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Is TeX.SX a competition arena?

I am not a very regular user of TeX.SX, from time to time, when I have time, I come here to write some answers (mainly TikZ) or ask a question, and from time to time I don't come here for months. ...
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Flag a profile that contains specific offenses

Is it possible to use a red flag to indicate a profile that contains offenses?
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package tag marginnote vs. command tag marginpar vs. feature of setting margin-notes

The marginnote tag is mentioned for questions about the package marginnote: {marginnote} is about typesetting non-floating notes in margins using the marginnote package. However, AFAIK there is no ...
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Meta.meta: how should the community decide on the thresholds to meta questions?

How should we handle meta questions that ask for a yes/no answer that potentially affect the whole tex.se community and set a threshold on the number of positive (or negative) votes for a clear "yes" (...
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Should we mark historic questions somehow?

The TeX packages have developed a lot since the first questions were asked on sx. Many high voted questions from 2011 do not reflect the situation today. The users who asked and answered the question ...
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A clock for time travel

This morning I have seen a clock for time travel in the toolbar at the top right and many colored stars with the font Comics Sans (under construction Big changes for Y2K). What do you mean? Someone ...
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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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How to get a question reopened?

A specific question has been closed because of previous answers to the question. I disagreed and voted to re-open because the question was specific and there was a specific answer whereas the quoted ...
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Mood of question closing

This is a semi-serious question but I would like to ask for your opinions and/or have a discussion on this. Sometimes when I go through the review queue (closing, reopening, low quality) I am ...
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Tag “Why?”: Could a tag for questions asking for the reason be useful?

I was thinking that in many cases the fix of a code to give a desired output is not the answer to the question if it asks about the reason of the failure of a provided code. Many times the OP can ...
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When are the questions on Stack Exchange archived

When are questions and answers archived and what is the criteria for deciding whether to archive them or not.
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How can one politely ask unknown users to consider stopping serial votings?

For one week, every day I received a large amount of upvotes which have been identified as serial upvotes and thus undone. Of course, I do not know who casted the votes. Given the definition of "...
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Should we reformat references to deleted accounts?

Today I've discovered that one user who I was, let's say, following is not any more in TeX.SX. His account is now a gray user.... without any link. Of course I don't know the reason for this change, ...
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Merge {hyperlink} and {links}

I suggest to merge the tags hyperlink andlinks. They mean the same here. The Oxford dictionary reports: 1.5 short for hyperlink Update: There is also a similar tag cross-referencing. Should we ...
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How to file a bug report?

There are some meta-questions about bug reports evolving from questions (1, 2, 3). One way to deal with this is to file a bug report to the package's maintainer or to encourage others to do so. If ...
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Why LyX specific posts on tex.stackexchange.com are often been ignored?

LyX specific posts on tex.stackexchange.com are not really been answered so often as a post that is specific to a real LaTeX editor (non WYSIWYG) or even most if the post is not specific to an editor ...
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How to encourage people to send bug reports instead of using SX as kind of bugtracker, or at least send a bug report additionally?

This one is only one of many examples were a user has spotted a bug or incompatibility in one of my LaTeX packages. A (more or less) dirty work-around or patch is provided as answer, and the user is ...
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Answering in comments, why is it a trend? [duplicate]

I see so many people giving perfectly valid answers in comments to the question instead of answers. Why is that so? Comments cannot be marked as accepted answers, and people coming across the same ...
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More specific reasons for rejecting edits

I am quite new to TEX.SE, and I'm doing my best to reply to the posts I can and help out. Recently I noticed some edits being rejected, some of which I may understand, but then there's others which I ...
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How to deal with people/answers who/which are rude and showoff skills

I am a beginner in TikZ and using the PGF manual to learn the same. This answer by an TikZ expert is prety rude and disappointing (especially observing the expertise the person has with the points) ...
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Should we make the actions of “user” Community more advanced?

I have seen many questions bumped to the homepage by Community ♦. Many of the bumpings are very good: they tell us of unsolved questions which we can't find out in the set of more than 11k unanswered ...
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What NOT to do when you're trying to help a newbie?

Now that the 4th prof. van Duck's article is in press; it's time to think to the next one. Barbara Beeton suggested to me to read this article: https://latex-ninja.com/2019/02/26/guest-post-...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

This is, in a certain way, a reiteration of Henri Menke's question/request "Please add more off-topic close reasons". At the moment of writing this, this question has one highly voted answer, which ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do-it-for-me asker inappropriate?

