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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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What to do when questions are being poorly edited?

What is the recommended strategy if posts are being poorly edited? Especially if a single editor is editing many posts and many of the edits are problematic? This isn't vandalism. Most edits improve ...
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Should the tag of a derived package (pgfplots)'s parent package (tikz-pgf) also be applied?

Recently, I've seen some questions about pgfplots posted that were only tagged tikz-pgf at the time of posting: Improving a tikz plot ybar stacked: Position of labels How to plot with tikz without ...
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Is there a standing policy on what to do with 'How do I cite…' questions?

Examples: Referencing a database How to cite a hardware catalog in bibtex Cite software/libraries using bibtex I can't quite articulate my exact thoughts on this, but I'm stuck with the quandary: ...
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Bounty without one week limit, or 'informal' bounty promise?

I recently asked about a specific feature for tabular/array environments with the expectation that a package would need to be written to achieve it. I'd like to offer a bounty as an extra incentive, ...
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SX promotion ad help request question

Over at academia.sx we are looking to create a community promotion ad to help us get out of beta. https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/238/community-promotion-ad-to-run-on-other-ses We ...
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Who is joining the EuroTeX 2012 in Breskens?

Title tells it all: who is going to this year's EuroTeX? http://www.ntg.nl/eurotex2012/ (/me is coming)
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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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Best information to include when a MWE isn't 'possible'

Just want to preface this by saying I understand and agree with the importance of including a MWE, but I am curious about the best information to supplement a question with when a MWE would only ...
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Proposed tag synonym: {profiling} and {performance}

The tags profiling and performance seem to be pretty similar: the profiling excerpt says {profiling} is for questions involving the efficiency/speed of a macro, technique or construct. which seems ...
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MWE for page breaking problems

I have a large computer-generated document in which page breaks aren't appearing where I want them, despite liberal use of \pagebreak and nopagebreak. It's a real headache as even if I cut out two or ...
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Fill the empty tag excerpts

[This post is basically a copy of a similar post at meta.sf.] Tag excerpts are very useful. They provide a brief “elevator pitch” for a tag, explaining the meaning for those unfamiliar with a series. ...
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Etiquette for adding answer that does not merit existing bounty

On more than one occasion, I have had my attention drawn to a question because of an existing bounty and decided to add an answer, even though I know my answer should not be awarded a bounty. Do I ...
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Can I list a specific subgroup of “questions without upvoted answers”?

Short description: I can't find a switch like "hasupvotedanswer:no" in search. I tried the search box but couldn't achieve the following (or any (other than the empty)) subset of "questions without ...
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Tex.SX package development

I have noticed that there is an effort to build packages from answers. I would like to do something like that, however I am a noviece, therefore I am looking for someone to assist in the creation. ...
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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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Reopen or Migrate LyX & MiKTeX installation question

This question was closed as "too localized": LyX & MiKTeX installation problems on Windows 7 The definition given for "too localized" begins with: "This question is unlikely to help any ...
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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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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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Make [capacity] a synonym of [memory]

Currently capacity has nine questions and memory has 86. Both have no wiki. I suggest to make capacity a synonym of memory (they cover the same topic, but we should keep the lemma).
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Off-topic closure: migration paths

In a related post I've asked (again) about custom 'off-topic' closure texts. As I note there, the second thing we need to address if closing as off-topic is a reasonable set of places on the ...
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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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Application of the {mtpro} tag

Quite recently Miko introduced the mtpro tag for questions related to the mtpro and mtpro2 fonts with Would people welcome having a mtpro (short for Mathtime Professional) tag? . But now it feels to ...
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Rename {color-profile} to {color-profiles} (or delete it?)

... because we prefer plural tags. (color-profile ⇒ color-profiles). Maybe this tag isn't even necessary at all, as we have color; in this case it could be deleted. However, I don't know enough about ...
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Ideas for Outreach

Even more important than "Elevator Tag Lines" (what's an elevator?), are ideas for reaching TeXers no other site has yet reached. I'm probably biased here, but I think that one great segment of TeX ...
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Should we edit questions in answers when reviewing?

