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Questions tagged [etiquette]

This tag is for question about etiquette in questions, answers and comments of this TeX site. This subject is closely related to the general Netiquette. This word might be looked up in the Wikipedia.

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Preferred way to answer own question that already has an answer

Say I've posted a question about something I consider more a general pattern than a specific problem, and that question already has an answer that sketches a solution idea. Based on where the problem ...
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Informing new-users about the MWE

Often (or mostly) we all encounter, when a new user asks a question that there is no MWE (done that myself). Also, we mostly ask them to post an MWE via comment. So, apart from giving a tour of the ...
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

I am wondering what is the etiquette regarding Te[X/ch]nical questions asked on the main chat room. I have indeed seen people (including myself) posting their questions on the chat and being answered....
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Etiquette for poorly researched questions?

I would like to open a discussion on this matter, because to the best of my knowledge, there has not been an answer covering, poorly researched questions in Tex SE. For clarity purposes I am not ...
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Is posting of a job offer allowed? [duplicate]

Is it allowed to post in TeX.SX a job offer, if I represent a publishing house looking for a professional capable of making books in LaTeX?
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Job advertising?

Is there an appropriate spot on here to advertise a latex-related job/commission? Alternatively, would it be appropriate to privately message some users and invite them to apply for a job/commission? ...
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Asking existing questions differently to improve findability

Recently, I wondered what the algorithm for the placement of floats in TeX is. So I searched this site for "float placement algorithm" and did not find a suitable question - at least not directly. ...
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Should I add a new answer or edit a previous one

Two solutions to the same problem have occurred to me within a few days. I tried to add the alternative solution, but the system suggested to edit my previous one. Should I add a new answer or edit a ...
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Best information to include when a MWE isn't 'possible'

Just want to preface this by saying I understand and agree with the importance of including a MWE, but I am curious about the best information to supplement a question with when a MWE would only ...
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Recommendation for new users

Here at TeX.SX and Meta.TeX.SX we have some questions and bundles of answers too about etiquettes, e.g. on downvoting on closing on suggested edits I can not add and link all of them, just for ...
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Can I accept two answers?

Suppose I ask a multi-part question, and two different people answer two different parts of my question. Is there a way to accept both answers?
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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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Etiquette for adding answer that does not merit existing bounty

On more than one occasion, I have had my attention drawn to a question because of an existing bounty and decided to add an answer, even though I know my answer should not be awarded a bounty. Do I ...
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Recommended policy of answering in case of an unresponsive user

I do not know how to treat such questions as this one https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/150006/changing-to-a-vertical-table-in-latex. It is not a beginner's question. Moreover, many patient ...
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Should we have a Grace period to avoid premature Voting to Close and Reopening Cycle

Although I have got sufficient reputation for Voting to Close, I rarely use (personal choice of course**) for a Q which is live on front page screen and less than 24 hrs old and for first-time users, ...
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Why we should not use “Thanks” and why should we use it?

I am a new user and find hard when I get the answer to my question and I have this restriction "do not say "Thanks"". I want to say, but I shouldn't, so I give an upvote (now I can). I want to know ...
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When should I start to give back?

So far I think tex.se is a great resource for any LaTeX issue I have. Answers given here has been of great value to me, but I started to feel a bit guilty. So far I have only been taking from the ...
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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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How Ethical is it to Use Actual Institution or Commercial Brand Names in Examples?

In some examples in the main forum, I have seen code examples which contain the following scenarios. Using names of actual institutions, where the institution is no way a known-to-everyone one. Using ...
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How can I ask for more attention if an answer hasn't been provided yet? [duplicate]

In a recent thread of mine (this one), no answer has been provided yet. To give a short outline: I am basically concerned for the issue to produce n.d. for citations and bibliography items when no ...
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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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First post questions: Good reviewing practice

In light of related questions Is the "First Posts" review queue partially broken? and First Post review process broken. As suggested by Charles Stewart and mafp. I am listing out some ...
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Is it appropriate for the OP to ask for an MWE as his Question?

The title pretty much says it all. Is it appropriate to ask a question for a minimal working example of some over-arching concept? (My specific case would be to put a title on a beamerposter, for ...
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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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Why is “thanks” inappropriate at the end of a question?

This question seems to indicate that it is inappropriate to say "thanks" at the end of a question, but does not provide justification. In a question I once asked, such thanks were removed and I tried ...
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Is it okay to edit other answers to a question I have also answered? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it (and isn't) acceptable to edit? Say for instance, I have upvoted an answer but wrote another answer for more reference. But OP commented on the answer I upvoted ...
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How soon should I accept an answer and when is it appropriate to accept a different answer?

How soon should I accept an answer? As I understand it, you should accept the answer that is most helpful. Often the first answer I receive fixes my problem, but then someone else posts an answer ...
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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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How do I best get multiple correct answers clarified?

Concrete example I was glad to find that my question was already asked and answered here: How to make Latexmk use makeglossaries? But there are more than one(three) seemingly correct but different ...
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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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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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What is the preferred way to contact a package author?

I was wondering about the best way to contact an author of a package with a question or even a feature request. Just email the address in the package pdf? Ask others about it on tex.sx to make sure ...
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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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Etiquette question: blanking spam posts

Whilst browsing a question ( Why cannot I compile `\documentclass{minimal}\document . \enddocument` ? as it happens), I noticed that there is a spam post there. It has been deleted so is not visible ...
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What kinds of non-author edits are welcome here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it (and isn't) acceptable to edit? Quite often non-CW questions and answers are edited and corrected by users who didn't write the original text. The edits range ...
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Are “exotic” (package) tags useful?

Yesterday, a question was asked about Numbering figures and tables by their section. My answer, which was accepted, used the chngcntr package which allows to change the resetting of counters. I had ...
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Downvoting old, weak questions

From the 221 unanswered questions's comments thread: One thing to keep in mind in this context is that there is some automatic deletion of old unanswered questions without upvotes. – Hendrik Vogt ...
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Should we close more questions as “not a real question”?

Please reprimand me if it's against etiquette that I'm using a particular question as a peg: This question was asked in good faith, but when I see the present state of it, then it seems that the OP ...
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Hello. Don't say hello.

One of our Text building blocks used to say: Welcome to tex.sx! Note that it is unusual to have any greeting. to put as a comment under questions which start "Dear all,". To me this comment ...
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Policy on verbose question titles

From my understanding, editing question titles to correct the spelling or fix the grammar is acceptable, while the substance is to be left alone. However, just now I stumbled upon this question. Its ...
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Improving editing suggestions etiquette

With great power comes great ... etiquette. The new system whereby people without enough reputation to edit stuff can still do so if someone with enough reputation approves it is intended, I suppose, ...
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Rules about linking to external pages

What are the rules about linking to external pages, which might be commercial? For example I referenced The TeXBook and wanted to link to it, so that people who don't now it can find it better. The ...
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Policy on labelling questions as “updated”

The FAQ encourages editing one's own question "to provide status and progress updates. [...] This will naturally bump your question". However, what is our stance on additionally labelling the edited ...
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Should I flag for moderator attention if a new user asks a question in an answer?

This question is very much related to my previous post about new users who post non-answers. I'm just looking through my comment history and see some comments on "answers" in which new users asked new ...
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Should we have some more expository questions?

I thought it would be helpful to have some of the extreme power users explain some of the finer points of TeX in some more expository questions. Something like Andrew's nice question "When to use \...
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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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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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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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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 ...