ but couldn't quite tell if this question is appropriate. I want to ask for advice on how to fix TexWorks on my computer. I installed Miktex which came with TexWorks, but tried to ...
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Latex code is not working in preview? [duplicate]

Latex code is not working in preview so i am asking a question to see if it really works. \frac{a}{b}