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Repackaging code of absent user(s)

Andrew's question regarding Relicensing code from answers requests users to releasing their code answers under a "more free" license in order to promote dissemination and re-use. What would be the ...
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What is the most polite way to ask for more help on a basic or too localized question?

On the main TeX.SX site, I asked a question about a missing \endgroup error for a Beamer standalone frame using Martin Scharrer's standalone package with the subpreambles=true option. The question ...
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The Erdos graph for TeX.SE

In the Erdös graph for TeX.SE two people are connected if they have contributed to (asked or answered or commented on or edited) the same question. What does this graph look like? Are the data ...
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Etiquette: Should I edit questions with “Thanks” or wait for Moderator?

I have a question, which to some might be a bit close to splitting hairs: Should I edit a question if there are things like: Thanks in advance UserNoName or the code is not properly ...
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Is it proper to post a first attempt as a self-answer?

The title says it all. On TeX.SE, is it proper for the OP to post his/her first attempt at solving the problem as a self-answer? Or should the first attempt be included in the question instead? Take ...
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Deleting own question when I “lost interest”

I asked a question, it has no answers and I don't consider it useful anymore. I have a feeling that it would be a waste of time if someone tried hard to make a solution now. Should I better delete it ...
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Should I switch the accepted answer?

So, after a few posts here and there on SE, I saw this happen a few times: a user A is the first to answer correctly to a question. His answer is thus accepted. Yet, user B then adds an answer which ...
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Creating packages from other people's answers

I've received a number of answers which I am using regularly, i.e. in a large number of separate LaTeX documents. For example: Torn page effect Proportional font, word-wrapping verbatim Fontspec ...
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“Official” capitalizations of words from the TeX world

This is a detail, but in some instances I don't know right away how words from the world of TeX & friends are properly capitalized. While it's not necessary or "acceptable" to edit a post only to ...
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Magazine questions

We seem to have a history of closing questions about magazine formatting or (effectively) not answering them: Typesetting magazine style articles Designing Magazines in LaTeX Latex template for an ...
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How about “deprecated” answers to old questions

Is there anything that can be done to answers already provided some time ago, that are currently out of date? I mean: I may have a problem, and find on TeX.SE the answer to that. Only that the ...
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A tag for Brazilian TeXers (ABNT)

So, I am Brazilian and I've seen a few questions in TeX.SX regarding the two Brazilian Standards (ABNT - Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas, in English Brazilian Association for Technical ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions about the design of LaTeX?

I ran across a small curiosity when working today; specifically that LaTeX defines \coth by default, but not \sech or \csch. I’d like to know why. I think of the three functions are being very similar,...
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Should the spacing between the star number indicator and the question star itself be increased?

On the TeX SE, the number of stars a question has received seems to overlap the star. It isn't really an issue with single-digit numbers, which seem to fit neatly into the crevasse between the two ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...
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What are the pros and cons of TeX.SX compared to Usenet groups, mailing lists and web forums?

In response to the blog post about the TeX.SX TUG membership, Jürgen said in his blog, translated: It's a mystery to me how it can come about that somebody chooses a web forum for communication, ...
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Why are questions on package bugs/issues too localized?

On a couple of occasions I have come across unwanted or surprising behavior with some widely used LaTeX packages that I have posted questions about on TeX.sX. One was about biblatex (Entry options in ...
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What to do about a post when the OP insists on putting a thanks at the end?

Post under discussion is this one. I edited this post by removing the greetings and thanks. I had put a comment as well to point out the norm at this site. The OP insisted on putting the thanks (...
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How to encourage people to send bug reports instead of using SX as kind of bugtracker, or at least send a bug report additionally?

This one is only one of many examples were a user has spotted a bug or incompatibility in one of my LaTeX packages. A (more or less) dirty work-around or patch is provided as answer, and the user is ...
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People >~10k rep: If you were to start over, how long do you think it would take for you to gain 1k?

I'm asking because I'm curious whether people with high rep are significantly better at answering than other people. If you are above 10k (or thereabout), I have these questions for you: How long (...
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Should I accept if the answer says “it can't be done”?

This answer replies to the question by saying this is not possible. Normally, I should accept an answer if it solves my problem. Although the answer It's not possible is probably correct, should I ...
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How do I properly cite TeX.SE for its help in typesetting?

What is the proper way of citing TeX.SE answers, if I have used them (only) to typeset a document? Let's assume that I am using the site only for typesetting matters, not for content. That is, I will ...
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Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

I am surprised that most questions have fewer votes than the answers. It often happens that a question has no vote, or even a negative vote, but the answers have several votes. As egreg says: if ...
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Policy of upvoting new users above comment threshold?

