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Adding personal flags to questions

From time to time I look through the unanswered questions on the main site, to see if I can contribute on any. Usually I will see a lot of questions that I can't answer (no knowldge / experience / ...
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How can I turn off my view of deleted stuff?

"I can see dead people" I've recently acquired 'access to moderator tools', and, as a result (I think), I now get to see things that have been deleted. I realise that with great power comes great ...
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Speaking of LaTeX editors

Currently there are 505 questions tagged lyx, 184 tagged emacs, 92 tagged texniccenter, 89 tagged vim, 47 tagged texstudio, 54 tagged winedt. Producing La/TeX from the command line is theoretically ...
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Proposal to add “academic honesty” to the code of conduct

When reading the code of conduct of this site, I was a bit surprised not to see any explicit mention of "academic honesty" there. According to how I read this, you can shamelessly copy tricks or code ...
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What does the text around the title say?

This is a silly question, but if I don't ask it, it will bug me. I can recognise most of the text around the TEX title, except the elvish in the top right hand corner. What does it say?
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Explicitly indicate the reasons why answering a just-do-it-for-me question

I already said that answering just-do-it-for-me questions gives a wrong signal. Moreover, it makes this site become a just-do-it-for-me(-for-free) service. Indeed, it leads to comments like this ...
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Is it okay to ask the OP to accept the answer?

Especially if the question and answer(s) are very much new, say less than 12 hours or even 24 hours, is it ok to ask OP to accept the answer, that is added by self or someone else. See examples, here ...
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Are there questions where we can recognize that a MWE is not necessary?

Question Is there a class of *TeX problem where we can readily recognize that MWEs are not really helpful or necessary — so that we can avoid putting people off by asking them for one? If so, ...
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A case of intellectual honesty

This is a situation I observed some time ago, and didn't think much of it. After some time, I stumbled back to it and thought this would make an interesting discussion for would-be mods. A ...
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Should we have a wiki tag for LaTeX core?

As we all know extra tags need a lot of work, especially re-tagging of old posts. However there are a number of questions relating to the LaTeX kernel that do not fit in with the existing categories. ...
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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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Are questions for best practices on-topic?

The title says it all: Are questions about best practices on-topic? To give some context, I think that it is fair to ask the question in tex.stackexchange.com why the commonly cited best practice in ...
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What are the most controversial questions and answers on TeX.SX?

Is there a way to look up what questions have a mix of downvotes and upvotes? I know we don't use downvotes much here, but I'm curious to find out what sorts of things would attract them, that aren't ...
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Accepted answer checkmark color

I just asked this question at meta.programmers.stackexchange.com when I realized I have the same problem over here as well. When I ask a question (and every answer has a check mark next to it for me ...
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Why are 'mistaken' questions marked off-topic?

Fairly often I see questions which are in fact about Tex & friends but are closed & marked off-topic. One reason I see listed in the comments is: This question is off-topic because it ...
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MathJax boilerplate

We had a MathJax question just now that was unceremoniously closed as off topic. As it probably should be. But I feel like we should, if we can, direct the questioner some place elsewhere there ...
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About “trivial” questions

I have a question regarding "trivial" questions which sometimes appear on this site. By "trivial", I mean they don't require more insight than to "look in the manual". These usually aren't good ...
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How to handle my duplicates

Today I asked the question Use red!50!blue with \definecolor and shortly after asking I found that it’s a duplicate so I voted to close it as duplicate but I wonder what the community prefers? Vote ...
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Who has a GitHub, Bitbucket, other code profile?

In the style of Who are the package maintainers here? and other big-list questions, I was wondering who here (package maintainer or no) has a GitHub, Bitbucket, CTAN author page, Launchpad, or other ...
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What is the purpose of the negative score badges?

There are (at least) two badges, which are related to a negative score. Reversal: Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score Peer Pressure: Deleted own post with score of -3 or ...
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From Answers to Packages

On behalf of Andrew Stacey I'd like to invite contributions to the TeX.SX Launchpad Site. The site was originally created with a focus on TikZ, but Andrew always intended it to be an open repository ...
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Why do code snippets not work after lists?

I want to insert a code snippet after a list but the code snippet is not a part of the list item. This is the first item. This is the second item \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \end{...
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What shall we do with future out-of-date answers?

While looking at Drawbacks of XeTeX/LuaTeX I asked myself if this question is not too localized. The question was "So, is there any drawback of XeTeX/LuaTeX that should stop me from switching right ...
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a nice online abc for beginners

There are plenty of good questions and answers on TeX.SE. It's likely that each person has their favorites. Wouldn't it be nice for this site, and others among other (not all) SE to have somewhat of a ...
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Non reproducible problem

I asked yesterday a question about a problem I encountered. However the problem was in someone else's computer that I have very limited access to and the problem went away after a recompilation. It is ...
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Say What? Is there a glossary?

