We vote a lot, and we vote up.
We have a narrow scope, which means there are people who can answer almost any question.
For some people, TeX and friends is almost a religion which they practise through this website.
Oh and I forgot to say: We vote a lot.
That's it I think.
PS: Did I mention that we vote a lot?
As Tom and David mentioned in the comments, we just upvote. Even if one feels the urge to downvote a question or an answer, we encourage different approaches, like leaving a comment to help make the content better or point crass errors, or simply do not upvote the content at all (but still pointing what is going on). A question or answer that shows effort ...
While I wholeheartedly agree with this attempt, I refuse to do anything about it.
Any site that has this much traffic should be able to hire proper UX experts and get rid of this mind-numbing stupid design. And I would like to emphasize that I choose my words very carefully. Anybody knows me over the years know that I really don't target any individuals but ...
I upvote. A lot. People vote for my answers, so I have to vote.
It's rare I don't upvote a question I answer to: as one of the moderators once told me, “if you deem a question worthy answering, then it's also worth a vote”.
I also vote answers: when they solve a problem in a “good way”, I think they deserve a vote. What a “good way” is probably depends on ...
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You can not expect others give you ideas or solve practical issues pointing packages etc... That totally depend on the application and each application has different requirements. Not to mention that every time humans are involved you have to consider their ability to use the tool.
I'll give you a practical example.
This is an application I've recently ...
I think the hyperlink should either be shortened to cover only TeX-SX,
Welcome to TeX-SX.
or better, there must be some more words along the lines of
Welcome to TeX-SX! Have a look at our starter page for a quick intro if you wish to familiarize yourself with our format.
But in general, we need to introduce some human-like versions. I would ...
A list of (probably) all posts that show this problem is returned by the following query
Which returns 11554 postings, this shows all the pre-2014 postings on the site whose initial unedited markdown has a single backslash followed by four spaces, or spaces and a tab. This is a (...
In addition to some of the observations that we vote a lot, I think there's another reason why that voting occurs: we value substantial answers over short one liners, and we tend to comment on answers to make them better rather than post a competing answer which is minimally similar to an existing one. See also Why do people answer in comments?.
The end ...
Yes, we do vote a lot, but I think it's much more than that.
This community is very positive. We don't compete against each other (except perhaps playfully when we comment along the lines of "you beat me to the answer by 2 seconds"). We share our ideas freely. We encourage people: in how to get a solution that works for them, in how to write better ...
Here is a timeline of how things changed on this site since 2011 (I used a year-specific extraction of a data query). More specifically, it shows the cumulative questions and accepted answers as well as this ratio (or percentage) as the site grows:
Questions answers Percentage Growth
2011 13108 ...
On behalf of the team, thank you very much to everyone who participated in fixing the backslash problem. It really was excellent, amazing work. Editing is always underappreciated, and this must have been all the duller to do by hand because it was looking at the same bit of code formatting over and over rather than cleaning up prose.
I apologize for our ...
The 'official' position across the network is to use 'SE', so that is what I use when talking to people on other sites. However, 'SE' is the TLD for Sweden, and 'SX' (or 'sx') fits nicely with 'TeX'. So on the site I and many others use a variation of 'TeX-sx' (TeX-SX, TeX.SX, etc.).
I've floated between industry and academics over the years but I'm currently teaching mathematics in a US public high school.The multivariable calculus teacher and I use the sagetex package to create randomized tests (to combat cheating). I don't know of anyone else at the school using it. At my previous school I helped convert a math teacher to LaTeX. With ...
Whenever I google a LaTeX issue, I end up on tex.SE. Now, that may have to do with my filter bubble, but it's also the best resources for LaTeX-related trouble, no questions asked.
So I routinely get here, find good stuff, and then of course upvote it.
I can only hope that this happens to many people, i.e. they land here, get help, and already have the ...
I have no internet connection.
I have no TeX distro plus a text editor installed.
I have no electricity.
I have no money to pay many bills so I have to work 24 hours a day.
The top 50 members resign from this site.
Microsoft releases a better typesetting system than (La)TeX. It is not necessarily free of charge.
All copies of (La)TeX distributions ...
Making the white background less white
// @name _TeX SE, Swap background colour
// @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/*
// @grant GM_addStyle
// @run-at document-start
GM_addStyle ( `
(the exact colour can be adjusted to fit ...
As a TeX user, I favour
logical punctuation, a.k.a. "British style"; or
rhetorical punctuation, a.k.a. "American style."
The following example, taken from Edward D. Johnson's The Handbook of Good English (Simon & Schuster, 1991), illustrates the difference between the two:
I'm not sure what is meant by 'fail-safe'. (logical punctuation)
I'm not sure ...
It always amazes me to find that my question asked almost day or more before got an answer
Remember the world is in fact round and some people are asleep when you ask the question. So any answer that comes within 24 or even 48 hours is essentially "current".
But unanswered questions are not good for the site, which is supposed to be a site of answers to ...
(This post is mainly not about the welcome page per se, but about the practice of greeting new users with it.)
The welcome page is rather off-putting because of its length. That's unavoidable: there is a lot of material to cover. Using sections instead of huge bulleted lists would make it more palatable but other than that I don't see room for significant ...
This came up tangentially at https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com/a/2288/86. I'll copy the last part of my answer from there:
I strongly prefer "TeX-SX" to "TeX.SE" (note the punctuation) and "TeX.SX" is acceptable. I'd rather annoy random other StackExchange users than the Swedes. However, as this has brought it to my attention, I'd rather make the ...