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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

I was posting some question about this strange thing LaTeX is doing when I try to compile my thesis. Someone asked me to provide a minimal example that reproduces the problem. My thesis is now a few ...
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Welcome to TeX.SX!

Welcome to TeX.SX, the free, community driven Questions and Answers site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Here is some information to help you get started and to make ...
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I am a serial upvoter

I am Paulo. I am the top voter of the entire StackExchange universe. And I believe I fit the description of being a serial upvoter. It is my OCD. I like to upvote, it is one of my favourite hobbies ...
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New support package for MWEs

I often saw that MWEs which include images can be a little bit of a problem. There are no common images in the TEXMF tree which could be used. Even the famous PS tiger is not directly accessible. ...
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Why doesn't maths render as maths?

On some other SE sites, code in between dollar signs gets rendered as mathematics (using MathJaX, I believe). This doesn't seem to work here? Why not? And how do I get round it?
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How does one add a LaTeX output to a question/answer?

How does one add a LaTeX output* to a question/answer? *the thing you see in the PDF/DVI when you compile the LaTeX code.
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Make TeX.SX look nice again!

A collection of user scripts to make the main site look a bit better again, after the new design has gone live on August 3, 2018. The scripts can be used e.g. with Tampermonkey (Chrome) Greasemonkey (...
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How to write a MWEB (Minimal working example with Bibliography)?

Someone asks me to write a MWEB. How can I produce such thing? Explanation of the question's purpose: This question aims to complete the very useful other question "I've just been asked to ...
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What does "XY Problem" mean?

I have just been told that my question is an "XY Problem". What does that mean? What am I supposed to do?
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New package, selnolig, that automates suppression of typographic ligatures

Update 2013/05/28: The selnolig package is now on the CTAN, at http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/luatex/latex/selnolig. Comments and critiques always welcome! The email address you may use to contact me ...
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The Unofficial TeX-SX FAQ

Welcome to tex.stackexchange.com (otherwise known as TeX-SX or TeX-SE). This is the unofficial FAQ which we've put together to help you figure out how to make best use of this site. There is an ...
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What does "OP" stand for?

From the context in which I read "OP" in comments and answers, I understand that it refers to the person who asked the question, but I can't find any reference to the meaning of those letters, nor can ...
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Things to do on a slow day at TeX-SE

Somehow I get the feeling that the influx of new (and good) questions is rather slow. So I have a few suggestions here for you that might give somebody a good idea how to spend a useful hour building ...
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How do you accept an answer?

I have been "accepting answers" to my questions by up voting the good answers received for my questions. However, I have a 0% accept rate. :( Apparently, I do not know how to accept answers.
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How do I mark code blocks?

How do I mark code blocks, and how do I adjust syntax highlighting? Can I emphasize pieces of my code block? And how do code blocks in lists and blockquotes work?
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When and how to relicense code from StackExchange posts

After using LaTeX for many years, I recently found the need to learn about TeX to program a more sophisticated solution to a problem. This site has been incredibly valuable for this. Solving my ...
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What is the association bonus?

I was looking at my reputation timeline graph and I wondered about a spike of 164 rep I'm sure wasn't there before. Upon looking it up, I found an entry +100 : association bonus Does anyone know what ...
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how can i upload an image to be included in a question or answer?

can this question be added to the faq, please? i've spent several hours looking for the answer -- i know it's there, because i happened on it a couple of months ago, but didn't record its location. ...
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New user asking for TeX.SX usage tips and tricks

Since I am a new user on TeX.SX, I would like to ask the community for some usage tips and tricks to aid us in efficiently using the site and other stackexchange sites. I will include some tips I have ...
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I've just been told I have to post a follow-up question, why and how?

I'm new to this site and have a similar/the same problem as one already posted, but its answers do not work for me. I posted my issue in the same thread as the original, but someone commented I should ...
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Formatting Sand-Box

As per the SO question here (if you want to know how they did something there, take a look at the source, as per the hack documented here), I suggest that this (CW) question be used for testing ...
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User script for CTAN Package and TeXDoc.net buttons

I often like to link to the corresponding CTAN page if I mention packages in my posts. I always wished there would be a button which does this for me. I now hacked some Greasemonkey user script ...
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What if a comment answers a question?

In „Why does the use of microtype and xfrac lead to a high compile time?“ the comment seems to provide the best answer. If seen this also in other questions. What is the best way to accept it as ...
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When writing a comment, how do I ensure that the person it is addressed to gets notified?

Often I want to address a comment to a specific user. How can I do that? I've seen that I've got to use the @ symbol for this, but I didn't find the exact rules in the faq. Can I notify any user? Do I ...
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How do I mark inline code?

