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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Just to make an example, look at europecv stack exceeding which cannot be answered in the current form, as \documentclass{europecv} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[magyar]{babel} \begin{...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Another very important thing to note is language, as in written language. LaTeX uses easy-readable commands in plain english, this is great but not my point. Here at TeX.SX are people of many many ...
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Adding an Overleaf link as well/instead of MWE

Apart from the security reason raised by Wang Ki Wun, there are other reasons that Overleaf links should not be accepted as replacements for MWEs. (Some of these you mention in your question, but they ...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Some remarks about the "global scope" in the question: Yes LaTeX (not TeX) needs quite some global code. You can't compile hello world It gives the error ! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}...
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Adding an Overleaf link as well/instead of MWE

Don't put links to overleaf in public forum, even read-only links will show your email address to everybody Example: link from this answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/506205/195169 click on ...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

The effort to produce a minimal working example, in my case, almost always results in a solution and prevents me from posting a question on the site. Not that we want to discourage questions, but ...
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MWEs and their wrongly assumed place in the question

While it is definitely true that minimal examples are sometimes asked for reflexively, and it's possible to make questions that shouldn't require them, (see automatic check for MWE for some prior ...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Another reason why minimal examples are often required (meaning "necessary to solve the problem" not "mandated by the site") is that errors in TeX are notoriously cryptic and the line number at which ...
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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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Qs about how to ask Qs: putting images in source mwe and and adding output to questions

This has been answered in comments really but For (1) for images traditionally you could use \usepackage[demo]{graphicx} or simply replace the \includegraphics{...} by \rule{3cm}{1cm} in either ...
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how to "extract" a good question from someone coming from a google search?

The first thing to remember here is that the site exists to help people use TeX. In the end, provided that happens other factors (such as stats) are not so important. At the same time, of course, we ...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Because in TeX, unlike other programming languages, the entire document to reproduce the problem is hardly ever longer than 30 lines long. And typing that much shouldn't be seen as a burden to get an ...
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MWEs and their wrongly assumed place in the question

Your main claim appears to be, a MWE forces [queries] to be way too specific. As @AlanMunn and others have already noted, MWEs are not essential for all queries. However, for a great many queries, ...
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automatic check for MWE

I somewhat disagree with Alan Munn. It is true that not every questions needs a MWE, but the majority does. Think of your email program; if you mention »attached« in the text the program asks you ...
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Breaking the language barrier How to provide guidance for mwe in another language

There are several non-TeX.SX resources out there that explain the process of creating MWEs https://texfaq.org/FAQ-minxampl (English) http://www.minimalbeispiel.de/ (German and English) https://...
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Closing as dup, while the linked Q/A takes longer to decipher than the current one?

I'm posting this as an answer -- even though this question itself is a duplicate -- because I've answered an equivalent question before in a comment and I can't find it. If the question is clearly ...
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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

I think I could add prof. van Duck's tutorials. Section 3 Asking effective questions on TeX.SE of his first article in TUGBoat 38:3, 2017 explains how to build an MWE. Section 3 How to format a post ...
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Breaking the language barrier How to provide guidance for mwe in another language

This looks like German to me, you didn't say which translation site you used. https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=en&sp=nmt4&tl=de&...
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Why does TeX require such elaborate MWE:s

Code snippets are sufficient when we are talking about TeX. We can show only the problem in pair lines and relevant macros. But problem is that most of questions here are not about TeX itself, but ...
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What makes a good MWE?

A minimal MWE is \documentclass... % we must know the class any any of its used options % possibly some preamble code, including any necessary `\usepackage{...}` \begin{document} % code exhibiting ...
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