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Several reasons: 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?


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Upvote = Yes! Please sign us up for hats! Downvote = No thank you, I'd rather enjoy a regular day at the office.


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Mae hwyaden TeX SE yn pleidleisio'n aml iawn. Esbonnir popeth gan hwyaid. Gerald_G, Rubber Duck Family TeX SE's duck votes frequently. Everything is explained by ducks.


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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 ...


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Legend: Assembla BitBucket CTAN GitHub LaTeX2e LaTeX3 SourceForge Not applicable Code corpus :: Sean Allred :: Andrew Cashner (musarithmia) :: David Carlisle :: dustin :: Paulo Cereda :: Claudio Fiandrino :: Christian Feuersänger :: Paul Gaborit :: Paul Gessler :: Patrick Gundlach :: Patrick Gundlach (for Speedata) :: David Haberthür1 :...


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Upvote = Yes! Please sign us up for hats! Downvote = No thank you, I'd rather enjoy a regular day at the office.


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A list of (probably) all posts that show this problem is returned by the following query https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/695628/posts-probably-affected-by 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 (...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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: With accepted Questions answers Percentage Growth 2011 13108 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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I think I'm not on TeX.sx when... well... I have no idea. :) After all, last time I wasn't here was April 23, 2011, according to my profile. :)


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According to my random number generator I choose 9 and 99 http://dilbert.com/strip/2001-10-25


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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 ...


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When 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 ...


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Making the white background less white // ==UserScript== // @name _TeX SE, Swap background colour // @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/* // @grant GM_addStyle // @run-at document-start // ==/UserScript== GM_addStyle ( ` #content { background-color:#fefef6 !important; } ` ); (the exact colour can be adjusted to fit ...


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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 ...


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I've gone through a number of changes in my behaviour on the site since I joined more than 5 years ago. The reputation bug is a big driver for any newcomer to the site. However, while receiving reputation is awesome, giving it (through voting) should be reciprocated. If a post adds value, cast your vote. If that addition is negative or useless, downvote; if ...


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Had they had been voting as much as we did then it would be an anomaly. We can easily cover their two pages with our very same top rows, compare them too: SU voters: SF voters: Again, on behalf of a few other users, I vote for "mark as read" almost always. Because as mentioned, we don't care about the votes except those two misters you know who


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12 (For the number of wing feather tips on the last contest duck) 5 (For the number of top knot feather tips on the last contest duck) p.s. He says you have to rerun the winner selection if these are chosen. (Duckie says "he is unique, and wants to remain unique!!)


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(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 ...


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Update: The style has been fixed in the "vanilla" website. This change seems no longer necessary. Restore the old code appearance // ==UserScript== // @name TeX SE, code display // @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/* // @grant GM_addStyle // @run-at document-start // ==/UserScript== GM_addStyle ( ` .kwd, .dec { color: #...


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