All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
45
votes
4answers
838 views

Welcome page needs more welcoming

We try to welcome all new users to the site by giving them a "Welcome to TeX.sx!" link in the comments of their first question or answer. But I've seen a few recently (here's one) where users comment ...
41
votes
4answers
1k views

A proposal to include a duck in our background image

Nowadays, TeX and friends are far beyond of just academic usage. I would like to propose the inclusion of a greyscale duck (courtesy of tikzducks) in our background image. This is the current image: ...
37
votes
1answer
360 views

Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs)

I've stumbled a few times across poorly written MWEs as part of questions, and realized recently that my take on what to do (edit it) isn't shared by everyone here (leave the question untouched and ...
36
votes
3answers
745 views

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 "...
32
votes
3answers
2k views

Why Metapost discrimination?

Searching for tikz on the main TeX.SE site yields 10,938 results. Searching for pstricks yields 627 results. Searching for metapost - only 213 results. A similar search for tags yields similar ...
27
votes
2answers
643 views

Quality Standards for Answers

This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site? This is a list ...
27
votes
5answers
429 views

Should we keep our TeX User Group membership?

I'm Pops, one of the newer Community Managers at Stack Exchange. We've once again come to the time of year when we need to renew (or cancel) our TeX User Group institutional membership. We're more ...
24
votes
2answers
582 views

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 ...
24
votes
1answer
474 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
259 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
503 views

Don't ask us about best practices, glom of nit, or Mrs Cake

There are a few questions on the front page that are basically asking for advice: Local central figures repository Which font should be used for diagrams/graphs/flow charts? Should I include ...
15
votes
4answers
447 views

Mark questions that led to creating a new package

Would it be interesting to have a tag to mark the questions that led to creating new CTAN packages? Something like a new-package tag?
14
votes
2answers
313 views

What is the best way for offering private communication to a questioner?

Somebody asked a question. I take solving the issue for a nice challenge which requires communicative interaction with the person who asked the question. I.e., I see several ways of approaching the ...
14
votes
1answer
200 views

How to go about resurrecting an old question that already has an accepted answer?

Quite a while ago I asked this question about biblatex receiving a "hackish" answer that solved my problem at the time (although it is certainly not perfect as I have to change the content of my .bib ...
13
votes
3answers
152 views

My first question was marked a duplicate, but I still need help. What now?

I posted this as my first question. It's been marked a duplicate of this question. However, I'm having trouble with the answers on the original, and I would like to get some clarification on that ...
12
votes
1answer
375 views

Poll: which are the “Cinderella” topics?

We all have the feeling that every TikZ post, even the most trivial one, gets a lot of upvotes. My question is: on the contrary, which are the topics that deserve more upvotes than the ones they ...
11
votes
4answers
267 views

Duplicates and closing questions.

This is in part a public service announcement and in part an invitation for discussion (see also the comments on Martin Tapankov's nomination). First the announcement: everyone with at least 3000 rep ...
3
votes
4answers
201 views

Should minimal examples be required, or just encouraged, for questions to be answered?

I just asked a question in which I included a small excerpt of my code that wasn't a standalone example, but enough to see the context (at least I thought so). In a comment*, I was asked to provide a "...
27
votes
4answers
1k views

Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
26
votes
2answers
3k views

Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?

This came up in a discussion of How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu. It seems to me that almost all users of Debian-derived OSes have two options when it comes to installing ...
24
votes
6answers
537 views

How to encourage people to send bug reports instead of using SX as kind of bugtracker, or at least send a bug report additionally?

This one is only one of many examples were a user has spotted a bug or incompatibility in one of my LaTeX packages. A (more or less) dirty work-around or patch is provided as answer, and the user is ...
24
votes
1answer
233 views

New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'unclear what ...
22
votes
2answers
233 views

Voting on a question that you answer

I've seen quite a few instances of folks going to the trouble of answering a question without up-voting the question itself. Surprisingly, the answer often continues to receive further up-votes, and ...
20
votes
4answers
799 views

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 ...
19
votes
2answers
1k views

What does the text around the title say?

This is a silly question, but if I don't ask it, it will bug me. I can recognise most of the text around the TEX title, except the elvish in the top right hand corner. What does it say?
18
votes
7answers
521 views

Inadvertently driving off new users

What is the proper way to deal with an incorrect answer from a new user? For example, this answer is incorrect. At the time, I was tempted to not respond because I didn't want to discourage the ...
17
votes
2answers
189 views

Message to package maintainers

The question How do I make the arrow -->-- using xymatrix? got an answer from one Ross Moore. I'm pretty sure that he's one of the maintainers of xy-pic. As part of his answer, he wrote: BTW, ...
17
votes
2answers
548 views

How to politely tell someone that his choice of answer is poor?

