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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 ...
141 votes
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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 ...
210 votes
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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 ...
70 votes
6 answers

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 ...
Yossi Farjoun's user avatar
16 votes
6 answers

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 ...
nox's user avatar
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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 ...
Bordaigorl's user avatar
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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?
Francisco Dutenhefner's user avatar
13 votes
3 answers

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, ...
texenthusiast's user avatar
18 votes
7 answers

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 ...
TH.'s user avatar
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17 votes
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New users - How to do good questions and answers?

I am a new user of 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 ...
Emanuel's user avatar
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33 votes
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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 ...
Martin Tapankov's user avatar
23 votes
2 answers

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
12 votes
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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 ...
Charles Stewart's user avatar
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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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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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