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Different questions with the same answer

I posted an answer to this question: hanging references using \fullcite. A few hours later someone else posted this question: \fullcite not printing references in apa format. The answer to both ...
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Should we close more questions as "not a real question"?

Please reprimand me if it's against etiquette that I'm using a particular question as a peg: This question was asked in good faith, but when I see the present state of it, then it seems that the OP ...
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Hello. Don't say hello.

One of our Text building blocks used to say: Welcome to tex.sx! Note that it is unusual to have any greeting. to put as a comment under questions which start "Dear all,". To me this comment ...
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The Unofficial FAQ - discussion

I've just started: The Unofficial TeX-SX FAQ To keep that one clean, this one is for discussion about it. Things to decide upon: Layout Formatting of the subsidiary questions (and how to keep them ...
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How to use tex.se effectively (possible FAQ addition)

I made the following comment in chat, and it got 4 stars, so I thought I'd raise it on meta to see if we can construct some "How to use the site effectively" content for the FAQ. (Which is only ...
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{source}, {code} and {sourcecode}

I brought that topic up before, but to make matters worse, we now have sourcecode too (in addition to source and code). I'd suggest recombining these three tags into two tags: One for the source code ...
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Rename {language} to {languages}

Per our tagging guidelines, tags should be plural if possible. So I think language should be renamed to languages. (@Joseph: I think you misinterpreted my flag earlier.) Similarly, paragraph should ...
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Shall we merge {tikz-chains} into {tikz-pgf}?

Right now we have two questions tagged tikz-chains. I was first going to post yet another tagging meta question, but I thought I would be bold and say we do not need a tag for individual TikZ ...
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Questions migrated from stackoverflow.com: Remove the {latex} tag

This is an appeal to users with the privilege to retag questions, i.e., everyone with a reputation of 500 or more. Questions that reach our site via migration from stackoverflow.com will almost ...
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Really similar font questions but with a crucial distinction.

The two questions are asking very similar things—how does one change the font for a particular piece of text—but there's a fairly crucial difference: the font. Because of that difference, ...
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Making {cite} and {citations} a synonym of {citing}

This is basically a reanimation of a retagging proposal of @Stefan Kottwitz in the last comment to this answer (also from Stefan): Merge cite and citations into a new citing tag. And yes, this would ...
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Meta question: can't find meta

Please how do I change my openID email address?
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Policy on verbose question titles

From my understanding, editing question titles to correct the spelling or fix the grammar is acceptable, while the substance is to be left alone. However, just now I stumbled upon this question. Its ...
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What criteria should be used for voting to close a question as too local?

Most of the criteria for closing questions (exact duplicates, non-questions etc.) are clear to me. Closing a question as being to localised is the one I don't think I understand. I suggested closing ...
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Unusual user names

A few (new) users have unusual names like "LaTeX" or "google". I personally think we should not allow such names i.e. tell this users to rename their accounts, because they are just confusing in ...
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Why was this question closed?

Why was the question Strange persisting error, even after removing the code. closed without comment? Did the OP request it? It is not a great question, but I'd have rather rewritten it to be more ...
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Submitting a journal article as a single tex file

Background: I think that Submitting a journal article as a single tex file is potentially a great question (it already has 10 upvotes), but I think it could do with a little polishing. I don't want ...
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{headings} vs. {chapters} and {sections}

I'm an adherent of "broad" concept tags because I believe that a tagging system that is based on a few dozen well-chosen "high-level" tags faciliates (if only indirectly) ferreting out questions that ...
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Should minimal examples be completed for the submitter if they only provide a code excerpt?

We had a situation today regarding this question. (See also the timeline). What happened: The submitter asked a question with a code excerpt only, without making a compileable minimum working ...
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Publishing, journal-publishing and journal tags

We currently have publishing, journal and journal-publishing. (That last one was me, this afternoon, after discussion on chat.) What do we think we should do with them? I would suggest merging ...
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Revisiting tag policy: xkeyval tag?

