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Personally I don't think it's our place to be policing supposed use of unlicensed anything unless the question is about how to get the fonts illegally or circumvent the licence in some way. I especially don't think we should be making assumptions about where people got their fonts from if they are asking an otherwise legitimate question. So questions ...


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We vote anything and everything. We are full of contradictions. If we somehow get what the point is we leave it alone unless it's really boring and unlikely to be done in finite amount of manhour x time x etc. That is another contradiction right there. We have monthly(biweekly?) Answer the unanswered sessions where we sweep the unanswered questions so most ...


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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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There's no formal policy since, of course, you can't force people to use it. With many people familiar with this habit, most packages/classes are written using <code>. And, if not, they may be edited to "conform" to this. One advantage of using an alternative <code>-markdown is that it clearly highlights when you're using a package rather than ...


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One man's bug is another man's feature... I don't think whether the OP considers it to be a bug is that relevant. If the problem has been identified and fixed by the package author in an updated version of the package then we can consider treating the question by some special mechanism for "bug reports" otherwise it is best to assume that it's a permanent ...


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We have a couple of methods for dealing with the problem: commenting; editing. A comment could be something like Please edit your question, because, as it's formulated now, it can raise some doubts about copyright issues. On the other hand, how the questioner came in possession of the fonts is usually not relevant for solving the problem, so an edit ...


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I just signed up for freelancer.ca (see edit below for more details) and basically you can look for freelancers in specific areas to do your "projects", including LaTeX. From what I can see, some of the freelancers seem to have really solid reviews and even have examples of their work. You can also post your "project" and have freelancers bid on it (but ...


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I'm not a lawyer, and copyright laws differ from country to country, but in the U.S., copyright does not need to be asserted: it exists the moment you produce the work. So in reality there is no such thing as "unknown copyright"; the safest assumption is that it belongs to the author or has been transferred to someone else. That said, it seems to me that ...


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This is a little splitting the hair for my understanding. IF we force this I'm the first one who will stop using backticks :P We shouldn't have policies on such stuff because they are aids not rules. But at least we can embed some use into this pedantry if the backticked thing is a package name. We have the amazing tool of Martin Scharrer described here; ...


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Does the package name have to be typed exactly so in the preamble or you get an error? It won't work if you use a synonym, different capitalization, or hyphenate? Why then, it really IS code after all, just a very small excerpt.


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In general, questions due to bugs should be treated no differently from any others. Thus provided the question is clear and reproducible it should be kept open, and (ideally) answered. For issues which are acknowledged bugs which have been fixed, it may be that the most straight-forward answer is 'update your TeX system' (for bugs in (La)TeX packages)/'...


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While it would be appreciated here, the proper place on stackoverflow would probably be careers.sx, although that's too expensive for only one job. TUG has a jobboard, though.


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Thanks for posting this - it goes a long way towards addressing the concerns I raised in chat. This site is entitled to whatever customs it deems necessary to keep up the quality of the content (or, as I suspect many here would phrase it, to "not talk about the things we cannot fix"), but the site does owe a minimal measure of clarity in why it shuts threads ...


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Related/duplicate: What if a comment answers a question? Quite often it happens that the problem is a typo or alike and we consider it off-topic. However, in this case I would ask Ian Thompson to provide an answer, since the question carries information that can be useful to others :)


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