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Trivial point about tex.se vs. tex.sx

Most folk seem to prefer tex.se to tex.sx as our interim name, but: .se is an actual country code and .sx is not any kind of top-level domain; and tex.se is a registered, though unused domain: state: ...
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Editing the tag wikis

We appear to be in the midst of discussing tags and the issues surrounding them, so it seems an apposite time to bring up the tag wikis. Coming from MO, this is new to me (actually, MO may well have ...
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Are questions about related applications ok?

For example this question is very specific to OS, editor & viewer inverse search integration. Is this appropriate question for this site? Should this be on superuser instead?
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First FAQ section: What kind of questions can I ask here?

This topic belongs to the more general discussion: What goes in the FAQ? I'll make a start with the first FAQ section. Here is my proposal, following the FAQs of SO related sites: What kind of ...
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Merging `figures` and `diagrams`?

We currently have two tags which apparently address the same object --- figures and diagrams. While there's a semantic difference between the two (in content/representation), it's all the same for ...
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Are questions about building binaries of (La)TeX tools acceptable?

During the definition of the site in Area 51, this kind of questions were actually an example of off-topic questions. I bring up the topic because we've just got a question about compiling dvisvgm in ...
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What to do with the 'latex' tag?

As we now have moderators, it's probably a good time to address the 'latex' tag. There are a few questions where this does seem to make sense (such as LaTeX versus ConTeXt versus plain versus ...). ...
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Why so much concern over tags?

There are many meta questions related to the various tags. I don't understand why they're useful in the first place. I see two situations: 1. the question author uses a descriptive title and so the ...
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Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?

This is one of the few things that always annoyed me on StackOverflow: people use CW as a kind of catch-all options under which everything is allowed. If there's any kind of controversy about a ...
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How to manage big lists?

It has been more or less accepted that big-list questions can be useful and are welcome in the site. But I think we should try to define some guidelines on how these questions should be handled by the ...
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Go back to your constiuencies and prepare for public beta!

(Apparently, the question I'm asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed!) Just a heads-up on the fact that, according to our page on Area51, this site will go into Public Beta in 6 hours' ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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How do you keep track of your StackExchange involvements accross different sites?

I'm not 100% sure this is the place to ask this, but what tools (notifications over RSS, email, desktop widgets, browser plugins or something else entirely) do you use to keep track of what happens on ...
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Numbers required for the 'difficult' badges

If you take a look at the list of badges, several of the more challenging ones need an awful lot of votes/views/whatever. I guess that the values were set for SO, but wonder if they are likely to be ...
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Where should images go?

I recently posted an answer and wanted to include a figure I made for it. I ended up putting it on my institutional account, but I realize that this is not ideal (since the account will probably be ...
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Is this question about TeX software appropriate

I looked at the FAQ but couldn't quite tell if this question is appropriate. I want to ask for advice on how to fix TexWorks on my computer. I installed Miktex which came with TexWorks, but tried to ...
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Are “How to convert <format> into <latex>” ok questions?

I wasn't sure about this question over here. It was about TEI xml markup of books and the question was how to automatically process it to latex. Are questions about processing docbook, texinfo, ...
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Dupes of SO questions?

What should we do about dupes of SO questions tagged with latex? Link to original question? C/P the answer from over there?
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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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Oddity with tag synonym interface

Not really a question, but an observation designed to reduce frustration: I just went on a tag pluralization spree, converting list to big-list or lists as appropriate and footnote to footnotes. ...
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Etiquette: when is it acceptable to edit anothers' answer?

Case study: How can I typeset the date/time at compile time? A perfectly good answer was left, but without a MWE (minimum working example). It looked easy enough to do, so I figured I'd try to ...
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SO versus MO model (possible FAQ entry)

I suspect that we'll get a large contingent of people here who are already familiar with the SO software, but as the SO/SE empire expands then these people may have different codes of behaviour. In ...
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Why do I see questions answered, when I chooses “Unanswered”?

