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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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Why LaTeX is free? [closed]

Recently that question appears and I am not sure why when many people use and develop LaTeX, it is still free and we can download the program without any problem. That is so much good as strange. I ...
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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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How to ask for help writing a package?

I'm currently working on a package that extends the functionality of dblfnote. I've finished a method for placing the footnote rule at an arbitrary horizontal location (more specifically, centered on ...
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TeX, TeX, and nothing else? [duplicate]

Background I had a long-term personal questioning about the fact if Markdown + Mathjax (which is great on math.SE for example) could be one day derived into a typesetting tool for printed documents. ...
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Am I being too lazy in asking this question?

Prospective question: How can I use LuaTeX to detect the position of a math symbol (unary vs. binary, after/before parantheses) in order to put a custom amount of spacing around it? Essentially, this ...
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Is a question on setting up a CTAN mirror on-topic?

I want to setup a CTAN mirror but didn't get far after reading https://www.ctan.org/mirrors/register/ . I'd like to post something like Idiots guide to setting up a CTAN mirror as a question on tex....
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Is TeX SE really dying? If so, am I really its murderer?

I would like to thank SE for paying me my assassin's wages, which have now arrived. Apparently, they had to be repacked for security reasons, so I got lots of extra yellow tape on my box. Though ...
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How to insert basic commands? [duplicate]

Could anyone give me a list of commands which could be useful for people who are new to this site? I don't know how to insert TeX code or any other type of code or any other simple commands, such as ...
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I just want to be able to participate

I find it frustrating that I cannot vote anything up or comment on anything unless I ask a question. I don't know how many answers and comments have helped me from this site, none of which received ...
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I found my post on a different website. How should I proceed?

I asked a question here and now it is on a different website too. I can't edit the question there, and that could be a problem since there are other people's names on that code. How to proceed?
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Edit in title of questions

Edit: Some time before, I had a discussion with @Mico on changing the title of a question to be more useful. The general idea is to make it more useful for search engines. Since the question as was ...
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How do we handle questions, where there just isn't a final answer, only opinions?

I asked this question. I think that there is no final answer. Since there are 2 votes for the question, it seems to be interesting. And since there are 4 formatting-suggestions, there seem to be ...
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Ambiguous {curve} tag

In the descripton of the {curve}-tag it says: Curve is a Latex class for typesetting resumes But when I look at the questions with this tag I just discover 4 of 34 which correspond to this ...
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Hyphenation in title

See this post. Is the hyphen in title intentional? (Strong) perhaps, yes. Why was it put there? To attract attention? Or to convey some kind of connotation?
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Why do we have a minion and minionpro tag?

On the main site there are two tags: minion and minionpro. Both tags seem to cover identical material. Should they be synonyms or did I miss some details?
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How broadly do we define “friends” of TeX?

The original title of this site was, as I recall, "TeX, LaTeX, and friends". That seems to have now been trimmed down to just "TeX - LaTeX", but other variants such as ConTeXt are still on topic. How ...
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Answer to followup questions also answers original question

Regarding these two questions: Different Font for different Languages (mixed in glossaries) Glossaries and \libertineGlyph and \makebox I answered the second question which turned out to be a ...
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Still hacking anyway – TeX at the camp

In five days the hacker camp SHA2017 will start. The name means "Still Hacking Anyway", and it is part of a series of hacker camps happening every four years. This year it will be in the Netherlands, ...
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How do I center a figure outside the figure environment? [closed]

I am trying to center a figure which I included directly in the text (it´s only a 2 line table and I didn´t want captations so this was the only way for me to solve the problem). I tried to use \...
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Policy on upcoming updates and saying thanks

At https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/383023/73371, I wrote a short answer Thanks a lot for reporting this and all your research into that matter. Thanks @egreg! This seems indeed to be a leftover of ...
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How to solve errors and fixing the pdf view? [closed]

I was correcting some mistakes and errors suddenly, the pdf disappeared and it's just gettin worser. I don't know what is the problem and how to fix it ! hope this photo will help.
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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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Which is your best underestimated (by other users) answer?

Sometimes it happens to receive a lot of votes for a simple answer, ten minutes' work, whereas an excellent or elaborated one earns fewer votes it deserves. A famous example of the first kind is ...
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A tag for the Legrand Orange template

I thought about requesting a tag for the Legrand Orange template that is very popular in this community. But is this possible? Is this a kind of advertising or would it not? EDIT As this template ...
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OP asks the same question two or three times or does the same strange things several times

While observing new questions I have found this one: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/376325/citation-with-see-or-cf. Which, as pointed out in the comments, was already asked by the same user. ...
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Is my question a duplicate?

