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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Compared to StackOverflow, where you basically can post code snippets and ask questions about them, this community seems to require more or less the entire document to be posted. Why so, is it the ...
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Psmith, the friendly TeX bot, at your service

Prologue We love hanging out in our main chatroom. It's a very friendly place, where we talk about virtually everything - even TeX, sometimes! I decided to give it a try and add a few "extra features"...
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Consistent policy about downvoting and asking the OP to 'show what they have tried'

I was struck by the difference in reaction to two questions that have a lot in common https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/82894/how-to-build-this-table-in-latex How to draw a sine wave on a ...
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Some thoughts about TeX.StackExchange

To begin with, this is not a real question, so probably it will soon be removed by our moderators, but I'm writing it anyways. The day after tomorrow will be one year since I registered to TeX....
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How do I draw this…?

I know this question has been raised before at policy on "how do I draw this?" questions. I know a lot of us are annoyed by these questions. But I'm not so sure, as in the linked discussion, that ...
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Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs)

I've stumbled a few times across poorly written MWEs as part of questions, and realized recently that my take on what to do (edit it) isn't shared by everyone here (leave the question untouched and ...
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Will there be TeX.SX Documentation?

The Stack Overflow team has just announced a new service called Stack Overflow Documentation. Users can post examples of code usage and other can vote and edit. I'd like to have this for TeX.SX. In ...
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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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Factors that influence voting

I'm curious about the factors that influence voting. One of my motivations is the number of '0-score' answers there are. Indeed, even @egreg has one page of '0-score' answers- I find this really ...
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Do we follow StackExchange rules?

I ran across the following question on the hot question list: Nice scientific pictures show off By StackExchange rules, this question is clearly not suitable. It is far too broad. Also, it is a "...
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How can users of our site (who are not TUG members) utilize the site-wide members area benefit of our TUG institutional membership?

As a TUG member myself, this question does not strictly apply to me. But, I was reading some pages on the TUG website and noticed the following benefit of our institutional membership: In addition, ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2013 [closed]

Last year StackExchange became a member of TUG. With that come eight individual memberships, that were given out to some members of the community. The time has come to select our representatives for ...
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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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Consider putting tex.stackexchange.com in thesis acknowledgements

I'd like to add this fantastic forum and community for all the help with typesetting and formatting my thesis. Is there a defined way to do it/refer to TeX ?
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A risk when using tex.sx.com

Today, this is exactly one year, when I firstly met this tex.sx.com. I found out that this is very interesting phenomenon from (web)-technical, TeXnical, social and psychological points of view. There ...
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

Does anybody know (a moderator?) who is the user that has been removed which yesterday night caused to many of us a great amount of lost reputation? I don't think he is Harish Kumar, who had a very ...
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About RTFM etiquette

When is it correct to answer "Please, RTFM because this is what I'm doing to answer your question/comment?" I must admit that sometimes I answer not formally correct questions (without MWE, which ...
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are non-sx faqs now redundant?

i've been producing a faq on the web since 1995. it gets lots of traffic ... from search engines; also the odd question searched by an (apparent) user. i note that almost no-one references my faq, ...
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Duplicates tolerance is huge in this site

Many times I read questions from Newbies (like me) that are either too basic or which have already being asked many times and have accepted answers (judging from the links shown at the right of the ...
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What's the policy on retagging questions based on answers?

I was wondering if a policy exists (and if so, what it is) for retagging questions once they have been answered. To illustrate what I mean, I recently answered Draw small cross at the center of the ...
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Why Metapost discrimination?

Searching for tikz on the main TeX.SE site yields 10,938 results. Searching for pstricks yields 627 results. Searching for metapost - only 213 results. A similar search for tags yields similar ...
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Why vote for the answer, but not the question?

I often ask questions that perhaps get one up-vote, then someone makes an answer that excellently adresses exactly my issue. That answer then gets five up-votes. If everything was about scoring ...
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How to promote good answers from new or unpopular community members?

