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TeX questions on StackOverflow

Before you close this question as a duplicate: I know that the common sense in the meta answers is "TeX questions on Stackoverflow are on-topic there and we separately answer questions, even if they ...
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What happened with `\\` on my answers [duplicate]

Suddenly, a lot of my old answers are being edited because instead of \\ in table or some other code appear \. joined with the next line. It is impossible that I posted so many answers with this ...
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American or British English

One of my answers was changed; I agree with most of the changes but it also involved changing from british to american spelling (specialised -> specialized and initialising -> initializing). As a ...
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Please add more off-topic close reasons

Recently I have started using Stack Overflow and one thing I noticed is that their close dialog is much more feature rich than ours. Let's see a picture of their "off-topic" reasons. Wow! This ...
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Are thanks-only comments appropriate at this SE site?

When reading the tour, I saw (in the section titled Improve posts by editing or commenting) a sample comment that only provided a thanks, nothing else. On StackOverflow I learned to avoid this. Are ...
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Should {bbl} be a synonym for {auxiliary-files}?

I've just encountered a question tagged with {bbl}. As far as I can tell this is no useful tag as most of the questions are either closed or deal with problems with bibliographical auxiliary files. So ...
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Zero-width non-joiners and and zero-width space inserted in code

Please look at my comments to https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/13716/30810: They cannot be copied and compiled because there are zero-width non-joiners and and zero-width spaces (‌​ ...
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Can the blog formatting be cleaned up?

I don't know how to contact the administrators of the tex-talk blog (which used to be the TeX blog on this network before that got closed down), but in the transfer from the SE network it would appear ...
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Why does downvoting reduce my own reputation?

I can't understand the reason behind it. By voting I participate on the site and in my opinion, downvoting should not be discouraged like that. There are already all these nice popups on the site ("...
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

I am wondering what is the etiquette regarding Te[X/ch]nical questions asked on the main chat room. I have indeed seen people (including myself) posting their questions on the chat and being answered....
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Organizing the tags {folders}, {directory} and {paths}

I was adding some wiki information to the tag texmf, and found to my surprise that the wiki information concerning the tags folders and directory are empty, too, and that the information for the tag ...
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Make {parenthesis} a synonym of {parentheses}

Stats on the two tags (as of time of writing): parenthesis: 33 questions total, 2 unanswered, no tag wiki written parentheses: 30 questions total, 3 unanswered, well-written tag wiki I came across ...
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Latex's need for a Helvetica package with full math support (for scientific graphics and figures) [closed]

I'd like to start a discussion with the latex community about the lack of a Helvetica-like font package that has full math support. From the research I've done, such a package does not exist, but many ...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

I have asked a question and opened a bounty to get some attention. Fortunately, I received two good but wildly different answers. The differences as I see them are: Answer 1 Seems like a more ...
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How tell who deleted an answer and when?

My question Plural cref to theorem-like environment, singular cref to enumerate item inside it had had an extended answer by @Mico. That answer disappeared as soon as I added a comment to the answer ...
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Closing as OT with custom reason: why not use the custom text in the close banner?

When voting to close a question as off topic, and entering a custom close reason, should not that text be used in the "closing banner" that is displayed in the post? Given that all close-voters use ...
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questions/366074/ and questions/366223/; I am speechless

It seems to be the community's fault that we give the readers an impression that you can ask anything and get answered, yet arbitrarily treat new users really bad. Create this Diagram/Plot in Latex ...
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When would one learn Latex, the right way?

How come that some people seem to know about everything about LaTeX? How do they get there? In my experience, I use LaTeX whenever needed to produce a paper (by now my diploma thesis), but I never ...
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Asking for the sake of learning or debugging my own solution to already-solved-problem

Many times I ask questions after I failed to come up with my own solution. So, how nice is it to ask a follow-up question for knowing what is wrong with my code not for solving the already-solved-...
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questions answered by pointing out simple typos

This comment by @Gernot in response to Solved by comment -> how to flag Not all questions are worth an answer or to be preserved, but nevertheless should be solved. Just think of the ...
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has the Community mandate for bumping questions changed?

consider this question: Is it possible to make xelatex to compile just once?. it has one self-answer, with one up-vote, and is more than a year old. yet it has reappeared with the banner bumped ...
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Solved by comment -> how to flag

I'm a bit confused about this procedure. I mean: I know that sometimes one solves the question in the comments, and the comment itself is something that need not be transformed in an answer. I also ...
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Please, can we stop closing questions before the OP had a chance to react?

Recently a new pattern is emerging that is worrying me. A new user asks a question that may need some clarification. Well, it's the first question in a new forum, often by a TeX novice, often by a ...
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Etiquette for poorly researched questions?

