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New tag "verb" in difference to "verbatim"

there is now only "verbatim" and it should make sense to have the short form "verb". "verbatim" is more general for a lot of verbatim environments and the problem having verbatim code as arguments. "...
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Do we want both and "overlay" and an "overlays" tag?

I just saw that we have 2 (now 3) questions tagged overlays and 8 tagged overlay. Is this by intention?
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Merge apple and osx tag

I don't have enough score to suggest a synonymous, but I think that the apple and osx tags on parent should be either synonymous, or simply merged.
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Is error message a joke or typo?

Says opps instead of oops. https://tex.stackexchange.com/error not saying I don't think it is kinda funny, I was just looking at all the stackexchange error messages for some breaktime amusement ...
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Rules about linking to external pages

What are the rules about linking to external pages, which might be commercial? For example I referenced The TeXBook and wanted to link to it, so that people who don't now it can find it better. The ...
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The {books} and {book-design} tags

It is not obvious from the tag name that books as about books about TeX and book-design is about creating books with TeX. Accordingly, books is frequently misused. Should we rename books to ...
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Usefulness of links to packages

I never provide CTAN links to packages I recommend. However, some people clearly think it's a good idea, (given the discussion here). I really question the usefulness of adding links to package ...
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Merging {newcommand} into {macros}

At the moment, there are 90 question tagged as macros, i.e. dealing with matters of "macro programming" (as in section R of the UK TeX FAQ). The site also features 37 questions tagged as newcommand, ...
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Policy on migrating questions from another StackExchange site?

In the recent days there has been a (thankfully) small trickle of questions migrated from Stack Overflow. Here are two that I stumbled upon, probably there are more: How does one insert a backslash ...
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Moderator Job Description

Reading between the lines, it doesn't look like it'll be long before we get our proper moderator elections. I don't hang around much on the other SE sites so I can't be sure of this, but I have a ...
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Can we get a warning "this post is being edited"?

Please forgive me that this has been discussed multiple times on meta.SO. I'm bringing it up here for two reasons: 1. The problem doesn't seem to be resolved, 2. I'm not sure if the tex.sx community ...
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Can we have proper italics rather than slanted text?

I visited the http://english.stackexchange.com recently and I couldn't but feel jealous at the nice italic font used over there. At this site, which is much closer to typography we have a slanted ...
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Should {list-of-figures} be merged with {table-of-content}?

Should the tags table-of-contents, list-of-figures and list-of-tables be merged? After all, their implementations are pretty similar and questions and solutions applying to one of them typically apply ...
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Policy on labelling questions as "updated"

The FAQ encourages editing one's own question "to provide status and progress updates. [...] This will naturally bump your question". However, what is our stance on additionally labelling the edited ...
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Should I downvote spam?

When I see a spam answer, I flag it for moderator attention. Should I also downvote it?
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{packages} and {package-writing} tags

According to the packages tag wiki: This tag marks questions which are about packages in general, for instance about installing, using or writing packages. We also have 6 questions tagged ...
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Let's write some tag wiki entries

As of yesterday, hovering the mouse pointer over a tag will show (amongst other info) the tag wiki excerpt. This makes the tag wiki content more prominent on the site. Unfortunately, the tag wikis of ...
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Mods don't vote to close

It seems that the moderators don't vote to close off-topic very often. Presumably this is because they don't want to exert (or seem to exert) and undue influence on the site. I feel like this is a ...
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Should I flag for moderator attention if a new user asks a question in an answer?

This question is very much related to my previous post about new users who post non-answers. I'm just looking through my comment history and see some comments on "answers" in which new users asked new ...
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Unregistered users tend to post "answers" to own questions that are not answers

An unregistered user just asked a question and soon after that posted an "answer" that should have been a comment. Usually, the system asks you quite clearly if you're really sure that you want to ...
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Emphasising the actual question

In the comments to: Why duplicate symbol commands there is the following exchange: according to the moderator here: Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad? Please don't use quote (>) ...
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Convert mailing list users to the Stack Exchange engine?

I'm new to public mailing lists, other than those at my workplace. I was browsing the pgf-users mailing list and I find that many of the questions come from end-users. Such questions perfectly fit the ...
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an ipython tag? really?

is it appropriate to tag a question [ipython]? I understand that the question had to do with ipython, but in-fact it was a question about code listing and verbatim (both tags are there). The specific ...
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Do we want the "spoiler" feature turned off?

As I noted in an earlier question on meta, blockquotes starting with a "!" are rendered as spoilers. It happened in this question on the parent site before I edited the post and changed the blockquote ...
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Mark up for info/warning/error messages

Following on from the discussion about block quotes and text starting with !, I think it might be a good idea to look at how best to format messages, etc. For actual TeX code, life is clear enough (...
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How about a "Featured TeX" post?

