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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

I'll take the opposite approach to the other answers (so far), addressing the question of empathy more broadly (rather than the specific 5 points), as I've been thinking about it for a while. I think ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

Many of your sub-questions are addressed in other meta questions, but it's always good to have some further discussion. I'll post here some comments on each of them with links to the other discussions....
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

It's OK to ask on chat but you should not expect an answer (although you may get one anyway). The Q&A site is designed for asynchronous help, you ask a question and it stays visible and can be ...
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Etiquette for poorly researched questions?

Every so often this sort of question comes up, and although it gets posed usually as 'etiquette' it's often more about 'policing' or 'teaching people a lesson'. Personally I think such 'policing' ...
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Preferred way to answer own question that already has an answer

I don't know the details of the specific case you have in mind, but there are a few general principles that can guide you. Do not answer your question in the question Answering in the question is ...
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Is it appropriate to include encouraging/positive motivational remarks in the factual answer to a question?

Very good and very careful thinking. Written facts can be cold, and data doesn't build a community. We are humans and we enjoy a good conversation. And yes, for people coming here with a technical ...
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Don't forget to vote

I also like it that TeX.SE is welcoming, and I would like it to stay that way. In my view the way of implementing friendliness is as follows: don't downvote post personalized, constructive, ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

Taking the points separately.. 1. MWE ... Isn't a mockup of the picture sufficient in such a case? I would say here that a MWE is almost always an improvement, and should usually be asked for even ...
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How to respond to an answer that ONLY works in the MWE and not generally?

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'...
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A user never answers questions, only asks them

We like questions, especially if they're good. Poorly-formed questions1, not so much. In fact, we have more than 20k users2 (as of early 2022) that have only asked questions In general asking a good ...
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Job advertising?

I just signed up for freelancer.ca (see edit below for more details) and basically you can look for freelancers in specific areas to do your "projects", including LaTeX. From what I can see, some of ...
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

You're should feel free to use the platform the way you choose, whether it's for chatting about ducks, or whether it's asking questions. Those who are here to help will do exactly that. Others might ...
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When is (and isn't) it acceptable to edit?

Proposal for Acceptable: Updating code in old answers following software updates (e.g., a new package version) Provided that the original code is preserved, to facilitate users with older versions ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

This answer will only deal with the 5th point "Not answering the question" and might perhaps just be an extended comment instead of a full answer. With that being said the following is what ...
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Don't forget to vote

Your gentle nudge has made me think. It has never occurred to me to upvote a question, although on the very rare occasion I have downvoted one or voted for closure. I will in future consider whether ...
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How to respond to an answer that ONLY works in the MWE and not generally?

The consensus on main meta seems to be that you can edit your question, unless it invalidates existing answers. See Doesn't the asker have the right to modify his question? and Edited question ...
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Chat's etiquette regarding questions

If the other discussions are about ducks or food, please interfere! You'll make David happy! However, I'd do as you described; in chat, it is better to ask: simple things that on the main site would ...
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Job advertising?

While it would be appreciated here, the proper place on stackoverflow would probably be careers.sx, although that's too expensive for only one job. TUG has a jobboard, though.
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

This is a much more complicated issue than it may appear, and by no means limited to SE or LaTeX. I have seen many instances where someone has written "RTFM" and TFM actually does not contain the ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

As a person who asks questions on this site, part of the problem re trying to find answered questions is knowing what search text to use. For example, and obviously I'm not posting it here, I have a ...
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Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well

The subject is "Empathy for those who don't know LaTeX well". You find a list of five key points that answerers of questions at TeX LaTeX Stack Exchange are asked to consider. I like this ...
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