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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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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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I normally speak names in my mind when writing, and addressing furniture, numbers, random letters, long sentences, political statements, names written in scripts I don't understand, names containing too much "z" or the umpteenth "Guest" or "Anonymous" is odd. So I have a clear preference for names that are not too long, ...


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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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I think that such a question should be mandatory.* Given that TeX aims to be as bug-free as possible, fixes are nowadays rather on the esoteric side, mostly about obscure corner cases, but who knows? And surely, having a place where to look for “official” information, beside the usual TUGboat channel, would be handy. * I don't think I'll ask it, though. 😉


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One global number in that list is the 179,089 users with 1 or more reputation (you can't have less than 1 reputation). Another way to look at it is to check the user list, note that it has 36 users per page and 4590 pages, which amounts to (a little less than) 165,240 users. I suspect unregistered accounts aren't listed here, hence the lower number. The ...


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There are four main grounds for closing questions on the site: Off topic Too broad Opinion based Duplicate Given these reasons, there are no grounds to close questions that are asking for bad practice, since such questions don't meet any of the criteria for closure assuming they aren't duplicates of another such question. Or unless of course, they're bad ...


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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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There's a scheduled job running each month to reset the counters. It failed December 1, 2020, sorry for this. That's why the November values are included, so it's too high. SE started a network wide recalculation that should fix it after some time. The monthly reputation league page looks better already.


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Yes, the characterization of a "just do it for me" you give matches quite closely with how I used the term in my question. It also matches various other characterizations to be found in the other meta questions you link to in your question. While people seem to disagree about whether they should be answered or not, most people do seem to admit that the rough ...


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I'm the lead developer of TopAnswers, and I'm responding here as my name has come up in the comments, and because I want you to know that it makes a difference to me that you, and/or one other another moderator here would rather my name did not advertise TopAnswers. I'm not saying I agree with your reasons, or the method of trying to shape (or gauge) opinion ...


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The Q&A format of the Stack network doesn't lend itself well to a standalone post (SO tried this with the documentation experiment; it didn't go well). In that sense, no, you should not post your example. But there is an alternative. You can transform your post into a true Q&A. What is the trickiest part of the table? You can create the rest of ...


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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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Searching for symbols isn't fully supported (just like regular search engines have problems with that). What you can do, since \tikz{ is usually used inside code blocks, is to search for code:"\tikz{" which does seem to produce the correct results; this is the top hit right now.


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The best book I know of about typography is Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style. Some way behind this you might find my A Few Notes on Book Design (texdoc memdesign) which is more related to LaTeX users. I think that the fundamental principle is that the reader does not notice the typography and is able to concentrate on the content, not ...


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I think that pandoc questions that use LaTeX as the intermediary or output format are definitely on topic, and there are quite a few of us here who are also pandoc users, and so these sorts of questions are usually answered quite happily. General pandoc questions, however (e.g. conversions between document types that use no LaTeX) are likely to be off topic, ...


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There seems to be some who are not willing to change the meaning of the original question (or title), because they feel they may impede on the requirements originally posted, even if it's obvious that its useless, like "How do I draw this?" I am in favour of changing the title purely because many of us answering have been here longer than those who post the ...


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A minimal example is intended to help debug an issue by making it clear where the problem lies. So if a 'MWE' is too small to show the issue in real use, I feel it's appropriate to go back and edit. I'd probably make it clear that the original MWE was solved by the answer but that this didn't address your real issue, then provide an updated MWE. This is not ...


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No, I'm afraid that TeX.StackExchange is not for discussing purely typographical questions. Of course, since TeX is a typographic tool, the border between “pure typography” and “TeXnical ways to achieve a typographic aim” is a bit blurred. Questions such as “should captions go above or below tables/figures?” are purely typographical in nature and should ...


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PGF/TikZ is now available on GitHub. https://github.com/pgf-tikz/pgf This commit officially changed all the links: https://github.com/pgf-tikz/pgf/commit/94fb28ef7e6c3323f8b81117095b82f2f0fbabb8


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For a more complete picture: that answer has been flagged two times: as being "not an answer" for having "very low quality" So for me the completed question becomes: should a moderator delete badly shaped answers with bad content (see barbara's comment there to know why) after users complained? You linked two good existing meta ...


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Hmmm... looking around after posting in Meta I found this in the highlight.js site: «At best I'd consider our Latex support to be more of a "placeholder" than a real grammar... If someone would like to pitch in here to help I'd be more than happy to answer any HLJS specific questions about our grammars, etc.»


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Here's my own suggestion for how to change the colors. Notes and suggestions are very welcome (as well as other answers, of course). class current color proposed color ------------------------------------------ keyword #015692 #934301 built_in #b75501 #934301 params unstyled #523014 comment #656e77 #...


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The close votes and the reason (already resolved in comments) are not a flaw of the question. Sometimes it may be ok to close a question with that reason (such if the solution comment refers to a simple typo or an outdated TeX installation), the fact that the solution was decided to be posted as a comment instead of being an answer may indicate it. But, like ...


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To add to the answer of Teepeemm (with which I agree): to help future visitors to the site the most, it is important that a Q&A-pair focuses on a single aspect or issue to be solved. We get many questions along the lines of "how do I draw this complex table", some with a code attempt and some without, but even if the question already contains a ...


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The original TeXdoc.net site showed the link syntax on top of the start page (screenshot from old status on archive.org) The plan was to have an easy to remember link to package documentation but especially some comfort in forums: if I click a package name, it directly brings me to the manual, with that standard syntax, so I don't need that full path. It ...


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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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