I would like to open a discussion on this matter, because to the best of my knowledge, there has not been an answer covering, poorly researched questions in Tex SE. For clarity purposes I am not ...
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Latex code is not working in preview? [duplicate]

Latex code is not working in preview so i am asking a question to see if it really works. \frac{a}{b}
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What is the etiquette for providing an answer already in the comments?

Most of the times when I see a question that I (think! I) can answer, I leave a comment first checking if that solution is really helpful to the OP, or not. This is to prevent providing answers that ...
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Policy of upvoting new users above comment threshold?

I have observed several times now that new users (just a few questions, rep below 50, but definitely no robots) try to participate in discussions, but since commenting is a privilege requiring at ...
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How about “deprecated” answers to old questions

Is there anything that can be done to answers already provided some time ago, that are currently out of date? I mean: I may have a problem, and find on TeX.SE the answer to that. Only that the ...
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Why was a user removed in March 2017?

Apparently some rather new user was removed since yesterday (not much effect on the votes). I'm curious for what reason, mainly to understand how this platform operates and which behavior of users ...
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How to `~\cite{}' an answer from stackexchange? [duplicate]

How to ~\cite{} an answer from stackexchange? Should be cited by the question, or by the user, any ideas?
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What for do we use the `terminal-output` tag?

I've just stumbled around on TeX.SX and found some questions tagged with terminal-output. This tag has no description. Currently it is used for some questions just because they include error messages ...
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TUG Representatives for 2017

As a community we have institutional membership of TUG paid for by StackOverflow. (Thanks to StackOverflow for this support and to Stefan Kottwitz for the initial idea!) The membership entitles us to ...
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How to recover from TeX.SE (or, in general, TeX-LaTeX) addiction?

TeX.SE is addictive, we have recently had evidence. I don't think this is only due to the reputation mechanism. For example, the little games available on FB have a similar reward mechanism: you win ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

Does anybody know (a moderator?) who is the user that has been removed which yesterday night caused to many of us a great amount of lost reputation? I don't think he is Harish Kumar, who had a very ...
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How can I draw in SE? [duplicate]

I don't know how to draw a picture here: in SE. I have seen that people paste in the end of the code something similar to [1] http://...... Can you help me? For example I let here a code of a picture, ...
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Make [capacity] a synonym of [memory]

Currently capacity has nine questions and memory has 86. Both have no wiki. I suggest to make capacity a synonym of memory (they cover the same topic, but we should keep the lemma).
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How can I know whether an answer is obsolete?

While I was looking for some information, I found a question about the exact problem I'm having. Unfortunately, the provided solution requires manually spacing row heights. And I'm a bit unsatisfied ...
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A clock into StackExchange to access time counting

Dear users I sent the following request to the Stack Overflow team who suggested I submit it to the website contact http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com. I sent on 12/30/16 but still have not had any ...
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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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context vs context-mkiv tags

There are two tags used to indicate ConTeXt questions: context and context-mkiv. Would it be better to rename the tags: context and context-mkii (for MkII related questions). Context (pun intended): ...
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Upcoming event “Answer the unanswered”

In the right column on the "questions" page there is a box "Upcoming events" with an entry "Answer the unanswered in 5 days". Where do I find more information on what this event is about? Clicking on ...
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Updating a question, vs. asking a new question

I asked a question, and a discussion started in the comments, "Why would you wanna do that", etc. After a while, I figured out the answer to the question, which I posted as an answer. However, that ...
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What do we do when we see plagiarism of a TexStackExchange answer?

Looking for something I found this website claiming that the author write an article. However, this is only a copy paste of this answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/68081/97981 publish one year ...
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When I delete/annul my own posting/answer, how to ensure that reputation increase due to upvotes is also annulled?

I'm in an embarrassing situation: I wrote an answer to a question. I got many upvotes and reputation for that answer. But that answer is flawed in a subtle way. Obviously those who upvoted did not ...
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Who Wants to Win a LaTeX Book in 2016? [closed]

I am organising a lottery and Springer have kindly agreed to donate two copies of LaTeX and Friends. The lottery closes when the judge (I) announces the winners. The judge's decision is final and ...
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Is it possible to have remarks removed/replaced automatically after a period of time?

When writing answers to questions, I sometimes would like to add remarks that get removed or replaced by other remarks automatically after a day or two. For example with one answer I wished to point ...
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How to reject a bounty?

Is it possible for a bounty-awardée to reject a bounty in order to prevent the decrease of the bounty-starter's "reputation"?
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How can I find stats about all the people contributed to my posts?

I started last week posting questions issues in this Q&A space. I had no idea how to use LaTeX. Now I learned a lot of thing thanks to many people helped me. I want to recognize your help in my ...
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Why is there no TeX on TeX exchange? Putative solution proposed [duplicate]

Joseph Wright pointed out the following questions: Why does TeX not show up in my question (at least in the preview) Can we turn off math-tex please? Why doesn't maths render as maths? Where we see ...

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