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Welcome to TeX.SX!

Welcome to TeX.SX, the free, community driven Questions and Answers site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Here is some information to help you get started and to make ...
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Text building blocks

There are some replies that are used quite often. For example, the first reply to many questions is a demand for a minimal example. These replies should typically include a link with additional ...
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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Core concepts ❧ Cooperation with editors and non-TeX ...
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Should high-rep users hang back a little?

This is meant to start a discussion on etiquette and sustainability. It is very clear from looking at the answers that the first-page users are very quick to answer most questions. This of-course is ...
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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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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 ...
Andrew Stacey's user avatar
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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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Inadvertently driving off new users

What is the proper way to deal with an incorrect answer from a new user? For example, this answer is incorrect. At the time, I was tempted to not respond because I didn't want to discourage the ...
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Can someone explain the homepage new look?

Can someone explain the new look of the Tex.StackExchange homepage and what is displayed? I could find no reference to the changes and did not know who to ask. I think I get the Here's how it works ...
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New users - How to do good questions and answers?

I am a new user of tex.stackexchange.com and probably this could be a stupid question, but is there any information about how to pose good questions and make good answers? I think it could be useful ...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

I catch myself answering questions that are not well asked (without MWE, question not clear to everybody,...), sometimes with comments that request exactly what's missing, because I think I understand ...
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Why can a new user post an answer but not a comment?

We can read here that there is a minimal reputation to comment a post. But there is no minimal to post an answer! I believe that an answer is more important than a comment.
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

Posts on StackExchange are closed for numerous reasons, and ticking of the right box for the exact reason might not always fit the question quite right, or the reason might sometimes be very vague. ...
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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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Notifying the user when they are about to post a "give me the codez"-question

We get questions like this all the time, where someone wants us to draw something for them in TikZ or some other graphics package, without providing a minimal working example. I'm wondering whether ...
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Unique usernames?

Question: Beamer TikZ generating two slides The questioner (apparently a new user) seems to have exactly the same username than me: I just wonder how this is possible. Aren't usernames supposed ...
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Maintain motivation for new members [duplicate]

While looking through old questions I noticed the majority of questions is answered by around a dozen of people. New questions reach a stunning short answering time, which makes it difficult for ...
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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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Does it really take 15 rep to upvote an answer to your own question?

(StackExchange thinks my question is subjective and likely to be closed. =) I just got this comment "Will upvote you once I get 15 reputation (shame that you can't even upvote an answer to your own ...
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Closing questions of new (inactive) users?

I started to notice a lot of new users post their first question and, then, disappear. They don't close their topics (by accepting an answer). It is created lots of unanswered questions (although ...
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Convert mailing list users to the Stack Exchange engine?

I'm new to public mailing lists, other than those at my workplace. I was browsing the pgf-users mailing list and I find that many of the questions come from end-users. Such questions perfectly fit the ...
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Bug in how new user status is calculated

These, I suppose, are relatively exceptional circumstances1 that the designers of the stackexchange network didn't necessarily think about, but it seems that there is a bug in the calculation of new ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

It is so frustrating to have so many first posts that miss a MWE or simply show lack of understanding of the style of a Q&A site (vs a forum). To avoid the tedious comments and big duplication of ...
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New User posted a "question" in "Answer" Section which was deleted

A new user posted a sort of question in the answer section: A better \pm symbol and this got deleted. Will that user still be able to see the comments so that he knows to post a new question? If, ...
Peter Grill's user avatar
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"Welcome to TeX.SX!" might be misleading as such a website doesn't exist

The often seen "Welcome to TeX.SX!" message for new users may look like a URL to someone and therefore get used in such a manner ("hey checkout TeX.SX, it's cool"), but the website called tex.sx is ...
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Recommending deletion

It happens fairly frequently that some one with very few reputation points posts an "answer" to a question that the community feels was more suited to being a "comment". Some one then starts an action ...
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Welcome to new users, HN edition

We've had 13 new users in the two hours since this Hacker News story was posted. Should any of them chance to look at Meta, welcome to tex.sx. I wonder if Hacker News is a good place to attract ...
Charles Stewart's user avatar
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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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Where should we pose a question? Tex-Latex + Meta-Tex + Stack Overflow

I am a new user and my first question was migrated to this site of Meta - Tex. I didn't yet understand how do we have to pose questions with these different type of sites: TeX - LaTeX, Meta - Tex, ...
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Author unregistered

I posted a answer here: Angles in three dimensional space But in that post, the author is "unregistered". How can I specify that response as being posted by me?
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Why can't I upvote posts when my account is new?

To upvote answers or questions I have to have 15 points. To get these I have to first create questions. I don't understand the reasoning behind this. Does creating questions make my upvotes more ...
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Template for (some) questions?

Use case: Joe TeXer comes to TL&Co and asks: Why doesn't feature X work on my computer? I've been trying to do this for hours, and my thesis is due tomorrow! Help!!!1!1!1!!!1111one And, of ...
Martin Tapankov's user avatar
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How to make an account?

How can I make an account? The Welcome to TeX.SX! page suggests "please consider registering your account", without saying how. If I start from tex.stackexchange.com the option "help" presents me ...
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Insert an image into a MWE of a question or answer

Why don't some users add images when posting a question or answer? I believe that, at least for me, sometimes when the question is not very clear, the drawing helps to understand what you want. Do you ...
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