[This would probably cause some controversy, but let's see what people think. I am certainly in a conflict of interest when asking this, but I try to be fair.] I'm all for receiving good answers to ...
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Do we like non-TeX-SX moderator activity on the main site?

I just stumbled across something that I'm not sure whether I like it or not. Well, actually, I know that I don't like it. I'm just not sure whether I'm being a bit over-sensitive or not. It seems a ...
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Things to do on a slow day at TeX-SE

Somehow I get the feeling that the influx of new (and good) questions is rather slow. So I have a few suggestions here for you that might give somebody a good idea how to spend a useful hour building ...
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Could we lighten up the Google+ icon a little?

Don't get me wrong, but I'm getting slightly annoyed by the tiny Google+ icon right below the voting controls, in the er... social bar. The size is OK, but the color... well: I swear, at first I ...
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Should I worry about other sites “stealing” SE content?

Googling a phrase from Which font is the most comfortable for on-screen viewing? brings up three other sites featuring the same question: www.faqoverflow.com/tex/20149.html www.zqna.net/qna/ihnmrw-...
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How to propose a question as duplicate without closing it due golden privilege?

Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal ...
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Wrong closure as duplicate

Today I got an upvote for my answer to Rotated $\ltimes$ symbol which has since been closed as duplicate of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character? Looking at the question ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2015

StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2016

StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to ...
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How “elitist” should the site be?

Scott Morrison made a few comments in the domain name thread calling himself a "shameless elitist". I guess it's a good question to ask then: how "elite" is this site? Do we aim for every kind of TeX ...
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(How much) should we wait for a MWE from the OP?

I tried to make the question as concise as possible. I apologize if it appears misleading after reading further on and invite you to find a better 'title'. And now to the core of the problem: AFAIK, ...
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Link to online LaTeX compiler

Today, a cooperation between LaTeX-community.org and writeLaTeX.com has been announced in TeXblog. According to it: By a single click on a link above a code box, the reader will land in the editor ...
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I asked for the wrong thing and so made the answers to my question uncomplete. How should I correct this?

In this question I got two great answers on how to do what I asked for (putting the page number in the footer at the first page of each signature in a book). But --- as some of you probably understand ...
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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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Answer reveals problem is package bug: Delete question?

I asked this question to find out if an error I encountered after updating TeXLive was a bug. Even if it was a bug, I needed a short-term solution to continue my work until the package was fixed. @...
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Asking a question and answering it yourself straight away

From what I understand, if you want to ask a question you know the answer to, you should at least give other people a chance to try and answer. This might bring solutions you hadn't thought about, but ...
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Downvoting answers exploiting different approaches with respect to the initial question

Today, reading Color the faces of a graph I noticed that the OP downvoted Karl's students's answer and g.kov's answer. These answers, actually, do not use TikZ, but show how the picture the OP was ...
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Site Design Ideas (updated with mockup)

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Questions which are bug reports

From time to time we get questions which are due to clear bugs. In some cases it may be possible to suggest a fix: this is most likely for macro code. On the other hand, some of these questions are ...
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Quick & easy reputation vs. flagging a question as duplicate

I've been using TeX.SE for some time now, both for questions and answers. Although I do flag a new question as duplicate if I know that question has been posted before, I often find myself tempted, ...
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Does Donald Knuth have a profile on TeX.SE?

The title says all. This I have been wondering for some time. I assume the answer is no; else I suppose I would have noticed him. (I hope I do not break any rules by asking this.)
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How to share a LaTeX “recipe”?

I like to work out my solutions on my own for what I need. Sometimes it really involves some struggle, but that's part of the fun, cracking the puzzle. On the other hand I think others could also ...
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My question was already asked, but its accepted answer doesn’t suit me

I have a question I’d like to ask — and it turns out to be pretty much an exact duplicate of an earlier question, except with a very slightly different example. (Specifically, the difference is just ...
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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Site design updates are live!

I'm a designer for Stack Exchange, and I wanted to give everyone a heads that minor site design updates have just launched. Most of the changes will not be visible; these tweaks go along with recent ...