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Questions should only be closed if they do not meet meet the criteria of being clear, objective and on-topic, with perhaps the proviso that things like out-and-out typos, misunderstandings and issues which are best solved by updating a TeX installation can be closed. (The latter would otherwise tend toward some rather repetitive and low-value answers.) The ...


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I was one of the persons who voted to re-open the posting in question, so let me take a minute to explain my reasons. Basically, I disagree with the claim that the posting in question is "so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively". The posting obviously expresses some very strongly held opinions, and I will readily note that not every locution ...


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I just have answered Magazine template? because is not a technical question, but it is clear and specific. He do not ask how to make a magazine. He asks if there's anything out there to not make it from scratch. This might be answered narrowly with a "No, sorry", "Sure, go here and there" or "Well, more or less. Look at this and that, and so you get the ...


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I voted to close as "opinion based" (and enough people did the same that it was closed). But since that vote was overturned and people voted to open it, I added an answer. The answer does of course include subjective opinion, but democracy wins I suppose. It doesn't mean I think it's necessarily a good question (for this site) or necessarily a good answer (...


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The primary goal of all Stackexchange sites is to become repositories of reliable information on whatever topic they cover, in our case, TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt and their relations. To this end, questions whose answers can't be given definitively are not good questions as regards to the goals of the site, and are therefore closed. Now your question is by ...


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Troubleshooting questions are quite welcome but the issue has always been how to answer them. The usual pattern is that a series of comments, none of which can really be viewed as an answer, are posted and we end up with the user saying 'Ah this solves it'. However, normally this comment thread is tied to the issue for the questionner, and it's unlikely that ...


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Very basic (La)TeX questions are a tricky area as at least to some extent many of them could be covered by the concept 'read a manual'. There should be a space for asking good basic questions, certainly when they are phrased such that the question is clear, self-contained and likely to help future user. More problematic are basic questions where that's not ...


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Should questions be to the point or provide context? I would say, both. I have struggled with this point now and in the past. It is an art (to me, at least) to provide enough background that potential X-Y problems are avoided, but not provide too much information that it confuses the objective or makes the question "too localized" and not of much benefit to ...


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I don't see that we are accepting opinion-based questions. You might be alerted because of the Is LaTeX used for novels? LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years Why is LaTeX so complicated? Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? In any case two of them passed hundred votes and the others are around twenty. Now saying well it can be ...


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If the answer didn't receive the attention it has, then perhaps it may have been different, but the post won't be deleted, as it doesn't fit the criteria laid out for deletion. Reference(s): Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year? How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that ...


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The question has now been successfully reopened.


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I agree with your interpretation that a question about a problem resulting from a typo or failure to load a necessary package is fair game for closure, although "solved in comments" isn't very informative. It's easy enough to point out the nature of the problem/solution in a closing comment. If the answer is found among the answers to another ...


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Closing as "solved in comments" is the worst thing to do to a question. If the question does not have enough votes, the closure might make it eligible to be roombad (https://tex.stackexchange.com/help/roomba) and all the knowledge will be lost. Further users with the same problem won't be able to benifit from it. "Solved in comments" ...


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A grey dot appears next to the review queue if there is something to review in that queue. This grey dot turns red if there is a sufficiently large number of reviews within that queue, denoting some urgency in reviewing that specific content. At that time, the actual review queue button also gets a red dot. Here is that view on Stack Overflow: The Reopen ...


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Until you have the privilege to vote-to-close or reopen, you're left to your own devices to persuade the community. Here are some options (in order of preference): Post a comment in the thread in question to get the attention of some of the users who voted to close. Visit the chat room (of course, once you have the chitter-chatter privilege) and discuss ...


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I don't think that the question needs to be closed as off-topic. It doesn't show any research effort and it doesn't provide a MWE, which makes it "question with no research effort". Such would deserve dozen downvotes on another sites and eventually get deleted. Here, we keep them at 0 or -1. From the question it is clear that the issue is in the alignment. ...


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Option 1 From the perspective of the community, the Stack Exchange system (or interface) allows for correcting this: Cast enough re-open votes to remove any closure statements from the post. Re-cast close-votes using the appropriate duplicate. I would further suggest that the process could be sped up when collaborating with the folks in chat. There are ...


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https://tex.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions explains the difference Questions are marked [on hold] for the first five days after closure to encourage edits and improvements to the question. If a question is edited by the original poster when it is marked [on hold], it will automatically be placed in a review queue to be considered for reopening. ...


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»Why is LaTeX so complicated« could be answered on facts. The OP has asked a good question, he gave quite a few examples for his assumption (»LaTeX is complicated«). You could start an answer with a reminder of some LaTeX packages and come to the obvious conclusion that things are hard to understand because TeX is a complex beast and even LaTeX does not ...


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Well, as you know very well, the second comment is non-TeX.SX practice and probably a user of other networks which somehow they define this weird thing called research and all users should be expert of it which often boils down to saying did you google it? in a fancy and pompous way. So This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a matter ...


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The network model is that closing has a higher barrier than reopening: it takes more votes to close a question than it does to reopen one, and any edits to a closed question put it in the reopen review queue. As such, the entire network model is to favour closure of unclear/possible duplicate questions. The idea there is that clarification will lead to ...


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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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For what its worth I think it's a reasonable question which may not have a completely reasonable answer, but several partial answers, from using classic fonts instead of unicode math fonts to get exactly the same output to choosing a "close" unicode font to moaning at Will (see github:-) at places where unicode-math could perhaps be more compatible than it ...


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The network accommodates for this by providing the option to "Vote to Reopen" a question, even if it is merely to close it again for a different reason. So, here are a couple of suggestions: If you have the privilege to "Vote to Reopen" (3k reputation), vote to reopen the (currently-closed) question and write a comment in the question stating your ...


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The 'official' way is indeed to convert the comment into an answer, see How to end the "unanswered" status of really solved questions in the comments and Solved by comment -> how to flag. The person writing the answer can be either the original commenter, or the asker (along the lines of 'from the comment of @johnsmith I found the answer and it ...


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In a comment to the closed question, there's a link to this question: dictionary marks in biblatex. If that question is a candidate for a duplicate, that would solve the problem. If it doesn't give the answer you need, you could update your question to mention that one, and explain why it doesn't meet your requirements. In either case, this would avoid ...


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The question has been reopened. Btw. there are many comments on the question, perhaps some are obsolete today and could be cleaned? If yes and if you would flag those you cannot remove yourself, we can help cleaning.


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