Recently I commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with something like "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" Now the ...
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How is it possible to answer a closed question without asking for it to be reopened?

This question was closed by a prominent contributor with 87 gold badges including the boxes badge (which tags this question) at 4:48 pm. Another prominent contributor with 9 gold badges himself, but ...
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Community wiki: simple and exhaustive explanation

In relation to a question already asked What does "Community Wiki" mean?, what exactly does it mean? I, for example, have not understood why this option exists. Am I already included in ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. When you look at the wording, you may notice that this question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers with their default settings (these compilers would ...
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Graphs on the duration of access to the TeX.SE site for professional training

In a previous question A clock into StackExchange to access time counting, given the numerous frequent changes and updates by the operators of the site I would like to know if there is a possibility ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Support questions about overleaf off-topic?

We got several questions on the main site about compilation and maybe other problems with Overleaf, an online LaTeX-Editor. Most of them got closed as off-topic or another reason, with comments ...
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What was wrong with my question?

Today I noticed that one of my questions ("How to check which command was used to load a .sty file?") was deleted. As the two consecutive downvotes, after nearly two months, without any explanation ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Yesterday I down-voted the answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/343572/177954 because the websites where the images are from are not disclosed. I left a comment explaining this. Today I noticed ...
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Should I make minor edit in the code in the question to make it compilable? [duplicate]

Consider this question: Parallel arrows along a curve with tikz. The OP's code is clearly not compilable. The preamble of the code is not shown. However, we can add a single line \documentclass[...
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Multi-line texts overlaps in comment window

Today I was typing a comment to reply a user. However, when I was typing my comment, I saw that -- with (might be due to) the new-interface -- overlapping texts which makes it hard to read (all of a ...
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Has the size of the text in TeX.SE decreased?

For about a week I have noticed some small worsening on the visualization of the site TeX.SE. As you can see from the rectangles that I highlighted with the color orange, the text has a smaller size ...
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Captcha it is often only for my account?

I wanted to understand if Captcha, computer security codes to distinguish between humans and bots, often happen to me in this period when I have to add an answer on the site TeX.SE. In the last week ...
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How to set up viewing preferences to automatically exclude postings of certain specific users?

Just as it is possible to automatically highlight postings if they are "tagged" with various keywords, it is also possible to ignore postings if their tags are on a user-specified "ignore list". ...
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A question about ducks and other animals

I'm just out of curiosity. Why people here (TeX.SX users) love ducks so much? What's wrong with other animals, like dogs, cats, birds, fishes, geese, swans, marmots, penguins, or much more other ...
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Preparing for Groundhog Day

As you probably all know, Groundhog Day is approaching. As usual, it will be on February 2. And since probably nobody wants to have a long period of lousy weather, I think we should be better prepared ...
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What is a duplicate of what?

I'm sorry for the confusing title, but let's consider the following two questions, which are recently modified on the main site: (1) Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX? Asked in ...
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2018: 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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When does it make sense to post an additional answer?

Suppose you see a question, which has an answer of which you think it solves the problem. Assume further that you'd now an alternative way of answering this question. Meta-Question: Under which ...
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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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Revoke reopen: correct procedure

Is there a possibility to revoke one's vote-to-reopen a question? What is the procedure and the correct indications to follow?
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Guidelines for clicking the “upvote”-button/Knowledge test/What is a reputation system worth where people get “upvotes” based on sympathy?

From time to time I see flawed answers in this forum which are not really suitable for accomplishing the task described in the question and which nonetheless get a lot of upvotes. Therefore I suppose ...
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Poll: which are the “Cinderella” topics?

We all have the feeling that every TikZ post, even the most trivial one, gets a lot of upvotes. My question is: on the contrary, which are the topics that deserve more upvotes than the ones they ...
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How do I get reputation?

Why is there no reputation tag? I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.
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In what case should we downvote questions/answers?

I know that we should not downvote all bad questions/answers. So in what case should we downvote those questions/answers?
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Question: Are you all reading about Donald Knuth, “The Yoda of Silicon Valley” in the New York Times today?

Don't miss the article. No MWE for this one.
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Children's photo in the profiles

I've been observing that some users insert images of their very young children. Some photos are probably either downloaded or taken somewhere. I was wondering if this is correct considering that I, ...