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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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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 ...
wang ki wun's user avatar
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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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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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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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Should I edit an answer to add a MWE and the corresponding output?

I'd recommend not editing others' answers and adding MWEs with output, because invariably your choice of what is minimal might not be the same as someone else's. For example, some people use \...
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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 Ā»attachedĀ« in the text the program asks you ...
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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

1 Start a fresh file This one certainly will compile: \documentclass[10pt]{article}% <<< well known document class \begin{document}% <<< you can't compile without hi world% &...
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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

ConTeXt Despite being geared towards LaTeX, the other answers are all still broadly applicable to ConTeXt (so go read those first!). However, there are a few important differences. Overview A small, ...
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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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Uploading custom cls file

It is very rare to need an entire custom class. Almost always you can use a standard class, or failing that a publicly available class, and add whatever custom code is needed to the preamble of the ...
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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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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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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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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&...
David Carlisle's user avatar
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I've just been asked to write a minimal working example (MWE), what is that?

A new user asked for a kind of checklist to turn a short code snippet into a MWE. Here's a starting point, as many new members may face similar problems. 1. Requirements of a MWE Besides all the ...
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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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