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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

Maybe a more lively tutorial can work. Dynamic version: Static version: Code: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{graphics} \usepackage{ellipsis} \usepackage{csquotes} \...
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Please add more off-topic close reasons

One I think uncontroversial close reason is for things which are typos or which cannot be reproduced: these are about TeX but are unlikely to help any future readers. Thus something like This ...
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Proposal for rewarding former accepted answers

Don't feel bad. You're selecting the answer "that helped you most". There already exists a bounty system you can use to reward contributors beyond voting and acceptance. Here you can select from as ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

I think discouraging newbies is a bad idea - we were all newbies once. If I'd faced a test before being allowed my first post I'd probably have gone away (and never known enough to regret that choice)...
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automatic check for MWE

This is a bad idea, for a few reasons. First, despite the fact that people like to demand MWEs, it's not really the case that every question demands one. Yes, they are important in lots of cases, but ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

The question to be asked is why you are so frustrated. Past first page you wouldn't even see new questions. There is a tendency in the residents; a bit of "come on ask me an interesting question" ...
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Proposal for rewarding former accepted answers

Although you have nothing to feel guilty about in changing who you award the tick to, there is something you might ponder on the back of this. This, I suppose, is one of the reasons why people may ...
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Why can't TeX.SE compile my TeX code?

I'd be against this really. Apart from any technical issues about setting it up, I post a lot of answers and a lot of those have images but almost never do I post a complete document. For a ...
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How about "deprecated" answers to old questions

The StackExchange model is that over time the 'best' answers get upvoted whilst less good ones float downward. When an answer becomes outdated, one can therefore Post a comment asking the original ...
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Is it possible for moderators to accept an answer?

No. Accepting an answer is purely the decision of the person asking the question, and does not have to reflect what others feel is the 'best' answer. It simply is a way of saying that it is the answer ...
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Any plans to add on-site compilation to preview MWEs/solutions?

This would be very similar to requesting MathJax support, which has been declined here as we're more interested in the code rather than the output. That doesn't mean the output is not important, of ...
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Notifying the user when they are about to post a "give me the codez"-question

This is going to be difficult, since it doesn't fall within the generic realm of StackExchange - site-specific features. Instead I propose we create a generic question that has a please-do-this-for-...
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Writing TeX in TeX-style

Quoting from the TeXbook: The correct way to refer to \TeX\ in a computer file, or when using some other medium that doesn't allow lowering of the 'E', is to type 'TeX'. Then there will be no ...
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Question that led to a new program

I would consider this as a part of Mark questions that led to creating a new package. The reason lies in the confusion by the word package -- on one hand, it means "a thing that has something to do ...
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Suggested edits: Giving feedback to editor

This is already partly provided when rejecting a suggested edit: You are provided with a number of canned responses, including a custom message where you can "clearly explain why you are rejecting ...
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Spams Spams Spams around

I don't think that we are in need of restrictive spam filters. Currently, spam is handled in the following ways: Every new post bumps the thread up, so it doesn't get overseen. Most spams trigger the ...
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Colorblind, links hard to see

I don't think it's reasonable to expect every poster to specially mark hyperlinks. There are two ways out of the problem. Ask the designers to choose a color palette (or other highlighting elements) ...
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show intent to answer question

Consider this regarding your request: Who will this benefit? Not the community, and possibly not even the OP. The main purpose of this seems to be personal. That is, you want to tell others "please ...
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Different code “convention” in questions than in comments

According to the help on Markdown, StackExchange has programmed "[comments to] support only bold, italic, code and links; in addition, a few shorthand links [...]". Comments, in general, should be ...
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Writing TeX in TeX-style

I disagree completely, just showing the image of your question should be reason enough Why inflict such horrors on people interested in typesetting?
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

The feature you're requesting already exists. When closing as Off Topic, you can add a custom reason if you feel that the default ones are not appropriate. In this case a comment is automatically ...
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Can I edit a post without bumping it to the front page?

This is an idea that comes up fairly frequently, on all different sites, with the best of intentions. In addition to the link Paul gave, there's Is it possible for me to edit my answer without bumping ...
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

Sometimes questions are closed right away, which is unfortunate. SE policy states that closing isn't closing right away, but putting the question on hold, i.e. pressing the pause button. If an ...
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Why is there no TeX on TeX exchange? Putative solution proposed

We are not divided at all but anyways, just to summarize the previous discussions As the name implies MathJax is for ... Math. It is not a TeX support at all. MathJax is nothing related to TeX. It ...
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Recommending deletion

For the conversion of a non-answer to a comment, flag the post for moderator attention and request a conversion. Note that 10K-users are able to view deleted posts and could flag them for conversion ...
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

I heartily agree that close voters should give reasons, preferably in a comment so that the questioner is engaged in the process and not just informed of the result. Unfortunately, however, this ...
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Solved by comment -> how to flag

Ask the comment owner, wait for a few days then post an answer if this really bothers you.
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Proposal for an alternative order for answers

One of the things that make the Stack Exchange sites useful is that when we have the answer, it's literally the first thing you see on the page once you've read the question. This is very valuable, ...
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