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Which \documentclass is best to use in MWEs?

When providing an MWE for questions, I usually use \documentclass{article}. Might there be a more "minimal" class or template which would be better to use?
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Is TeX.SX a competition arena?

I am not a very regular user of TeX.SX, from time to time, when I have time, I come here to write some answers (mainly TikZ) or ask a question, and from time to time I don't come here for months. ...
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An answer not answering the question getting a lot of votes

Suppose: You ask a question; Someone (well meaning though he may be) writes an answer which simply does not answer your question, but rather tells you what you should and shouldn't be doing; The ...
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Voting on a question that you answer

I've seen quite a few instances of folks going to the trouble of answering a question without up-voting the question itself. Surprisingly, the answer often continues to receive further up-votes, and ...
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What's your policy on asking the same question twice?

I have the exact same problem as this question: LaTeX producing black background with transparent png That question was asked in 2012, but I have the same problem today. I could compose my own ...
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Professional advice on typesetting

I am now writing my PhD dissertation and the book style is almost ready. I am looking to get some professional advice on how the actual book looks like. Not sure where to post the sample pages. Is the ...
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How to edit your own answers

Sometimes I get some very useful comments on my own answers and feel the urge to correct them accordingly. However, I see the problem, that if I just correct my answer straight, this would leave the ...
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What makes a good MWE?

Actually, when I was thinking about my next question and about to include one *.tex and one *.bib file in my MWE, I was looking for a MWE template here, but could not find one. But everyone here ...
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How much explanation in an answer?

I've noticed in my short time on TeX.sx that the amount of explanation given in an answer varies greatly. As a LaTeX beginner I find that answers that provide a bit of explanation in addition to ...
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Is it fair to “unaccept” an already accepted answer?

Say I've asked a question to which someone added an answer they put quite some effort into. At first glance the answer seemed to perfectly answer my question, so I accepted it. Now, after using the ...
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Why didn't this obvious voting fraud get reversed?

This help page on Serial voting reversed states: When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period of time, this is referred to as voting fraud. This ...
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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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Proposal to revert CW status on the “universal float” question

I propose that the CW status of the question: How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? be reversed (I'm informed that this can be done). I can understand ...
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Thoughts on asking: How do I update my system?

A lot of questions on the main site are fixed by updating the distribution. At present, I don't think we have a comprehensive guide to updating the various distributions- the answers are spread about ...
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TeXtalk interviews and blog infrastructure

quack Dear friends, I'd like to talk about our interview series and the blog infrastructure. This is our current workflow for publishing an interview: We close the interview, limiting its beginning ...
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Notable Stack Exchange news

I plan from time to time to post here a few newsworthy items from meta.SO that aren't tagged [stackexchange] and so don't turn up on the meta-so-for-texnicians tag set. Feel free to join in.
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Celebrating the birthday of our {TeX} site

On November 11th, the first birthday of TeX Stack Exchange is coming up. That's the date when the site has been publicly launched, ending its beta phase. Let's celebrate it! Do you have ideas for ...
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Position with regard to unlicensed fonts

There was a question about how to integrate a specific font into a document. The fonts were commercial fonts and though the person did not state explicitly that they had downloaded unlicensed versions ...
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Why is there an {untagged} tag?

I just came across a question which didn't have any tags apart from untagged. I was a bit baffled by this and clicked the tag to find that there about ten questions with this tag (and no others). ...
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TeX.SX T-Shirts

The idea of TeX.SX T-shirts came recently up in the chat. Would there be any interest from people to buy one? The idea is that we designed it ourselves and have it produces. I just had a quick look ...
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Winterbash 2016 participation

Last year, TeX.SE joined in on Winterbash 2015. Winterbash 2016 is around the corner and sites will soon have the option of opting in/out. In order to solicit opinion from the community, please cast ...
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Previous editing and etiquette discussions

We have a recurring theme of Official capitalization of (La)TeX and friends, removing Thanks, code blocking code snippets, retagging, grammar fixing etc. discussion here on Meta-TeX-SX. The reason ...
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Why does a downvote change the daily reputation even when the user has not counted upvotes?

Let's suppose a user has reached the 200 daily rep. Every further upvote is not considered because the 200 daily rep has already been achieved. But if that user has a downvote and no more upvotes ...
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edit criteria regarding “national linguistic” practices

the question Glossaries with more hierarchical categories has a pending edit that only removes spaces before colons and an exclamation mark. i hesitate to reject it, since it appears to have been ...
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“Bad question” warning without any negative question

I got a warning on tex.stackexchange.com: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. For help formulating a ...
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Please add more off-topic close reasons

Recently I have started using Stack Overflow and one thing I noticed is that their close dialog is much more feature rich than ours. Let's see a picture of their "off-topic" reasons. Wow! ...
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Is there any organised way by which new LaTeX learners can benefit from previous questions?

