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Where does the on/off-topic line lie for TeX-SX?

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Do we follow StackExchange rules?

I ran across the following question on the hot question list: Nice scientific pictures show off By StackExchange rules, this question is clearly not suitable. It is far too broad. Also, it is a "...
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Are Asymptote questions on topic?

I asked a question about Asymptote which was closed as off topic. Asymptote: convert triple to array I believe it fits within the scope of the site in much the same way a pure metapost question ...
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Are “Is this good typography?” questions on topic?

Are questions along the lines of the following one on topic here? Have look at these 1-3 sample pages of my document. <sample pages as images> <maybe some TeX code> 1. Is this ...
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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?

I sometimes recommend non-TeX solutions to questions here. For example, pdftk, pdfcrop, and imagemagick are tools I've recommended. My standard has been that I'll only recommend the non-TeX tool if ...
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How do we feel about MathJaX/jsMath/other spin-offs?

Although the answer to this question turned out to be about text versus maths mode, it could so easily have been about something specific to MathJaX. It is probably inevitable that we'll get ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

This question got reopened and I question its reopening: Why is LaTeX so complicated? I can't but see that the question is so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively. This makes it "bad" ...
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Why does TeX.SE exist?

I am asking this purely out of curiosity: Why is there a specific Stack Exchange for TeX? There is no HTML.SE, Python.SE, Java.SE, etc. It appears to me that all other programming languages (and ...
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Where should I ask programming questions regarding lilypond?

I could imagine two places. https://music.stackexchange.com/ or https://tex.stackexchange.com/ Therefore the question is, how much TeX-alike is Lilypond. I have the feeling, that I would get ...
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What should the policy be on typography/design questions?

Recently, JCL asked a question about Edward Tufte books. It's definitely not about "TeX or any of its descendants … TeX distributions … [or] (La)TeX related software", to quote the FAQ, and so it'd ...
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Speaking of LaTeX editors

Currently there are 505 questions tagged lyx, 184 tagged emacs, 92 tagged texniccenter, 89 tagged vim, 47 tagged texstudio, 54 tagged winedt. Producing La/TeX from the command line is theoretically ...
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Is a question on setting up a CTAN mirror on-topic?

I want to setup a CTAN mirror but didn't get far after reading https://www.ctan.org/mirrors/register/ . I'd like to post something like Idiots guide to setting up a CTAN mirror as a question on tex....
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Should we migrate “What is this font?” questions to GraphicDesign.SX?

In Stack Exchange podcast #57 (at the 9'30'' mark), the team agreed that questions of the type Could you please identify this font for me? are on topic on the Graphic Design site, which "graduated"...
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Is it allowed to ask LilyPond questions here

LilyPond is a language for typesetting music. It's not actually LaTeX and requires knowledge of music notation. But it is integrated with LaTeX and has a lot of in common with it. Is it allowed to ...
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4 'off-topic' close votes for my question on Texmaker

I see that my question Prevent Texmaker from stealing focus after compiling a LaTeX document? received 4 close votes, all arguing that the question is off-topic on this StackExchange. I also see on ...
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Is a software request appropriate?

I'm looking for software to read and write "structured" mathematics. Would such a request be appropriate for the Tex page?
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Non-English questions

Edit: No one complained about the German question https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/61549/natbib-biblatex-styling-help for two hours, so I'd like to clarify what our position is (the votes below ...
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Is the following a suitable question for TeX.SE?

I have an idea for a question, but it's rather non-standard, so I thought I'd check here whether it's suitably on-topic to post. Title. "Find-the-error puzzles in LaTeX!" Answer. For a bit of fun, ...
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To what extent are code-review-style questions welcome?

Being new to this stack, I'm curious whether the community welcomes questions that present a problem and (working) solution, and subsequently ask whether there are better alternatives to the approach ...
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Can I ask a question about the pdf format to solve a tikz issue?

I am having trouble with tikz's way of handling colors in patterns. It seems that the problem is linked to the pdf code written by pgf at system level. Following @DavidCarlisle advice, I read some ...
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It is appropriate to point out (really) bad style that would otherwise be off-topic to the question at hand?

Say you have a new user of TeX systems, presumably migrating from more DIY editors. Let's say this user does something like the following: Why can't I make the Tex logo? \documentclass{article} \...
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Why are “typography” and “best-practices” possible tags but are not mentioned in the list of “What topics can I ask about here”?

The question came up, when this post How should I typeset the physical dimensions of quantities? got closed for being off-topic. We discussed it in chat, and it seem to be a bit tricky. That's why I ...
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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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Are questions related to speech recognition to write TeX off-topic?

Example: How can I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to write LaTeX math formulas by voice efficiently? The question is TeX-specific, and I believe could be of interest to many TeX users, but indeed no ...
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Is a question regarding 'drawing packages with math support' acceptable?