This answer is a question. Not surprisingly, it was taken to the Low Quality Posts review queue. Of course, it is a question not an answer, so it deserves deletion. However, the review ended with an ...
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Multi-line texts overlaps in comment window

Today I was typing a comment to reply a user. However, when I was typing my comment, I saw that -- with (might be due to) the new-interface -- overlapping texts which makes it hard to read (all of a ...
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What is a duplicate of what?

I'm sorry for the confusing title, but let's consider the following two questions, which are recently modified on the main site: (1) Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX? Asked in ...
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Are questions about using geogebra off-topic?

I have a question about using Geogebra to create a diagram that will later be included in my LaTeX document, but the question isn't directly related to LaTeX. Does that make it off-topic? If so, are ...
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Unable to update the edits while the initially performed edit is in progress

While editing questions, previously, I remember that we can re-edit the questions by other users while it is being reviewed and the lastest edit is the one that will be reviewed: to either get ...
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Why was a user removed in March 2017?

Apparently some rather new user was removed since yesterday (not much effect on the votes). I'm curious for what reason, mainly to understand how this platform operates and which behavior of users ...
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“Help Center > Privileges > create chat rooms” `invite` room menu option missleading?

I think relatively new users get a bit confused when they read on the page Help Center > Privileges > create chat rooms, that after creating a new chat room I can invite someone "using the invite room ...
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Off-topic closure: why so few specific reasons?

I just found this question through review -- a first post. The question is perfectly clear: the user has a problem and is asking for a solution. So it is not unclear what you're asking. I cannot say ...
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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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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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How to make a Chrome app for TeX.sx

Not so much a question as something I hope may be useful. I'm using Chrome as my preferred browser these days, and I wanted to have an app that links to tex.sx rather than a smelly old bookmark. Here ...
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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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What is the meaning/importance of Krampus?

I've noticed some images through documents and on site that use Krampus as part of a certain iconography. Where does this come from? Maybe related to GNU? But why/how?
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How do questions become community wiki owned

In general, how do questions and answers become community wiki owned? Specifically: Why do we have community owned anything? Who decides what becomes community owned? What type of questions are ...
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What is the best way to prepare LaTeX examples for posting on TeX.SE?

When I post small examples of LaTeX code, I use the convert -density 600 -trim file.pdf file.png method. This gives files that are extremely lightweight and integrate well into TeX.SE's quote ...
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Why didn't the links open to a new tab/window?

Why is the links which are provided in questions and answers did not open a new tab/window. I personally feel that, this would be a great feature and did not require right click to open new tab/window ...
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Procedure on refining an initial broad question. Should I replace it with multiple focused questions?

users, I asked a question on controlling individual layers in a diagram and with a bit more knowledge and help from the answers I can see the question was too broad. I suspect that the method you use ...
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Has the size of the text in TeX.SE decreased?

For about a week I have noticed some small worsening on the visualization of the site TeX.SE. As you can see from the rectangles that I highlighted with the color orange, the text has a smaller size ...
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Referencing and saving Stack Exchange Questions and Answers

When I find an answer to a question I would like to be able to save the text of the question and answer(s) and also the code in text format so that I can study and modify it for my own use. Is there a ...
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Question about the search page/bar

This question may be too broad to be relevant, and it is maybe (probably ?) a duplicate. Even though I am almost all day long on TeX.SE, I always go through google to fallback here to find relevant ...
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Why can't I edit my own comments after some time has passed?

If I add a new comment and I want to change something i can edit it, when i come back 1 hour later I only have the possibility to delete my comment, but I can't edit my own comment, the symbol is ...
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What for do we use the `terminal-output` tag?

I've just stumbled around on TeX.SX and found some questions tagged with terminal-output. This tag has no description. Currently it is used for some questions just because they include error messages ...
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How to put drops of math text into an ocean of normal text in a tex.stackexchange question

I've just read part of the controversy about enabling TeX math markup in tex.stackexchange questions (mostly here ) The current practice of to put the math text into an image and then put the image ...
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including a pdf as an image rather than png format

In some cases, it seems the pdf output of Tikz is more elegant and cleaner than capturing the image via screen capture softwares (e.g. Texmaker). Is there a way to upload the pdf directly rather than ...
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“Welcome to TeX.SX” without link

I saw it several time in the last time, that new users receive a comment Welcome to TeX.SX but without linking to the welcome page. Is there a reason for that? It thick it’s nice to just say hello, ...