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Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

I am surprised that most questions have fewer votes than the answers. It often happens that a question has no vote, or even a negative vote, but the answers have several votes. As egreg says: if ...
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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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Is it better to ask in the high traffic time?

I notice the traffic of TEX.SX is heavy, for example, from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM UTC. So, is it a good idea to wait for that time to ask a question to get enough attention/support from plenty of ...
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When writing a comment, how do I ensure that the person it is addressed to gets notified?

Often I want to address a comment to a specific user. How can I do that? I've seen that I've got to use the @ symbol for this, but I didn't find the exact rules in the faq. Can I notify any user? Do I ...
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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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policy on “how do I draw this?” questions

There are several, I think unnecessary, questions of the form "How can I draw this?" or "How can I draw this in TikZ?" These add nothing to the site really. Sometimes there is some feature of the ...
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Formatting Sand-Box

As per the SO question here (if you want to know how they did something there, take a look at the source, as per the hack documented here), I suggest that this (CW) question be used for testing ...
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Winter bash: why not here?

I noticed that there is an end-of-year celebration going on in some SE websites called "winter bash". It consists of collecting hats which are granted if certain actions are undertaken. There is an ...
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New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'unclear what ...
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Missing tie in signatures of comments

There is something a bit wrong with the comment formatting; it seems to be like this now: \interpretCommentMarkdown{#1} - \userLink{#2} But it should be more like this: \interpretCommentMarkdown{#1}...
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Someone has written 100 thousand (!) answers (graphic design bug)

I was really surprised to see that egreg has written 100570 answers! I thought it's a bit too much, and indeed -- it is. The number of answers blends into the number of questions. In my opinion, this ...
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Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too)

In recent times I see more and more flags on questions and answers. Unfortunately a not insignificant part of them are IMHO the wrong flag type or shouldn't have placed in the first place. While wrong ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

It's that time again! We are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will ...
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TUG Representatives for 2018

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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Who plans to go to TUG 2018 in Rio de Janeiro?

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, ducks and mallards, marmots and capybaras, Darth Vaders and parrot owners, children of all ages! The 39th Annual Meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG 2018) ...
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What should the policy be on typography/design questions?

Recently, JCL asked a question about Edward Tufte books. It's definitely not about "TeX or any of its descendants … TeX distributions … [or] (La)TeX related software", to quote the FAQ, and so it'd ...
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Which is more common: “TeX.SE” or “TeX.SX”?

I have seen people refer to this site as "TeX.SE" and "TeX.SX". Which is more common? Is one preferred (by appearing in official places)? I don't think that standardization is necessary: usage will ...
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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 is one asking too many questions?

I've just asked two consecutive questions. While I've tried to keep them succinct and as useful to other people as possible, it occurs to me that it may be bad form to ask too many questions in a ...
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Renaming question for better search results

I really can't imaging nobody has asked this but since I wasn't able to find anything I bring it up. Would I be appropriate to rename Questions to improve search results? For example: Coloring ...
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TeX.SE around the world

I don't know if this is the place to ask so, sorry if I'm wrong. I was asking myself about the distribution of TeX.SE users around the world. Is it possible to have a kind of map to see from where ...
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Examples of Overleaf users not noticing error messages

I have the impression that a disproportional large fraction of overleaf users don't notice error messages, a typical comment stream often goes like: Question: Why is the image placed incorrectly? ...
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Etiquette (particularly on voting to close)

It's good to get etiquette established early. I'd say that one big lesson from MathOverflow is that for people unused to the SO framework, getting a "vote to close" is like getting a kick in the face....
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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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Are we starting to get homework questions?

And if so, what should we do about them? Quite what "homework" means for TeX, I don't know. There are some places that have courses in how to use TeX/LaTeX, and presumably they assign homework, but ...
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Activity on this site vs. time of the day

Motivated by a comment by Barbara Beeton, I was wondering if there is a way to show the average activity on this site vs. time of the day? I am interested in a plot of the following type (I stress ...
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Spam like answers occuring in the evening (10-11pm Eastern Standard Time USA)

I have been flagging multiple answers on the board for the last couple of evenings where a 'new' user (with no reputation) has posted either the question, an answer, a selection of comments, or a ...
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Is the question “which features should be added to package XY” adequate for TeX.SX?

