Questions tagged [policy]

This tag covers questions related to the policies of the Stack Exchange site.

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Questions which are bug reports, revisited

Some time ago, I asked how we should handle bug reports: Questions which are bug reports. The top answer at the time split questions into two Those which are asked where is seems clear that the ...
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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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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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A comment sort of answered my question, how do I marked it answered

So I made this question earlier pdflatex stuck compiling, gives no error and a commenter pointed me towards what could be wrong, I changed my document accordingly and now everything works. I want to ...
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Is there a standing policy on what to do with 'How do I cite...' questions?

Examples: Referencing a database How to cite a hardware catalog in bibtex Cite software/libraries using bibtex I can't quite articulate my exact thoughts on this, but I'm stuck with the quandary: ...
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What is the guideline about using code backticks?

I noticed that using inline code tags (`code`) is commonly use for names of packages or software (among other uses). But we could consider a name of a software (for example) is not code... Certain ...
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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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What to do with opinion based questions which are accepted by the community?

There are some highly opinion-based questions in the system which are accepted by the community (has positive votes), but won't have any real answers. I see a contradiction among disciples. An ...
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Policy: Including external images from copyrighted (sometimes unknown to us) documents

To make it for record/reference, It's somewhat related to unlicensed fonts In the following Q the OP linked a pdf document(All rights reserved by Author, but freely available via university handle) ...
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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 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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When should we discipline ourselves?

When should we discipline ourselves? (Also, I thought there was a way for the actual badge to show up, or am I thinking of tags?) My answer to a question is ugly and buggy, but apparently worked for ...
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Difference between "close" and "flag"

On questions, I have the possibility to vote for "close" (as duplicate, say), or to "flag" (as duplicate). Does is it make a difference?
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Should I worry about other sites "stealing" SE content?

Googling a phrase from Which font is the most comfortable for on-screen viewing? brings up three other sites featuring the same question: www.faqoverflow.com/tex/20149.html www.zqna.net/qna/ihnmrw-...
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Should we use a standard response about sticking to defaults for mathematical typography?

Questioners often ask how they can tinker with typography (particularly in math mode, particularly white space). In many cases the best answer is "Please don't - the defaults have been carefully ...
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Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs)

I've stumbled a few times across poorly written MWEs as part of questions, and realized recently that my take on what to do (edit it) isn't shared by everyone here (leave the question untouched and ...
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Multiple questions or single question?

When working on a document, I often end up with multiple questions. Should I club all the related questions together and ask a single question or break them into separate questions. All the questions ...
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Policy for deleting own answers

What is the policy, or what should the policy be, regarding own answers that are correct, but have no up-votes. Obviously, if you have no up-votes, then nobody find your answer interesting or good ...
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Questions which are feature requests

From time to time we get questions which seem to be feature requests for specific packages, editors and so on. In some cases the appropriate authors are active on the site and may report back that ...
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Questions which are bug reports

From time to time we get questions which are due to clear bugs. In some cases it may be possible to suggest a fix: this is most likely for macro code. On the other hand, some of these questions are ...
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Deleting comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we clean up obsolete comments? Sometimes a comment discussion appears under a question or answer. This quite often ends in some edit that covers the comments. Is it ...
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Writing a list of issues to a given answer (with lists and embedded pictures)

I wanted to write some hints and issues regarding Altermundus' answer in this answer. It would be quite longish and I'd like to include pictures and a list, so I have no idea what to do aboout it: It'...
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Should we eliminate the translation in other languages ​​that may not be necessary?

Please see the edit history of this answer first. Without intending to insult other languages, should we eliminate the translation in other languages ​​that may not be necessary?
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Deleting questions marked as 'too localized' or 'not a real question'

There have been a few questions flagged recently for deletion (for example pgfplots: I do not know the key '/tikz/nodes near coords' error, https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/44051/cross-...
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Flagging "not an answer"

Now that I have more than 10k rep I get notices from the system to agree/disagree to some flags. There is this answer flagged as "no an answer" https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/58895 but I disagree. ...
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What is a legitimate question about "(La)TeX related software and tools"?

It's clear from the consensus to close a recent question of mine about how to use LaTeX in MathType that such a question is not a legitimate question about "(La)TeX related software and tools"; but it ...
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Remove questions which are wrong

EDIT: Discussion is moved to meta.SO: Policy of questions which are wrong/have erroneous assumptions I could not find any discussion of this issue so here it is. I have been involved in helping a ...
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Editing question titles to make them less generic

There's been a couple of questions with titles like "bibliography problem" recently. Is it within the remit of those with editing privileges to change the title of the question to reflect the actual ...
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Should minimal examples be completed for the submitter if they only provide a code excerpt?

We had a situation today regarding this question. (See also the timeline). What happened: The submitter asked a question with a code excerpt only, without making a compileable minimum working ...
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Should I downvote spam?

When I see a spam answer, I flag it for moderator attention. Should I also downvote it?
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Dupes of SO questions?

What should we do about dupes of SO questions tagged with latex? Link to original question? C/P the answer from over there?
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How "elitist" should the site be?

Scott Morrison made a few comments in the domain name thread calling himself a "shameless elitist". I guess it's a good question to ask then: how "elite" is this site? Do we aim for every kind of TeX ...
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Asking a question and answering it yourself straight away

From what I understand, if you want to ask a question you know the answer to, you should at least give other people a chance to try and answer. This might bring solutions you hadn't thought about, but ...
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