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My question was already asked, but its accepted answer doesn’t suit me

I have a question I’d like to ask — and it turns out to be pretty much an exact duplicate of an earlier question, except with a very slightly different example. (Specifically, the difference is just ...
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Quack overflow on our site

Friends, Some of you might have noticed the presence of a yellow duck in the lower right corner of our site, acting as the fabled Clippy bloke from the Office family. I know there has been a lot of ...
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A plea to those who answer “just do it for me” questions: please edit question titles to be usefully descriptive as well

Dear people who like to answer "just do it for me question" (especially of the TikZ sort, but possibly others.) Many such questions have titles that are fundamentally useless for searching purposes. ...
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A single question for configuring editors to do LaTeX/Biber compilation?

We have various questions from people wanting to set up their editor(s) for use with Biber, or struggling to get the LaTeX/Biber/LaTeX workflow to work: see for example Biblatex, Biber, and LaTeX: ...
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Incomplete answer

Just came across an unanswered question for which I am close to finding an answer, but not yet 100%. Unfortunately, I am also stuck as to why my solution is buggy. This let me to wonder what is the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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TUG Membership: Names for 2014 [duplicate]

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 do we feel about MathJaX/jsMath/other spin-offs?

Although the answer to this question turned out to be about text versus maths mode, it could so easily have been about something specific to MathJaX. It is probably inevitable that we'll get ...
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When would one learn Latex, the right way?

How come that some people seem to know about everything about LaTeX? How do they get there? In my experience, I use LaTeX whenever needed to produce a paper (by now my diploma thesis), but I never ...
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Should we continue our blog?

animuson of the Stack Overflow team said here: Blog Overflow is actually going to be shutting down completely soon, so it doesn't make sense for us to invest time in fixing any bugs for it. We'...
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Regular “Let's deal with unanswered questions” chat meetings?

Joseph Wright suggested in chat that we arrange to meet regularly in chat to discuss unanswered questions. He said: How does this idea sound: we agree a regular (once a month) slot to discuss ...
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American or British English

One of my answers was changed; I agree with most of the changes but it also involved changing from british to american spelling (specialised -> specialized and initialising -> initializing). As a ...
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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?

I sometimes recommend non-TeX solutions to questions here. For example, pdftk, pdfcrop, and imagemagick are tools I've recommended. My standard has been that I'll only recommend the non-TeX tool if ...
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When and how to relicense code from StackExchange posts

After using LaTeX for many years, I recently found the need to learn about TeX to program a more sophisticated solution to a problem. This site has been incredibly valuable for this. Solving my ...
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Wouldn't it be nice if we can also bookmark the answer?

I am talking about the star in the right side of questions. It is a method to keep track of important questions. However for me, it is a list of important solutions for those problems that I probably ...
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Should we keep our TeX User Group membership?

I'm Pops, one of the newer Community Managers at Stack Exchange. We've once again come to the time of year when we need to renew (or cancel) our TeX User Group institutional membership. We're more ...
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Who plans to go to the TUG 2013 conference in Japan?

TUG 2013, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Tokyo, Japan, from October 23 to October 26. Who would like to go there? Does anybody plan to make a presentation? Deadline for ...
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Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
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What makes a question plain tex versus latex? Does it really matter?

I have, after learning some LaTeX, in trying to understand more about what I am doing, started to learn some plain TeX. This has naturally led to me using some plain TeX control sequences in the ...
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A LaTeX competition to promote LaTeX to the masses

I read this article Microsoft World Champion and it got me thinking. Many of us have read How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?, How can I convert my TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?...
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Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it?

Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it? If there is no such a logic, then why didn't SE make the accept button automatically trigger one up vote? It also does not make ...
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“Just do it for me” text building block

We get a few questions that boil down to "just do it for me" (often, but not confined to, drawing questions). These can be highly irritating - especially if you've seen a few go by in a short space ...
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Are “Is this good typography?” questions on topic?

