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There are two ways in which you can view a Question/Answer site. One is as a real-time "I've asked this question and I want a quick answer now" type of site, and the other is as a longer term repository of questions and definitive answers. I think that many of us here take this latter view of the site. As a result, we have lots of very high quality answers, ...


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I also often find myself dropping a comment instead of answering. In addition to what was already answered here, my reasons mostly are Might be too localized. If the answer to a huge question is a one-liner, then more often than not the real problem was a little thing the OP overlooked, having nothing to do with the perceived question at all. In that case, ...


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In general, you are correct that something which answers the question should be given as an answer. However, there are some subtleties to this. The first is as marczellm says that a one-liner may not really 'feel' like an answer: it may be the core of an answer but need expansion, for example. There is then the question of whether the comment really answers ...


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Installing, updating, restoring, other system operations Installing/updating the TeX distribution (TeX Live, MikTeX, etc.) How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? [How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/1092) How should one maintain and update a MiKTeX installation? [How should one maintain and ...


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Bibliographies and citations General problems Question mark instead of citation number [Question mark instead of citation number](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/63852) BibTeX loses capitals when creating .bbl file [BibTeX loses capitals when creating `.bbl` file](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/10772) BibTeX: How to write “ä” and other umlauts and ...


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Symbols (see also Fonts & Font encoding) Scott Pakin's Comprehensive symbols list [Comprehensive symbols list](http://mirror.ctan.org/info/symbols/comprehensive/) Symbols in math How to look up a symbol or identify a math alphabet? [How to look up a symbol or identify a math alphabet?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/14) Importing a single symbol ...


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The usual approach is to post a comment asking the person who posted the information to convert it to an answer. I'll do that.


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Joseph's post speaks about it slightly, but I would like to add one comment. This often happens when there is not enough information in the question, usually because of a missing MWE. This makes the question difficult to answer, so we often just try to guess what is the problem and we shoot a possible solution, as a comment. If later it is found out that the ...


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I like your proposed text block and intend to use it in the future. ("Answering" questions on Meta feels weird)


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Figure/table (float) positioning How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? [How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/39017) This is the "official", general post. Keeping tables/figures close to where they are mentioned [Keeping tables/...


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I think an important pedagogical angle also needs to be emphasised. A significant point of the OP providing an attempt at coding is that it is an indication of their level of expertise. It's not just about helping with problems but knowing at what level you need to start your discussion from. Neither of the code blocks as presented emphasise this enough I ...


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I like getting these comments. I don't always notice when an answer of mine gets accepted - there's no automatic notification of that and the reputation difference is not unique. When an answer is accepted, it reminds me that the primary goal here is to help other people (as opposed to accumulating reputation or providing popular answers) so I count an ...


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Correct centering Should I use center or centering for figures and tables? [Should I use center or centering for figures and tables?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/2651) When should we use \begin{center} instead of \centering? [When should we use `\begin{center}` instead of `\centering`?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/23650)


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Here is my proposed answer: While [tag:MathJax] uses LaTeX syntax, it uses Javascript and HTML's DOM model rather than TeX technology, making it mostly off topic for this site. You might try instead searching among the [questions tagged with mathjax on Stack Overflow](http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/mathjax), or in the official [mathjax-users](...


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Math environments Questions involving coding Preferred LaTeX coding Blank lines in math, missing $ signs Blank lines in an equation and some other similar function [Blank lines in an equation and some other similar function](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/315200) “!Missing $ inserted” error using amsmath environments [“!Missing $ inserted” error ...


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It may be that people don't consider a one-liner solution to be worth an Answer. There's the feeling that an Answer with capital A is something more detailed. This feeling is (at least in my case) strengthened by the fact that somehow, on this site, there are much more detailed answers than one-liners. The Answerers usually go to great detail even about ...


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Frequent source code related issues Control sequence naming Is \10 allowed as a control-sequence name? [Is \10 allowed as a control-sequence name?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/141888) Package loading order Which packages should be loaded after hyperref instead of before? [Which packages should be loaded after `hyperref` instead of before?](https://...


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The quality of the answer is important. So it's better to make it clearly understandable, improve your original answer, without edited or 2nd edt remarks. The history can still be read. To let the reader understand comments, you could add the necessary information in the comment area, following that comment. It belongs there. Perhaps directly address the ...


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Cross-referencing, including hyperref Hyperref: using abbreviated labels like Eq., but keep correct spacing after period [Hyperref: using abbreviated labels like Eq., but keep correct spacing after period](https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/497152) labels Understanding how references and labels work [Understanding how references and labels work](https://tex....


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I sometimes posted advice in a comment, because of being pretty sure that the question has been answered before and I just did not find the duplicate yet. As soon as I would find the duplicate, I would add a link. It would be good to check for a duplicate at first, before quickly firing answer for rep and badges. I guess commenters often avoid adding an ...


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I fully support Joseph's answer. If we do that, sometimes the comment poster doesn't create an answer though, perhaps because he didn't read the request or he doesn't care. To not let the question unanswered, it would be ok then that anybody writes the solution as answer, after some time and referring to the commentator, which can be accepted then. We ...


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About: [Welcome to TeX.sx!](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1436/welcome-to-tex-sx) Your question won't be seen by many people here, so it would be best to repost it as a fresh question. [Follow-up questions](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2117/ive-just-been-told-i-have-to-post-a-follow-up-question-why-and-how) like this are more ...


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Taking the two very good suggestions so far and editing them together to get within 500 characters, how about [Welcome to TeX.sx!](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/1436) On this site, a question should typically revolve around an abstract issue (e.g. "How do I get a double horizontal line in a table?") rather than a concrete application (e.g. "How do I ...


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As on all StackExchange sites, the idea of comments here is that they are ways of allowing clarification or feedback on questions/answers but should always be viewed as 'less important' than the material they are attached to. In particular, they may be deleted where moderators deem this appropriate. In terms of 'Thanks' comments, they are not encouraged ...


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Spacing and pagination Space after LaTeX commands [Space after LaTeX commands](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/31091) Double line spacing [Double line spacing](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/819) Inconsistent line spacing (need for \par) [Inconsistent line spacing](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/36454) Adding vertical space at the start of a page [...


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Fonts & Font encoding (see also Symbols) Which OpenType Math fonts are available? [Which OpenType Math fonts are available?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/425098) How do I find out what fonts are used in a document/picture? [How do I find out what fonts are used in a document/picture?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/45919) Do fontsize environments ...


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Old font macros Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, \bfseries or \bf, etc. [Does it matter if I use `\textit` or `\it`, `\bfseries` or `\bf`, etc.](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/516) Will two-letter font style commands (\bf, \it, …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX? [Will two-letter font style commands (`\bf`, `\it`, …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?](...


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To be honest, I think we'd be better without boiler plate text blocks for this kind of thing, If a situation isn't worth writing a custom comment, it's probably not worth making a comment at all.


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Figure/table numbering Continuous v. per-chapter/section numbering of figures, tables, and other document elements [Continuous v. per-chapter/section numbering of figures, tables, and other document elements](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/28333) How to get more subfigures than 26? [How to get more subfigures than 26?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/...


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Documentation & Definition of commands (La)TeX core Difference between optional and delimited arguments Are all commands with an optional argument fragile? [Are all commands with an optional argument fragile?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/497356) Is there a BNF grammar of the TeX language? [Is there a BNF grammar of the TeX language?](https://...


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