When I select the "Unanswered" group I get a lot of questions that have one or more answers. For example Is displaying comments disabled? is answered last month. What is the meaning of "Unanswered"?
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What about these stylized tags like SO has?

Over in SO there are some tags that have little icons in them ([Android], various Adobe related tags, etc.) which are both annoying (why should Adobe get extra advertising for free?) and nice (easy to ...
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Shall we have our own mini-CTAN?

This is a proposal for a sort of a middle ground between the image hosting and the LaTeX sandbox. I have lots of bits of LaTeX code lying around in my files, and every-so-often a question evokes an ...
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What should we do (if anything) about [latex] tagged questions in SO?

There are still many questions in SO being asked that are tagged [latex]. Should we advertise this site over there? In a comment perhaps? what is the official take on this?
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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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Moderator Pro Tempore Nomination Thread

This thread is for nominations to be a temporary moderator to help the community get started. See this Blog Post for more details. Selection Criteria: Have a reasonably high reputation score to ...
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Should the editing history be visible?

Both questions and answers often need to be edited. In this case there seem to be three different behaviors: Editing the question/answer to make it look like the new version was here from the ...
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Etiquette on more than one correct answer

Here's an etiquette question where I feel that my default MO behaviour might lead me astray. There are two answers to this question. Mine, and caramdir's. I think it's fairly indisputable that mine ...
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Should we wait a bit before accepting answers?

There are a few questions where an answer has been accepted really quickly. In at least one case, the question got an answer after 20 minutes and had an accepted answer less than 30 minutes from being ...
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Would domain specific “must have” resources and package community wiki questions be appropriate?

I'm asking this on meta rather than starting a question such as I have in mind to see what people think, first. There are resources and packages that are of high relevance to subsets of the LaTeX ...
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Under construction: Seeding is going on!

I've been seeding some questions to the site, sometimes pretending to be a beginner, sometimes pretending to have some (nonexistent) problem with my thesis. I've written the questions in this way (and ...
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How long should the site remain in Bootstrap mode once it leaves Beta?

I believe that the default for a new site is to enter bootstrap mode, which is a state where reputation limits are relaxed while the site revs up. From the SE description: Bootstrap Mode helps to ...
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List of useful external tools [closed from site]

Hello! I was thinking that it would be great to make a compilation of external TeX/LaTeX tools available. I'll update this post as people answer and vote... Happy texing!
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Should we allow “summary of information” posts?

The question List of useful external tools has triggered a discussion about the kinds of questions that should be allowed on the site. Specifically, how do we handle questions that are intended to ...
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Thinking out of the box?

I've seen a few cases where someone asks a question about doing some rather specific task A with some rather specific tool T and then an answer is provided which maybe doesn't quite do A (but probably ...
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Down-vote etiquette

This follows on a bit from etiquette (particularly on voting to close). I got a down-vote to my answer to this question. I should probably make clear at the outset that I really don't care about ...
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Is SE the right platform for the meta site?

In the spirit of "horses for courses", is the SE software the best platform for the meta site? At MathOverflow, they use a traditional forum for the meta site and I feel that it works very well. ...
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Reputation linkage between main site and meta ?

Is there some linkage in reputation between the meta site and the parent site ? my meta.tex rep is tracking my site rep, without any apparent new activity in meta. I actually like this, but haven't ...
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Why a daily vote cap on a new beta site?

As I've been voting on stuff posted in the beta (early and often), I'm getting a message about nearing my daily vote limit. When we're intentionally trying to seed the site with content, we shouldn't ...
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What day is it today?

I've just hit the reputation cap (been a long time since I did that on MathOverflow) so all my incentives for answering or asking questions today have just defenestrated. Flippancy aside, when is the ...
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Avoid using the “tex” tag

There is an increasing number of questions on the parent site which are being tagged with tex and latex. Although the second one could be justified in some cases, the first one doesn't have any sense ...
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Importing questions from SO

SO has quite a few questions tagged [latex]. Is it considered acceptable to go through those and reask the best ones here, or is that sort of question importing frowned upon?

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