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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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Etiquette on more than one correct answer

Here's an etiquette question where I feel that my default MO behaviour might lead me astray. There are two answers to this question. Mine, and caramdir's. I think it's fairly indisputable that mine ...
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SO versus MO model (possible FAQ entry)

I suspect that we'll get a large contingent of people here who are already familiar with the SO software, but as the SO/SE empire expands then these people may have different codes of behaviour. In ...
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User Table scrambled?

I'm writing this message under the alias of 'qbi', but that is not my name and not my alias, but the ID that I get shown when I visit meta.tex.stackexchange.com (due to a cookie, I assume). I ...
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Where can we find statistics about the site's progress through beta?

It would be useful to know what needs work at-a-click. Where can we read, gather, and/or store such information? It appears that we're moving from the answer-the-seeded-questions stage to another, ...
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Can we turn off math-tex please?

On the question How can I get rid of indentation after an equation?, the code block has had the bit between the dollars turned in to an image. Looking at the javascript scripts loaded via firebug, I ...
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Under construction: Seeding is going on!

I've been seeding some questions to the site, sometimes pretending to be a beginner, sometimes pretending to have some (nonexistent) problem with my thesis. I've written the questions in this way (and ...
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Feature Request/Discussion - Markdown to write stylised LaTeX

It could be interesting to get some markdown to write LaTeX as it is meant to be in any self-respecting LaTeX document (\latex) What do you think?
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I've just been asked to write a minimal example, 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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Should the reputation threshold to edit other people's posts be lower during the private beta?

If I understand correctly, even in the private beta phase, the reputation threshold to edit other people's posts is 2000. While I've been doing my level best to try to get there :-) looking at the ...
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How newbie-friendly should the site be?

I guess this is the counterpart of the elitist question but asking about the other side of the spectrum. How friendly should the site be to complete LaTeX and even operating system (say command line) ...
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Backslash in ticks in comments

Test one The test is to render a backslash in code block: Transcript: ....\\....\(KKK\) Rendering \\\(KKK\) Test two The test is to render a backslash in `backquotes` Transcript `\\\`.. `\(...
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Was there a question on punctuation?

I thought that there was a question on punctuation and maths on the main site; however, when I went to look for it I couldn't find it. Has it been deleted, or did it get lost in the database swindle?
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LaTeX sand-box?

Instead (or in addition) to having TeX markup eventually, we could also have a little LaTeX/TeX sand box apear on every page (possibly with a way to hide it) in similar style to LaTeXit! on mac. This ...
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Moderator Pro Tempore Nomination Thread

This thread is for nominations to be a temporary moderator to help the community get started. See this Blog Post for more details. Selection Criteria: Have a reasonably high reputation score to ...
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Augment the markdown syntax with some lightweight TeX-ish conventions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we get SmartyPants? Some examples that have been proposed is to be able to type ``quotes'' for educated “quotes”, as well as -- and --- for en- and em-dashes. Note this ...
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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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Can I set bounty on a question? How?

I'm new to stackoverflow. Do I have enough karma to offer bounty on a question? How do I do this?
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Down-vote etiquette

This follows on a bit from etiquette (particularly on voting to close). I got a down-vote to my answer to this question. I should probably make clear at the outset that I really don't care about ...
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Thinking out of the box?

I've seen a few cases where someone asks a question about doing some rather specific task A with some rather specific tool T and then an answer is provided which maybe doesn't quite do A (but probably ...
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Is there a way to see how someone typeset their question in TeX.SE?

This could be quite nice for newcomers and also when wanting to respond to a question with typesetting one could see how they did it and imitate. Of course there's the markdown guidelines, but seeing ...
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Where should images go?

I recently posted an answer and wanted to include a figure I made for it. I ended up putting it on my institutional account, but I realize that this is not ideal (since the account will probably be ...
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Should we use package names as tags?

That is, if a question is about a particular LaTeX package, or the accepted answer is, should that question be tagged with the package name as tag? I think this could be a good habit.
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Etiquette (particularly on voting to close)

It's good to get etiquette established early. I'd say that one big lesson from MathOverflow is that for people unused to the SO framework, getting a "vote to close" is like getting a kick in the face....
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How do I find out more about “public beta”?