Over on main we had a question: " pstricks and beamer compilation with xelatex results in xkeyval error " and the questioner requested the xkeyval be created and placed on his question. Following ...
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TeX-SE Contests revisited

Some time ago I had a proposal for having contests on the main site. The original idea had a somewhat of a lukewarm support, but mostly because the idea was to stretch TeX-SE into something which ...
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Election results 2011

Raw output from MeekSTV voting (I hope): OpenSTV version 1.7 (http://www.OpenSTV.org/) Suggested donation for using OpenSTV for an election is $50. Please go to http://www.OpenSTV.org/donate to ...
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Deleting duplicate questions

In this question, Joseph writes "In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions." Why is that, when was this agreement reached, and do we still follow that? As a side question, ...
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Improving editing suggestions etiquette

With great power comes great ... etiquette. The new system whereby people without enough reputation to edit stuff can still do so if someone with enough reputation approves it is intended, I suppose, ...
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{tables} and {tabular} tags

I just made a tag-wiki for tabular without realising that there is a very similar one for tables. Should these be merged or one made into a synonym of the other (are these independent?). I had ...
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Encourage explanations

Some answers consist of a block of code (and maybe a picture) with little or no explanation. For example, I know I'm guilty of sometimes answering a "How do I do X?" question with "Here's one way," ...
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Some tagging questions

In total defiance of Stack Exchange rules, here are eleven questions compressed into one: what to do about the following tags? look-and-feel: What does this tag mean? (removed) foreach: used for the ...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest [closed]

The following is a "digest" version of the 2011 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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{graphics}, {figures} & friends: Do we need all of them?

Assuming the retagging proposal regarding {floats}, {tables} and {figures} is implemented, questions about the figure environment should be tagged with floats. This begs the question what (if any) ...
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A case of intellectual honesty

This is a situation I observed some time ago, and didn't think much of it. After some time, I stumbled back to it and thought this would make an interesting discussion for would-be mods. A ...
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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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What makes a good tag-wiki entry?

I've been adding some tag-wiki entries, (e.g. for memoir, polyglossia, and linguistics, and texshop). I'm happy to add more, but I'm wondering whether what I've done matches what people have in mind ...
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Contradictory tag wiki entries: {floats}, {tables}, {figures}

Quoting from the respective tag wiki entries: floats: "The {floats} tag concerns custom-made floats in addition to those already provided by the TeX macro package you use, and concerns issues such as ...
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StackExchange secret pages

So I recently learned about the review page. What other unlinked goodies pages exist?
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: 7pm UTC on the 24th (2pm EST) - now!

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Response to Herbert [closed]

I don't know if you read meta or not, but you left the comment …interesting by the way, that you only down voted my answer (emphasis yours) and then deleted your answer while I was ...
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Duplicates and closing questions.

This is in part a public service announcement and in part an invitation for discussion (see also the comments on Martin Tapankov's nomination). First the announcement: everyone with at least 3000 rep ...
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Tag wikis for graphics-related tags

As everybody knows, we have copious amounts of graphics-related tags on TeX-SE. I've been thinking for some time to try and write up a tag wiki for at least the popular ones, but that seems to be ...
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Should {tex-core} questions always have stand-alone answers?

Questions tagged tex-core seem to demand answers in plain TeX (or at least plain TeX macros + some extensions as required), even if the same solution is entirely applicable in LaTeX, ConTeXt or some ...
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Retag? ("braces" and "brackets")

Is there any kind of sensible difference between the tags braces and brackets? If not, probably brackets should be made a synonym for braces; if so, the wikis need to explain it better, especially due ...
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Questions for moderator nominees

Let's try to get this election finally started. If you have any questions you want to ask all the candidates (I hope there will be more soon!), please do so here, so that we can keep things organized.
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Election rules in full?

At present, some of the election rules seem a bit diffuse. For example, it seems likely that we'll skip the 'primary' stage if there are not 30 volunteers, but that is not really explicit anywhere. ...
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How much time does moderating take up?

This question came up in chat yesterday evening, but I think it would be good to have it down here. Could I ask the current pro tem moderators to describe how long they spend on their moderating ...
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Why can we not nominate others?

Why can we only nominate ourselves and not others?
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Colours in syntax highlighting

As mentioned in the comments to this answer on meta, Martin's improved syntax highlighting is installed now. Somehow it happened that not the most recent version got installed (or it didn't get ...
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{quotation} and {quote}

Could someone please enlighten me what the difference between quote and quotation is. Should they be merged? Also, recently there were some questions about quotation marks, that used one (or both) of ...
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Problematic migration change

From the list of feature changes: 2011-02-09: Migration now does tag checks. During migration, tags will be checked (and replaced if found) for tag synonyms on the destination site. Tags ...
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TeX & Friends announcements in chat?

I understand that TeX.SE is not the right medium for news, announcements, conference calls, etc., but in the recent days there have been some interesting bits of information that popped up in the chat ...

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