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404/CAPTCHA/Error images

I knew I forgot something right before the new design launch today. I didn't get a chance to create custom images for the 404/Captcha/error pages on the TeX site. Do you have any suggestions? A ...
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New Design Launched

Hi all, Thank you for your helpful design input. As you can see, the new design went live, grats! If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "...
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When will there be a 'proper' moderator election?

Okay, it looks like moving out of beta will happen soon (based on this thread, for example). So I wonder what happens about the moderator situation: do we have an election for moderators at some stage?...
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Site Design Ideas (updated with mockup)

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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When will the tex SE go out of beta?

Are we close to getting out of it? I remember when it started private beta, the Ubuntu SE beta started around the same time, and now it's been out of it for a few weeks. What are we waiting for? I'm ...
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Contacting the 'uncontactable'

This comes up from a moderators perspective, but affects the entire way the site operates so seems sensible to bring up here. The moderators can see the e-mail address given when a user registers, ...
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How to post long files?

I went to post a solution to a problem. The solution includes a large .bst file that is 32K on its own. So I was unable to actually post that file as part of my response. Of course I can put the file ...
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Undeleting posts deleted by questioner

When a questioner deletes his/her own posts, shouldn't we respect that and not vote to undelete? I was going to provide an example, but presumably the questioner had a reason to delete the question, ...
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Tex & friends abroad

I've created a small Stack Exchange tag set for Latex &c questions that are not this site, which I've called texmf -tex.sx.
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What to do when the package author responds?

I asked this question and the package author replied. Someone suggested that this has to be the right answer. By definition, almost! But there's a bounty on this question, and it seems a shame that ...
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Should we evangelize "correct use" in our answers?

This came up in the comments of this question. The OP asked how to fix one thing and gave an example where the problem arises (vectors with different components have different height). In that example ...
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We have a chat room now!

I didn't realize it before, but it seems that we have a chat-room dedicated to us....so an obvious question is.... What should we talk about in the chat room? What is appropriate for that?
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Are advertising / crowd-sourcing questions acceptable or not?

Some of you will probably know about tlcontrib already. I would like to ask for new volunteer members to register and upload extra packages, but I am not sure whether something like that is ...
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Tex.SE at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

Two things about TeX.SE and the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in New Orleans. Anyone else besides me going? Interested in a meetup? TUG often has an exhibitor's table. It might be good to ...
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answers for community wiki questions?

I have asked a few questions for which there are no single "right" answers. Accordingly, I have marked them as community wiki (or requested that they be so marked). Now every time I check my profile ...
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Are we prepared for the new reputation thresholds when we leave beta?

This topic has already been discussed over at math.stackexchange, and it might be reasonable that we discuss it here, too. The most important changes in the reputation thresholds are, in my opinion: ...
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Should transient *TeX questions be discussed here?

I asked a question today, is CTAN broken?, and was "told-off" for asking a transient question. So, I put it to us, users of TEX.SE. Should transient questions (questions involving the moment, that ...
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Adding tags to a question in accordance with a provided answer

A number of tex.stackexchange questions deal with citations and/or bibliographies. Sometimes an answer will be provided that uses the biblatex package although the enquirer has not specifically ...
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lipsum, filecontents, and friends.

Lockstep brought up an interesting idea in a comment. Is it perhaps possible to either create a page or a section in the FAQ the explains the common diagnostic tools? By diagnostic tools, I mean ...
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Are open questions like many Community Wiki questions on StackOverflow allowed?

I was wondering whether a question on the benefits of a TUG membership for students and people's experiences is something that would fit on tex.stackexchange.com. It obviously has no real answer, it's ...
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Total votes don't match

I just found https://tex.stackexchange.com/reputation from this answer. It shows that I have 541 total votes. My user page shows 844 votes. There are 536 lines in the reputation page showing my ...
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What to do if two answers together answer the original question?

I have asked a question and there are there was one answer that mostly solved the original problem. In the comments to the answer, I asked how one would fix the remaining problem. It was answered but ...
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Multiple answers to the same question

Is it acceptable to answer a question multiple times, or should that be discouraged? When I have multiple answers to a question, I tend to just edit my answer and provide them (or sometimes I'll ...
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Questions turning into non questions

Is there anything that you think should be done with questions like "How can I change the legend's location in a pgfplot?" which turn out to be answered by the questioner and for which the correct ...
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Nearing the end of public beta ....