I have observed several times now that new users (just a few questions, rep below 50, but definitely no robots) try to participate in discussions, but since commenting is a privilege requiring at ...
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Is it better to ask in the high traffic time?

I notice the traffic of TEX.SX is heavy, for example, from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM UTC. So, is it a good idea to wait for that time to ask a question to get enough attention/support from plenty of ...
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policy on “how do I draw this?” questions

There are several, I think unnecessary, questions of the form "How can I draw this?" or "How can I draw this in TikZ?" These add nothing to the site really. Sometimes there is some feature of the ...
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New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'unclear what ...
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Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too)

In recent times I see more and more flags on questions and answers. Unfortunately a not insignificant part of them are IMHO the wrong flag type or shouldn't have placed in the first place. While wrong ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

It's that time again! We are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will ...
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TUG Representatives for 2018

As a community we have institutional membership of TUG paid for by StackOverflow. (Thanks to StackOverflow for this support and to Stefan Kottwitz for the initial idea!) The membership entitles us to ...
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Who plans to go to TUG 2018 in Rio de Janeiro?

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, ducks and mallards, marmots and capybaras, Darth Vaders and parrot owners, children of all ages! The 39th Annual Meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG 2018) ...
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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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Which is more common: “TeX.SE” or “TeX.SX”?

I have seen people refer to this site as "TeX.SE" and "TeX.SX". Which is more common? Is one preferred (by appearing in official places)? I don't think that standardization is necessary: usage will ...
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What do we do when we see plagiarism of a TexStackExchange answer?

Looking for something I found this website claiming that the author write an article. However, this is only a copy paste of this answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/68081/97981 publish one year ...
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When is one asking too many questions?

I've just asked two consecutive questions. While I've tried to keep them succinct and as useful to other people as possible, it occurs to me that it may be bad form to ask too many questions in a ...
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Renaming question for better search results

I really can't imaging nobody has asked this but since I wasn't able to find anything I bring it up. Would I be appropriate to rename Questions to improve search results? For example: Coloring ...
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TeX.SE around the world

I don't know if this is the place to ask so, sorry if I'm wrong. I was asking myself about the distribution of TeX.SE users around the world. Is it possible to have a kind of map to see from where ...
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Examples of Overleaf users not noticing error messages

I have the impression that a disproportional large fraction of overleaf users don't notice error messages, a typical comment stream often goes like: Question: Why is the image placed incorrectly? ...
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Etiquette (particularly on voting to close)

It's good to get etiquette established early. I'd say that one big lesson from MathOverflow is that for people unused to the SO framework, getting a "vote to close" is like getting a kick in the face....
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How can I know whether an answer is obsolete?

While I was looking for some information, I found a question about the exact problem I'm having. Unfortunately, the provided solution requires manually spacing row heights. And I'm a bit unsatisfied ...
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Are we starting to get homework questions?

And if so, what should we do about them? Quite what "homework" means for TeX, I don't know. There are some places that have courses in how to use TeX/LaTeX, and presumably they assign homework, but ...
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Activity on this site vs. time of the day

Motivated by a comment by Barbara Beeton, I was wondering if there is a way to show the average activity on this site vs. time of the day? I am interested in a plot of the following type (I stress ...
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Spam like answers occuring in the evening (10-11pm Eastern Standard Time USA)

I have been flagging multiple answers on the board for the last couple of evenings where a 'new' user (with no reputation) has posted either the question, an answer, a selection of comments, or a ...
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Is the question “which features should be added to package XY” adequate for TeX.SX?

The question title actually states what I would like to know. Let me give some background and describe the use-case. As author of pgfplots, I feel honored that this site attracts both power users and ...
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What's the best way to let the community know of an interesting document on typesetting that's just been published?

today i posted on the ams server a pdf copy of ellen swanson's "mathematics into type". i had earlier mentioned in an answer to this question that it was going to happen, and therefore edited that ...
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Proxy bounties and their philosophical implications in today's modern society

There are some questions like this one: How to find out where a macro is defined? where a bounty is offered to an answer that is not upvoted a lot and not the accepted answer. The bounty is offered ...
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Using search effectively

There is surprisingly little on meta about search, which is a shame because it's the main tool for avoiding duplicate questions. This question asks the way of searching for a particular character, and ...
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What do I do if I have the exact same question as a question that is closed as 'too localized'?

I've been struggling with unnecessary blank pages at the beginning of appendices. There are a few answers that speak to my problem, none of which have worked. I was pleased to find another person ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. Huh, this is the only site where this opening is similar to last ...
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TUG Representatives for 2017

As a community we have institutional membership of TUG paid for by StackOverflow. (Thanks to StackOverflow for this support and to Stefan Kottwitz for the initial idea!) The membership entitles us to ...

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