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Why are some chatty, open-ended questions not closed?

Why are some questions like "What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?" allowed on SE while they are clearly among the list of questions that should not be asked? ...
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Counter for “Viewed”

I just posted a question and realised that every time I refresh my page to check whether there are new answers I increase the number of Viewed (i.e. how many times my article has been viewed). Wouldn'...
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Why does the review system not prevent reviewing questions that are just now rewiewed by another one?

Just a few minutes ago I was rewiewing a first post. Another one did also rewiew the same post and closed his review first, so that my review with more correcting was deleted. Why does the review ...
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How to deal with answers which are wrong?

Recently I see that some clearly-wrong answers are taken to the "Low Quality posts" review queue. Most of them are ended "Looks OK". But, in my opinion, such answers are wrong so clearly that they ...
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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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deleted post few minutes ago

I'm new on this community. I tried to leave a comment a few minutes ago on the page "section numbering in 'tufte-book'", but i accidentally post an "answer". The given MWE uses tufte-book. I ...
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Too many “Voting corrected” events

I think the serial voting check algorithm is harassing me: I got six “Voting corrected” messages in my reputation tab in the last seven days. This had no apparent effect on my overall rep, but it's ...
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Should we edit popular questions to be 'model' questions new users can pattern after?

There are several top-visited posts that aren't great models for new questions: No room for a new \dimen How do I fill table cells with a background color? Remove ugly borders around clickable cross-...
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Posts with high score (100+) in sidebar wraps

The sidebar contains related and linked posts. If such a post has 100+ votes, the alignment is off (any of these posts will have a link to LaTeX Editors/IDEs that replicates the problem): This seems ...
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Who tweets for tex.sx – and how would I know if I have been tweeted?

Please forgive my ignorance of tweeting, twitter, and other words matching tw.* I was editing one of my previous questions, and noticed that it had been tweeted This also happened to one of my ...
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Emphasis needs more space after it

An emphasis gobbles the following space (or does not add some needed additional space), text *text* text <em>text</em> text becomes text text text text text (I can't use \␣ ...
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Un-upvote followed by re-upvote = -10 reputation bug

In the last two days I received two un-upvotes immediately followed by a "re-upvote". To me this means that the user experimented with the voting system, thinking that they could add another upvote ...
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Relevant feature requests on Meta.SO

Over on MathOverflow's meta, there's a sticky discussion that is basically a list of all the feature requests that are relevant to MathOverflow (either suggested by users, or that users have found and ...
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2019: 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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How can one politely ask unknown users to consider stopping serial votings?

For one week, every day I received a large amount of upvotes which have been identified as serial upvotes and thus undone. Of course, I do not know who casted the votes. Given the definition of "...
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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, in ...
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Ragged alignment of question titles on main page

update January 18, 2019 Yesterday or so I first noticed this issue seemed to have been solved (possibly network-wide). It my have been so for weeks. I don't know where to link to, if that issue has ...
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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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Why is there no TeX.SX community ad on Academia.SX?

Visiting the 2015 community ads on Academia.SX, I can see that TeX.SX does not have any advertisements on the site. Why does not TeX.SX have an ad there? I always think that users who have questions ...
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How about encouraging the users to provide MWE before asking questions?

In the lights of increase in the number of questions without MWE, I was wondering how can we encourage the users to provide MWE prior to submitting the questions. Considering that in many cases these ...
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New tag for text reuse?

Many questions ask essentially about reusing pieces of text in multiple places in a document. The question titles don't always reflect this commonality. Answers call for external files, boxes, ...
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Which question should I denote as the origin of tikzmark?

Having finally gotten round to uploading the dread tikzmark package, I now approach the next task which is linking to the original question here and putting the "This question led to a new package" ...
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Up-voted posts in “First Posts” review tool

When using the new review tool for first posts, I came across some questions, that I already up-voted before. So in essence I already did review them. That means either they should not appear in the ...
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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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If the 365-day roomba requirement 'has 1 or 0 comments' were dropped, would valuable contributions be lost?

The old question roomba requirements are: If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 and a deleted owner has no answers is not ...
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Show user group membership in user info box

In today's discussion session at TUG2019, Jim Hefferon asked whether it would be possible to add a badge for user group membership to the user info box. Here is a mockup of what I have in mind, where ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an accepted but outdated answer to refer to another?

In TeXShop, is there a directive to select biber or BibTeX on a per-document basis? The above answer is the 'correct' answer to the question, but the accepted answer was accepted before the feature ...
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Should the tag of a derived package (pgfplots)'s parent package (tikz-pgf) also be applied?