(This is really "For Your Information" rather than a question) According to Area51, we're 11 days out from "being evaluated". You can see our current rating here. We get 3 "okay"s and 2 "excellents"...
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How do I handle answers that should be comments?

Okey I am a bit new to this whole thing and at a loss. I have have made a question, someone has answered and then someone else who doesn't have enough points to comment on that answer makes a new ...
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Ideas for Outreach

Even more important than "Elevator Tag Lines" (what's an elevator?), are ideas for reaching TeXers no other site has yet reached. I'm probably biased here, but I think that one great segment of TeX ...
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Which answer to accept if the answer with solution is based on an answer with the important insight?

Let's say that someone only gives a hint and someone else, perhaps even the asker, then creates a full solution based on it. Which of the answers should be the accepted one? On the one hand, it ...
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Why are there so few ConTeXt questions?

We only have eight questions that are tagged [context]. I thought ConTeXt was more popular than that. There even seem to be more questions relating to “pure” TeX and Plain TeX. I can think of ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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Is troff/groff a "friend" of TeX

I have several TeX vs. troff/groff questions and surely there are experts on here that would know both. Not wanting to have a question rejected/closed due to the *roff nature, are these acceptable ...
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Usage of the lipsum package in answers

I've notices several times people have been using \usepackage{lipsum} in answers as a space filler. While this is great for demonstration purposes when the document is going to be immediately ...
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Can we have an on-the-fly LaTeX parser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: We need Tex markup… Can we have the option of rendering particular snippets of (La)TeX code? I think it would greatly help beginners with associating commands with the ...
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Idea for TeX, LaTeX & Friends contests

I've been thinking about this for some time, and Will Robertson seems to have a similar idea to get stuff done by others, rewarding them with reputation. So, in short: part with your hard-earned ...
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Back to figures

Sorry to drag the discussion back to figures... I think that many questions and answers would be assisted by the inclusion of an appropriate figure or two. A rendering of the latex or a screen ...
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Can we have some linking etiquette and guidelines?

I have observed several posts that say click here or here or here, which I find quite annoying since it requires the reader to click or hover over the link to find out what the author was referring to....
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Can moderators change accepted answers?

The title says it all, really. Why I'm asking is because I've seen some questions with accepted good answers, but there are better ones -- more accurate, and probably with higher scores. This is ...
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Should minimal examples be required, or just encouraged, for questions to be answered?

I just asked a question in which I included a small excerpt of my code that wasn't a standalone example, but enough to see the context (at least I thought so). In a comment*, I was asked to provide a "...
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Opinion on editing community-wiki posts

That answer is wrong about using ConTeXt in a commercial environment. Now there are several options: a) post a comment below that this is not true, b) edit that community wiki post to delete that ...
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New tag: write18. What's the consensus?

I have to say that I don't like it. It feels too specific. The question in question is: Is it possible to compile a *TeX document with a single command?. I think that in this case, there's no need ...
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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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Deleting a question that's likely to be unimportant very soon

I asked a question about a possible bug in hyperref. Looks like this bug is likely to disappear in a few days, rendering this question pretty worthless except for the few people who installed TeX Live ...
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Why can't votes be changed after making them?

After I up- or down-vote something/someone, I notice that I can't later change my mind. Why is this? I've certainly had reason to have a change of heart!
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Tagging of questions concerned with publisher style guides

A trickle of questions is appearing concerning how to write Latex (not yet Plain Tex or Context) in conformance with some journal or book publisher's style: using AMA reference style while using the ...
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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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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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Text building blocks

There are some replies that are used quite often. For example, the first reply to many questions is a demand for a minimal example. These replies should typically include a link with additional ...
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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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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 expression is more common and defining for LaTeX commands - command or macro?

I've seen many questions using the word command or commands. There are also questions writing macro or macros. Regarding tagging, which should be the master and which the synonym mapped to it? Until ...