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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...