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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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An old question may have existing answers with many votes already, so a new answer that's more up-to-date and even more recommendable would start with less votes. It may get better over time, commenting and adding a bounty on the question may help. However, you could post your concerns and recommendations to an existing answer with the suggestion to edit it: ...


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Phrasing a question to request a "best way" to typeset something is subjective, since "best" for me is different from "best" for someone else, in my opinion. This goes for the actual code or the rendered output. The same goes for something that "looks ugly" as beauty is in the eye of the be(er)holder. Therefore I typically associate such questions as being "...


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You can't, since only a subset of HTML tags are supported in the network's visual editor. The following is taken directly from the Help Center on Formatting: When posting on TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange, you can use the visual editor (for questions and answers, but not comments), Markdown, and some HTML. If you're new to Markdown, you may want to visit the ...


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This is a network-wide functionality that has been implemented since 2010 (with some modifications over time): If you start asking a question, but do not successfully submit, you will see your last saved question draft the next time you visit the ask a question page. If you start answering a particular question, but do not successfully submit, you will see ...


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The StackExchange model is that questions should be asked once (with duplicates closed as appropriate), but that answers can be added, edited or deleted over time. Thus for an older question where there is a change resulting in a new answer, the correct approach is to post a new answer (or if you also wrote the existing one perhaps to edit it). If you don't ...


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All posts are saved before posting as a draft once every 45 seconds. You'll notice a draft saved below the post: Only once the draft is saved, the discard draft option will be made available. Discard any drafts - you're allowed one per question and answer - to avoid seeing it again when posting. Reference: Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to ...


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Others go through the same process as you and therefore may use the same search path or approaches you did. So, if the attempts/code you present may provide value to the community or future visitors, then leave the post as-is. One may, in general, present your question in a TL;DR and Attempts order, where the start of the question provides the core inquiry (...


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take a look at the line of icons above the answer box. one of them is {} -- that indicates "code". highlight the lines in your answer that you want presented as code, then click on the {}. done! as noted by @JosephWright, Ctrl-K works as a shortcut after you've highlighted.


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Let me give another example type which never gets in the way of the users, What happened to Textures and Bluesky Research? Now this is clearly a very important question due to its answer not as a question itself. If you look at the typically-complained questions, they are either grandma category or big list of LaTeX editors question type for which ...


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Consider this quote from the help pages: Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. It simply means that the author received an answer that worked for him or her personally, but not every user comes back to accept an answer, and of those who do, they may ...


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Maybe this could be useful for someone: the convert command of ImageMagick has an option which allows you to cut out the written part of an image: -trim +repage. If you use arara package you may use a rule like this to do the conversion automatically. For example if you have this myfile.tex (I've setted the background to red only to show the trimming): % ...


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Too long for a comment I’m not very active in the moment on TeX.sx (to be slightly euphemistic), so I may have missed something, but you could add a comment below the question. You can already find some suggestions in the “Text building blocks” question – in current version you can find: I want to do something very complicated: "Just do it for me" … ...


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I think the FAQ is pretty clear that big-list questions are in general inappropriate. Many of these big-list questions become CW which is also discouraged. I personally do not think that high vote totals make these question a better fit. I also do not think that the up votes on answers is informative (by definition there is no right answer). So while I ...


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Seeing your last comment: You could easily include that in your MWE, compile it and add a picture of it as a whole. The MWE could look like this. I don't think it's much reasonable to try to resemble LaTeX's output by HTML this way. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} This is a text~\cite{one,two,three,four}. \begin{thebibliography}{MM} \bibitem{one} ...


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In the particular case of a beamer question with overlays, it is often useful to attach the output in the form of an (animated) GIF. The answer to that (brought to me courtesy of @Schrödinger'scat) is that you can use convert from ImageMagick.org: convert -density <density> -delay <delay> -loop 0 -alpha remove multipage.pdf animated.gif, as ...


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If the change is minor, a detail or something that is easily achievable, you can add that to the question and notify each answerer posting a comment to each answer. If the change is major and/or not easy to achieve, ask a follow-up question.


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You could of course say: It renders as [1] rather than [1]


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