I would like to ask if the following question is acceptable in our main site. It is directly related to LaTeX but it is not about it. I would like to ask it in our main site because I believe that ...
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How to flag a question concerning a software bug

How should I flag questions that are about software bugs only and, therefore, off-topic here? I am a contributor to the JabRef reference manager and, thus, am following the JabRef tag on this site. ...
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Where, if anywhere, do 'promotion' questions belong

In the comments on a related question about 'big lists', dustin asks about the fact that his question on promoting LaTeX got moved from the main site to meta. In general, the meta site is for ...
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Where usage meets TeX

We recently closed a maths usage question, Can I use both of setbuilder notations in one article?, which asked for whether it is acceptable to use two different comprehension notations in one article, ...
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Are questions about Mendeley on-topic?

I've answered two questions about Mendeley recently: How to cite in LaTeX using Mendeley? and Changing cite name in .bib files generated from Mendeley. I think they might be off-topic, but I can't ...
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Are questions about TeXmacs on-topic?

In tonight's review queue, texmacs does not interpret commands, https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/195741/texmacs-page-header-alignment-and-page-numbering, Creating hyperlinks in TeXmacs, and ...
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Are questions using markdown with LaTeX allowed?

Using converters like Pandoc, it is possible to use a substantial amount of LaTeX in a markdown document and convert it to a PDF. Are questions involving such use cases allowed on this site? And if ...
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Should questions be to the point or provide context?

In the past I asked questions on SE sites with as much brevity as I could. I did not want to distract readers from my actual question. But this often led to answers and comments along the lines of "...
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Would a question about choice of font size be allowed?

I am a programmer who saw this site "from" StackOverflow in hope to ask here for help with a specific problem. The reason I post this question here is because I fear that my question might not fit ...
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Are “Markdown to Docx using Pandoc” questions on topic?

I wanted to make sure whether this site would be an appropriate form to ask a question regarding Pandoc. Specifically, I'm using Pandoc to convert Markdown to a Word DOCX file so would the main site ...
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How on-topic/off-topic are questions about 'tricks' with (La)Tex editors?

I have a couple of questions about getting something tricky (well, maybe) done with WinEdt. But the 'Tour' does not make it clear enough how on or off-topic such questions are. Is this kind of ...
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Typesetting and typography related questions

Is it acceptable to ask general typesetting questions on TeX.SE, even if not TeX- or LaTeX-related? If not (or maybe even if so), is there another or a better place where such questions belong? For ...
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Should we have some more expository questions?

I thought it would be helpful to have some of the extreme power users explain some of the finer points of TeX in some more expository questions. Something like Andrew's nice question "When to use \...
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Are questions about related applications ok?

For example this question is very specific to OS, editor & viewer inverse search integration. Is this appropriate question for this site? Should this be on superuser instead?
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Why not use Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I use HTML/CSS since 3 years and I used often Stack Overflow to solve problems about it. Anyway, I'm a beginner in LaTeX world and I discovered LaTeX site in Stack Exchange. I ask me, Why not use ...
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Are “How to convert <format> into <latex>” ok questions?

I wasn't sure about this question over here. It was about TEI xml markup of books and the question was how to automatically process it to latex. Are questions about processing docbook, texinfo, ...
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Where do questions about printing go?

I would like to know some basic information about printing, like types of paper, ink, their differences. Are these kind of questions appropriate for the site? If not, could you suggest another ...
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Are questions about Python-Sphinx documentation TeX markup off-topic?

I recently asked this question: How to display an underscore literal in math mode?; It was voted off-topic. Based on https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/69421/how-can-i-render-mathematical-...
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Question about correct typesetting

I have a mathematical exercise written in LaTeX and it seems ugly to me. It is ok to ask what would be the best (and most beautiful) way to typeset it? The exercise in question is the following: \...
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BibLaTeX Tutorial: May I show you my example *before* publishing it

I want to do a BibLaTeX tutorial (Video, YouTube) with a step-by-step explanation using TeXmaker and also the command line. Would it be appropriate to show you guys here my example before I do the ...
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Do we allow questions about Lout?

Do we allow questions regarding the Typesetting language Lout on this site?
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Are questions about using geogebra off-topic?

I have a question about using Geogebra to create a diagram that will later be included in my LaTeX document, but the question isn't directly related to LaTeX. Does that make it off-topic? If so, are ...
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Moving a TeX topic off SO

New here... shouldn't this be migrated over to TeX.SX? My reading of that post over there as well as the accepted policy answer over here suggests it probably can be moved it's seems an off-topic ...
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Are questions about building binaries of (La)TeX tools acceptable?

During the definition of the site in Area 51, this kind of questions were actually an example of off-topic questions. I bring up the topic because we've just got a question about compiling dvisvgm in ...
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What stack is appropriate for discussing the art of writing journals?

I had a specific question: Should the authors refer to themselves as We would like to thank the technical contribution of Dr. Sam Adams... or The authors would like to thank Dr. Sam Adams ? I ...
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Is this question about TeX software appropriate

I looked at the FAQ but couldn't quite tell if this question is appropriate. I want to ask for advice on how to fix TexWorks on my computer. I installed Miktex which came with TexWorks, but tried to ...
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Can one ask for TeX related software recommendations here?

There is a dedicated site for software recommendations here on Stack Exchange but I'm not sure people there may know much about something like CDLatex. I'm looking for a Latex IDE for Linux which ...