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 ...
Oh my, I really don't know what to say. :)
TeX.sx wouldn't be the same without you.
Thanks for sharing your knowlegde with the community. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Thanks for making TeX.sx a better place. Thanks for being here in every moment.
You are a great friend. A true friend. Grazie mille, Enrico.
Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro.
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The signal-to-noise ratio on TeX.SX (and other SE sites) is very good: The interface makes harder to add noise, and it is always clear what the question is and what the answers are. And the community usually removes any noise quickly.
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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 ...
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I must say; I started with TeX a bit over a year ago. I found out about Stack Exchange a few months after that, very much a newbie still (Heck, in many ways I still am.) I found Stack Exchange to be the single best place, bar none, to get help with basic questions; the answers were complete, they explained why things should be done this way, they explained ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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 (...
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 ...