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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 ...
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Who plans to go to the TUG 2015 conference in Germany?

TUG 2015, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Darmstadt, Germany, from July 20 to 22. Who would like to go there? Does anybody plan to make a presentation? April 10 - bursary ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2014 [duplicate]

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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Removing “thanks” from questions

Why when I make an edit to a question just to "remove thanks" it is always rejected and when it is done by some other users it is accepted? Are there "favourite users" here or, most probably, between ...
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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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Should we continue our blog?

animuson of the Stack Overflow team said here: Blog Overflow is actually going to be shutting down completely soon, so it doesn't make sense for us to invest time in fixing any bugs for it. We'...
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Regular “Let's deal with unanswered questions” chat meetings?

Joseph Wright suggested in chat that we arrange to meet regularly in chat to discuss unanswered questions. He said: How does this idea sound: we agree a regular (once a month) slot to discuss ...
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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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A single question for configuring editors to do LaTeX/Biber compilation?

We have various questions from people wanting to set up their editor(s) for use with Biber, or struggling to get the LaTeX/Biber/LaTeX workflow to work: see for example Biblatex, Biber, and LaTeX: ...
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When and how to relicense code from StackExchange posts

After using LaTeX for many years, I recently found the need to learn about TeX to program a more sophisticated solution to a problem. This site has been incredibly valuable for this. Solving my ...
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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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Should we keep our TeX User Group membership?

I'm Pops, one of the newer Community Managers at Stack Exchange. We've once again come to the time of year when we need to renew (or cancel) our TeX User Group institutional membership. We're more ...
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Who plans to go to the TUG 2013 conference in Japan?

TUG 2013, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Tokyo, Japan, from October 23 to October 26. Who would like to go there? Does anybody plan to make a presentation? Deadline for ...
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Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
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A LaTeX competition to promote LaTeX to the masses

I read this article Microsoft World Champion and it got me thinking. Many of us have read How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?, How can I convert my TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?...
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Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it?

Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it? If there is no such a logic, then why didn't SE make the accept button automatically trigger one up vote? It also does not make ...
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“Just do it for me” text building block

We get a few questions that boil down to "just do it for me" (often, but not confined to, drawing questions). These can be highly irritating - especially if you've seen a few go by in a short space ...
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Are “Is this good typography?” questions on topic?

Are questions along the lines of the following one on topic here? Have look at these 1-3 sample pages of my document. <sample pages as images> <maybe some TeX code> 1. Is this ...
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New user asking for TeX.SX usage tips and tricks

Since I am a new user on TeX.SX, I would like to ask the community for some usage tips and tricks to aid us in efficiently using the site and other stackexchange sites. I will include some tips I have ...
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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?

I sometimes recommend non-TeX solutions to questions here. For example, pdftk, pdfcrop, and imagemagick are tools I've recommended. My standard has been that I'll only recommend the non-TeX tool if ...
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Learning LaTeX — book promotions

Update: As requested by TeX friends, the LaTeX Cookbook promotion has been extended by 1 week, until October, 31, there's a new 35% discount code: SVLIDA7. This time for printbook and ebook because ...
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Going to a conference - the TUG 2011 experience

This is an overview of my attendance at the TeX Users Group Conference 2011. My extensive reports can be read on our blog, and as there are many related meta site posts, I will Compile a list of ...
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Meaning of the badge distribution on this site

Almost three years after the question Numbers required for the 'difficult' badges, it appears that there is no issue with most of the badges inquired about there: Popular Question: 5695 ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Should SO's “50 questions per month” limit be enabled at tex.sx?

Initiated by xport's latest question, I've gathered some statistics about xport's questions from July 1st up to today (July 24th). In those 24 days, xport has asked 57 questions, i.e. about 2.4 ...
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What makes a question plain tex versus latex? Does it really matter?

I have, after learning some LaTeX, in trying to understand more about what I am doing, started to learn some plain TeX. This has naturally led to me using some plain TeX control sequences in the ...
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How do we feel about MathJaX/jsMath/other spin-offs?

Although the answer to this question turned out to be about text versus maths mode, it could so easily have been about something specific to MathJaX. It is probably inevitable that we'll get ...
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Quality Standards for Answers

This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site? This is a list ...
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Organize Favorites

How do you organize your favorites? My List gets longer and longer and it’s hard to find the entry I’m looking for. So it would be great to be able to sort them acording to their tags or even collect ...
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Changing the site name

Today I was browsing https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/ and saw in the “Hot Meta Posts” sidebar that they are changing their site name from “Mathematica” to “Mathematica & Wolfram Language”. ...
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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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Respecting poster's style

When editing a question or answer, one usually fixes also occasional slips in capitalization, for example "Latex" into "LaTeX" or "Tikz" into "TikZ"; frequently one sees "i" for "I". If I interpret ...
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How did the “Cthulhu worshipping madman” question get so popular?

The question How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman? has seen a rise to fame not known to tex.sx before. It's currently the question with the second most ...
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Who are the book authors here?

Some people of this community write packages but there are also those that write books. Therefore I ask, what community members have written books on TeX and friends? (One answer per book or series ...
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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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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

This question got reopened and I question its reopening: Why is LaTeX so complicated? I can't but see that the question is so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively. This makes it "bad" ...
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Why does TeX.SE exist?

I am asking this purely out of curiosity: Why is there a specific Stack Exchange for TeX? There is no HTML.SE, Python.SE, Java.SE, etc. It appears to me that all other programming languages (and ...
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Do we need more moderators?

Joseph required me to set a threshold. Let's say that the answer to the title question is "yes" if this post reaches at least 30 upvotes in one month's time. Recently: three top users deleted their ...
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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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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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Repackaging code of absent user(s)

Andrew's question regarding Relicensing code from answers requests users to releasing their code answers under a "more free" license in order to promote dissemination and re-use. What would be the ...
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What is the most polite way to ask for more help on a basic or too localized question?

On the main TeX.SX site, I asked a question about a missing \endgroup error for a Beamer standalone frame using Martin Scharrer's standalone package with the subpreambles=true option. The question ...
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Rename {msword} to {ms-word}, or create generic {ms-office} tag to cover Office-related questions

This stems from the inappropriately tagged question Is it possible to put MS Excel graphs into a LaTeX document? I don't know whether creating a separate ms-excel would be of use, hence the generic (...
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How about “deprecated” answers to old questions

Is there anything that can be done to answers already provided some time ago, that are currently out of date? I mean: I may have a problem, and find on TeX.SE the answer to that. Only that the ...
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Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?

This came up in a discussion of How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu. It seems to me that almost all users of Debian-derived OSes have two options when it comes to installing ...
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Suggested edits: Giving feedback to editor

Reviewing suggested edits, I sometimes come across 'weird' edits, minor changes or real bad editings which change answers (regardless whether they are useful or not). Apart from Approving Editing ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...
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What are the pros and cons of TeX.SX compared to Usenet groups, mailing lists and web forums?

In response to the blog post about the TeX.SX TUG membership, Jürgen said in his blog, translated: It's a mystery to me how it can come about that somebody chooses a web forum for communication, ...
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Why are questions on package bugs/issues too localized?

On a couple of occasions I have come across unwanted or surprising behavior with some widely used LaTeX packages that I have posted questions about on TeX.sX. One was about biblatex (Entry options in ...
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What to do about a post when the OP insists on putting a thanks at the end?

Post under discussion is this one. I edited this post by removing the greetings and thanks. I had put a comment as well to point out the norm at this site. The OP insisted on putting the thanks (...