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I think that editing a question after you've received good answers to it is generally bad practice, especially if it would change the validity of the answers. If what you need could be done with a minimal change, it might be possible to add a comment to each answer with an extra question. This will notify the original answerers and let them update their ...


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A good practice is to avoid flooding the front page. Besides that, time doesn't matter much - however if you put effort in writing a good question, and in investigating if it was already asked or not, the time period would probably not very short. Avoiding duplicates is an art which costs time, both the OP and potential answerers.


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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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Here is a collection of ideas, taken from comments and the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites: Questions: Search first We typically come to a Q&A to get an answer. Immediately. However, there is a bounty of knowledge already present on this site. Search for it using the best ninja skills you have possible. Only then post a question. For not-so-new users, ...


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Well, there's no such possibility on StackExchange. Every post is limited to 30kB of text, and a bunch of figures, if you wish. Why? Well, there's couple reasons (most of them were already summarized in the comments): StackExchange can't host large files. Once you allow them, there's be a large lot of them, and that's at least very expensive. Users aren't ...


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We vote anything and everything. We are full of contradictions. If we somehow get what the point is we leave it alone unless it's really boring and unlikely to be done in finite amount of manhour x time x etc. That is another contradiction right there. We have monthly(biweekly?) Answer the unanswered sessions where we sweep the unanswered questions so most ...


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The TeX site is not the correct place. It would be, if you would know your desired notation and ask how to typeset this with TeX. For the notation style itself, better ask on the Math or Graphicdesign site. The latter also deals with typography questions.


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The basic principle is exactly the same whether you use LaTeX (I've just been asked to write a minimal example, what is that?) or LyX: create a document that contains the least amount of content possible, while still demonstrating the problem at hand. For example, if you have a problem with a table, you can probably remove all the text in the document, ...


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I say go for a bounty! As you can see, there are a lot of questions on this site, and if a stream get asked in relatively quick succession then your (or, indeed, anyone's) question can get lost in the flood. Bounties can be awarded for a number of different reasons: you need a solution to the problem and your question has been buried by the most recent ...


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Here's my method, on Windows. Your mileage may vary: Nothing against it, but I use the "appropriate" document class rather than standalone. I open the result in my PDF reader, at 100% I take a screen shot (usually a subrectangle of the whole window), using MWSNAP, and save it (automatically) as a .png for uploading When, occasionally, the output is ...


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My method, on Mac OS X. Sometimes I use \usepackage[convert,border=2]{standalone}, which requires pdflatex --shell-escape and that ImageMagick is installed (it is if one has a full MacTeX distribution). This has a limitation, because not everything can be obtained just as if a real class were used. So most of the times I compile the document with the ...


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My opinion is that it is perfectly normal to ask a question that is covered elsewhere on the Internet, as long as it is (La)TeX-related. In fact, even if you didn't ask the question here, it would have been answered on the main site - the community here is eager to help, regardless of the expertise/level of the question. On a completely related topic: The ...


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Hopefully my answer below is still useful for you and others, especially for Windows users. Theory Once you have had a PDF output, you need to convert it to PNG by using the following batch file named pdf2png.bat. It is convenient to register the batch path to the system variable. rem pdf2png.bat echo off rem %1 PDF filename without extension rem %2 ...


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The length of question titles is already limited. Earlier there was a limit of 250 characters, in May 2010 it was changed to a maximum of 150 characters. You can test it: if you type a long title, you would get a message: That title is too long to be useful. Can you make it shorter? 150 characters may still be much, but sometimes it's good to have some ...


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Questions that work well on the StackExchange sites are ones for which a resolution is well-defined. If this is not the case - when the question is too broad (leading to no specific, concrete answer) or when a question solicits subjective commentary (quite often although not exclusive to questions tagged best-practices) - the risk of being closed as "too ...


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If you can manage to demonstrate the problem you’re struggling with within 20 or 30 lines of a fully compilable Minimal Working Example, your question most likely won’t be closed as too localized. What makes questions too localized is not including a full document or including several problems in one question (this might trigger other closing reasons as ...


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This is going to be difficult, since it doesn't fall within the generic realm of StackExchange - site-specific features. Instead I propose we create a generic question that has a please-do-this-for-me flavour and answer it in a generic way, pointing to some FAQs about usages for packages, other SE sites and even third-party applications. That way one can ...


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Your question reminds me of a conversation between Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky (the founders of Stack Exchange) that I heard on one of their SE podcasts. The two disagreed somewhat on the issue of "noobie questions", but I think they ended up reaching consensus: if some question can potentially be answered by the OP by piecing together information already ...


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That's not correct. You can post answers and questions starting from reputation 1, which is the starting and minimal reputation. You can't get below it even by downvotes. See https://tex.stackexchange.com/privileges/create-posts: What is asking and answering questions? The most basic privilege of all -- the right to ask a question, and the right to ...


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Instead formulate your confusion that apparently made you uncomfortable into smaller pieces and throw it to our TikZ lions and PSTricks piranha (animals are in alphabetical order don't bother :P) In other words, instead of am I doing wrong? questions, convert them into why do I do this? shouldn't it be happening such and such etc. questions with ...


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Being relatively new to the TeX.SX I have been impressed by the constructive and positive atmosphere. This reply is perhaps not directly a response to the first question but more of an extension to the discussion. I totally agree that any new question should have been preceded by some research on this site and others before being posed. Another aspect is ...


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A question such as “Why indentation is suppressed in minipage?” would certainly be a legitimate one. On the other hand, asking why some operator is missing from the list of predefined operators can't have an answer different from “because”. The LaTeX kernel provides a bunch of features that Leslie Lamport and the LaTeX team thought useful for general needs ...


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I think it's just a saying of the poster, not to be taken seriously as I see there. If the questioner would be serious about this, he could award bonus points by setting a bounty and giving it to the answerer later. In such cases you could comment and suggest that the OP would do what he or she said and actually give bonus points via a bounty.


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The Community FAQ is a go-to source for generic answers to this type of question. From there you're find Is there a limit on how many questions I can ask? Here are some quotes from that answer (for completeness): A user may ask only... 50 questions over any 30-day period six questions over any 24-hour period one question over any 30-second period users ...


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In my opinion the general answer is: no. The problem with such questions is that they obviously do not show any research effort, which is a must-have for a question suitable to the StackExchange network. You can start making the example yourself (usually there is one in the manual), and you can ask about the specific issues you stumble across.


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Already you had good answers here. I don't know if this material is already covered. Just for record and helpful to other newbies. My POV is based on: How not to ask question or atleast first solve by ourself approach. Assuming we are NOT Working on a TeX related project at the last minute. Nevertheless don't stop posting any wierd TeX/LaTeX question with ...


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You could simply post a comment to his question with your query, that person will see it in his or her SE inbox.


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Since one of the answers quoted is mine, I might as well add an answer. The expression "bonus points" is used very generally in (N. American) English to ask for something extra that would be welcome but not necessarily expected. For example, if you Google "bonus points to whoever" you will find lots of hits from contexts in which no actual points are ever ...


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Unless you discover a bug along the lines of: "when I put someonr in a section heading, the computer expolodes", it should always be possible to reproduce the bug. If the problem is in TeX's word-breaking algorithm, then as long as the word to break is not strictly confidentail, you can replace everything else on the line by a properly sized \rule{10em}{1ex}...


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