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Thanks to the Community

I know that the post will very likely be deleted. I try it anyway: I just finished my (German) PHD project and I wanted to thank the community here for all the help and inspiration. The thesis can ...
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Running a questionaire across the TeX user base

I'm in the process of experimenting with river detection in paragraphs and as part of the research I would like to get a questionaire filled out by TeX users (and perhaps users of other systems). So ...
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Mac OS changes that affect lots of answers

Those us who are Mac users may be aware that the next version of OS X will change major aspects of the the way users can interact with the underlying Unix infrastructure of the OS. In particular, ...
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Thank you TeX.SE!

I just got my first book published and I would like to thank everyone here at TeX.SE for the help that they provided by answering the questions that I posted. I know that accepting an answer is ...
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Comments on the new site design

The page asking for comments on the new site design is so heavily downvoted that it doesn't appear on the Active Meta page, nor does it appear in the Hot meta questions. It intermittently appears on ...
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Leslie Lamport wins Turing Award

This "question" is probably off topic for even meta because it's not a question really and it's not directly related to TeX or the site, but... I thought I'd mention that Leslie Lamport (creator of ...
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Wouldn't it be nice if we can also bookmark the answer?

I am talking about the star in the right side of questions. It is a method to keep track of important questions. However for me, it is a list of important solutions for those problems that I probably ...
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Are Asymptote questions on topic?

I asked a question about Asymptote which was closed as off topic. Asymptote: convert triple to array I believe it fits within the scope of the site in much the same way a pure metapost question ...
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Incomplete answer

Just came across an unanswered question for which I am close to finding an answer, but not yet 100%. Unfortunately, I am also stuck as to why my solution is buggy. This let me to wonder what is the ...
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Videos of TeX Users Group 2018 conference talks are online!

The TeX Users Group 2018 annual conference was held in Rio de Janeiro (at the mathematics institute called IMPA) in July. Many TeX.SE users participated and even gave talks there. You can watch videos ...
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What do I do if I have the exact same question as a question that is closed as 'too localized'?

I've been struggling with unnecessary blank pages at the beginning of appendices. There are a few answers that speak to my problem, none of which have worked. I was pleased to find another person ...
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Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too)

In recent times I see more and more flags on questions and answers. Unfortunately a not insignificant part of them are IMHO the wrong flag type or shouldn't have placed in the first place. While wrong ...
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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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First post questions: Good reviewing practice

In light of related questions Is the "First Posts" review queue partially broken? and First Post review process broken. As suggested by Charles Stewart and mafp. I am listing out some ...
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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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Tags for document classes

I suggest we introduce tags clearly showing that a document class is concerned. book-class would be clearer than just book and would not interfere with questions regarding books - those made of paper....
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Remember to comment

Just a reminder: remember to leave comments when voting down or voting to close (or vote up a comment that's already there if you agree with it). If you don't think much of a question or answer, it's ...
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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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How to tag ConTeXt questions when the relevant tag is LaTeX specific

I wanted to add more tags to a ConTeXt question. The question is asking how to get the number of current itemization in a margin. In ConTeXt, itemizations are equivalent to the itemize as well as ...
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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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Not seeing the forest for the trees

As a linguist who uses trees for my work all the time, I'm very familiar with all of the tree drawing packages useful for linguistics. One thing I've noticed of late is that almost any tree question ...
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Answer simple questions with more details

What do people think of the following initiative? When someone asks a question with a simple, obvious (to us) answer, don't just code-snippet, but take the time to explain what's gone wrong, or why ...
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context vs context-mkiv tags

There are two tags used to indicate ConTeXt questions: context and context-mkiv. Would it be better to rename the tags: context and context-mkii (for MkII related questions). Context (pun intended): ...
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Canonical biblatex “version” question?

The recent biblatex update has caused (as many here are well aware) a problem with mismatched versions of biber, biblatex, and (sometimes) contributed biblatex packages. @moewe and I recently traded ...
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Where can I ask for package design suggestions?

TeX.SX doesn't seem the right place to ask for design suggestions for a particular package I'm planning to update at CTAN in the next few weeks. I believe this kind of question would flagged as too ...
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Package loading order questions need some work

Today, this question popped up: Is there a hierarchy between packages? I was sure it was a duplicate, and found this question: What's the right order when loading packages? (First duplicate) ...
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Why are some chatty, open-ended questions not closed?

Why are some questions like "What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?" allowed on SE while they are clearly among the list of questions that should not be asked? ...
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Counter for “Viewed”

I just posted a question and realised that every time I refresh my page to check whether there are new answers I increase the number of Viewed (i.e. how many times my article has been viewed). Wouldn'...
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Are extra sub-tags for biblatex needed?

biblatex is the modern tool for bibliography creation you really might want to use when writing your thesis. You can quite easily change the appearance of your bibliography; you can change the ...
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deleted post few minutes ago

I'm new on this community. I tried to leave a comment a few minutes ago on the page "section numbering in 'tufte-book'", but i accidentally post an "answer". The given MWE uses tufte-book. I ...
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Why does the review system not prevent reviewing questions that are just now rewiewed by another one?

Just a few minutes ago I was rewiewing a first post. Another one did also rewiew the same post and closed his review first, so that my review with more correcting was deleted. Why does the review ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with “living” or “evolving” questions?

Since that happened to me a few times, I am wondering how to deal with the following question. A user asks a question, gets an answer, seems to be happy with it, and accepts it. Some time later, (s)he ...
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Why is there no TeX.SX community ad on Academia.SX?

Visiting the 2015 community ads on Academia.SX, I can see that TeX.SX does not have any advertisements on the site. Why does not TeX.SX have an ad there? I always think that users who have questions ...
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Should we edit popular questions to be 'model' questions new users can pattern after?

There are several top-visited posts that aren't great models for new questions: No room for a new \dimen How do I fill table cells with a background color? Remove ugly borders around clickable cross-...
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Ragged alignment of question titles on main page

Screenshot with added red line (which I tried to make vertical): The left alignment is deficient. Is it a site problem? As reported in comments, (initially triggered by this additional image:) at ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an accepted but outdated answer to refer to another?

In TeXShop, is there a directive to select biber or BibTeX on a per-document basis? The above answer is the 'correct' answer to the question, but the accepted answer was accepted before the feature ...
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Which question should I denote as the origin of tikzmark?

Having finally gotten round to uploading the dread tikzmark package, I now approach the next task which is linking to the original question here and putting the "This question led to a new package" ...
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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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How does Tag usage change over time?

This question really belongs in meta.tex.stackexchange, but I just created an account and don't have enough rep to post there. I used the June 2013 Stack Exchange data dump to look at the time ...
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New tag for text reuse?

Many questions ask essentially about reusing pieces of text in multiple places in a document. The question titles don't always reflect this commonality. Answers call for external files, boxes, ...
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Suggest users to add a MWE or MWEB to their question

For many questions a Minimal Working Example (with Bibliography) can be very helpful and for some it is even detrimental to the answering of the question. My suggestion is to point the user to MWE(B)...
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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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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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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)