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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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) What is the difference between Fragile and Robust commands? [What is the difference between Fragile ...


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Naming How to change the name of document elements like “Figure”, “Contents”, “Bibliography” etc.? [How to change the name of document elements like “Figure”, “Contents”, “Bibliography” etc.?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/82993) Spaces in files names in \input or \includegraphics [Spaces in files names in \input or \includegraphics](https://tex....


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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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Since other text blocks that we paste in sometimes have alternatives, perhaps both this one and the original one can be preserved, and people can use whichever one suits their degree of formality/hypocrisy.


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I don't consider this an issue, since people who see that message are already on this site. The suggestion is not "Go to TeX.SX" or "Visit TeX.SX". As an aside: For those posting Welcome to TeX.SX! verbatim as a comment, they could consider changing this to Welcome to TeX.SE! as the .SE suffix is more commonly used to represent the Stack Exchange ...


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The current highest-voted comment has a score of 208: You can run a SEDE query to see the top 100 highest-voted comments.


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It's a protection mechanism to prevent people to delete too much of their contribution on the site. It also hinders an hacker to do the same. Actually your action triggered an automatic moderator attention flag by the system, which I cleared just now. I guess from time to time some people, mainly from the bigger stackexchange sites, may become frustrated ...


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This varies and depends on a number of circumstances. I'll reflect on a couple from personal experience: You're too slow to respond. The OP doesn't wait long enough for you to respond and asks a new follow-up question before you can get around smoothing out anything further to help. You forget. This happens, believe it or not. Some days/weeks are more ...


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You can see your comments on your activity tab: https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/28474/ppr?tab=activity&sort=comments - this is not as sophisticated as views on Qs and As, because you can only see them ordered from newest to oldest, but they should all be there.


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Well my personal opinionated response to that is So What? (in a very playful tone). You can even misshoot the click while scrolling the page and it lands on the other comment which is completely wrong but still, so what? No damage is done. It doesn't measure anything and it certainly doesn't effect anything. If it seems correct temporarily then upvote it ...


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Yes, moderators can choose to see deleted comments and flag history (including 'handled' flags). So we can see the context of flags or later comments.


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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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This is already partly provided when rejecting a suggested edit: You are provided with a number of canned responses, including a custom message where you can "clearly explain why you are rejecting the edit": Here is an example of a rejected edit I made displaying a custom message*: The suggester of the edit can review their suggestions by clicking on the ...


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Yes it is possible for moderators to edit comments. In practice this is normally done only if the commenter requests it (as they've spotted an error but have missed the editing window) or where there is a typo that is clear and correctable. (Both cases are rare so I can't readily point to an example, though I know I've corrected things for people on occasion;...


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TikZ Difference between "right of=" and "right=of" in PGF/TikZ [Difference between "right of=" and "right=of" in PGF/TikZ](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/9386) Should \tikzset or \tikzstyle be used to define TikZ styles? [Should `\tikzset` or `\tikzstyle` be used to define TikZ styles?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/...


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Jeff Atwood wrote: multiple lines are not supported in comments, and will never be Comments are treated as a single line, so multi-line code is impossible. I guess one reason is rendering speed.


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There are two sets of comments: Those submitted by you and those submitted by others to you (are to posts that you made). The former is available under the Comments section of your Activity tab in your User profile, and found at the following URL (since it's user-specific): https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/<userid>?tab=activity&sort=comments ...


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According to the help on Markdown, StackExchange has programmed "[comments to] support only bold, italic, code and links; in addition, a few shorthand links [...]". Comments, in general, should be used only or limited interaction between posters and other contributors. As such, providing the same markdown capabilities has (most likely) been decided as not ...


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