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Should we make the actions of “user” Community more advanced?

I have seen many questions bumped to the homepage by Community ♦. Many of the bumpings are very good: they tell us of unsolved questions which we can't find out in the set of more than 11k unanswered ...
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Edit the comment(s) of an OP

I ask to the more experts of TeX.SE if there is the possibility of editing the comments of users, without having to write or observe some errors of typography or code with another comment that could ...
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What NOT to do when you're trying to help a newbie?

Now that the 4th prof. van Duck's article is in press; it's time to think to the next one. Barbara Beeton suggested to me to read this article: https://latex-ninja.com/2019/02/26/guest-post-...
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Section for MWE while asking a question [duplicate]

Recently a lot of new users do not provide a compilable MWE as part of their question because it is not mandatory. This must be made mandatory by providing a new section for MWE as part of the ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

This is, in a certain way, a reiteration of Henri Menke's question/request "Please add more off-topic close reasons". At the moment of writing this, this question has one highly voted answer, which ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do-it-for-me asker inappropriate?

Recently I commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with something like "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" Now the ...
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Maximum daily vote: 41 today and 39 yesterday?

Yesterday somehow I can only vote 39 times, and today it has just told me that I have voted 41 times so I'm not allowed to vote anymore until tomorrow: You can see that by a simple subtraction: ...
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How is it possible to answer a closed question without asking for it to be reopened?

This question was closed by a prominent contributor with 87 gold badges including the boxes badge (which tags this question) at 4:48 pm. Another prominent contributor with 9 gold badges himself, but ...
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Draft function of a stand-by question

Does there exist a possibility on the site to save a draft of a question I am writing up, such that it will remain even if I leave the site but come back to it later?
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Community wiki: simple and exhaustive explanation

In relation to a question already asked What does "Community Wiki" mean?, what exactly does it mean? I, for example, have not understood why this option exists. Am I already included in ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. When you look at the wording, you may notice that this question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers with their default settings (these compilers would ...
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Graphs on the duration of access to the TeX.SE site for professional training

In a previous question A clock into StackExchange to access time counting, given the numerous frequent changes and updates by the operators of the site I would like to know if there is a possibility ...
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Breaking the language barrier How to provide guidance for mwe in another language

I was dismayed nay surprised to find that I cannot web translate a page from this site due to its underlying structure. My intent was to point a shared link to a translator for the MWE guidance but ...
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Delete others' comments on my own post [closed]

If you use social media, you may know that all comments others posted on your own posts can be deleted by you if you see that it is unnecessary. I know TeX.SE, or SE in general, is not a social media ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Support questions about overleaf off-topic?

We got several questions on the main site about compilation and maybe other problems with Overleaf, an online LaTeX-Editor. Most of them got closed as off-topic or another reason, with comments ...
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What was wrong with my question?

Today I noticed that one of my questions ("How to check which command was used to load a .sty file?") was deleted. As the two consecutive downvotes, after nearly two months, without any explanation ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Yesterday I down-voted the answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/343572/177954 because the websites where the images are from are not disclosed. I left a comment explaining this. Today I noticed ...
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Code in title; word 'LaTeX', 'TeX'

Let's consider a brother site of our site, Math.SE. \begin{feature-request} \item [Monospaced code in the title] Math.SE, of course, is specified for mathematics, so the reason why MathJax is ...
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Should I make minor edit in the code in the question to make it compilable? [duplicate]

Consider this question: Parallel arrows along a curve with tikz. The OP's code is clearly not compilable. The preamble of the code is not shown. However, we can add a single line \documentclass[...
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Responding to several commenters

On occasions when there are several commentators on a question or answer it can be useful to give a particular response to more than one of these, but SE only allows a response to be directed to a ...
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How to print question and answer [duplicate]

I asked a question and got several comments and answers which I wanted to print as hard copy (the paperless office is an enduring con). My browser is Firefox and when I pushed the Print button it ...
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Multi-line texts overlaps in comment window

Today I was typing a comment to reply a user. However, when I was typing my comment, I saw that -- with (might be due to) the new-interface -- overlapping texts which makes it hard to read (all of a ...
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Has the size of the text in TeX.SE decreased?

For about a week I have noticed some small worsening on the visualization of the site TeX.SE. As you can see from the rectangles that I highlighted with the color orange, the text has a smaller size ...
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Captcha it is often only for my account?

