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Should transient *TeX questions be discussed here?

I asked a question today, is CTAN broken?, and was "told-off" for asking a transient question. So, I put it to us, users of TEX.SE. Should transient questions (questions involving the moment, that ...
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My comments are disappearing [closed]

At least two comments I left today have disappeared. For the first, I figured I just forgot to submit the comment, but it seems extremely unlikely that I'd have forgotten to submit two. One was a ...
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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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lipsum, filecontents, and friends.

Lockstep brought up an interesting idea in a comment. Is it perhaps possible to either create a page or a section in the FAQ the explains the common diagnostic tools? By diagnostic tools, I mean ...
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Are open questions like many Community Wiki questions on StackOverflow allowed?

I was wondering whether a question on the benefits of a TUG membership for students and people's experiences is something that would fit on tex.stackexchange.com. It obviously has no real answer, it's ...
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Total votes don't match

I just found https://tex.stackexchange.com/reputation from this answer. It shows that I have 541 total votes. My user page shows 844 votes. There are 536 lines in the reputation page showing my ...
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Can we export questions to TeX?

When I read a question and want to take a stab at answering it, the first thing I do is create a *TeX file. I copy the original post's snippets into the file, as well as some information about the ...
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What to do if two answers together answer the original question?

I have asked a question and there are there was one answer that mostly solved the original problem. In the comments to the answer, I asked how one would fix the remaining problem. It was answered but ...
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Multiple answers to the same question

Is it acceptable to answer a question multiple times, or should that be discouraged? When I have multiple answers to a question, I tend to just edit my answer and provide them (or sometimes I'll ...
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Questions turning into non questions

Is there anything that you think should be done with questions like "How can I change the legend's location in a pgfplot?" which turn out to be answered by the questioner and for which the correct ...
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New user greeting.

With all the talk about branding I wondered what the new user greeting on our site is. So I logged out and was greeted by: Welcome to Q&A for expert users of TeX, LaTeX and other related ...
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Nearing the end of public beta …

(This is really "For Your Information" rather than a question) According to Area51, we're 11 days out from "being evaluated". You can see our current rating here. We get 3 "okay"s and 2 "excellents"...
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How do I handle answers that should be comments?

Okey I am a bit new to this whole thing and at a loss. I have have made a question, someone has answered and then someone else who doesn't have enough points to comment on that answer makes a new ...
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Ideas for Outreach

Even more important than "Elevator Tag Lines" (what's an elevator?), are ideas for reaching TeXers no other site has yet reached. I'm probably biased here, but I think that one great segment of TeX ...
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Which answer to accept if the answer with solution is based on an answer with the important insight?

Let's say that someone only gives a hint and someone else, perhaps even the asker, then creates a full solution based on it. Which of the answers should be the accepted one? On the one hand, it ...
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Why are there so few ConTeXt questions?

We only have eight questions that are tagged [context]. I thought ConTeXt was more popular than that. There even seem to be more questions relating to “pure” TeX and Plain TeX. I can think of ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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How do I vertically align an inline image?

I just used this image in a question, and I think you'll agree that it would look much better if the image was lowered a bit. I tried the html code <img src="http://mathurl.com/332t642.png" style=...
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Is troff/groff a “friend” of TeX

I have several TeX vs. troff/groff questions and surely there are experts on here that would know both. Not wanting to have a question rejected/closed due to the *roff nature, are these acceptable ...
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Usage of the lipsum package in answers

I've notices several times people have been using \usepackage{lipsum} in answers as a space filler. While this is great for demonstration purposes when the document is going to be immediately ...
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Can we have an on-the-fly LaTeX parser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: We need Tex markup… Can we have the option of rendering particular snippets of (La)TeX code? I think it would greatly help beginners with associating commands with the ...
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Idea for TeX, LaTeX & Friends contests

I've been thinking about this for some time, and Will Robertson seems to have a similar idea to get stuff done by others, rewarding them with reputation. So, in short: part with your hard-earned ...
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Back to figures

Sorry to drag the discussion back to figures... I think that many questions and answers would be assisted by the inclusion of an appropriate figure or two. A rendering of the latex or a screen ...
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How's about removing the 2-day wait before bounties?

Unless this sort of question is discouraged, I'm not sure that a two-day wait before bounties can be set is really that sensible. Why not let users burn their rep if they so desire?
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Can we have some linking etiquette and guidelines?