How do I mark my inline code in questions and answers, and how can I mark code in comments?
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How can I provide a better resolution of uploaded pictures created with the document class standalone?

Very often I use the document class standalone to created a cropped PDF for uploading to tex.stackexchange. However the resolution after the upload isn't very good. What can I do?
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Is there a possibility to have the previous design of TeX-stackexchange page?

Today I suddenly saw my personal information on the page very small and on the black background. It looks like a necrology! Additionally, not the same information as earlier appears. In particular I ...
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Why do code snippets not work after lists?

I want to insert a code snippet after a list but the code snippet is not a part of the list item. This is the first item. This is the second item \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \end{...
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My question has an answer which is of little use to me because of incompatibilities

Let's say I asked a question about problem X. Someone provides an answer how to solve problem X. I test their code and observe that it does not work for me because it is not compatible with something ...
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How can I turn off my view of deleted stuff?

"I can see dead people" I've recently acquired 'access to moderator tools', and, as a result (I think), I now get to see things that have been deleted. I realise that with great power comes great ...
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What does a name after a question represent?

I was under the impression that the name that appears on a question line is the name of the last person who either supplied a solution or made a comment on it. However, (at least) for the question "...
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How to print out a full q/a entry? Or forward it outside the stackexchange site?

using either firefox or ie on a windows xp workstation, i've tried to print out the full entries for several questions. however, any entry that was longer than could be accommodated by one side of a ...
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How can I change all links to river-valley.tv?

I have recorded many videos of conferences, including TeX conferences. For nearly 10 years I have been hosting these on www.river-valley.tv. The domain is now not under my control (long story), and ...
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Is it possible to search for a LaTeX command including its backslash?

I think a search for \widthof on any other command with backsalsh shows also results without considering \. Is it true? How can I make a search for a command and not for its name?
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Is full text search not working any more?

Just recently I was looking for some questions with a particular word in the title or the main text, but search no longer seems to find them. For example searching for the word "gender" yields ...
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How do you crop an attached PDF?

Once I posted a simple LaTeX code and the associated PDF output when I asked a question. Few minutes later some nice person edited my post by cropping the empty area of the PDF document. Since then ...
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New users - How to do good questions and answers?

I am a new user of tex.stackexchange.com and probably this could be a stupid question, but is there any information about how to pose good questions and make good answers? I think it could be useful ...
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Tracking my old comments

Not that I have a driving need for it, but I recently tried to track down an old comment (my own), and found no mechanism for it. Am I missing something?
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What does "-5 User was removed" mean?

I'm not sure what the reputation message "-5 User was removed" means? Is it that a user had upvoted my question and was deleted from TeX.SE? That would be funny because (as I remember) I asked two ...
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Cancel asking to close?

This is probably very obvious, but if you vote to close a question which is subsequently edited to improve it (say to clarify how it's different from another one), how do you cancel your vote?
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How to invite someone to chat?

I know this question may sound silly, but I haven't been able to find an answer. How the title states, is there a way to invite someone to chat from within a question? I mean, after an undefined ...
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How to produce application window recording for posting on the main site

Since this is a question-and-answer site strictly requiring a discussion to start with a question, I ask you whether you are interested in a recipe on how to record an application window and to ...
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Reputation for retagging

I'm not a 100% sure but I think I remember that sometimes retagging a question gave me 2 points of reputation and sometimes I didn't earn any reputation from retagging. Can anyone confirm this ...
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Do close votes expire?

According to the link within Cancel asking to close? we can not rescind our close votes. There was a popular question recently (I won't link to it because I don't want to be seen as rep hunting) that ...
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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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Can I undo marking a comment as a "great comment"?

Just fully trusting what was written there, I marked Joseph's first comment on this answer as a "great comment". Now Ulrike's comment told me that the first comment wasn't that great after all (no ...
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Does the 'Review' view update itself, or do I have to manually refresh the page?

Almost every time I go to see if anything is in the Review queue, there is absolutely nothing there. At first, I attributed this to a team of ninjas that devour the review queue before I can ever see ...
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How can we get valid TeX questions migrated from SO (as opposed to just closed on SO)?

I just saw that https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12681100/boxing-some-cells-in-tabular-enviroment question was closed on SO as being off topic, even after being flagged for migration quite some ...
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What limits are there on voting on comments and how do I tell how many votes I have used?

I'm not certain whether something has changed but I don't remember running out of votes for comments in the past. At least, I certainly don't remember running out of them at all often. Then yesterday, ...
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When will the first Generalist badges be awarded?

According to the Generalist Badge Implemented blog post, there must be at least 200 questions in all 40 of the top tags before this badge is awarded to anyone. Right now, our "tag no. 40" (margins)...
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