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 question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or
a simple typographical error. While similar questions may be on-topic
here, this one was ...
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 low as 50 reputation up to 500 to give to someone.
I'm rather against (too frequent) attempts to produce FAQ type documents.
There are lots of "systematic" documents available -- for instance, package documentation, books, guides and so forth. I'm all in favour of them, of course, and of encouraging people to use them.
But I think, mostly, a site like this is valuable precisely because it does something a ...
Forget what I just said, Sean's link is way better than my pathetic implementation. :)
Is anyone else personally terrified of the new bar at the top?
If you want to keep the avatars, just comment the following part of the code:
display: none !important;
The following text is kept ...
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).
Perhaps showing a newbie a short sample question before they proceed to their own might help. Most people would probably dismiss it with a click (do you ...
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 there are plenty of good questions which don't need them at all.
Second, plain TeX users or ConTeXt users would never be able to ask questions without an ...
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" urge combined with a pinch of OCD which is perfectly fine. That's why they become residents. But that should stay as such otherwise this becomes a police station....
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 sometimes be encouraged to wait a little while (some people really do wait weeks, but 24 hours seems fair) before accepting an answer. Not only does it avoid ...
The reputation system is a bit of fun but I think it's dangerous to think there is any correlation between quality of TeX information and points earned. Looking at my top three answers ordered by rep
234 How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?
75 What are penalties and which ones are defined?
68 How was TeX output visualised on ...
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 multipage document I take a conscious decision which page or pages to show, and for a single page I usually crop to the area that I want to highlight in the answer. I ...
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 author to adjust it
Suggest an edit to the original
Post a new answer which draws attention to the reasons that it is preferable
to the older one (perhaps linking ...
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 which helped the person asking the question the most. Of course, this can mean that a question with a good answer never gets an accepted answer: that is '...
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 course.
Moreover, many of the code posted by users here contain errors which they don't know how to correct. Or, it contains customizations that are found ...
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-me flavour and answer it in a generic way, pointing to some FAQs about usages for packages, other SE sites and even third-party applications. That way one can ...
Quoting from the TeXbook:
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 confusion with similar names, and people will be
primed to pronounce everything properly.
While our medium technically does allow lowering of the 'E' (and ...
The StackExchange model is not really designed to handle 'objective' polling, nor would it reasonably be expected to handle this. Indeed, some of the questions which 'we' (TeX-SX users) allow would get closed on the 'main site' (StackOverflow): they would call them 'shopping lists'. However, the feeling on TeX-SX is that some more 'open' questions are ...
Going by the blog post announcing/explaining the change, it sounds like your main request of a colour revert is unlikely to be granted:
So, in the redesigned top bar, we wanted to make sure that it would look the same across all sites, and make it obvious that you’re on a Stack Exchange site. It turns out that when you try to pick a color to match 40 ...
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 the edit":
Here is an example of a rejected edit I made displaying a custom message*:
The suggester of the edit can review their suggestions by clicking on the ...
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 low quality bot and get an auto-flag, making them appear instantly in the 10k-tools flag queue.
After couple downvotes, post is locked and eventually deleted.
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 with \usepackage", on the other hand, it means "whatever is a package on CTAN or elsewhere". Your new Python program IMHO falls into the 2nd definition of a ...
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) that makes the site accessible to individuals with color perception issues.
Hack the web yourself, e.g. with Firefox addon Stylish.
For instance, the following ...
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 don't answer this question, because I am answering it." Fine. I doubt it'll change people's behaviour and make them stop considering to answer a question. Why? ...
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 used only or limited interaction between posters and other contributors. As such, providing the same markdown capabilities has (most likely) been decided as not ...
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 posted with the reason you wrote in that box. I don't remember at the moment if other close reasons generate auto-comments (in the case of choosing Off Topic). ...
While I'm not against such organization of content, boosting your search skills from novice to Ninja might also help find what you're looking for.
We already collate such question in Often referenced questions, where answers point to common FAQ-like questions.
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 the question up the list?, Is there a way to edit a question without bumping it to the front page?, Could we have the ability to mark a change as minor in ...