Recently, I was alerted to how questioners choose which of the answers best solve their problem(s). I observed that, especially for beginners, that they did not select the best answer from the ...
17
votes
5answers
531 views

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) ...
16
votes
1answer
166 views

What is our policy for reporting bugs (for the TeX family of software) that were discovered on TeX.SE?

What's our policy on reporting bugs for TeX, LaTeX, XeTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, and friends? The OP should do it. The answerer should do it. The person discovering the bug should do it. He might in fact ...
16
votes
4answers
524 views

How about a TeX.SX blog?

A recent StackOverflow blog post announced the lauch of blogoverflow: stackexchange community blogs. Do we think the TeX community wants one? I know several members already have their own blogs (...
15
votes
2answers
1k views

Still missing illustrations from Duane Bibby

There was a post by Jin asking what we should do for the captcha/404/etc. images. This was followed up by a post to main, in which we seem to mostly agreed that it would be really cool if we could ...
15
votes
4answers
347 views

Should hit-and-run question posters be penalised?

In my experience, some users (not necessarily new ones) tend to post a question, get an answer they are satisfied with (as evidenced, typically, by their leaving a comment that include a "thank you"), ...
14
votes
2answers
172 views

Asking existing questions differently to improve findability

Recently, I wondered what the algorithm for the placement of floats in TeX is. So I searched this site for "float placement algorithm" and did not find a suitable question - at least not directly. ...
14
votes
3answers
341 views

Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs) - the W part

I am wondering about a question which is closely related to the question with almost identical title: Editing Minimal Working Examples (MWEs), in which the focus was on the minimizing part. More ...
13
votes
3answers
274 views

What makes a good community advert?

The Community Promotion Ads - 2013 question has recently appeared on meta. In a comment there, tohecz points out that the stats for the 2012 ads show that older ads get far fewer clicks than newer ...
13
votes
5answers
289 views

Birthday Celebrations

It's not that long to our first birthday (July 26th), and it would be nice to mark it in some way. I'm sure that there will be plenty of silly ideas - save them for chat. Let's have serious ideas ...
11
votes
9answers
1k views

Preparing for Groundhog Day

As you probably all know, Groundhog Day is approaching. As usual, it will be on February 2. And since probably nobody wants to have a long period of lousy weather, I think we should be better prepared ...
11
votes
2answers
187 views

Etiquette: how long do we wait before voting to close?

Case study: How to obtain perfect greyness with TeX? This question makes absolutely no sense to me. I left a comment asking for clarification. On MathOverflow, I would vote to close with little ...
10
votes
4answers
173 views

Can moderators change accepted answers?

The title says it all, really. Why I'm asking is because I've seen some questions with accepted good answers, but there are better ones -- more accurate, and probably with higher scores. This is ...
10
votes
0answers
73 views

Link to editing help?

When asking a question, a sidebar provides an editing quick reference, and clearly points to the full manual. When answering a question, the "?" visual icon leads to the manual. At this site (as ...
10
votes
2answers
186 views

What exactly do we believe about Community Wiki posts?

Thinking about the concept and practice of Community Wiki more often than not these past few days as come to a head: what exactly does TeX.SX believe about community wiki? What questions count, and ...
9
votes
2answers
84 views

Automatic question's title insertion with link

I know how to insert a [link](link) in my questions, answers or comments, and I know how to use tex.stackexchange link button as explained in How do I create a link to an answer?. But I need to use ...
7
votes
0answers
188 views

Dictionary: Commonly Used English Acronyms and abbreviations at TeX.SX

Many times in chat or at the main site we discuss with each other using acronyms (short forms/jargon) of single-liners. In order to help new users, internet chat slang unaware users (myself), non-...
7
votes
0answers
248 views

Can I add your names to my book?

I would like to thank the following people for their expert opinions. I would also like to include a name-surname or a nickname if they allow it in my amateur radio test book. If you forget names you ...
6
votes
4answers
125 views

Some tagging questions

In total defiance of Stack Exchange rules, here are eleven questions compressed into one: what to do about the following tags? look-and-feel: What does this tag mean? (removed) foreach: used for the ...
6
votes
1answer
340 views

Policy on +1 comments

What is the policy on "+1" in comments? Should they be flagged? I think that "+1" should not be included in any comment because +1 is what you do with an upvote. It is meaningful to state what you ...
56
votes
1answer
687 views

Close voting is not a sport

We strive to be a friendly and rational community here, but the question below Reducing the huge space before the first line of the KOMA letter class was just closed as "Too broad". This is a ...
38
votes
47answers
1k views

Who wants to win a duck? Wait, what? [closed]

Introduction Hello there, fellow TeX.sx users! I'm organizing a lottery. The idea is very similar to Who Wants to Win a LaTeX Book?, but both the lottery algorithm and the prize are different. Let me ...
32
votes
1answer
396 views

How to propose a question as duplicate without closing it due golden privilege?

Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal ...

15 30 50 per page
1
3 4
5
6 7
14