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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing awareness about the relentless work of uncountable people in this community (be named or anonymous), devoting themselves to share expertise for free, regardless of their time, social position or economic status. I personally believe that this community built a system in which generosity is ...


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Reading some feedback on meta.stackexchange.com I got the impression that this community feels quite tense about the upcoming CommonMark migration. I feel that some extra levels of transparency shared right here might make your lives a little easier and help alleviate some of the tension, so let me try to address some of the concerns and give you a more ...


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For users who are curious about how the automated edits look like, and who want to review them for potential issues: visit the profile of the Community user (ID -1), and navigate to 'all actions' → 'revisions', or use this direct link. They'll be recognizable by the edit summary "Commonmark migration": (screenshot taken from Meta.SE pending the actual ...


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I suspect that there are many tags like that. I'm of two minds about these kinds of tags. Another way of thinking of them that is different from the 'grab bag' characterization, is that they are context-dependent tags. Another one is the examples tag. This tag is often added to linguistics questions since the major linguistics packages are designed for ...


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While it is definitely true that minimal examples are sometimes asked for reflexively, and it's possible to make questions that shouldn't require them, (see automatic check for MWE) for some prior discussion) I don't think that discouraging MWEs is at all the way to address the problem you are raising. Here are some counterpoints to think about (some are the ...


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Your main claim appears to be, a MWE forces [queries] to be way too specific. As @AlanMunn and others have already noted, MWEs are not essential for all queries. However, for a great many queries, they are indeed essential. A disturbingly large number of queries starts out vague and unfocused. Postings such as "Ummm, I had some code that was working ...


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Copied and pasted from the edit window of https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/400900: Pandoc doesn't like the option in brackets after the latex command. In order to make it work you have to use a recent version of pandoc that supports generic raw attributes. Now you can create a raw latex block around the offending command: ```{=latex} \Opensolutionfile{ans}[...


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Using double backticks to escape backticks in inline code, from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/543571/134574 \textbackslash is just for typesetting. As the name says, it's a text command, so it just prints the character \ from the current font, and isn't of any use for anything other than that. You are looking for: \catcode`\\=12 The syntax for the \...


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Subscripts and superscripts, from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/527538/134574 (the answer is huge, so I copied only a paragraph). (\outer is a primitive, so \meaning\outer is \12o12u12t12e12r12). In this case, the code will see the \ and will do its thing with \outer[note 1]. Later, it arrives at \umbrella and hits it with \meaning:


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There's a list of questions in your profile: There's one direct link which works for all users: https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/current?tab=questions. It will automatically redirect to your own questions. Alternatively, you can combine the two search options user:me and is:q to search for 'posts by yourself' which 'are questions'; this might be useful ...


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Help others where you can help. Pay it forward.


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(also reported here) Links to URLs with a ) in them will break. Consider this link to the Stack Exchange API documentation: https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/questions-by-ids#order=desc&sort=activity&ids=349185&filter=!)rTkraPYPefwELKox66q&site=meta&run=true If you try to link to it right now, it works, but after the update, it breaks:...


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I’m not familiar with the specific question, but in general: I would answer with a polite frame challenge, giving a better alternative—and if that’s not possible, is it really such a bad practice?


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Code in lists, copied from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/461589/134574 This is somewhat similar to this question. The values in the fractions matter because the boxes of the characters have different sizes. The p has a descender below the baseline which the x doesn't, thus when you swap them, the box of the denominator get a little bigger and TeX uses a ...


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Code copied from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/44765 which had double backslashes trashed in earlier update. \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside]{report} \usepackage[left=2.00cm,right=2.00cm,top=2.45cm,bottom=2.5cm]{geometry} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb,amsthm,amscd,amstext} \def \st {\backepsilon} \DeclareMathOperator{\dom}{dom} \...


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