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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Poll: “wrong” reasons to upvote

From the Help pages: What is voting up? Voting up is how the community indicates which questions and answers are most useful and appropriate. When should I vote up? Whenever you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

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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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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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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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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New User posted a “question” in “Answer” Section which was deleted

A new user posted a sort of question in the answer section: A better \pm symbol and this got deleted. Will that user still be able to see the comments so that he knows to post a new question? If, ...
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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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How to I convert a stackexchange question into a pdf file? [duplicate]

I want to save a question I wrote into a nice pdf file but I have no idea of how to go about it. Surely there is a simple way? Any help is much appreciated.
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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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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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Questions about the differences between a set of packages

For example: Pros and Cons of each \marginpar, sidenote, scrlayer-notecolumn and other maginalia packages (question I was thinking of answering) Fundamental differences : PSTricks, TikZ/PGF and ...
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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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how to close a question as a duplicate of another question that is also unanswered?

in trying to deal with unanswered questions about amsart, i came across two that are, for all practical purposes, identical. both are unanswered, and the reasons for the lack of an answer are given ...
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List of Perl scripts that have fixed the unescaped literal character problem

There are a number of useful Perl scripts distributed with TeX and friends. Perl deprecated the use of unescaped literal characters in regular expressions in version 5.16 and now they're no longer ...
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Questions or answers containing \cs_set_eq not found

If I search on TeX - LaTeX for \cs_set_eq, only one result is returned: "Q: Patch font with LuaTeX" whereas e.g. this answer contains code containing \cs_set_eq. Do you know what's going on?
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How to handle completely rewriting questions instead of asking follow-up questions?

First of all: I do not want to blame someone, so the example here is only an example no statement against a person! Have a look at this revision 3 to a question: As you can see, someone asked a ...
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Commenting on the use of online editors

Many questions state that ShareLaTeX or Overleaf is used. This often causes or complicates the problem or invalidates/complicates answers, e.g., with installing packages, version problems, using ...
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New top bar… feedback?

The new top bar is live and has been receiving mixed reviews after its initial anouncement. There are some things that are network wide that will most like not change (deemed status-bydesign), but ...
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Is this the right place to ask questions about LaTeX in Rmarkdown?

I often have questions about using LaTeX in Rmarkdown, specifically about changing the header of the TeX file from within Rmarkdown, using header-includes and suppressing some of the default functions....