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Such a question would be clearly on topic but should be closed for other reasons (too broad) or (opinion based). This is generally true of any such "showcase" question (despite the fact that one or two have been left to stand). But aside from general concerns about showcase questions, suggesting preambles would be a really bad idea. One of the more common ...


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Well, to me it seems that there are four categories of software: TeX-based software. To see whether your software is TeX-based, there are IMHO two basic questions: Are vast majority of TeX primitives relevant to the software in any way? Is the software based on an expansion language? The answer to both questions is certainly "yes" for LaTeX, ConTeXt, ...


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I think we need to start here by thinking about the broader picture. The aim of TeX-sx is to provide answers to questions on topics 'somewhat' related to TeX. In particular, the site needs to offer a realistic chance of the questions being answered well, and for there to be some logic to looking here rather than elsewhere. This fits into the general ...


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Allow me to contribute a few concrete examples of hidden gems of preamble art Beamer not compiling presentation properly Sharelatex 'swallows' 80 pages of my work when compiling pdf Using 'caption' package with 'thesis' class - undefined control sequence Thesis class error Extra } or forgotten \endgroup on second compile (not ...


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One possible custom reason could be Not generally applicable which is close to the old 'Too localized' reason we used to use. Many of the questions that closed after a comment trail or are 'do it for me' are probably only of real use to the person asking the question, but not more widely. That's for example the case if the question comes down to a typo/...


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It's possibly true that do-it-for-me questions have wider applicability, but they would only be found by chance. It is unlikely that people will find posts in any meaningful way when you have a title like "How do I draw this picture?" or similar. So with the site geared towards a community of knowledge, it's often that these questions are closed. ...


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I changed my mind, let them open! My useless war against just-do-it-for-me questions is over, since it causes more harm than good. From now on, I'll join David's philosophy: I'll ask for an MWE only if it is stricly necessary to answer. I'll close a question only for the already specified reasons, but I'll continue to downvote the just-do-it-for-me ...


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Actually, all showcase questions are off-topic. Citing the help center: To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where … every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?” I understand that the view of this community is slightly different and we tend to twist the rules, in sake of ...


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We always had just-do-it-for-me-questions and we will always have them. They are often answered and they will be answered in the future. After all, an answer does help the person who asked the question and it gets the person who answers some free reputation from upvotes. You cannot get coffee from Stackexchange reputation ... but still, nice to have.


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After a nice discussion with @marmot some time ago. After a long thought, my opinion is as follows: In a diplomatic and democratic way, I, for instance, decided to downvote and cast a vote to close (giving explanation on "Why-I-Chose-To-Close") bad questions posted by members who have been here for a long-time now (irrespective of their reputation, but ...


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