I wanted to understand if Captcha, computer security codes to distinguish between humans and bots, often happen to me in this period when I have to add an answer on the site TeX.SE. In the last week ...
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How to set up viewing preferences to automatically exclude postings of certain specific users?

Just as it is possible to automatically highlight postings if they are "tagged" with various keywords, it is also possible to ignore postings if their tags are on a user-specified "ignore list". ...
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Extracting code, uploading code and typeset result

I have difficulties working with TeX.SE. My OP system is Ubuntu and I use Firefox as my browser. Folk ask questions and and supply a MWE but I haven't found a way to get the MWE so I can try it out ...
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A question about ducks and other animals

I'm just out of curiosity. Why people here (TeX.SX users) love ducks so much? What's wrong with other animals, like dogs, cats, birds, fishes, geese, swans, marmots, penguins, or much more other ...
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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 ...
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What is a duplicate of what?

I'm sorry for the confusing title, but let's consider the following two questions, which are recently modified on the main site: (1) Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX? Asked in ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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When does it make sense to post an additional answer?

Suppose you see a question, which has an answer of which you think it solves the problem. Assume further that you'd now an alternative way of answering this question. Meta-Question: Under which ...
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Favorite a question

Is there a way to know who favorited ★ a question? If yes, how? If not, why does it have to be 'private information'?
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Why does the site attempt to track my web browsing?

Firefox (64.0) which I always use in private browsing mode and with tracking detection enabled, indicates that tex.stackexchange.com makes attempts to track my web browsing. edit: this happens ...
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Revoke reopen: correct procedure

Is there a possibility to revoke one's vote-to-reopen a question? What is the procedure and the correct indications to follow?
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Guidelines for clicking the “upvote”-button/Knowledge test/What is a reputation system worth where people get “upvotes” based on sympathy?

From time to time I see flawed answers in this forum which are not really suitable for accomplishing the task described in the question and which nonetheless get a lot of upvotes. Therefore I suppose ...
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Reputation on Comment Votes

If our question gets upvotes, we gain our reputation. People think our question is useful or good, so they 'award' us reputations. If our answer gets upvotes, we also gain our reputation. That means ...
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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 ...
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How do I get reputation?

Why is there no reputation tag? I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.
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In what case should we downvote questions/answers?

I know that we should not downvote all bad questions/answers. So in what case should we downvote those questions/answers?
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Question: Are you all reading about Donald Knuth, “The Yoda of Silicon Valley” in the New York Times today?

Don't miss the article. No MWE for this one.
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Children's photo in the profiles

I've been observing that some users insert images of their very young children. Some photos are probably either downloaded or taken somewhere. I was wondering if this is correct considering that I, ...
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

An interesting issue has arisen with the question How to use Georgia as a font in LaTeX? In the OP's original question, (s)he demonstrates with a code snippet how (s)he is able to use the Georgia font ...
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Let us have some TeX-mas fun [completed]

I hope we all know that Christmas is fast approaching. This indeed means that \begin{holidays} with a hope that it never ends \ldots but \ldots \end{holidays}. So, before we start celebrating ...
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Your special moments in TeX - LaTeX StackExchange

This question does not relate to TeX or LaTeX. I wish the question is answered not only by high-reputation users, but also users having lower-reputation. Once you have enough reputation to answer, ...
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Proposal to add “academic honesty” to the code of conduct

When reading the code of conduct of this site, I was a bit surprised not to see any explicit mention of "academic honesty" there. According to how I read this, you can shamelessly copy tricks or code ...
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Why are the eminent contributors in such a hurry to close questions?

Here are two real facts that show that prominent contributors close questions without taking the time to read them carefully and verify that they are really a duplicate question. First issue: Look ...
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How can one lose reputation by posting a comment?

This is to report a curious effect. I just lost 2 reputation points (not that I care) and my indicator shows The linked post is a deleted question, and all I did was to add a comment there. This is ...
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When exactly did TeX.SE graduate? [duplicate]

TeX.SE is listed on Area 51. However, the right-hand column only references that "this site launched ... 8 years ago." It was proposed on June 2, 2010; had a commitment start on June 22, 2010; went ...
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Explicitly indicate the reasons why answering a just-do-it-for-me question

I already said that answering just-do-it-for-me questions gives a wrong signal. Moreover, it makes this site become a just-do-it-for-me(-for-free) service. Indeed, it leads to comments like this ...

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