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The StackExchange model is based round the idea that the sites are not forums, but that questions and answers should have some element of generality. As such, 'good' questions should be focussed on the matter in hand, ideally without many things that might make good forum posts. That's one reason that 'thanks' is discouraged and why community edits are ...


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I don't think there's any particular time that one should start answering questions, and as the site become more mature, it may be harder to find questions to answer at your level that don't already have answers on the site. But there are various other ways in which you can contribute, without directly answering questions: Vote! Voting for both questions ...


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You're dealing with people here, and some people are just different. They may not like other's removing their signatures, their "Thank You's", correcting their CaPiTaLiZaTioNS, ... Having been here for a while, I have grown accustomed to the communal attitude and nature - something that most likely guided you in your edit. That's honourable, and that's that....


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I am one of those users who consistently reject removing thanks edits. The Stackoverflow people started an utopia to make the questions anonymized and general as much as possible. Thanking is considered to be somehow useless in terms of know-how. But time showed that every SE site has a different flavor and similarly we have developed a different path in ...


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A clear approach doesn't mean that everybody does it the same way, such things can happen. It also depends on who reviewed your edit: possibly the questioner rejects it, because he posted the "thanks" and wants to keep it. An experienced reviewer may accept it, because a "thanks" below the question doesn't add know-how value to the site in the long sight. ...


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I note you have answered a question previously but had 0 votes. I just checked and your answer seemed correct so I just voted, but it was harder to check than it could have been. As for questions, it often helps to put a complete document in the answer, and to put a picture in (I just took the liberty of adding the image to your answer). If people see the ...


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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. Requesting a MWE This is an issue on which there is some partial disagreement. There are some who believe that (almost) every question should come with a MWE....


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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 there definitely is a shortage of "empathy" sometimes, though this site is much much better than most other sites on the Stack Exchange network, or even ...


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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' behaviour is never productive for the site. As others have noted in the comments, most things can be figured out by reading the documentation or Googling. But ...


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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 answered by anyone at any time that they feel convenient. If you ask in chat then although the archives are available, the default site mechanics will mean that ...


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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 potentially confusing (why is there an answer already in the question? is it not good enough ...? are the answers in the answer section better than this answer?), ...


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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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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 problem , sympathy and encouragement would be great. And when it comes to criticism of code or question shape, an effort to be especially positive would be ...


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Here's my take on the options you give. A. Downvoting: No, as has been commented in the comments to the question, more downvoting doesn't really help. A downvote to -1 (with comments) should be enough to spur the OP to edit their question. If it doesn't the extra downvotes won't spur them on more. B. Close as unclear: No. Or certainly not immediately. It's ...


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I prefer that the edit isn't just "removed thanks"; however, the first thing I look at when I review an edit is the time when the message was posted. If it's less than a couple of hours I usually don't bother and accept (or improve) the edit, because the edit follows the guidelines (right or wrong, they exist). If the message is older, I accept the edit only ...


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This happens occasionally, and the results have also been varied. In some cases, users provide multiple solutions in a single answer (example). In other instances, users may provide multiple answers, each of which provide a distinct solution approach (example query). The former scenario is more the norm in my opinion. The original question may request each ...


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Such etiquette has two main issues that I think render it useless before it makes it to the user's attention. First, we don't have an access gate before the site. So there is no way that they can know about stuff before they actually do annoying things (in your point of view :P) Had we had that kind of thing then it would be meaningful to blame them for not ...


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We don't follow the Thanks removal rule. It is a SO thing. Some of us approve Thanks removing edits. Some don't. I don't. Some notes for future reference and responding to a hypothetical SO user arriving here. I'm not bothered with Thanks word. It's a word. Why don't we get equally bothered by those voting arrows next to the question or those colorful ...


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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 though some people will helpfully provide a full drawing anyway. It may be that the user is a beginner and does not know where to start. That is fine, but in ...


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I'd like to share my two cents. One day, while answering Why were my edits rejected?, I said: Since every site is community-driven, we try to adapt things to our reality and not the other way around. Our methods would probably not work in other sites, say Math.SX or Spanish.SX. Sometimes, when I hear the words "SE policy" said in the wild, the walking ...


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Some questions are straightforward duplicates and there's no point in waiting the OP to confirm it: see for example https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/149747/include-endlstlisting-inside-lstlisting-block which is a duplicate of Masking \end{lstlisting} Other cases are not so straightforward and I endorse the idea of giving some grace time for the OP to ...


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Removing greetings, "Thanks" and signature Removing "thanks" from questions Why is "thanks" inappropriate at the end of a question? Etiquette: Should I edit questions with "Thanks" or wait for Moderator? What to do about a post when the OP insists on putting a thanks at the end?


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Capitalization (of TeX, LaTeX and Friends) and Markup Prompting the user to change "latex" to LaTeX "Official" capitalizations of words from the TeX world What is the policy on adding keyboard markup?


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I'm against such a rule, because it doesn't bring anything significantly positive, at least not on TeX.SX. In many cases the question is resolved in comment, as was pointed out by Joseph, and OP is completely aware that the question is getting closed as dupe or OT, understanding the reasons. In other cases, the question is simply off-topic with now doubt ...


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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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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 the freelancers seem to have really solid reviews and even have examples of their work. You can also post your "project" and have freelancers bid on it (but ...


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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 be inclined to request you ask it on the main site (perhaps with the intention of answering it and receiving the accompanying reward). I've often been able to ...


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Answers in the comments Adding the "accepted" mark to a question or to a comment What if a comment answers a question? Why do people answer in comments?


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