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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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A place for short questions and small ideas/suggestions?

While traversing the site, I had, on numerous occasions, an urge to share an idea, or to ask a short question that's not worth enough to make a separate post out of it. I know this is what meta is ...
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Should we avoid the [discussion] tag?

At the moment we've got 62 questions tagged with [discussion] on meta. I believe that this tag is insignificant and should be avoided if not even removed. The main purpose of the meta site is ...
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When questions are converted to communiti wiki - how should we treat existing answers?

If an author or moderator would change a question to community wiki, already existing answers would'nt be converted automatically. Should we convert also the existing answers? All, or just the top ...
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Promoting TeX, LaTeX and friends

What can we do to promote our site? All ideas would be very welcome. Andrew already suggested something in Go back to your constiuencies and prepare for public beta! Let's extend it and continue. ...
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Template for (some) questions?

Use case: Joe TeXer comes to TL&Co and asks: Why doesn't feature X work on my computer? I've been trying to do this for hours, and my thesis is due tomorrow! Help!!!1!1!1!!!1111one And, of ...
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Things to do on a slow day at TeX-SE

Somehow I get the feeling that the influx of new (and good) questions is rather slow. So I have a few suggestions here for you that might give somebody a good idea how to spend a useful hour building ...
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How do you keep track of your StackExchange involvements accross different sites?

I'm not 100% sure this is the place to ask this, but what tools (notifications over RSS, email, desktop widgets, browser plugins or something else entirely) do you use to keep track of what happens on ...
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Numbers required for the 'difficult' badges

If you take a look at the list of badges, several of the more challenging ones need an awful lot of votes/views/whatever. I guess that the values were set for SO, but wonder if they are likely to be ...
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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 ...
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How to promote good answers from new or unpopular community members?

[This would probably cause some controversy, but let's see what people think. I am certainly in a conflict of interest when asking this, but I try to be fair.] I'm all for receiving good answers to ...
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[Mod page] Choosing 'flags' means that other option vanish

A moderators-only issue, and tiny but still there. From the 'mod' page, if I choose 'flags' then the other options all vanish. So I have to go back to get at them, whereas if I pick another option ('...
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What to do with the 'latex' tag?

As we now have moderators, it's probably a good time to address the 'latex' tag. There are a few questions where this does seem to make sense (such as LaTeX versus ConTeXt versus plain versus ...). ...
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Merging questions

Now that we have moderators we can merge duplicated questions. If a question is closed as a duplicate, should it be automatic that the questions be merged? Should there be a delay of a day or so to ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Is this question about TeX software appropriate

I looked at the FAQ but couldn't quite tell if this question is appropriate. I want to ask for advice on how to fix TexWorks on my computer. I installed Miktex which came with TexWorks, but tried to ...
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Cancel asking to close?

This is probably very obvious, but if you vote to close a question which is subsequently edited to improve it (say to clarify how it's different from another one), how do you cancel your vote?
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Remember to comment

Just a reminder: remember to leave comments when voting down or voting to close (or vote up a comment that's already there if you agree with it). If you don't think much of a question or answer, it's ...
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Oddity with tag synonym interface

Not really a question, but an observation designed to reduce frustration: I just went on a tag pluralization spree, converting list to big-list or lists as appropriate and footnote to footnotes. ...
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How to manage big lists?

It has been more or less accepted that big-list questions can be useful and are welcome in the site. But I think we should try to define some guidelines on how these questions should be handled by the ...
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When is (and isn't) it acceptable to edit?

Update: Sort of ironically, this question has been left unedited for a while, even when there seemed to be some consensus in the answers below of the kinds of edits that are acceptable and those that ...
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FAQ request: encourage use of [big-list] meta-tag

The About meta-tagging qn tried to help us reach a policy on meta-tags. I'm not convinced by Jeff's argument, but I'm relaxed about losing most of them, with the single exception of the [big-list] ...
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Why do I see questions answered, when I chooses “Unanswered”?

When I select the "Unanswered" group I get a lot of questions that have one or more answers. For example Is displaying comments disabled? is answered last month. What is the meaning of "Unanswered"?
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What about these stylized tags like SO has?

Over in SO there are some tags that have little icons in them ([Android], various Adobe related tags, etc.) which are both annoying (why should Adobe get extra advertising for free?) and nice (easy to ...
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Can we get SmartyPants?

Ok, so being a (La)TeX fan (most days) I'm also kind of a typography freak and I feel dirty when answering questions and typing boring "quotes" instead of the “educated” ones. There is software that ...
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Shall we have our own mini-CTAN?

This is a proposal for a sort of a middle ground between the image hosting and the LaTeX sandbox. I have lots of bits of LaTeX code lying around in my files, and every-so-often a question evokes an ...
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Editing the tag wikis

We appear to be in the midst of discussing tags and the issues surrounding them, so it seems an apposite time to bring up the tag wikis. Coming from MO, this is new to me (actually, MO may well have ...

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