I guess it's not TeX.SE specific. A quick look at google trends:
Is MetaPost too hard? Too few documentation? Few current publications?
I'm very interested in MetaPost but did not use it yet. If you would like to publish examples, or even an introductory article for open-minded people, such as on LaTeX-Community.org, or TeXample.net (which isn't limited to ...
Like Renaissance mathematicians did, I'll give my guess in encrypted form so as not to influence other participants. I expressed my guess in the format YYYY-MM-DD and issued
echo ZZZZZZ YYYY-MM-DD | shasum -a 256
where ZZZZZZ is my old landline phone number (six digits) getting the fingerprint
I was to become addicted some time ago...
The first things I used to think, when I woke up, were:
I must look whether my rep has grown up or not.
I must look at any new question I can answer, so I can get some more rep.
And, at work:
I must find some time to answer some questions at TeX.SX.
I have to check if I got any upvote.
At a certain point, ...
Edit on Groundhog Day
As winner I will ensure that over the next seven ...
We have to make a distinction here. The addiction is due to Stackexchange network elements not TeX itself. There is also question answering addiction which is even more damaging because you end up working on things way way more than your life permits and the result is absolutely useless such as my many pointless TikZ answers. Unfortunately that's the norm ...
One would have to define the specific criteria that causes a post (question or answer) to be considered controversial. That is, "a mix of downvotes and upvotes" is very vague. For example, just looking at a post score (upvotes minus downvotes) a score of 0 from 3 upvotes and 3 downvotes might be less controversial than one with 6 upvotes and 6 downvotes.
I think he will never get to the target in 2018 due to several thousand questions about % at end of line being reclassified as duplicates and deleted resulting in a loss of most of his Rep.
If I win I think the tikzducks should be re-implemented in picture mode.
Several edits made; the important ones are bolded. Also, NB: I am essentially retelling my own experiences, here, and then generalizing them. So please add grains of salt where necessary.
MetaPost vs TikZ: no discrimination, just different popularity. As far as I can tell, the languages are about equally easy to use. So what, then, made TikZ so popular?
I must say, having such a complex avatar is creating some really fun and unique challenges for these things. I am thoroughly enjoying all these little contests (and learning a lot, too!). Here is my entry, based on my original entry for the TeX-mas 2018 event:
It shows a Ulysses butterfly flapping its wings intermittently, with a corresponding shadow that ...
12 (For the number of wing feather tips on the last contest duck)
5 (For the number of top knot feather tips on the last contest duck)
p.s. He says you have to rerun the winner selection if these are chosen. (Duckie says "he is unique, and wants to remain unique!!)
This is my entry for Category B (pretty sweaters). It features my avatar (a Ulysses butterfly) on a sweater. If it displays right, the wings should flap intermittently. I coded this image using just the tikz and animate packages, and using this image as a reference for the butterfly.
Just for fun, I gave myself the personal challenge of creating this using ...
I think that part of the reason is that most of the questions are too localized. What I mean is that typically questions are stated as "How do I solve problem X using package Y in macro-package Z?" rather than "How do I solve X?". This dissuades people from posting a solution that does not use package Y.
Many a times I have felt like posting a Metapost ...
Having had a "mild" case myself, this is what helped me.
Set a time limit and enforce it. I use LeechBlock myself; it allows you to set block times, daily limits, and restrictions of the form "Xmins every Yhours".
Less invasive variants just create an artificial delay before showing you certain websites; that's to prevent check-for-updates-eritis.
I'll add a contrary view.
I'm retired from my day job as a mathematician and home a lot for various personal reasons.
My stackexchange addiction really helps me stay sane. I answer mostly at mathematics, where I can put my expertise to best use, but my addiction began here at TeX when I got extraordinary help with a book manuscript and felt I wanted to ...