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Winterbash 2016 participation

Last year, TeX.SE joined in on Winterbash 2015. Winterbash 2016 is around the corner and sites will soon have the option of opting in/out. In order to solicit opinion from the community, please cast ...
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Why does a downvote change the daily reputation even when the user has not counted upvotes?

Let's suppose a user has reached the 200 daily rep. Every further upvote is not considered because the 200 daily rep has already been achieved. But if that user has a downvote and no more upvotes ...
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edit criteria regarding “national linguistic” practices

the question Glossaries with more hierarchical categories has a pending edit that only removes spaces before colons and an exclamation mark. i hesitate to reject it, since it appears to have been ...
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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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“Bad question” warning without any negative question

I got a warning on tex.stackexchange.com: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. For help formulating 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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Is there any organised way by which new LaTeX learners can benefit from previous questions?

I am a new LaTeX learner, with what I have read and heard about it, I know its going to be a great tool for researchers in time saving and more, I have also discover that TeX, stack-exchange etc. has ...
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Nothing indicates that the meta site is meta…

While I could eventually figure out that I was in Meta and not Parent, I found myself wondering for a few seconds....I think that the design should specifically include the word meta. I hereby ...
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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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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

I just noticed that it can be hard for new users on our site to push some existing but not answered question. If a new user finds such a post (maybe the first visit on our site), he will have only two ...
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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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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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What is the “Curious” Badge?

Probably it is not only me, but also other users wonder about the "Curious" badge. Is it new? I can not remember to have read of it in the "Badges" list of TeX.SX. What about this asking a good ...
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Are any of you interested in starting an online LaTeX course?

What are your feelings about this? I got this inspiration by the courses the MIT and Harvard are giving online nowadays. I took the introduction to electronics of the MIT, and I must say they are ...
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Sponsored TUG membership [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: TUG Membership: Names for 2013 Last year StackExchange became a member of TUG. With that come eight individual memberships, that were given out to some members of the ...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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Is LyX an editor which should be recommended?

Very often I read a question like How can I set something in LyX? Every time I think why do you use LyX? I know the biggest advantage is WYSIWYG. But people using LyX normally are not able to edit ...
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Are “Thanks, that solved my problem” comments from the OP constructive?

The original poster of the question sometimes adds a comment to the (to-be-)accepted answer to state that it solved his/her problem. Something in the form of "Thanks, that solved my problem" or "Yes, ...
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StackExchange secret pages

So I recently learned about the review page. What other unlinked goodies pages exist?
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Position with regard to unlicensed fonts

There was a question about how to integrate a specific font into a document. The fonts were commercial fonts and though the person did not state explicitly that they had downloaded unlicensed versions ...
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Should we wait a bit before accepting answers?

There are a few questions where an answer has been accepted really quickly. In at least one case, the question got an answer after 20 minutes and had an accepted answer less than 30 minutes from being ...
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How can I provide a better resolution of uploaded pictures created with the document class standalone?

Very often I use the document class standalone to created a cropped PDF for uploading to tex.stackexchange. However the resolution after the upload isn't very good. What can I do?
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Is TeX.SX a competition arena?

I am not a very regular user of TeX.SX, from time to time, when I have time, I come here to write some answers (mainly TikZ) or ask a question, and from time to time I don't come here for months. ...
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Why is there an {untagged} tag?

I just came across a question which didn't have any tags apart from untagged. I was a bit baffled by this and clicked the tag to find that there about ten questions with this tag (and no others). ...
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Up-vote & close as duplicate — good thing to do?

I often see a question that is a duplicate, but the question is well-stated and good in general. So I ask: is it correct/encouraged/frowned-upon/... to up-vote a question at the same time you vote ...
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Previous editing and etiquette discussions

We have a recurring theme of Official capitalization of (La)TeX and friends, removing Thanks, code blocking code snippets, retagging, grammar fixing etc. discussion here on Meta-TeX-SX. The reason ...
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How to deal with robo-reviewers?

The following is taken from What are the review queues, and how do they work?: The review queues (also known as review tasks) contain posts that possibly need community attention, as determined by ...
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How to end the “unanswered” status of really solved questions in the comments

Probably this is a duplicate of 221 unanswered questions but now there are 1408 unanswered questions! This mean that the problem far from being solved, is getting worse. A frequent type of very old ...
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How to post long files?