I like the design of "photography etc." and I love the idea of a weekly image. I was wondering if it would work here, and if people would like to have such an option. I suggest the following: We ...
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Merging {localization} into {language}

Sorry for cluttering meta, with a second tag merging proposal today. Should we merge localization into language. Also, should language be renamed to languages?
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Merging {unicode} and {utf-8}

I know that technically unicode and utf-8 are two different things, but more often than not the terms are used interchangeably (as UTF-8 is the de-facto standard Unicode file encoding). Should we ...
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Are questions about Sweave more appropriate for tex.SE or SO?

Sweave is a NoWeb style method of using LaTeX in reproducible computational research. Should I ask questions that I have about Sweave here or at SE? Why or which ones?
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Do we like the share buttons? Do people use them?

I'm not a facebook or twitter user, and this question might be a reflection of that, but I wonder if people like the little share links near every question. I guess this question will have several ...
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Cross references, bibliographic references, and the "referencing" tag

At the moment, the tagging approach regarding "references" (in the broadest sense) seems to be as follows: Questions about cross references (dealing with \label, \ref & friends) will consistently ...
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Can/should we get a “How to Ask” page?

Over the last few days, the list of unanswered questions has grown a fair bit. Some of the questions with no satisfactory answer are about specific IDEs, so it is somewhat expected that they don't get ...
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The 404 not found image is not unique

This site's 404 not found image is not unique. It's shared with Cross Validated. https://tex.stackexchange.com/404 https://stats.stackexchange.com/404 It's entirely possible that this is intentional,...
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Should we have a tag for TexShop?

I just answered a question about TeXShop and I noticed that there's no TeXShop tag. Before creating extraneous or discouraged tags I went over to the tag CW post on meta and it says that "Formats, ...
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TeXing the TeXbook ... is it a question?

Interesting as Is it actually illegal to TeX `texbook.tex`? is (I'll even admit to voting for it initially), I'm no longer convinced that it is a suitable question for this site. There are two parts ...
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Message to package maintainers

The question How do I make the arrow -->-- using xymatrix? got an answer from one Ross Moore. I'm pretty sure that he's one of the maintainers of xy-pic. As part of his answer, he wrote: BTW, ...
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Inadvertently driving off new users

What is the proper way to deal with an incorrect answer from a new user? For example, this answer is incorrect. At the time, I was tempted to not respond because I didn't want to discourage the ...
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Merging [tikz] and [pgf] tags?

The tag-wiki for tikz currently states: Questions tagged with [tikz] are about the higher-level drawing language TikZ built over the PGF graphics framework. Questions specifically about the ...
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Can anyone else see the "edit tags" link?

When I hover my mouse near the tag list at the bottom of a question, I get a link "edit tags" that allows me to just edit the tags. First question: Who else can see this? Is it a moderator thing, ...
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voting arrows on comments have "hand-drawn" look

I'm very happy with the design of the site. Which is why this tiny little thing is bugging me a bit. The up-vote triangle for comments have a hand-drawn look, slightly reminiscent of the beta design....
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Should there be a code-review forum?

Forgive me if there already is such a place on stackexchange. I'm new here and definitely don't really have the hang of the place as yet. But I haven't found such a forum. What I think would be ...
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Linking to CTAN best practice?

In the absence of an answer to this question, what is the best practice when linking to a package on CTAN? I have an irrational dislike of the CTAN "catalogue" version, so I tend to link to the actual ...
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Should we have some more expository questions?

I thought it would be helpful to have some of the extreme power users explain some of the finer points of TeX in some more expository questions. Something like Andrew's nice question "When to use \...
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Keep an eye on SO

I happened over to SO today and saw that there are still a fair few TeX questions being asked (and answered!) there. I left a few "try this on http://tex.stackexchange.com" comments, but I feel that ...
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Graphics/images tags

It's pretty unclear which tags people should be using for referring to graphics problems: graphics graphicx (a package) images external-images diagrams drawing picture (an environment) Some ...
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Non-English questions

Edit: No one complained about the German question https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/61549/natbib-biblatex-styling-help for two hours, so I'd like to clarify what our position is (the votes below ...
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Deleting really exact duplicates

There has just been a post which was repeated almost immediately due to a user account issue. In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions, but in this case the two versions don'...
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Wikification policy

Joseph made the qn Good practice on spacing CW, which was more or less within the bounds of Stack Exchange de facto practice before the Great CW Policy Change. It does seem kind of hardline now: it's ...
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What should the policy be on typography/design questions?

Recently, JCL asked a question about Edward Tufte books. It's definitely not about "TeX or any of its descendants … TeX distributions … [or] (La)TeX related software", to quote the FAQ, and so it'd ...
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What's our "required attribution"?

I just posted a new answer on the question on dynkin diagrams and was asked: Is it OK for me to include [the diagrams] into the paper on this subject? The answer is, of course, "Of course", and I ...