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Contributions to TeX related journals are Welcome from TeX community! TUGboat, Ars TeXnica, Die TeXnische Komödie

Our community is growing and many people are around who are expert in various parts of TeX and friends. While the site is a very good place where looking for ideas and help when we have a problem to ...
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Who wants to win a duck? Wait, what? [closed]

Introduction Hello there, fellow TeX.sx users! I'm organizing a lottery. The idea is very similar to Who Wants to Win a LaTeX Book?, but both the lottery algorithm and the prize are different. Let me ...
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How do I draw this…?

I know this question has been raised before at policy on "how do I draw this?" questions. I know a lot of us are annoyed by these questions. But I'm not so sure, as in the linked discussion, that ...
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Psmith, the friendly TeX bot, at your service

Prologue We love hanging out in our main chatroom. It's a very friendly place, where we talk about virtually everything - even TeX, sometimes! I decided to give it a try and add a few "extra ...
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Please, can we stop closing questions before the OP had a chance to react?

Recently a new pattern is emerging that is worrying me. A new user asks a question that may need some clarification. Well, it's the first question in a new forum, often by a TeX novice, often by a ...
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About RTFM etiquette

When is it correct to answer "Please, RTFM because this is what I'm doing to answer your question/comment?" I must admit that sometimes I answer not formally correct questions (without MWE, which ...
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Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs)

I've stumbled a few times across poorly written MWEs as part of questions, and realized recently that my take on what to do (edit it) isn't shared by everyone here (leave the question untouched and ...
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Some thoughts about TeX.StackExchange

To begin with, this is not a real question, so probably it will soon be removed by our moderators, but I'm writing it anyways. The day after tomorrow will be one year since I registered to TeX....
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Do we follow StackExchange rules?

I ran across the following question on the hot question list: Nice scientific pictures show off By StackExchange rules, this question is clearly not suitable. It is far too broad. Also, it is a "...
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Factors that influence voting

I'm curious about the factors that influence voting. One of my motivations is the number of '0-score' answers there are. Indeed, even @egreg has one page of '0-score' answers- I find this really ...
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How can users of our site (who are not TUG members) utilize the site-wide members area benefit of our TUG institutional membership?

As a TUG member myself, this question does not strictly apply to me. But, I was reading some pages on the TUG website and noticed the following benefit of our institutional membership: In addition, ...
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Will there be TeX.SX Documentation?

The Stack Overflow team has just announced a new service called Stack Overflow Documentation. Users can post examples of code usage and other can vote and edit. I'd like to have this for TeX.SX. In ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2013 [closed]

Last year StackExchange became a member of TUG. With that come eight individual memberships, that were given out to some members of the community. The time has come to select our representatives for ...
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A risk when using tex.sx.com

Today, this is exactly one year, when I firstly met this tex.sx.com. I found out that this is very interesting phenomenon from (web)-technical, TeXnical, social and psychological points of view. There ...
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Comments on the new site design

The page asking for comments on the new site design is so heavily downvoted that it doesn't appear on the Active Meta page, nor does it appear in the Hot meta questions. It intermittently appears on ...
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Leslie Lamport wins Turing Award

This "question" is probably off topic for even meta because it's not a question really and it's not directly related to TeX or the site, but... I thought I'd mention that Leslie Lamport (creator of ...
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Consider putting tex.stackexchange.com in thesis acknowledgements

I'd like to add this fantastic forum and community for all the help with typesetting and formatting my thesis. Is there a defined way to do it/refer to TeX ?
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What's the policy on retagging questions based on answers?

I was wondering if a policy exists (and if so, what it is) for retagging questions once they have been answered. To illustrate what I mean, I recently answered Draw small cross at the center of the ...
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

Does anybody know (a moderator?) who is the user that has been removed which yesterday night caused to many of us a great amount of lost reputation? I don't think he is Harish Kumar, who had a very ...
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are non-sx faqs now redundant?

i've been producing a faq on the web since 1995. it gets lots of traffic ... from search engines; also the odd question searched by an (apparent) user. i note that almost no-one references my faq, ...
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Why vote for the answer, but not the question?

I often ask questions that perhaps get one up-vote, then someone makes an answer that excellently adresses exactly my issue. That answer then gets five up-votes. If everything was about scoring ...
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Duplicates tolerance is huge in this site

Many times I read questions from Newbies (like me) that are either too basic or which have already being asked many times and have accepted answers (judging from the links shown at the right of the ...
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Should I worry about other sites “stealing” SE content?

Googling a phrase from Which font is the most comfortable for on-screen viewing? brings up three other sites featuring the same question: www.faqoverflow.com/tex/20149.html www.zqna.net/qna/ihnmrw-...
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How to propose a question as duplicate without closing it due golden privilege?

Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2016

StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to ...
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Why Metapost discrimination?

Searching for tikz on the main TeX.SE site yields 10,938 results. Searching for pstricks yields 627 results. Searching for metapost - only 213 results. A similar search for tags yields similar ...
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(How much) should we wait for a MWE from the OP?

I tried to make the question as concise as possible. I apologize if it appears misleading after reading further on and invite you to find a better 'title'. And now to the core of the problem: AFAIK, ...
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How to promote good answers from new or unpopular community members?

[This would probably cause some controversy, but let's see what people think. I am certainly in a conflict of interest when asking this, but I try to be fair.] I'm all for receiving good answers to ...
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Do we like non-TeX-SX moderator activity on the main site?

I just stumbled across something that I'm not sure whether I like it or not. Well, actually, I know that I don't like it. I'm just not sure whether I'm being a bit over-sensitive or not. It seems a ...
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I asked for the wrong thing and so made the answers to my question uncomplete. How should I correct this?

In this question I got two great answers on how to do what I asked for (putting the page number in the footer at the first page of each signature in a book). But --- as some of you probably understand ...
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Things to do on a slow day at TeX-SE

Somehow I get the feeling that the influx of new (and good) questions is rather slow. So I have a few suggestions here for you that might give somebody a good idea how to spend a useful hour building ...
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Could we lighten up the Google+ icon a little?

Don't get me wrong, but I'm getting slightly annoyed by the tiny Google+ icon right below the voting controls, in the er... social bar. The size is OK, but the color... well: I swear, at first I ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2015

StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to ...
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How “elitist” should the site be?

Scott Morrison made a few comments in the domain name thread calling himself a "shameless elitist". I guess it's a good question to ask then: how "elite" is this site? Do we aim for every kind of TeX ...
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Removing “thanks” from questions

Why when I make an edit to a question just to "remove thanks" it is always rejected and when it is done by some other users it is accepted? Are there "favourite users" here or, most probably, between ...
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Asking a question and answering it yourself straight away

From what I understand, if you want to ask a question you know the answer to, you should at least give other people a chance to try and answer. This might bring solutions you hadn't thought about, but ...
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Downvoting answers exploiting different approaches with respect to the initial question

Today, reading Color the faces of a graph I noticed that the OP downvoted Karl's students's answer and g.kov's answer. These answers, actually, do not use TikZ, but show how the picture the OP was ...
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Does Donald Knuth have a profile on TeX.SE?

The title says all. This I have been wondering for some time. I assume the answer is no; else I suppose I would have noticed him. (I hope I do not break any rules by asking this.)
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Link to online LaTeX compiler

Today, a cooperation between LaTeX-community.org and writeLaTeX.com has been announced in TeXblog. According to it: By a single click on a link above a code box, the reader will land in the editor ...
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How to share a LaTeX “recipe”?

I like to work out my solutions on my own for what I need. Sometimes it really involves some struggle, but that's part of the fun, cracking the puzzle. On the other hand I think others could also ...
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Answer reveals problem is package bug: Delete question?

I asked this question to find out if an error I encountered after updating TeXLive was a bug. Even if it was a bug, I needed a short-term solution to continue my work until the package was fixed. @...
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Wrong closure as duplicate

Today I got an upvote for my answer to Rotated $\ltimes$ symbol which has since been closed as duplicate of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character? Looking at the question ...
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Make {parenthesis} a synonym of {parentheses}

Stats on the two tags (as of time of writing): parenthesis: 33 questions total, 2 unanswered, no tag wiki written parentheses: 30 questions total, 3 unanswered, well-written tag wiki I came across ...
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Are Asymptote questions on topic?

I asked a question about Asymptote which was closed as off topic. Asymptote: convert triple to array I believe it fits within the scope of the site in much the same way a pure metapost question ...
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Site design updates are live!

I'm a designer for Stack Exchange, and I wanted to give everyone a heads that minor site design updates have just launched. Most of the changes will not be visible; these tweaks go along with recent ...
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Who plans to go to the TUG 2015 conference in Germany?

TUG 2015, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Darmstadt, Germany, from July 20 to 22. Who would like to go there? Does anybody plan to make a presentation? April 10 - bursary ...
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Questions which are bug reports

From time to time we get questions which are due to clear bugs. In some cases it may be possible to suggest a fix: this is most likely for macro code. On the other hand, some of these questions are ...
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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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Quick & easy reputation vs. flagging a question as duplicate

I've been using TeX.SE for some time now, both for questions and answers. Although I do flag a new question as duplicate if I know that question has been posted before, I often find myself tempted, ...
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Bounty as 'thank you'?

Is it appropriate to use a bounty to say 'thank you' for an already-supplied answer? Will the site let you assign a bounty to an answer that exists at the time you read the question?

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