Questions tagged [questions]

This tag for questions about, well, questions: how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, and so forth.

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Fun questions (contests/social events) which require coding: Main or Meta?

As Ulysses suggested in the comments of their question: TeX Art Fun - Mandalas, I think the Community should decide if fun questions of that kind (i.e. contests, social events, etc.), which require ...
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Is there a fast way for a user to delete all of their content?

Let's assume that a user wishes to move away from TeX.SE and intends to delete all of the content they created up to the legally possible limit. Deleting tons of comments, unaccepted answers and ...
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Meta.meta: how should the community decide on the thresholds to meta questions?

How should we handle meta questions that ask for a yes/no answer that potentially affect the whole tex.se community and set a threshold on the number of positive (or negative) votes for a clear "yes" (...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. When you look at the wording, you may notice that this question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers with their default settings (these compilers would ...
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Favorite a question

Is there a way to know who favorited ★ a question? If yes, how? If not, why does it have to be 'private information'?
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

An interesting issue has arisen with the question How to use Georgia as a font in LaTeX? In the OP's original question, (s)he demonstrates with a code snippet how (s)he is able to use the Georgia font ...
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Does creating a chat room for TikZ/PGFplots discussions help eliminate the do-it-for-me or bad questions?

Recalling that tikz-pgf and pgfplots tags are the top and fifth most mentioned in questions on the main site, I wonder if it is a good idea to make a chat room solely for TikZ/PGFplots discussions, ...
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Asking a seemingly duplicate question in case of not being able to find the original

Many times, simple questions came across my mind, which made me google them to find their answers. However, since I am not a native English speaker, I might not be able to find the right discription ...
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Wouldn't it be helpful in the future if the TikZperts ask the OPs to write down the name/description of the requested drawing?

This question figure looks familiar to me since it is relevant to the heat conduction through the material, which is related to what I am currently working at. So, I wonder if it is possible or ...
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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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Can TikZ/PGF experts be lenient with the existence of MWE?

As a novice TikZ user, I can only draw some lines after spending hours reading the TikZ manual, which made me go with Adobe Illustrator to quickly draw what I want despite the ton of features I left ...
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Bounds on the questions/answers ratio

I originally arrived here from the mathematics stackexchange website. I'm also interested in TeX, but I am by no means an expert. I found out I have asked 10 questions already, and provided 0 answers. ...
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Is there anyway that I can send the link of my question to someone requesting the answer in SE?

At the end of the question there is an option like Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. But I could not find an option to contact ...
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Questioners not responding to answers

There are (many) occasions where a questioner does not respond/acknowledge any answers to their question. Currently an answerer is prohibited from given any kind of recognition to their answer even ...
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TeX and friends FAQ posts

There are occasions where I see a new question and know it's one that is asked frequently, yet we don't have a comprehensive question-and-answer(s) to address it. It would be good if we could ...
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How to handle completely rewriting questions instead of asking follow-up questions?

First of all: I do not want to blame someone, so the example here is only an example no statement against a person! Have a look at this revision 3 to a question: As you can see, someone asked a ...
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Should I ask one question with many requirements instead of many questions on same topic?

When I make fillable form using hyperref package, I face many problems and I sometimes don't get wanted features. So, then I ask a question in this site for this feature. When someone give the ...
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Am I being too lazy in asking this question?

Prospective question: How can I use LuaTeX to detect the position of a math symbol (unary vs. binary, after/before parantheses) in order to put a custom amount of spacing around it? Essentially, this ...
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TeX questions on StackOverflow

Before you close this question as a duplicate: I know that the common sense in the meta answers is "TeX questions on Stackoverflow are on-topic there and we separately answer questions, even if they ...
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Asking for the sake of learning or debugging my own solution to already-solved-problem

Many times I ask questions after I failed to come up with my own solution. So, how nice is it to ask a follow-up question for knowing what is wrong with my code not for solving the already-solved-...
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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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How can I know whether an answer is obsolete?

While I was looking for some information, I found a question about the exact problem I'm having. Unfortunately, the provided solution requires manually spacing row heights. And I'm a bit unsatisfied ...
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Updating a question, vs. asking a new question

I asked a question, and a discussion started in the comments, "Why would you wanna do that", etc. After a while, I figured out the answer to the question, which I posted as an answer. However, that ...
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Why are the bounties irreversibly spent?

I always wonder why bounties are irreversibly spent and can't be claimed back in the following cases: the awarded question is appreciated by many upvoted (suggestion for full claim) the question is ...
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Is it better to ask in the high traffic time?