Many of the posts here have acronyms or initialisms that befuddle me. After some time perusing other posts with the same acronym, I have been able to deduce most. However, would it bet possible to ...
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Formatting in quoted material

An answer I posted ages ago was recently edited, and so I took a quick peek to see what had changed. The alteration was to capitalisation of 'MiKTeX', etc., which would normally be fine. However, the ...
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Can I edit a post without bumping it to the front page?

I often come across questions that are old and worked for the OP, but could be made better (formatting, spelling, etc.). These reasons don't really warrant it going back up to the front page -- is ...
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Should I change a question title once I know the answer?

Look at Why are empty and non empty TikZ matrix cells not equally placed?. When I wrote it I didn't know the answer so its title was too general. Now, and because I think it's not so easy to find ...
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Answering tex.stackexchange.com questions from the iPad (solved)

Edit (may 6, 2014) This issue is now solved. From IOS6 (dec 2012), Safari has access to the camera roll, so it is possible to upload images directly from Safari without the Dropbox workaround. That ...
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Is a question on setting up a CTAN mirror on-topic?

I want to setup a CTAN mirror but didn't get far after reading https://www.ctan.org/mirrors/register/ . I'd like to post something like Idiots guide to setting up a CTAN mirror as a question on tex....
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Bug in the logo appearance with the new black top bar

With the new fancy black top bar, the logo of the site got mutilated. I believe that the following CSS fix would bring it close to the original state, however, I'm not 100% sure and IMHO the old ...
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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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Let us have some TeX-mas fun [completed]

I hope we all know that Christmas is fast approaching. This indeed means that \begin{holidays} with a hope that it never ends \ldots but \ldots \end{holidays}. So, before we start celebrating ...
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Inadvertently driving off new users

What is the proper way to deal with an incorrect answer from a new user? For example, this answer is incorrect. At the time, I was tempted to not respond because I didn't want to discourage the ...
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404/CAPTCHA/Error images

I knew I forgot something right before the new design launch today. I didn't get a chance to create custom images for the 404/Captcha/error pages on the TeX site. Do you have any suggestions? A ...
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Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?

This is one of the few things that always annoyed me on StackOverflow: people use CW as a kind of catch-all options under which everything is allowed. If there's any kind of controversy about a ...
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What to do when the package author responds?

I asked this question and the package author replied. Someone suggested that this has to be the right answer. By definition, almost! But there's a bounty on this question, and it seems a shame that ...
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What does a name after a question represent?

I was under the impression that the name that appears on a question line is the name of the last person who either supplied a solution or made a comment on it. However, (at least) for the question "...
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Using TeX to help others

On TeX.SX we can help other people use TeX and friends. But what are some ways we can use TeX and friends to help other people? Most users here, it seems, are typesetting research theses, articles,...
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Same disease, different symptoms

We often have the case where two questions are asked by users facing completely different phenomenon, but where if you have the right understanding, you can see that the same thing is going on in each ...
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Should we migrate “What is this font?” questions to GraphicDesign.SX?

In Stack Exchange podcast #57 (at the 9'30'' mark), the team agreed that questions of the type Could you please identify this font for me? are on topic on the Graphic Design site, which "graduated"...
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Our set of tags

After a few questions about tags, meta-tags, what is valid and what should not, I thought it would be useful to keep all of this information in one place. Eventually this will be also useful to ...
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How to print out a full q/a entry? Or forward it outside the stackexchange site?

using either firefox or ie on a windows xp workstation, i've tried to print out the full entries for several questions. however, any entry that was longer than could be accommodated by one side of a ...
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Avoid using the “tex” tag

There is an increasing number of questions on the parent site which are being tagged with tex and latex. Although the second one could be justified in some cases, the first one doesn't have any sense ...
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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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Tracking badge progress

I really enjoy working towards badges. How can I track my progress towards badges? For example, the Gold copy editor? Or perhaps (dare I ask), the Legendary badge (I think I'm 1/150th of the way ...
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How can we explore the content of TeX.SX?

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer is a great tool. I've noticed many queries regarding site statistics, top lists, and also user-specific queries such as badge progress. Nice examples giving insights ...
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LyX user questions on TeX stackexchange

Is there a proper way to post a MWE when using LyX instead of LaTeX proper? The commonly used comment requesting a MWE is confusing to me when using LyX.
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How can I change all links to river-valley.tv?

I have recorded many videos of conferences, including TeX conferences. For nearly 10 years I have been hosting these on www.river-valley.tv. The domain is now not under my control (long story), and ...

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