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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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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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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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A plea to those who answer "just do it for me" questions: please edit question titles to be usefully descriptive as well

Dear people who like to answer "just do it for me question" (especially of the TikZ sort, but possibly others.) Many such questions have titles that are fundamentally useless for searching purposes. ...
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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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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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Is it appropriate to ask questions about the design of LaTeX?

I ran across a small curiosity when working today; specifically that LaTeX defines \coth by default, but not \sech or \csch. I’d like to know why. I think of the three functions are being very similar,...
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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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policy on "how do I draw this?" questions

There are several, I think unnecessary, questions of the form "How can I draw this?" or "How can I draw this in TikZ?" These add nothing to the site really. Sometimes there is some feature of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Re-tagging when editing question!

This is just a small request to all who do the great job of editing posts (especially questions) and improving the quality of the site this way: Please, always check whether the question is properly ...
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Why is "...Cthulhu-worshipping madman?" a great question?

Please do not click this link: How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman? If your finger slips, do not up-vote. Wikipedia writes: Cthulhu So what? What is ...
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Tagging: latex3 vs expl3

Several questions I’ve asked on TeX.SE have been related to LaTeX3 and Expl3, and I’ve found myself using both latex3 and expl3. This is probably redundant. When should a question be tagged latex3 ...
J. C. Salomon's user avatar
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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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Will there be an official "What's new in TeX, version 3.141592653?" question to go along with the 2021 TeX tune-up?

Back in 2014, a question was posted, asking "What's new in TeX, version 3.14159265?". I know that the upcoming version of TeX will have at least one important bug fix, and I think it would ...
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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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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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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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What makes a question appear under 'frequent'?

We have a few ways to sort through questions: newest featured frequent votes active unanswered Five out of these six choices are self explanatory, but I'm curious about the 'frequent' heading. How ...
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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 ...
Stephan Lehmke's user avatar
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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 ...
Schweinebacke's user avatar
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When is it Kosher to edit one’s own question?

While fiddling around an issue I’ve just met, I’ve discovered a likely related issue which needed another MWE and description. I wanted to edit my question, but that would mean nearly doubling its ...
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Deleting duplicate questions

In this question, Joseph writes "In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions." Why is that, when was this agreement reached, and do we still follow that? As a side question, ...
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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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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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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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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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Is this the right place to ask about mathematical notation?

For instance, I'm looking for symbols for the following ternary relations: f is a relation with source X and target Y. f is a left-total relation with ditto f is a right-total relation with ditto f ...
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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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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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Who tweets for tex.sx – and how would I know if I have been tweeted?

Please forgive my ignorance of tweeting, twitter, and other words matching tw.* I was editing one of my previous questions, and noticed that it had been tweeted This also happened to one of my ...
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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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Timeline of a question's views

I'd like to see how many views a particular question got, day after day, since it was posted; I'm thinking of something similar to a user's reputation timeline on his/her profile page. Such a ...
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How to "push" my question?

:) I posted a question on the main TeX-StackExchange-page a couple of weeks ago. I did not receive an answer, unfortunately, but the problem remains. Of course, my post disappeared somewhere into ...
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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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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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'Listening in' to a question

Maybe I'm missing here something... I believe others have had this issue before, too. So here it is: I can't find a way of following or 'listening in' to questions I am interested in. I'd like to get ...
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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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Can (or should) I post Latex examples on TeX.SE?

I am currently working on a custom table for a friend of mine and that question came up to my mind: Should I post it on TeX.SE to hopefully help other people? I didn't find a place to post Latex ...
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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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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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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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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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When is it better to revisit an old answered question?

Many times, I found my inquiries solved on the site by several answered questions. However, I believe (without solid proof) that the packages used in the solution have undergone bug fixes, updates, ...
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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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"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 ...
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