I have observed several posts that say click here or here or here, which I find quite annoying since it requires the reader to click or hover over the link to find out what the author was referring to....
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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 ...
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What does “Community Wiki” mean?

Apologies if this is obvious, but I'm new here. I see the term "community wiki" bouncing around a lot and have no idea what it means. Maybe my reputation is not high enough to have access to ...
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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 "...
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Opinion on editing community-wiki posts

That answer is wrong about using ConTeXt in a commercial environment. Now there are several options: a) post a comment below that this is not true, b) edit that community wiki post to delete that ...
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New tag: write18. What's the consensus?

I have to say that I don't like it. It feels too specific. The question in question is: Is it possible to compile a *TeX document with a single command?. I think that in this case, there's no need ...
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Trivial point about tex.se vs. tex.sx

Most folk seem to prefer tex.se to tex.sx as our interim name, but: .se is an actual country code and .sx is not any kind of top-level domain; and tex.se is a registered, though unused domain: state: ...
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Deleting a question that's likely to be unimportant very soon

I asked a question about a possible bug in hyperref. Looks like this bug is likely to disappear in a few days, rendering this question pretty worthless except for the few people who installed TeX Live ...
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Why can't votes be changed after making them?

After I up- or down-vote something/someone, I notice that I can't later change my mind. Why is this? I've certainly had reason to have a change of heart!
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What is “% accept rate”?

The title really says it all...how is this number computed?
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Where are the moderation tools?

The FAQ states that at 2k rep, one may delete closed questions and access moderation tools. Similar to this question, I don't see anything new that would indicate that I have additional access. What ...
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Tagging of questions concerned with publisher style guides

A trickle of questions is appearing concerning how to write Latex (not yet Plain Tex or Context) in conformance with some journal or book publisher's style: using AMA reference style while using the ...
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Are questions about building binaries of (La)TeX tools acceptable?

During the definition of the site in Area 51, this kind of questions were actually an example of off-topic questions. I bring up the topic because we've just got a question about compiling dvisvgm in ...
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How can I highlight code differences

Sometimes a code snipplet included in the original question is almost working, but not quite, and only requires a small fix. But sometimes it is important to show contextually where this fix goes (...
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First FAQ section: What kind of questions can I ask here?

This topic belongs to the more general discussion: What goes in the FAQ? I'll make a start with the first FAQ section. Here is my proposal, following the FAQs of SO related sites: What kind of ...
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Text building blocks

There are some replies that are used quite often. For example, the first reply to many questions is a demand for a minimal example. These replies should typically include a link with additional ...
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A question that has been retagged is listed as being edited. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing tags causes questions to be active As the tag is really metadata, a question should not be shown as edited simply because it has been retagged. This is really a ...
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Changing tags causes questions to be active

It seems like simply changing the tags for a question shouldn't cause it to be active for three reasons. There isn't really any activity on the question. Some metadata that I suspect most people don'...
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Show total up and down votes

The faq claims that at 750 rep, one can see the total up and down votes. I don't see that when I look at questions. Where is this information displayed?
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This SE Site Can't Identify Me [closed]

My email address is soonhui.ngu@gmail.com, and my SO profile here. But I am identified as user972 here at Tex SE site!! I think something went wrong with the account association when I first ...
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Merging `figures` and `diagrams`?

We currently have two tags which apparently address the same object --- figures and diagrams. While there's a semantic difference between the two (in content/representation), it's all the same for ...
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Why so much concern over tags?

There are many meta questions related to the various tags. I don't understand why they're useful in the first place. I see two situations: 1. the question author uses a descriptive title and so the ...
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Which expression is more common and defining for LaTeX commands - command or macro?

I've seen many questions using the word command or commands. There are also questions writing macro or macros. Regarding tagging, which should be the master and which the synonym mapped to it? Until ...
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How to mark environments in tags?

Should we introduce { and } in tags, if it's possible, technically? It would be useful to mark environments, like {itemize}, {center}, {table}. We could distinguish {table} environment questions from ...
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Tags for document classes

I suggest we introduce tags clearly showing that a document class is concerned. book-class would be clearer than just book and would not interfere with questions regarding books - those made of paper....
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Backslash in tags

We've got some tags with command names like newcommand, input, noindent, newline and more. Do we need a preceding backslash in those tags? Commands always begin with \ and are a common subject for ...

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