This is the only of the new round of SE sites that I'm involved in (quite possibly the only one I'm interested in) and my main experience of the SE/SO architecture comes from MO [mathoverflow] so I'm ...
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Is displaying comments disabled? [closed]

I can't seem to be able to see/display any comments on https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions Is this a setting I can change, a feature or a bug? --EDIT-- When looking at this question it says add ...
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How long should the site remain in Bootstrap mode once it leaves Beta?

I believe that the default for a new site is to enter bootstrap mode, which is a state where reputation limits are relaxed while the site revs up. From the SE description: Bootstrap Mode helps to ...
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How can we attract experienced TeX hackers to participating on this website?

As pointed in the comment below there are two =) I wish for Knuth to pop in here one day ;-)
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How “elitist” should the site be?

Scott Morrison made a few comments in the domain name thread calling himself a "shameless elitist". I guess it's a good question to ask then: how "elite" is this site? Do we aim for every kind of TeX ...
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Why a daily vote cap on a new beta site?

As I've been voting on stuff posted in the beta (early and often), I'm getting a message about nearing my daily vote limit. When we're intentionally trying to seed the site with content, we shouldn't ...
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Advertising info link points to the current url

Not that I regard it as a particularly major bug ...
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What day is it today?

I've just hit the reputation cap (been a long time since I did that on MathOverflow) so all my incentives for answering or asking questions today have just defenestrated. Flippancy aside, when is the ...
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Automatic links to the CTAN catalogue?

Many of the answers will probably be of the form "Use package whatever to solve your problem." Wouldn't it be nice if we have some light syntax to make whatever point to the appropriate package in the ...
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Automatic capitalisation and typesetting correction for TeX, LaTeX and FrieNds.

It would be great for latex, tex and context and similar words be automatically converted to LaTeX, TeX and ConTeXt preferably even with proper baselines.
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Who's a robot? Not me!

I just got the "Hello Robot" screen, typed in the two words, noticed I'd mistyped one but my finger hit return too quickly for me to stop, and yet it got accepted! The mistyping was that I missed the ...
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What goes in the FAQ?

One of the seven essential questions is: what goes in the FAQ. We should bear in mind that no-one ever reads these things first off. Their purpose is so that when someone takes some action (like ...
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Is SE the right platform for the meta site?

In the spirit of "horses for courses", is the SE software the best platform for the meta site? At MathOverflow, they use a traditional forum for the meta site and I feel that it works very well. ...
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Can someone merge tags? (and singular versus plural tags)

Is there someone with the power to merge tags? If so, I propose merging "macro" and "macros". More generally, should we prefer singular or plural tags?
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Avoid using the “tex” tag

There is an increasing number of questions on the parent site which are being tagged with tex and latex. Although the second one could be justified in some cases, the first one doesn't have any sense ...
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Is there some trick to writing code snippets?

It seems, from the reference linked to my right as I type, that to put in code snippets I need to indent everything at least four spaces. Is there some easy way to do this automatically for a large ...
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Reputation linkage between main site and meta ?

Is there some linkage in reputation between the meta site and the parent site ? my meta.tex rep is tracking my site rep, without any apparent new activity in meta. I actually like this, but haven't ...
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Should we allow “summary of information” posts?

The question List of useful external tools has triggered a discussion about the kinds of questions that should be allowed on the site. Specifically, how do we handle questions that are intended to ...
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List of useful external tools [closed from site]

Hello! I was thinking that it would be great to make a compilation of external TeX/LaTeX tools available. I'll update this post as people answer and vote... Happy texing!
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LaTeX editing discussions that are editor specific

Will it be appropriate on this forum to discuss LaTeX editing issues that are editor specific? For example, the two responses to this question are Emacs specific. While AUCTeX and RefTeX make Emacs-...
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How to tag a question about a specific command

if appropriate, should we tag questions with the name of the relevant command (eqnarray, align) as well as the general topic (equations) ?
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What should the site design look/feel/smell like?

It's the obvious question: TeX/LaTeX isn't all about design and typography, but -- shall we say -- the conversation does tend that way quite often. Good design is first off about being functional (...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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Vote early and often!

I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial launch of MathOverflow. We should encourage everyone to vote ...
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Syntax highlighting

For syntax highlighting, StackExchange uses a general-purpose syntax highlighter (probably something like prettify?), which guesses what to highlight based on the most common languages: C-like ...
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We need Tex markup [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we turn off math-tex please? Why doesn't maths render as maths? ... but, until we get it, I have created a GreaseMonkey script for use here. http://userscripts.org/...

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