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I think any improvement on an existing answer is valid. It would be far more helpful to have current information than to have outdated yet functional answers. Even if this means you replace 50 lines of code with a new \usepackage and a single command. The reason should be obvious: Answers here are meant to benefit the community, which is always changing. ...


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Solutions using alternative tools which fall within the 'TeX sphere' are entirely appropriate and have always been welcome. Obvious examples are that plain or ConTeXt solutions to LaTeX problems are often possible, or that picture mode, MetaPost, ... answers to TikZ question are often illustrative. For that to work, of course, there needs to be some care in ...


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Typical procedures include the following sequence of elevated proposals: Comment on the answer, requesting some feedback on your updated request/criteria. Visit the chat room and see if one of the local experts have time on hand to look into modifying the existing (or creating an altogether new and awesome) solution. Spend some of that well-earned ...


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Personally I think you should only ask for a MWE if the presence of an MWE would help you to answer the question. A MWE almost always helps even if only to avoid the answerer having to write some standard article class boilerplate to make a test file. But it doesn't always help, and unless you have contemplated producing an answer and the lack of an MWE is ...


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In my opinion, the main criterion is "does it answer the question?". If yes, then it is an answer, if not, then it can be part of the question. In particular, if the question is about getting a working answer, a first attempt with dirty code or a hackish workaround is perfectly suitable as a self-answer (bonus points for mentioning the limits of the answer, ...


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The issue can be often be solved in advance by simply not accepting the first answer right away. Instead the questioner should wait at least a couple of hours if not a day until the answer is accepted. This way other people have a chance to give an answer as well. Another thing is when a new answer is given after a longer period of time. It happens that ...


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I completely disagree with the proposition that we should refrain from answering questions in order to educate new users. I simply don't think it's my job to educate new users about how to ask questions. And I don't really agree with the idea that withholding useful information is a good way of educating people. Like all of us, I don't theoretically like (...


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Let me give an answer from the point of view of a LaTeX user who is sufficiently expert to do most of the things they need but not enough expert to understand most of the underlying details. If I look at the question and at Enrico's answer, I wouldn't be able to understand that that's a bug or that the incompatibility would be solvable by a bug report. So, ...


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All sorts of things get upvotes: it doesn't mean that they are necessarily answers! Alan is of of course right that unhelpful answers can be voted down, but sometimes what should be a comment or edit gets posted as an answer then upvoted. Those should be flagged: it's not the votes that are important, nor the correctness, but whether the 'answer' is at ...


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Some simple ideas: If you want to answer just-do-it-for-me questions, answer them. If you don't want to answer them, don't. If you want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, leave a comment. If you don't want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, don't. In general, trying to legislate behaviour, especially of people who are giving ...


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I think there is some consensus that wrong answers are not the same as "not an answer", and should not be flagged. Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too) for some discussion from one of the Moderators on this. The voting system is supposed to separate good answers from bad ones. So it's fine to downvote a bad answer if you think that's necessary,...


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I would like to tell you what happened to me some time ago. In the beginning, I answered also questions without MWE. One day I answered telling the OP: "Next time, please add an MWE" and he promised me he would do. Little time after that, he asked again a question without MWE, and again I answered telling him: "Next time, please add an MWE" and again he ...


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If I see a question that indicates a bug, I normally write in my answer or in a comment "this is a bug, notify the maintainer". I normally don't make the bug report myself as I think it is important that everyone learns to make bug reports. "You discovered the bug, you should also report it". But if the bug affects an important current package (and I ...


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The answerers know that you can only accept one answer; they shouldn’t mind when you do so. On english.stackexchange, I’ve been an answerer in this scenario many times, and I’ve never seen anyone unhappy when one answer among two or several good ones was accepted. If you like, a comment like “Thankyou, this [was very helpful/works fine/is a useful ...


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We don't follow the Thanks removal rule. It is a SO thing. Some of us approve Thanks removing edits. Some don't. I don't. Some notes for future reference and responding to a hypothetical SO user arriving here. I'm not bothered with Thanks word. It's a word. Why don't we get equally bothered by those voting arrows next to the question or those colorful ...


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Taken from How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? What does deletion mean for a post? Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted (that is, removed from the system); they're just hidden (AKA soft-deleted). This means they won't appear in search results or data ...


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This happens occasionally, and the results have also been varied. In some cases, users provide multiple solutions in a single answer (example). In other instances, users may provide multiple answers, each of which provide a distinct solution approach (example query). The former scenario is more the norm in my opinion. The original question may request each ...


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I'd like to add this answer of @moewe: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/170321/36296 This basically creates a completely new style and for all the work it did not even get accepted by the OP and only a single upvote :( There are many similar answers of her/him but I guess since most bibliography questions are about tweaking something to fit some very ...


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Either select the answer that benefits the community the most (according to your opinion), hoping that future visitors to your question will find meaning in your choice; or select the answer that helped you most (based on your situation). Users who visit your post in the future should use their own judgement (and voting) to corroborate choices or find ...


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By-design, the network treats each site as a separate entity, so there is no possibility of marking as a duplicate between different sites. As such, the only ways to answer such questions are to post an answer or to close and migrate. The stated aim of the network is to develop repositories of knowledge on the range of topics covered. So if someone chooses ...


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Maybe I have sentimental attachment to this answer of mine, which was one of the first few questions I answered. It was very instructive on how the reputation system actually works. The answer took quite a bit of sleuthing, but received only four votes. At the same time answering simpler questions that could be answered simply by reading package ...


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You can flag it for mod attention, even when deleted.


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If you don't understand something in someone's answer to your question, you can ask them to elaborate on their code. Here's what the "add a comment" tooltip says: If the answerer doesn't clarify to your satisfaction, then you can ask another follow-up question that highlights the specific details you have difficulty understanding, requesting a more formal ...


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Don't forget that, as many people said before, every question has two basic purposes: short-term purpose in helping the person who asks; long-term purpose in helping whoever finds it through whatever search engine. So while your non-accepted answer doesn't serve the 1st purpose, it still likely serves the 2nd one. Therefore it is valuable. As pointed in ...


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Here are some options: Give up on the question in its current form, perhaps accepting one answer as "most helpful." Then ask a follow-up question where you focus your request to be specific in terms of the requirements (tikz in this case). Under certain conditions you can edit your question to specify certain (additional) criteria. This would ...


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I don't remember if I have two distinct answers in some thread (big lists not included). It happens sometimes that looking at a problem from a different perspective leads to a completely new solution. There are several cases of double answers by the same user, but when it happens to me I edit my answer, clearly distinguishing between the two solutions. I'd ...


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I hope people will forgive me if I use the freedom of the Meta group format to add a commentary that is too long for a comment. @AlanMunn's answer is one that I find extremely helpful for clarifying the culture of TeX.SE. The other answers are also very helpful. However, I think those who function as leaders in TeX.SE should consider the possibility that ...


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From the Stack Exchange FAQ How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?: Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and acceptances on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified. (Exception: Reputation earned for posts with a ...


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I think one of mine which required a good slice of work but got only 1 upvote is this answer to the question "Justifying ('ragged right/left, center') all the tables in a document". There might be others but I think only 1 upvote is a bit harsh even if this answer is not applicable for anyone else.


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I disagree with this for the following reasons: This attempts to "force a policy" onto the community that might not align with everyone's intent. "Enforcement" of this seems like it will clutter comment sections with "Please see [this Meta post]", suggesting answerers now have to edit there post to conform to something. You ...


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