I went to post a solution to a problem. The solution includes a large .bst file that is 32K on its own. So I was unable to actually post that file as part of my response. Of course I can put the file ...
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Should we use package names as tags?

That is, if a question is about a particular LaTeX package, or the accepted answer is, should that question be tagged with the package name as tag? I think this could be a good habit.
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Should we migrate AUCTeX questions if/when Emacs.SE goes live?

Emacs.SE (currently in beta but is anticipated to graduate) has a pretty active auctex tag going on. As TeX.SE is about the underlying TeXnology (and not really the editor), should we encourage new ...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

I posted a question here and got two equally good answers. Both of them are short, useful and to the point. One person's answer is more upvoted than that of the other which I believe was due to the ...
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Are answers to closed questions to be accepted like an open question?

What is the recommended reaction to answers to questions that have been closed?
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My question has an answer which is of little use to me because of incompatibilities

Let's say I asked a question about problem X. Someone provides an answer how to solve problem X. I test their code and observe that it does not work for me because it is not compatible with something ...
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Future development of Detexify - am I heading in the right direction?

Some of you may be familiar with Detexify (http://detexify.kirelabs.org). I have a prototype of the next version online at http://sketch-a-char.kirelabs.org. I would like to ask you – the TeX-using ...
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Asking/answering questions which are 'discussed in every guide'

I recently did the following: latex test.tex $ bibtex test.tex I couldn't open file name `test.tex.aux' Once I had tracked down the cause of the problem, I felt stupid for not having noticed it ...
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Disappearing reputation

Yesterday I was very happy because my total rep was over 40000. This morning I was stunned seeing it had dropped to 39693. Does anybody know what happened?
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how to “extract” a good question from someone coming from a google search?

in werner's thorough answer to Why does TeX.SE exist?, the summary of results accepting tex.sx after the area 51 beta states that Eventually, 90% of a site's traffic should come from search engines....
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What to do when a 'duplicate' question and answer are better than the 'duplicated' ones?

Today I flagged Avoid height flickering in a block when hiding content with \only as a possible duplicate of Avoiding jumping frames in beamer. Some other users also marked it as a duplicate, but ...
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How is a contributor's “impact” estimated/calculated/determined?

Starting a few months ago, I believe, the StackExchange site software began adding an "impact" statistic to a user's profile. The impact statistic is posted in the upper-right portion of the screen ...
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What is a trivial edit

When you try to edit a question, there is a request to not make trivial edits. I wonder what counts as trivial? Adding better tags? Expanding an abbreviation in the question title? Enabling syntax ...
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“Draw this for me” etiquette

I'd like to have a pretty complicated LaTeX figure, animated (if possible) for beamer. I'm modestly proficient in inkscape and some tikz, but can't imagine how to start this project. I suspect that if ...
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TUGboat open-access survey

TUG is considering making all publications to TUGboat open-access. To this end they have started a survey. The survey also addresses non-members, so to be representative it needs as many ...
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Make the Google+ less distracting by syncing its saturation with the other icons

This is a follow up to Could we lighten up the Google+ icon a little? which I think was unfairly declined. On Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault the Google+ icon is less distracting because ...
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How should we handle old questions about South Asian languages?

Recently, a number of old questions about typesetting South Asian languages have resurfaced in the review queue and on the front page. Many of them boil down to, “How do I write in this language with ...
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One 'Two figures' is better than another

I'm just offering some feedback as a person who gets a lot of assistance from the TEX.SE. There are two highly voted question regarding putting two figures on the same page: here and here. The first ...
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Can we get back the meta -> main migration path?

It seems that the meta -> main migration paths were removed. We are a community-driven site, and when someone posts wrongly a question (which happens quite often), I think we are well qualified to ...
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Is there a possibility to have the previous design of TeX-stackexchange page?

Today I suddenly saw my personal information on the page very small and on the black background. It looks like a necrology! Additionally, not the same information as earlier appears. In particular I ...
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First post questions: Good reviewing practice

In light of related questions Is the "First Posts" review queue partially broken? and First Post review process broken. As suggested by Charles Stewart and mafp. I am listing out some ...
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Add “Change (answer) to comment” in review page

Some of the answers I reviewed are no answers, they are comments, but normally the user has not the reputation to comment. To make things easier for the moderators isn't it possible to add a button ...

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