I notice the traffic of TEX.SX is heavy, for example, from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM UTC. So, is it a good idea to wait for that time to ask a question to get enough attention/support from plenty of ...
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Should we avoid “gimme the codez” questions? [duplicate]

At Stackoverflow and other coding-related sides, it is kept a best practice to avoid asking and/or answering questions which simply ask to get the code for a particular (often oddly specific) scenario....
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Renaming question for better search results

I really can't imaging nobody has asked this but since I wasn't able to find anything I bring it up. Would I be appropriate to rename Questions to improve search results? For example: Coloring ...
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Can one use TeX.SE to “promote” ones package

I'm wondering if it allowed/ethical to "promote" ones package on TeX.SE? Evidently I'm talking about free and open-source packages so not with a (direct) financial benefit. The idea is that many ...
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Is it okay to ask a question requesting information on which existing packages provide “a general way to make new brackets”?

There is a question which shows how one can draw a new bracket style using pict2e, and then apply it for use as a bracket: Nice curved brackets (in the shape of \prec and \succ) There is a question ...
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Why are poor questions still upvoted and answered?

Today I found another example: How to make a 16-gon?. This question shows no research effort whatsoever, yet it has been upvoted with a net of 4. Not only that, it has been answered by 3 different ...
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Referring to new, similar questions in old posts

I recently asked this question because I found answers to previous versions of the question unsatisfactory. I phrased the new question in a way that referred to the old questions and made clear why I ...
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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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How do I add 4 spaces to all the code when I want to ask a question?. Im doing it line by line(It take me a lot time) [duplicate]

I have a big code and need to ask about it. How in the space for the question do I avoid adding 4 spaces to each line. I need do it faster.
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Why do old questions suddenly reappear as recently modified?

I quite frequently see old questions reappear on the front page of TeX questions, under which it says "modified Xm ago". Here's a current example: But when I look at the question, in this case An ...
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What is the best method to capture latex output for questions and answers?

I have seen questions and answers posting output from latex that appear to blend in well with the site. In looking at the html/css underlying these posts, it appears that all that is required is to ...
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Single question: Find the package Doc?

Today another question came up on how the documentation for a command or a package can be found. There are some similar ones, but all different in a way: LaTeX, package documentation look-up Finding ...
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Should we edit popular questions to be 'model' questions new users can pattern after?

There are several top-visited posts that aren't great models for new questions: No room for a new \dimen How do I fill table cells with a background color? Remove ugly borders around clickable cross-...
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Can I ask a “Comment my macro” question?

For someone like who is just starting out with TeX programming, it can be hard to produce quality code. I try to read as much as I can from various guides, but often my code may look dirty and ugly to ...
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How do I close a question?

I would like to close a question in order to make clear that it does not need any further answers. Where can I find information on how to do this?
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An edit has been suggestion to a post of mine. How do I accept it?

When I ask or answer a question and someone edits my post, how do I accept the edit?
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Our Do-it-for-me and Draw-it-for-me comments don't reflect our hypocrisy. Can they be improved?

Yes, we don't like people pasting something and asking how can I do this? or if it is TikZ, PSTricks, Asymptote case how can I-draw this? without even making a template of a TeX document, let alone ...
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Deleting own question when I “lost interest”

I asked a question, it has no answers and I don't consider it useful anymore. I have a feeling that it would be a waste of time if someone tried hard to make a solution now. Should I better delete it ...
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Should we have a big list question “What package are you working on”?

I'm getting the impression that a question of the type "I've written this package. What do you think about it?" is not well suited for the mechanics of this site. Currently there are two questions of ...
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A single question for configuring editors to do LaTeX/Biber compilation?

We have various questions from people wanting to set up their editor(s) for use with Biber, or struggling to get the LaTeX/Biber/LaTeX workflow to work: see for example Biblatex, Biber, and LaTeX: ...
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Changing stock comment for “'just do it for me' graphics questions” [duplicate]

Edit: @percusse asked a similar/the same question here, and there seems to be a bit more uptake on that version of the question, so perhaps this question should be closed as a duplciate of that one. ...
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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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Non reproducible problem

I asked yesterday a question about a problem I encountered. However the problem was in someone else's computer that I have very limited access to and the problem went away after a recompilation. It is ...
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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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Would these be considered duplicates?

Symbols for symmetric difference Vertical spacing between character and \hat Adjusting the position of \dot Should these 3 post be considered duplicates? To me, they seem to be asking the same ...
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“Share” link doesn't really link question

When inserting a "short permalink" (i.e., the one obtained by clicking the "share" link) into a question or an answer, as clear text, it is substituted by the question title: Do we like the share ...