Are questions along the lines of the following one on topic here? Have look at these 1-3 sample pages of my document. <sample pages as images> <maybe some TeX code> 1. Is this ...
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New user asking for TeX.SX usage tips and tricks

Since I am a new user on TeX.SX, I would like to ask the community for some usage tips and tricks to aid us in efficiently using the site and other stackexchange sites. I will include some tips I have ...
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Quality Standards for Answers

This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site? This is a list ...
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Learning LaTeX — book promotions

Update: As requested by TeX friends, the LaTeX Cookbook promotion has been extended by 1 week, until October, 31, there's a new 35% discount code: SVLIDA7. This time for printbook and ebook because ...
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Going to a conference - the TUG 2011 experience

This is an overview of my attendance at the TeX Users Group Conference 2011. My extensive reports can be read on our blog, and as there are many related meta site posts, I will Compile a list of ...
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Organize Favorites

How do you organize your favorites? My List gets longer and longer and it’s hard to find the entry I’m looking for. So it would be great to be able to sort them acording to their tags or even collect ...
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Meaning of the badge distribution on this site

Almost three years after the question Numbers required for the 'difficult' badges, it appears that there is no issue with most of the badges inquired about there: Popular Question: 5695 ...
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Changing the site name

Today I was browsing https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/ and saw in the “Hot Meta Posts” sidebar that they are changing their site name from “Mathematica” to “Mathematica & Wolfram Language”. ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Respecting poster's style

When editing a question or answer, one usually fixes also occasional slips in capitalization, for example "Latex" into "LaTeX" or "Tikz" into "TikZ"; frequently one sees "i" for "I". If I interpret ...
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Should SO's “50 questions per month” limit be enabled at tex.sx?

Initiated by xport's latest question, I've gathered some statistics about xport's questions from July 1st up to today (July 24th). In those 24 days, xport has asked 57 questions, i.e. about 2.4 ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

This question got reopened and I question its reopening: Why is LaTeX so complicated? I can't but see that the question is so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively. This makes it "bad" ...
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Why does TeX.SE exist?

I am asking this purely out of curiosity: Why is there a specific Stack Exchange for TeX? There is no HTML.SE, Python.SE, Java.SE, etc. It appears to me that all other programming languages (and ...
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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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Rename {msword} to {ms-word}, or create generic {ms-office} tag to cover Office-related questions

This stems from the inappropriately tagged question Is it possible to put MS Excel graphs into a LaTeX document? I don't know whether creating a separate ms-excel would be of use, hence the generic (...
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Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?

This came up in a discussion of How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu. It seems to me that almost all users of Debian-derived OSes have two options when it comes to installing ...
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Suggested edits: Giving feedback to editor

Reviewing suggested edits, I sometimes come across 'weird' edits, minor changes or real bad editings which change answers (regardless whether they are useful or not). Apart from Approving Editing ...
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Moderation in non-trivial cases

There have been a few cases recently where the moderator team have taken action involving high-profile users, and that has lead to some of these high-profile users deciding to leave the site. There ...
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Videos of TeX Users Group 2018 conference talks are online!

The TeX Users Group 2018 annual conference was held in Rio de Janeiro (at the mathematics institute called IMPA) in July. Many TeX.SE users participated and even gave talks there. You can watch videos ...
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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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How did the “Cthulhu worshipping madman” question get so popular?

The question How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman? has seen a rise to fame not known to tex.sx before. It's currently the question with the second most ...
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Who are the book authors here?

Some people of this community write packages but there are also those that write books. Therefore I ask, what community members have written books on TeX and friends? (One answer per book or series ...
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Which is your best underestimated (by other users) answer?

Sometimes it happens to receive a lot of votes for a simple answer, ten minutes' work, whereas an excellent or elaborated one earns fewer votes it deserves. A famous example of the first kind is ...
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Most efficient workflow for displaying (imgur hosted) output of TeX & friends source?

Many seem to "effortlessly" (well, maybe it seems effortless because there's no effort on my part!) display the output of their TeX & friends source code in their posts. They must have some way to ...
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Is TeX SE really dying? If so, am I really its murderer?

I would like to thank SE for paying me my assassin's wages, which have now arrived. Apparently, they had to be repacked for security reasons, so I got lots of extra yellow tape on my box. Though ...
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Too rash decision about “duplicate”

There are people who can mark a thread as "duplicate" by single click. On the other hand, there are people who can only "vote" about it. Moreover, there are people who can do nothing about such ...
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Where should I ask programming questions regarding lilypond?

I could imagine two places. https://music.stackexchange.com/ or https://tex.stackexchange.com/ Therefore the question is, how much TeX-alike is Lilypond. I have the feeling, that I would get ...
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Tagging “Please improve my code” posts

In roughly the last three weeks, we've seen (from oldest to newest): Code improvement for PSTricks figure (5 | 10) How to improve my PSTricks code to construct a triangle number diagram? (7 | 22) How ...

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