The question title actually states what I would like to know. Let me give some background and describe the use-case. As author of pgfplots, I feel honored that this site attracts both power users and ...
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What's the best way to let the community know of an interesting document on typesetting that's just been published?

today i posted on the ams server a pdf copy of ellen swanson's "mathematics into type". i had earlier mentioned in an answer to this question that it was going to happen, and therefore edited that ...
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Proxy bounties and their philosophical implications in today's modern society

There are some questions like this one: How to find out where a macro is defined? where a bounty is offered to an answer that is not upvoted a lot and not the accepted answer. The bounty is offered ...
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Using search effectively

There is surprisingly little on meta about search, which is a shame because it's the main tool for avoiding duplicate questions. This question asks the way of searching for a particular character, and ...
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What do I do if I have the exact same question as a question that is closed as 'too localized'?

I've been struggling with unnecessary blank pages at the beginning of appendices. There are a few answers that speak to my problem, none of which have worked. I was pleased to find another person ...
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Color coding of LaTeX3 code

Is it possible for the JavaScript syntax highlighter to be extended to color code LaTeX3 code? With the current color coding scheme the code is very difficult to follow.
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. Huh, this is the only site where this opening is similar to last ...
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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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Which \documentclass is best to use in MWEs?

When providing an MWE for questions, I usually use \documentclass{article}. Might there be a more "minimal" class or template which would be better to use?
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An answer not answering the question getting a lot of votes

Suppose: You ask a question; Someone (well meaning though he may be) writes an answer which simply does not answer your question, but rather tells you what you should and shouldn't be doing; The ...
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Voting on a question that you answer

I've seen quite a few instances of folks going to the trouble of answering a question without up-voting the question itself. Surprisingly, the answer often continues to receive further up-votes, and ...
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What's your policy on asking the same question twice?

I have the exact same problem as this question: LaTeX producing black background with transparent png That question was asked in 2012, but I have the same problem today. I could compose my own ...
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Professional advice on typesetting

I am now writing my PhD dissertation and the book style is almost ready. I am looking to get some professional advice on how the actual book looks like. Not sure where to post the sample pages. Is the ...
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How to edit your own answers

Sometimes I get some very useful comments on my own answers and feel the urge to correct them accordingly. However, I see the problem, that if I just correct my answer straight, this would leave the ...
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How do I mark inline code?

How do I mark my inline code in questions and answers, and how can I mark code in comments?
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What makes a good MWE?

Actually, when I was thinking about my next question and about to include one *.tex and one *.bib file in my MWE, I was looking for a MWE template here, but could not find one. But everyone here ...
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How much explanation in an answer?

I've noticed in my short time on TeX.sx that the amount of explanation given in an answer varies greatly. As a LaTeX beginner I find that answers that provide a bit of explanation in addition to ...
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Is it fair to “unaccept” an already accepted answer?

Say I've asked a question to which someone added an answer they put quite some effort into. At first glance the answer seemed to perfectly answer my question, so I accepted it. Now, after using the ...
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Why didn't this obvious voting fraud get reversed?

This help page on Serial voting reversed states: When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period of time, this is referred to as voting fraud. This ...
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New Design Launched

Hi all, Thank you for your helpful design input. As you can see, the new design went live, grats! If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "...
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Proposal to revert CW status on the “universal float” question

I propose that the CW status of the question: How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? be reversed (I'm informed that this can be done). I can understand ...
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Thoughts on asking: How do I update my system?

A lot of questions on the main site are fixed by updating the distribution. At present, I don't think we have a comprehensive guide to updating the various distributions- the answers are spread about ...
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“1 times” is incorrect, every time

Recipients of newly-created badges live with the following reality: Is it possible to have this print as This badge has been awarded 1 time. Recently awarded to: in the event of a single instance?...

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