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I completely agree, and I've been thinking along similar lines recently. I can only answer for myself and not for anyone else, of course, and only describe what I now do. What I try to do now is make the "unanswered" list (and specifically those in my tags) my main point of call. I take a look at new questions, though I try to concentrate on helping ...


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Installing, updating, restoring, other system operations Installing/updating the TeX distribution (TeX Live, MikTeX, etc.) How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? [How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/1092) How should one maintain and update a MiKTeX installation? [How should one maintain and ...


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Bibliographies and citations General problems Question mark instead of citation number [Question mark instead of citation number](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/63852) BibTeX loses capitals when creating .bbl file [BibTeX loses capitals when creating `.bbl` file](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/10772) BibTeX: How to write “ä” and other umlauts and ...


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Symbols (see also Fonts & Font encoding) Scott Pakin's Comprehensive symbols list [Comprehensive symbols list](http://mirror.ctan.org/info/symbols/comprehensive/) Symbols in math How to look up a symbol or identify a math alphabet? [How to look up a symbol or identify a math alphabet?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/14) Importing a single symbol ...


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I'd like to start by saying how much I respect tex exchange and all of its users. I am quite often amazed by the wizardry that some people have. @Werner's comment above However, I can see a discouraged feeling when ill-commented high-rep answers (like "Try this..." or "Here you go...") win discussion-filled and correct low-rep users. completely sums ...


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As a low-rep, but growing (or am I already med-rep?) contributor I only partly agree. I worry that first page users will get "burnt-out". Actually, I worry more that some of you guys eventually get your thesis done and no longer have the time to contribute here :-) (On the other hand I am pretty sure that new grad students will follow you. So I agree ...


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Maybe a more lively tutorial can work. Dynamic version: Static version: Code: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{graphics} \usepackage{ellipsis} \usepackage{csquotes} \usepackage{framed} \usepackage{tabularx} \usetheme{Madrid} \setbeamersize{text margin left=30pt,text margin right=30pt} \title{How to ask \emph{good} questions on \...


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As a (very?) low-rep user, I feel like there are two worlds - the world of mortal (wo)men with, say, less than 500 reputation, and the world of supernatural beings with the gods at over 10,000 reputation. The gods interfere too much and too quickly in the affairs of men, while we should probably be encouraged to try to sort things out on our own, helping ...


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Figure/table (float) positioning How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? [How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/39017) This is the "official", general post. Keeping tables/figures close to where they are mentioned [Keeping tables/...


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Correct centering Should I use center or centering for figures and tables? [Should I use center or centering for figures and tables?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/2651) When should we use \begin{center} instead of \centering? [When should we use `\begin{center}` instead of `\centering`?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/23650)


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Math environments Questions involving coding Preferred LaTeX coding Blank lines in math, missing $ signs Blank lines in an equation and some other similar function [Blank lines in an equation and some other similar function](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/315200) “!Missing $ inserted” error using amsmath environments [“!Missing $ inserted” error ...


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What you are looking at is the new homepage for anonymous visitors. Folks who have accounts and are signed in still see the same questions list we've always shown that is sorted in reverse chronological order by latest activity and don't see the "here's how it works banner". This new anonymous homepage attempts to pick questions that are more likely to ...


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Frequent source code related issues Control sequence naming Is \10 allowed as a control-sequence name? [Is \10 allowed as a control-sequence name?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/141888) Package loading order Which packages should be loaded after hyperref instead of before? [Which packages should be loaded after `hyperref` instead of before?](https://...


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Here is a collection of ideas, taken from comments and the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites: Questions: Search first We typically come to a Q&A to get an answer. Immediately. However, there is a bounty of knowledge already present on this site. Search for it using the best ninja skills you have possible. Only then post a question. For not-so-new users, ...


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Personally I think you should only ask for a MWE if the presence of an MWE would help you to answer the question. A MWE almost always helps even if only to avoid the answerer having to write some standard article class boilerplate to make a test file. But it doesn't always help, and unless you have contemplated producing an answer and the lack of an MWE is ...


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There are a few different things here, and all are worth discussing. Many of the 'high-rep' users have been around TeX for many years, and answer questions in a number of places. You can look at the first three pages of the user list, at least, and find very active TeX people. So I think 'burn-out' is unlikely. To some extent, all Q&A sites or forums ...


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I completely disagree with the proposition that we should refrain from answering questions in order to educate new users. I simply don't think it's my job to educate new users about how to ask questions. And I don't really agree with the idea that withholding useful information is a good way of educating people. Like all of us, I don't theoretically like (...


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Cross-referencing, including hyperref Hyperref: using abbreviated labels like Eq., but keep correct spacing after period [Hyperref: using abbreviated labels like Eq., but keep correct spacing after period](https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/497152) labels Understanding how references and labels work [Understanding how references and labels work](https://tex....


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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 ...


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About: [Welcome to TeX.sx!](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1436/welcome-to-tex-sx) Your question won't be seen by many people here, so it would be best to repost it as a fresh question. [Follow-up questions](http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2117/ive-just-been-told-i-have-to-post-a-follow-up-question-why-and-how) like this are more ...


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I guess questions of this type can just be considered "low quality", regardless of whether they stem from a homework problem or a lack of experience with the site. There's a "How to Ask" page on stackoverflow, which addresses a lot of the mentioned issues ("Do your homework, be specific, make it relevant to others..."). Maybe we could refer people to that ...


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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....


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Spacing and pagination Space after LaTeX commands [Space after LaTeX commands](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/31091) Double line spacing [Double line spacing](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/819) Inconsistent line spacing (need for \par) [Inconsistent line spacing](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/36454) Adding vertical space at the start of a page [...


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Fonts & Font encoding (see also Symbols) Which OpenType Math fonts are available? [Which OpenType Math fonts are available?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/425098) How do I find out what fonts are used in a document/picture? [How do I find out what fonts are used in a document/picture?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/45919) Do fontsize environments ...


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Old font macros Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, \bfseries or \bf, etc. [Does it matter if I use `\textit` or `\it`, `\bfseries` or `\bf`, etc.](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/516) Will two-letter font style commands (\bf, \it, …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX? [Will two-letter font style commands (`\bf`, `\it`, …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?](...


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It's not a problem. If there would be upvoted answers, the question would not be unanswered and would go away from the "unanswered" list. No need to close, what would actually prevent further, possibly even better, answers. See on the main meta site: Would it be possible to have a “community accepted” feature? You can show your acceptance of an answer by ...


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Figure/table numbering Continuous v. per-chapter/section numbering of figures, tables, and other document elements [Continuous v. per-chapter/section numbering of figures, tables, and other document elements](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/28333) How to get more subfigures than 26? [How to get more subfigures than 26?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/...


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Documentation & Definition of commands (La)TeX core Difference between optional and delimited arguments Are all commands with an optional argument fragile? [Are all commands with an optional argument fragile?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/497356) Is there a BNF grammar of the TeX language? [Is there a BNF grammar of the TeX language?](https://...


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I would like to tell you what happened to me some time ago. In the beginning, I answered also questions without MWE. One day I answered telling the OP: "Next time, please add an MWE" and he promised me he would do. Little time after that, he asked again a question without MWE, and again I answered telling him: "Next time, please add an MWE" and again he ...


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Adding to Andrew's and Joseph's answers -- another thing high rep users could do is writing great tag wikis. Seeing all the knowledge that's around here, both in the questions and answers, and the expert users' heads, they could provide a great foundation and tacitly answer many questions.


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