I am a new LaTeX learner, with what I have read and heard about it, I know its going to be a great tool for researchers in time saving and more, I have also discover that TeX, stack-exchange etc. has ...
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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

I just noticed that it can be hard for new users on our site to push some existing but not answered question. If a new user finds such a post (maybe the first visit on our site), he will have only two ...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

I posted a question here and got two equally good answers. Both of them are short, useful and to the point. One person's answer is more upvoted than that of the other which I believe was due to the ...
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What is the etiquette for providing an answer already in the comments?

Most of the times when I see a question that I (think! I) can answer, I leave a comment first checking if that solution is really helpful to the OP, or not. This is to prevent providing answers that ...
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What is the “Curious” Badge?

Probably it is not only me, but also other users wonder about the "Curious" badge. Is it new? I can not remember to have read of it in the "Badges" list of TeX.SX. What about this asking a good ...
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Are any of you interested in starting an online LaTeX course?

What are your feelings about this? I got this inspiration by the courses the MIT and Harvard are giving online nowadays. I took the introduction to electronics of the MIT, and I must say they are ...
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Should I change a question title once I know the answer?

Look at Why are empty and non empty TikZ matrix cells not equally placed?. When I wrote it I didn't know the answer so its title was too general. Now, and because I think it's not so easy to find ...
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TUGboat open-access survey

TUG is considering making all publications to TUGboat open-access. To this end they have started a survey. The survey also addresses non-members, so to be representative it needs as many ...
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Sponsored TUG membership [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: TUG Membership: Names for 2013 Last year StackExchange became a member of TUG. With that come eight individual memberships, that were given out to some members of the ...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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Is LyX an editor which should be recommended?

Very often I read a question like How can I set something in LyX? Every time I think why do you use LyX? I know the biggest advantage is WYSIWYG. But people using LyX normally are not able to edit ...
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Are “Thanks, that solved my problem” comments from the OP constructive?

The original poster of the question sometimes adds a comment to the (to-be-)accepted answer to state that it solved his/her problem. Something in the form of "Thanks, that solved my problem" or "Yes, ...
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StackExchange secret pages

So I recently learned about the review page. What other unlinked goodies pages exist?
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Speaking of LaTeX editors

Currently there are 505 questions tagged lyx, 184 tagged emacs, 92 tagged texniccenter, 89 tagged vim, 47 tagged texstudio, 54 tagged winedt. Producing La/TeX from the command line is theoretically ...
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Should we wait a bit before accepting answers?

There are a few questions where an answer has been accepted really quickly. In at least one case, the question got an answer after 20 minutes and had an accepted answer less than 30 minutes from being ...
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Explicitly indicate the reasons why answering a just-do-it-for-me question

I already said that answering just-do-it-for-me questions gives a wrong signal. Moreover, it makes this site become a just-do-it-for-me(-for-free) service. Indeed, it leads to comments like this ...
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Up-vote & close as duplicate — good thing to do?

I often see a question that is a duplicate, but the question is well-stated and good in general. So I ask: is it correct/encouraged/frowned-upon/... to up-vote a question at the same time you vote ...
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Should we have a wiki tag for LaTeX core?

As we all know extra tags need a lot of work, especially re-tagging of old posts. However there are a number of questions relating to the LaTeX kernel that do not fit in with the existing categories. ...
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How to deal with robo-reviewers?

The following is taken from What are the review queues, and how do they work?: The review queues (also known as review tasks) contain posts that possibly need community attention, as determined by ...
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How to end the “unanswered” status of really solved questions in the comments

Probably this is a duplicate of 221 unanswered questions but now there are 1408 unanswered questions! This mean that the problem far from being solved, is getting worse. A frequent type of very old ...
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MathJax boilerplate

We had a MathJax question just now that was unceremoniously closed as off topic. As it probably should be. But I feel like we should, if we can, direct the questioner some place elsewhere there ...
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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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Should we use package names as tags?

That is, if a question is about a particular LaTeX package, or the accepted answer is, should that question be tagged with the package name as tag? I think this could be a good habit.
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Should we migrate AUCTeX questions if/when Emacs.SE goes live?

Emacs.SE (currently in beta but is anticipated to graduate) has a pretty active auctex tag going on. As TeX.SE is about the underlying TeXnology (and not really the editor), should we encourage new ...

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