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How to end the “unanswered” status of really solved questions in the comments

Probably this is a duplicate of 221 unanswered questions but now there are 1408 unanswered questions! This mean that the problem far from being solved, is getting worse. A frequent type of very old ...
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Why were my edits rejected?

I improved two posts today to fix several capitalization errors and both were rejected with the following message: I'd prefer to keep barbara's style The suggested edits: is there a "size-...
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What would you like to read in a TeX.SX blog?

The new TeX.SX community blog has been launched. Which subjects do you suggest it should deal with? What would you like to see there? Which topics would you enjoy reading about - the site, the site's ...
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“Official” capitalizations of words from the TeX world

This is a detail, but in some instances I don't know right away how words from the world of TeX & friends are properly capitalized. While it's not necessary or "acceptable" to edit a post only to ...
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Should high-rep users hang back a little?

This is meant to start a discussion on etiquette and sustainability. It is very clear from looking at the answers that the first-page users are very quick to answer most questions. This of-course is ...
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Double backslashes disappear from code

Not the first time it happens on the site, so it's time to raise the problem in Meta. It is similar, but distinct from ‘double backslash + newline’ collapses to ‘single backslash’ when I hit ‘edit’ (...
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Best practise for answers which are for the community, not the OP (“tikz answer to pstricks question”)

I think that we should define a best-practise for how to handle answers to questions which are ... well, not answers to the OP. This is motivated by my own uncertainty: on the one hand, I like to ...
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Questions which are bug reports

From time to time we get questions which are due to clear bugs. In some cases it may be possible to suggest a fix: this is most likely for macro code. On the other hand, some of these questions are ...
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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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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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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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Respecting poster's style

When editing a question or answer, one usually fixes also occasional slips in capitalization, for example "Latex" into "LaTeX" or "Tikz" into "TikZ"; frequently one sees "i" for "I". If I interpret ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

It is so frustrating to have so many first posts that miss a MWE or simply show lack of understanding of the style of a Q&A site (vs a forum). To avoid the tedious comments and big duplication of ...
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“Just do it for me” text building block

We get a few questions that boil down to "just do it for me" (often, but not confined to, drawing questions). These can be highly irritating - especially if you've seen a few go by in a short space ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships — 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the TeX community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in advance. ...
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Should we “educate” (new) users by not answering until…?

I catch myself answering questions that are not well asked (without MWE, question not clear to everybody,...), sometimes with comments that request exactly what's missing, because I think I understand ...
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Adding the “accepted” mark to a question or to a comment

Related to How to end the unanswered status of really solved questions in the comments? There are a lot of question in the main TeX.SE like this with no real answer but with a comment that contains ...
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Do we want more migration paths?

When you're voting to close a question as off-topic for tex.sx, the question might still be on-topic for one of the other 84 Stack Exchange sites (as of April '12). If four out of five 3k users voting ...
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About meta-tagging

In a recent blog post, Jeff Atwood explains their new policy about meta-tags: From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged. But, what's a meta-tag? How do you differentiate a meta-...
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What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers?

I proposed in chat that we put together a "Best of TikZ on TeX-SX" package. There have been some really neat answers to problems developed on the site, and I think it would be nice to put them ...
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A LaTeX competition to promote LaTeX to the masses

I read this article Microsoft World Champion and it got me thinking. Many of us have read How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?, How can I convert my TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?...
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Most efficient workflow for displaying (imgur hosted) output of TeX & friends source?

Many seem to "effortlessly" (well, maybe it seems effortless because there's no effort on my part!) display the output of their TeX & friends source code in their posts. They must have some way to ...
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TeX.SX T-Shirts

The idea of TeX.SX T-shirts came recently up in the chat. Would there be any interest from people to buy one? The idea is that we designed it ourselves and have it produces. I just had a quick look ...
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What makes a good tag-wiki entry?

I've been adding some tag-wiki entries, (e.g. for memoir, polyglossia, and linguistics, and texshop). I'm happy to add more, but I'm wondering whether what I've done matches what people have in mind ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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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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TeX Stack Exchange swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 950 reputation and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://tex.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be ...
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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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What makes a good MWE?

Actually, when I was thinking about my next question and about to include one *.tex and one *.bib file in my MWE, I was looking for a MWE template here, but could not find one. But everyone here ...
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About RTFM etiquette

When is it correct to answer "Please, RTFM because this is what I'm doing to answer your question/comment?" I must admit that sometimes I answer not formally correct questions (without MWE, which ...
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“Draw this for me” etiquette

I'd like to have a pretty complicated LaTeX figure, animated (if possible) for beamer. I'm modestly proficient in inkscape and some tikz, but can't imagine how to start this project. I suspect that if ...
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221 unanswered questions

I've knocked a couple of questions off that list, but still, we are in a much worse state than we were when we left beta. IIRC, we had around 40 back then. The reason for them seems to be the drive ...
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Closing questions as exact duplications: 'best practice'

One of the concepts behind the StackExchange model is that questions which have the same underlying basis can be treated as duplicates, so it's possible to have a single place where the answers are '...
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TikZ/PGF answer package, Part 2

There is a great list of packageable tikz-pgf answers at the previous thread. So now we need to start thinking about how we move on from here. Some points to consider: Where do we host the code? ...
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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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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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Downvoting answers exploiting different approaches with respect to the initial question

Today, reading Color the faces of a graph I noticed that the OP downvoted Karl's students's answer and g.kov's answer. These answers, actually, do not use TikZ, but show how the picture the OP was ...
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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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Activity on this site vs. time of the day

Motivated by a comment by Barbara Beeton, I was wondering if there is a way to show the average activity on this site vs. time of the day? I am interested in a plot of the following type (I stress ...
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Are there questions where we can recognize that a MWE is not necessary?

Question Is there a class of *TeX problem where we can readily recognize that MWEs are not really helpful or necessary — so that we can avoid putting people off by asking them for one? If so, ...
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404/CAPTCHA/Error images

I knew I forgot something right before the new design launch today. I didn't get a chance to create custom images for the 404/Captcha/error pages on the TeX site. Do you have any suggestions? A ...
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Who would like to become a member of the TeX User Group, sponsored by Stack Exchange? [closed]

The initiative on meta Do we want Stack Exchange to become an institutional member of the TUG? got a great response. It quickly became the highest voted question on meta. This fact and the well ...
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Adding tags to a question in accordance with a provided answer

A number of tex.stackexchange questions deal with citations and/or bibliographies. Sometimes an answer will be provided that uses the biblatex package although the enquirer has not specifically ...
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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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Bounty as 'thank you'?

Is it appropriate to use a bounty to say 'thank you' for an already-supplied answer? Will the site let you assign a bounty to an answer that exists at the time you read the question?
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Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

I am surprised that most questions have fewer votes than the answers. It often happens that a question has no vote, or even a negative vote, but the answers have several votes. As egreg says: if ...
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Should we wait a bit before accepting answers?

There are a few questions where an answer has been accepted really quickly. In at least one case, the question got an answer after 20 minutes and had an accepted answer less than 30 minutes from being ...
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How to deal with robo-reviewers?

The following is taken from What are the review queues, and how do they work?: The review queues (also known as review tasks) contain posts that possibly need community attention, as determined by ...
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Bug in the logo appearance with the new black top bar

With the new fancy black top bar, the logo of the site got mutilated. I believe that the following CSS fix would bring it close to the original state, however, I'm not 100% sure and IMHO the old ...
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Different formatting for certain questions

I just remarked that some of the questions on the main page are formatted differently than others. All questions which have been tagged with biblatex have a yellow background. Is this a new feature or ...

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