Recently, I've seen some questions about pgfplots posted that were only tagged tikz-pgf at the time of posting: Improving a tikz plot ybar stacked: Position of labels How to plot with tikz without ...
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Editing the edit summary

It happens to me quite often that I do an edit, only to realize, when I click the Save Edits button, that I should comment on the edit in the Edit Summary. However, this seems impossible (if I go ...
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How does Tag usage change over time?

This question really belongs in meta.tex.stackexchange, but I just created an account and don't have enough rep to post there. I used the June 2013 Stack Exchange data dump to look at the time ...
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Show hidden comments by default

Apologies if this is in the wrong place. By default SE hides some comments on questions or answers when there are several; it seems to hide those with fewest upvotes. But this often leaves dialogue ...
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Review Close Votes without a single vote

I was just prompted to review a Close Vote for a question that had no previous votes to close: Usually, a close vote tally will be added after each reason selected (could be more than one). As such, ...
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Incorrect number of suggested edits

This does not affect the site usage, but could be a slight back-end improvement. On occasion, after evaluating suggested edits as a 10K user, my title bar shows -1 suggested edits "remaining":
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Comments with link (Policy or Feature Request): Automatically rendered as question's title or answerer username

As discussed at Question: Automatic question's title insertion with link, question/answer url links in comments does not automatically render as titles or answer usernames. A Workaround pointed ...
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MWE with basic structure or lots of hacks showing attempted solution?

Often users are asked to show a MWE showing what has been attempted to solve the problem. I've received a good answer to a question. But the answer alone doesn't work completely for my real code. By ...
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Suggest users to add a MWE or MWEB to their question

For many questions a Minimal Working Example (with Bibliography) can be very helpful and for some it is even detrimental to the answering of the question. My suggestion is to point the user to MWE(B)...
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how to close a question as a duplicate of another question that is also unanswered?

in trying to deal with unanswered questions about amsart, i came across two that are, for all practical purposes, identical. both are unanswered, and the reasons for the lack of an answer are given ...
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What to do when questions are being poorly edited?

What is the recommended strategy if posts are being poorly edited? Especially if a single editor is editing many posts and many of the edits are problematic? This isn't vandalism. Most edits improve ...
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Proposed tag synonym: {profiling} and {performance}

The tags profiling and performance seem to be pretty similar: the profiling excerpt says {profiling} is for questions involving the efficiency/speed of a macro, technique or construct. which seems ...
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Is there a standing policy on what to do with 'How do I cite…' questions?

Examples: Referencing a database How to cite a hardware catalog in bibtex Cite software/libraries using bibtex I can't quite articulate my exact thoughts on this, but I'm stuck with the quandary: ...
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Bounty without one week limit, or 'informal' bounty promise?

I recently asked about a specific feature for tabular/array environments with the expectation that a package would need to be written to achieve it. I'd like to offer a bounty as an extra incentive, ...
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@-notification to a user who subsequently changes display name

If I notify a user named Bob in a comment using @Bob and if Bob subsequently changes his display name to Alice, can the @-notification to Bob/Alice in my comment reflect that change? Here is an ...
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SX promotion ad help request question

Over at academia.sx we are looking to create a community promotion ad to help us get out of beta. https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/238/community-promotion-ad-to-run-on-other-ses We ...
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Who is joining the EuroTeX 2012 in Breskens?

Title tells it all: who is going to this year's EuroTeX? http://www.ntg.nl/eurotex2012/ (/me is coming)
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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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Questions about the differences between a set of packages

For example: Pros and Cons of each \marginpar, sidenote, scrlayer-notecolumn and other maginalia packages (question I was thinking of answering) Fundamental differences : PSTricks, TikZ/PGF and ...
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Doesn't reputation counter show downvotes anymore?

Today I've lost 15 points due to an unaccepted answer: But if I click on the trophy of the menu bar I don't see the negative votes: If I remember correctly, with the old menu, the negative votes ...
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Fill the empty tag excerpts

[This post is basically a copy of a similar post at meta.sf.] Tag excerpts are very useful. They provide a brief “elevator pitch” for a tag, explaining the meaning for those unfamiliar with a series. ...
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Suggested edit comment width is too narrow

A suggested edit is accompanied by a comment. This comment is displayed when reviewing it from within the Suggested Edits Review Queue: If the comment is lengthy, the line-wrapping is truncated. ...
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Best information to include when a MWE isn't 'possible'

Just want to preface this by saying I understand and agree with the importance of including a MWE, but I am curious about the best information to supplement a question with when a MWE would only ...

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