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Text building blocks

There are some replies that are used quite often. For example, the first reply to many questions is a demand for a minimal example. These replies should typically include a link with additional ...
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When is (and isn't) it acceptable to edit?

Update: Sort of ironically, this question has been left unedited for a while, even when there seemed to be some consensus in the answers below of the kinds of edits that are acceptable and those that ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Browsing TeX.SE, I have noticed that very frequently people provide answers to a question in the question's comments. See for example BibTeX error "inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8: not set up ...
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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Correct centering ❧ Cross-referencing, including ...
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Our set of tags

After a few questions about tags, meta-tags, what is valid and what should not, I thought it would be useful to keep all of this information in one place. Eventually this will be also useful to ...
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Do we want Stack Exchange to become an institutional member of the TUG?

I suggest Stack Exchange Inc. becomes an institutional member of the TeX User Group. I'm glad that many votes alread show interest in this topic. So let's work it out! What are the benefits for our ...
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Relicensing code from answers

Part of the discussion about packaging some of the TikZ answers into a LaTeX package has centred on the issue of licensing the code. Contributions here are licensed under a CC license (see links at ...
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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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Our Do-it-for-me and Draw-it-for-me comments don't reflect our hypocrisy. Can they be improved?

Yes, we don't like people pasting something and asking how can I do this? or if it is TikZ, PSTricks, Asymptote case how can I-draw this? without even making a template of a TeX document, let alone ...
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TeX Community Polls

Welcome to the TeX.SX Community Poll thread! This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around TeX and TeX.sx. The poll questions are added as "answers" to this "question". Their answers have ...
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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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Who are the package maintainers here?

Quick links: LaTeX Packages A-M, N-Z ❧ LaTeX Classes ❧ ConTeXt Modules ❧ Generic Packages ❧ Support Scripts ❧ Biblatex Styles A fair few users here have ...
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Useful StackApps and other User Scripts for TeX.SX

Some people might not know it, but on https://stackapps.com/ there are several applications / user scripts available which makes certain tasks easier for moderators and other users which often post ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 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 ...
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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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How to end the "unanswered" status of really solved questions in the comments

Probably this is a duplicate of 221 unanswered questions but now there are 1408 unanswered questions! This mean that the problem far from being solved, is getting worse. A frequent type of very old ...
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How do I properly cite TeX.SE for its help in typesetting?

What is the proper way of citing TeX.SE answers, if I have used them (only) to typeset a document? Let's assume that I am using the site only for typesetting matters, not for content. That is, I will ...
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Reviewers; what do you eat for breakfast?

Ahem, this is going to be a rough one, so it's gonna be a long one too ala Pascal's famous quote. First, some context; we have How to deal with robo-reviewers? Should we have a Grace period to avoid ...
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Should high-rep users hang back a little?

This is meant to start a discussion on etiquette and sustainability. It is very clear from looking at the answers that the first-page users are very quick to answer most questions. This of-course is ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

It's that time again! We are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will ...
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Previous editing and etiquette discussions

We have a recurring theme of Official capitalization of (La)TeX and friends, removing Thanks, code blocking code snippets, retagging, grammar fixing etc. discussion here on Meta-TeX-SX. The reason ...
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RSS feed for New questions?

I have an RSS feed set up for "Recent Questions" from several of the stack exchange websites. Any time someone edits an old question, it gets added to the RSS feed for "Recent Questions." Is there a ...
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TeX new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for TeX. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled Rollout ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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Why were my edits rejected?

I improved two posts today to fix several capitalization errors and both were rejected with the following message: I'd prefer to keep barbara's style The suggested edits: is there a "size-...
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What would you like to read in a TeX.SX blog?

The new TeX.SX community blog has been launched. Which subjects do you suggest it should deal with? What would you like to see there? Which topics would you enjoy reading about - the site, the site's ...
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Most efficient workflow for displaying (imgur hosted) output of TeX & friends source?

Many seem to "effortlessly" (well, maybe it seems effortless because there's no effort on my part!) display the output of their TeX & friends source code in their posts. They must have some way to ...
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"Official" capitalizations of words from the TeX world

This is a detail, but in some instances I don't know right away how words from the world of TeX & friends are properly capitalized. While it's not necessary or "acceptable" to edit a post only to ...
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Best practise for answers which are for the community, not the OP ("tikz answer to pstricks question")

I think that we should define a best-practise for how to handle answers to questions which are ... well, not answers to the OP. This is motivated by my own uncertainty: on the one hand, I like to ...
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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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What goes in the FAQ?

One of the seven essential questions is: what goes in the FAQ. We should bear in mind that no-one ever reads these things first off. Their purpose is so that when someone takes some action (like ...
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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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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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"Draw this for me" etiquette

I'd like to have a pretty complicated LaTeX figure, animated (if possible) for beamer. I'm modestly proficient in inkscape and some tikz, but can't imagine how to start this project. I suspect that if ...
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Closing questions as exact duplications: 'best practice'

One of the concepts behind the StackExchange model is that questions which have the same underlying basis can be treated as duplicates, so it's possible to have a single place where the answers are '...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships -- 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the TeX community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in advance. ...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

I catch myself answering questions that are not well asked (without MWE, question not clear to everybody,...), sometimes with comments that request exactly what's missing, because I think I understand ...
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Adding the "accepted" mark to a question or to a comment

Related to How to end the unanswered status of really solved questions in the comments? There are a lot of question in the main TeX.SE like this with no real answer but with a comment that contains ...
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Do we want more migration paths?

When you're voting to close a question as off-topic for tex.sx, the question might still be on-topic for one of the other 84 Stack Exchange sites (as of April '12). If four out of five 3k users voting ...
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About meta-tagging

In a recent blog post, Jeff Atwood explains their new policy about meta-tags: From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged. But, what's a meta-tag? How do you differentiate a meta-...
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What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers?

I proposed in chat that we put together a "Best of TikZ on TeX-SX" package. There have been some really neat answers to problems developed on the site, and I think it would be nice to put them ...
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Which questions led to the creation of a new package?

TeX.sx occasionally inspires people to be ingeniously creative and write cool packages. Let's have a list of all the CTAN packages that originated in a question on TeX.sx. I suggest a single CW ...
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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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TeX.SX T-Shirts

The idea of TeX.SX T-shirts came recently up in the chat. Would there be any interest from people to buy one? The idea is that we designed it ourselves and have it produces. I just had a quick look ...
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