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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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Passing of our friend Brent Longborough

It is with great sorrow that I write this thread to inform you of the passing of our dear friend Brent Longborough, on December 6th, 2021. According to his family, he passed with honour and grace, at ...
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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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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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This SE site is probably the most welcoming of the whole network

This is not a question but a subjective opinion I have expressed elsewhere as well. I am on SE for 12 or so years and I was always disappointed by the toxicity of many main "SE network nodes"...
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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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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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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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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on TeX - LaTeX has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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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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Moderation in non-trivial cases

There have been a few cases recently where the moderator team have taken action involving high-profile users, and that has lead to some of these high-profile users deciding to leave the site. There ...
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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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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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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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How should we handle old questions about South Asian languages?

Recently, a number of old questions about typesetting South Asian languages have resurfaced in the review queue and on the front page. Many of them boil down to, “How do I write in this language with ...
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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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TUG 2020 is going online July 24, 25 and 26th

TUG 2020 announcement The 41st annual TeX user conference (TUG 2020) is going digital on July 24, 25, 26. Register for free! Introduction As we move TUG 2020 completely online, we look forward to ...
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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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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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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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What happened to Schrödinger'scat?

I was always confident that @Schrödinger'scat (user: 194703) would answer most of TikZ related questions. But today I realized that s/he has closed his/er account. What happened to Schrödinger'scat? ...
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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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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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Should we reroute duplicates if a better fit emerges?

I was trying to decide between babel and polyglossia for use with LuaLaTeX, so I googled "babel vs polyglossia". The first result is the somewhat outdated question Decide between Polyglossia and Babel ...
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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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Should we keep [listings], [lstlisting] or both?

On the main site, there are two tags about code-formatting inside a LaTeX documents which all refer to listings package: listings and lstlisting. listings currently has 40 watchers and 2.6k questions,...
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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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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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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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How to get a more up-to-date answer to rise to the top?

The answers to this question about LaTeX support in OneNote have changed a lot since the question was asked, and since the currently accepted answer was chosen (accepted answer was written in 2011, ...
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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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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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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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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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How to deal with answers which are wrong?

Recently I see that some clearly-wrong answers are taken to the "Low Quality posts" review queue. Most of them are ended "Looks OK". But, in my opinion, such answers are wrong so clearly that they ...
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Why does the site attempt to track my web browsing?

Firefox (64.0) which I always use in private browsing mode and with tracking detection enabled, indicates that tex.stackexchange.com makes attempts to track my web browsing. edit: this happens ...
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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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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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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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Enter the Matrix

Since a few days TUG has an official chat on the Matrix network. Below you can find some instructions on how to join the chat. Please let me know in the comments if anything is unclear. Matrix chat ...
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