I asked a question earlier that was quickly closed as a duplicate. Looking at the earlier question, I can see that it kinda sorta technically is a duplicate. However, the other question isn't clearly ...
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Community effort in fixing the double backslashes issue

First things first, the background for this meta thread is the following issue reported by Enrico Gregorio (egreg) at the beginning of the year (January 11, 2017): Double backslashes disappear from ...
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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 ...
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TeX questions on StackOverflow

Before you close this question as a duplicate: I know that the common sense in the meta answers is "TeX questions on Stackoverflow are on-topic there and we separately answer questions, even if they ...
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American or British English

One of my answers was changed; I agree with most of the changes but it also involved changing from british to american spelling (specialised -> specialized and initialising -> initializing). As a ...
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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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Are thanks-only comments appropriate at this SE site?

When reading the tour, I saw (in the section titled Improve posts by editing or commenting) a sample comment that only provided a thanks, nothing else. On StackOverflow I learned to avoid this. Are ...
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Should {bbl} be a synonym for {auxiliary-files}?

I've just encountered a question tagged with {bbl}. As far as I can tell this is no useful tag as most of the questions are either closed or deal with problems with bibliographical auxiliary files. So ...
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Can the blog formatting be cleaned up?

I don't know how to contact the administrators of the tex-talk blog (which used to be the TeX blog on this network before that got closed down), but in the transfer from the SE network it would appear ...
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Why does downvoting reduce my own reputation?

I can't understand the reason behind it. By voting I participate on the site and in my opinion, downvoting should not be discouraged like that. There are already all these nice popups on the site ("...
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

I am wondering what is the etiquette regarding Te[X/ch]nical questions asked on the main chat room. I have indeed seen people (including myself) posting their questions on the chat and being answered....
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Organizing the tags {folders}, {directory} and {paths}

I was adding some wiki information to the tag texmf, and found to my surprise that the wiki information concerning the tags folders and directory are empty, too, and that the information for the tag ...
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Make {parenthesis} a synonym of {parentheses}

Stats on the two tags (as of time of writing): parenthesis: 33 questions total, 2 unanswered, no tag wiki written parentheses: 30 questions total, 3 unanswered, well-written tag wiki I came across ...
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Latex's need for a Helvetica package with full math support (for scientific graphics and figures) [closed]

I'd like to start a discussion with the latex community about the lack of a Helvetica-like font package that has full math support. From the research I've done, such a package does not exist, but many ...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

I have asked a question and opened a bounty to get some attention. Fortunately, I received two good but wildly different answers. The differences as I see them are: Answer 1 Seems like a more ...
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questions/366074/ and questions/366223/; I am speechless

It seems to be the community's fault that we give the readers an impression that you can ask anything and get answered, yet arbitrarily treat new users really bad. Create this Diagram/Plot in Latex ...
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When would one learn Latex, the right way?

How come that some people seem to know about everything about LaTeX? How do they get there? In my experience, I use LaTeX whenever needed to produce a paper (by now my diploma thesis), but I never ...
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Asking for the sake of learning or debugging my own solution to already-solved-problem

Many times I ask questions after I failed to come up with my own solution. So, how nice is it to ask a follow-up question for knowing what is wrong with my code not for solving the already-solved-...
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questions answered by pointing out simple typos

This comment by @Gernot in response to Solved by comment -> how to flag Not all questions are worth an answer or to be preserved, but nevertheless should be solved. Just think of the ...
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has the Community mandate for bumping questions changed?

consider this question: Is it possible to make xelatex to compile just once?. it has one self-answer, with one up-vote, and is more than a year old. yet it has reappeared with the banner bumped ...
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Solved by comment -> how to flag

I'm a bit confused about this procedure. I mean: I know that sometimes one solves the question in the comments, and the comment itself is something that need not be transformed in an answer. I also ...
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Please, can we stop closing questions before the OP had a chance to react?

Recently a new pattern is emerging that is worrying me. A new user asks a question that may need some clarification. Well, it's the first question in a new forum, often by a TeX novice, often by a ...
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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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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}
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What is the etiquette for providing an answer already in the comments?

Most of the times when I see a question that I (think! I) can answer, I leave a comment first checking if that solution is really helpful to the OP, or not. This is to prevent providing answers that ...