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In addition to the comments; This is partly because of the nature of TeX. There is never a single way of doing things in TeX and every documentclass is nuanced (for better or worse). Because of this every question has the high probability that the dupe won't work. For example, most TeX newcomers are obsessed with shorthand notations (under the impression ...


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If you can show with a good MWE that the apparent duplicate answer doesn't work, it's completely fine to ask a new question, clearly linking to the other question and with the new MWE to show how that answer doesn't work for you.


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In general, reputation doesn't mean much on TeX-SX. So we don't have any problems that many other SE sites have. The main reason is that our wizards are also here which is fantastic and we know how good they are so reputation doesn't reflect other than participation in the site for the fun of it. A typical example, I have 40K, Frank Mittelbach has 24K. That'...


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Such a feature has been discussed before on the big meta (How Do I Opt Out of Privileges?). It has been rejected, with a very simple reason: Nobody (i.e., not even the casual voters) should vote for duplicating unless they are 100% sure it is the correct action. If you are not sure, you should simply comment, not vote to close, and see where it goes.


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Please vote to close as a duplicate. Only if it's really very similar, such as literally the same, it may be deleted. The reason is, that a duplicate which is different can still lead users to the original solution, if they search with keywords which don't match the original but match the duplicate. A solution to the duplicate is not necessary. It's ...


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do mark the question as a duplicate. but don't remove your answer. although the answer may be essentially the same as the one for the question identified as a duplicate, someone coming to the site in the future may find this question first, and the fact that the answer is there may save that person from an additional step in finding an answer. (on the ...


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It's great that you consider checking for a duplicate first. Yes, before answering you should firstly check if it's a duplicate. Flag or comment on it, this would be very helpful. And yes, the reputation system honors answering duplicates, sadly. However, I would say, the real reputation among TeX.SE users would not raise if they see somebody answering ...


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Ideally, all questions would be good or be edited to be good, all answers would be well written and general, and all duplicate questions would be spotted as soon as they are posted. However, none of those three things is always true! As a result, it is not unknown to find that a newer question covers the same idea as an older one but is in some way 'better'. ...


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I've done this before. My guidelines are: Keep the original possible duplicate. That was, after all, the majority view. If I disagree with this then I'd want to discuss it first (here or in chat). Make the plurality clear: "Possible duplicate s" and put them in a list. Other than that, this is a good idea so long as it really is a possible duplicate and ...


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In my opinion, the base policy should be to be friendly, patient and polite. I will refer to Custom title page in report or book class?, and doncherry’s excellent comment, which can serve as an example: Welcome to TeX.sx! This question is very similar to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/17579/…. Please take a look at it as the information there might help ...


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The general issue here is of course that duplicates are meant to be based on questions, rather than answers, and once you decide to have a generic 'look up a symbol' question then there is an apparent logic in saying that all questions about looking up a symbol are dupes. However, it's clear that this is not very helpful to the user, which is the point of ...


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Not being able to find something has its root with searching on the site. However, this itself provides a catch-22-type problem: You need to know what to and how to search properly in order to find something meaningful. Sometimes a direct Google search (appending it with the site: tag, as in site:tex.stackexchange.com) is more effective than using the ...


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I think you have a point. Even though I find that specific question quite ridiculous, because whatever solution would just use the same idea as natbib, it's actually not a simple task and I don't think it'll get a reasonable answer, I voted for re-opening (and 2 other people have done so even before me). It is a question that suits the site, and it is ...


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Questions can only be considered duplicates or other questions on the same network/site. In both instances one could answer the question with a link as reference (and therefore proper attribution), but include the main components of the linked answer as part of your answer. That way you preserve the answer on the page people read the question, and avoid ...


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I think you raise two unrelated issues. The second one is a bunch of poor answers. There I think really the site is working as designed, the answers have few votes (negative total in some cases) which is the site's mechanism for distinguishing good from bad answers. The first issue with new users repeat posting is very common . As happened in some of the ...


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This is not an option, if you try to mark one as a duplicate of the other, the system just reports that there are no answers and greys-out the vote button. Given such a situation then (if you know the answer) you should answer one of the questions (typically the one with the clearest title) then vote to close the other as duplicate of the answered question.


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There isn't really a good process for this. Some options: Merge the duplicated questions, which ensures the best answer can remain. I gather than this is time-consuming for moderators; Users with >3k rep. can reopen the closed questions and then close the others as duplicates of it. This is a haphazard plan, since the close voting has to happen after the ...


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What about adding an "I'm having that problem too" button? The button could disappear as soon as an answer is accepted. In the meantime, if a question has enough "I'm having that problem" votes (more than 5, say), accepted answers could come with an bonus (and the bonus could increase with the number of votes). This would be similar to a bounty, but wouldn't ...


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We typically close the one that doesn't have any answer (not necessarily the old one) as the duplicate of the one that has an answer. If the existing answers don't cover a particular detail, we also add another answer to the original one as an alternative. If both of them don't have any answers, then the more generally asked one might be the one that ...


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By-design, the network treats each site as a separate entity, so there is no possibility of marking as a duplicate between different sites. As such, the only ways to answer such questions are to post an answer or to close and migrate. The stated aim of the network is to develop repositories of knowledge on the range of topics covered. So if someone chooses ...


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If the question is a clear duplicate, mark it as such. If you have an alternative answer to the already-posted answers, add it to the list. By virtue of the duplicate, your answer should still have value.


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Yes, it's very good to make a question more generic or even to a canonical question. Other questions, which would become duplicates this way (and possibly are less generic) can be closed, possibly answers merged. This is a nice explanation: The Wikipedia of Long Tail Programming Questions In such cases, a good way is so submit an edit or an edit ...


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As I understand it, the idea is that a question is a duplicate if it covers the same area as a previous question, however old that previous question. Now, it may be that new answers appear over time to the problem at hand, but they should (normally) be added to the older question. Attracting attention to the 'master' question, to try to get newer answers, ...


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The general StackOverflow model is that multiple questions asking the same thing should be combined to one place where the answers can be found. This can get complicated when there are two or more questions with some good answers. Possible approaches include: Duplicating the newer question to the older one (works best if this is spotted early and answers ...


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Looking back into the history of that problem, it was actually closed as an "exact duplicate" of Two figures side by side. That means that all five close-voters elected to vote-to-close for the same post. The title of the linked post makes sense now, as they both want "figures side-by-side". However, this suggested link was later changed (almost 3 years ...


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I don't think this can be answered in all generality. If the purpose of the question is more like "how can I program this effect myself", I doubt it would be considered a duplicate of a question "what package do I have to use". But in this specific case, The effect which was asked about is tricky to achieve because it requires patching into and ...


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They are linked bidirectionally already, but the older question doesn't get a box as eye-striking. Example: How do I create an indentation in the first line of every paragraph? is closed. Its duplicate, Paragraph indenting not working, shows it in the right column as a "linked" question: However, it'll list all questions linking to this one there, not only ...


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This does feel a big thing for one person to take on and get right straight away so let's draft it here. CW for easy editing. Question I need to install a new TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt package on my computer. I'm running Ubuntu/Fedora/Slackware Linux. What are the possible ways to do this? Answer Method 1: Find and install the package through your package ...


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First of all, understand that having duplicates on a site is not a bad thing. They provide multiple landing points for visitors seeking a very similar solution. That's correct: Different questions leading to the same solution. Perhaps someone is asking for the sum 12+15 while someone else is interested in finding the product 3×9. The example may seem ...


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