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Helping people effectively and to their satisfaction is an art and there are a great many aspects that come into play. I'll just list a few things here that come to my mind and that I picked up when I read the linked article. People want to be taken seriously I should probably not write 'people' in all generality here, but it is shorter and for that first ...


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It seems to me that there are three different questions here. And I'm sort of agnostic about all of them. More moderation? The first question is whether we need more moderation to counter rudeness or other sorts of dissatisfaction with the site. I don't generally find this site particularly rude or unpleasant. Like anyone else, I sometimes encounter ...


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Apart from the security reason raised by Wang Ki Wun, there are other reasons that Overleaf links should not be accepted as replacements for MWEs. (Some of these you mention in your question, but they bear repeating here.) First, one of the main goals of the whole network is to be a set of self-contained questions and answers. So in the same way that a link-...


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I would say, "not as such". It is easy to imagine some support questions ("How do I reset my password?") which are obviously not TeX-related. But a user, especially an inexperienced one, will often have little idea about the source of their problem. They may (wrongly) think they have a TeX problem, when they don't; and they may also wrongly think they have a ...


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Let me give an answer from the point of view of a LaTeX user who is sufficiently expert to do most of the things they need but not enough expert to understand most of the underlying details. If I look at the question and at Enrico's answer, I wouldn't be able to understand that that's a bug or that the incompatibility would be solvable by a bug report. So, ...


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\documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikzducks} \usepackage{tikzlings} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{scope}[xshift=-1.3cm] \begin{scope}[xslant=1.2,scale=2] \duck[body=gray,bill=gray,eye=gray,pupil=gray] \end{scope} \end{scope} \marmot \end{tikzpicture} \end{document} Edit on Groundhog Day As winner I will ensure that over the next seven ...


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According to How was this answer posted after this question was closed? (found by Joseph Wright in the comments) the server accepts answers to closed questions for a grace period of up to four hours after they were closed. If one starts writing an answer before the question is closed or just has the question opened in a tab in un-closed state one can just ...


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Don't put links to overleaf in public forum, even read-only links will show your email address to everybody Example: link from this answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/506205/195169 click on share and see the mail (I removed name, but you probably recognise that this is your mail)


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The problem is not specific to overleaf: There are (and always have been) enough users without any clues what tex system (or even OS) they are actually using ("I use texstudio" is a frequent answer), or where they can find log-files and how to read them. overleaf is actually easier to handle than some private TeX-installation in this respect as much more ...


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Some simple ideas: If you want to answer just-do-it-for-me questions, answer them. If you don't want to answer them, don't. If you want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, leave a comment. If you don't want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, don't. In general, trying to legislate behaviour, especially of people who are giving ...


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I suspect that this answer will not be popular among some, in fact, some who I generally hold in high regard as valuable users of the site. A very wise person said recently: Behaviours are only annoying if you get annoyed by them. So I don't think that the site has become more competitive, but I do think that there are some users who are deciding to be ...


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Let's assume the real problems are not with your query (say, unclear wording) but solely with the answer you accepted prematurely, before you discovered the flaws. Before un-accepting that answer, I believe that sheer politeness and good manners require leaving a comment first, detailing the flaws you've discovered and asking the answer-giver if it's ...


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Overleaf and ShareLaTeX recently merged into Overleaf v2. Before the merger, errors on Overleaf looked like this:¹ There's a big red rectangle with the error message over the problematic line. Errors on ShareLaTeX looked like this:² This shows a red box with a white cross in it next to the line number. The error message shows as a tooltip. The right panel ...


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On 'why suspend more than one person', this is an unusual step. In most moderation situations, there is a reasonably clear trail to determine the transgressor. For example, a user who posts unpleasant comments will likely be flagged by several people, will post such comments in reply to multiple users, etc., and we can see where action is needed. Similarly, ...


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I must say, having such a complex avatar is creating some really fun and unique challenges for these things. I am thoroughly enjoying all these little contests (and learning a lot, too!). Here is my entry, based on my original entry for the TeX-mas 2018 event: It shows a Ulysses butterfly flapping its wings intermittently, with a corresponding shadow that ...


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If I see a question that indicates a bug, I normally write in my answer or in a comment "this is a bug, notify the maintainer". I normally don't make the bug report myself as I think it is important that everyone learns to make bug reports. "You discovered the bug, you should also report it". But if the bug affects an important current package (and I ...


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I think the site is clear that you retain copyright, so as Joseph has already said, you are free to do anything with your own codes, including using them or making them available to others at a different location under a different (or same) licence. It's worth noting that option 1 is not really available: even if you edit or delete the text anyone with a ...


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The SEDE queries suggested by samcarter (https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/888155/average-answer-score-by-tag) and me (https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/950955/) in the comments show the average answer score. The average, however, is very sensitive to outliers and therefore probably less useful to analyse 'your average question'. A more robust ...


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