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Gratitude on the Stack Exchange network is provided by means of voting (bestowing reputation). We have a Text building block dedicated to this, which perhaps explains it best: Welcome to TeX.sx! Usually, we don't put a greeting or a "thank you" in our posts. While this might seem strange at first, it is not a sign of lack of politeness, but rather part of ...


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Voting is at least to some extent about popularity: questions which get lots of views are more likely to get lots of votes than those with fewer views. Highly complex technical questions don't attract as many views as more accessible questions, so some of the most tricky and perhaps 'insightful' questions attract relatively few votes. At the same time, some ...


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Complementary arguments to Joseph's answer: Couple of things maybe you might take into account about this community: It is indeed a community. This doesn't make us immune to regular moderation and implementations of the rest of the network but in terms of behavior, at least I, can't care less what other networks impose. We have discussed these items lots ...


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Keep in mind that this question is about fonts and typesetting and not about Cthulhu. The title is just catchy and the whole thing can be consider funny (you know, by people which have a sense of humor) and draws in a lot of users and with them votes. I agree that it's not the best LaTeX question ever, but that's just how voting and popularity works. ...


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I am one of those users who consistently reject removing thanks edits. The Stackoverflow people started an utopia to make the questions anonymized and general as much as possible. Thanking is considered to be somehow useless in terms of know-how. But time showed that every SE site has a different flavor and similarly we have developed a different path in ...


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Adding to Werner's great explanation (coincidentally, it actually was me who wrote the text building block that he's quoting :)), here's another angle: One of my favorite aspects about tex.sx and the Stack Exchange system in general is its Wiki-like quality: (We're the asterisk in the middle!) We prefer a quite particular style of questions and asking – ...


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I like your proposed text block and intend to use it in the future. ("Answering" questions on Meta feels weird)


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It might seem better to ask in the high time but actually it doesn't matter. Because: You ask in the high time, more people are online (mostly CET day time). More people can look at it. You have high chance of getting an answer. You ask in the other hours, but because there are not many people online for the same reason, there not many questions either. ...


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A clear approach doesn't mean that everybody does it the same way, such things can happen. It also depends on who reviewed your edit: possibly the questioner rejects it, because he posted the "thanks" and wants to keep it. An experienced reviewer may accept it, because a "thanks" below the question doesn't add know-how value to the site in the long sight. ...


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I think an important pedagogical angle also needs to be emphasised. A significant point of the OP providing an attempt at coding is that it is an indication of their level of expertise. It's not just about helping with problems but knowing at what level you need to start your discussion from. Neither of the code blocks as presented emphasise this enough I ...


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Typical procedures include the following sequence of elevated proposals: Comment on the answer, requesting some feedback on your updated request/criteria. Visit the chat room and see if one of the local experts have time on hand to look into modifying the existing (or creating an altogether new and awesome) solution. Spend some of that well-earned ...


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Remember that most of the 'value' of the site is meant to come not from dealing with the original poster but rather the wider user base. As such, a good answer should gain upvotes from several (or even many) people: that is the key to determining which answers are best. Answers being accepted by the original poster is certainly welcome, but it's far from the ...


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To round up the comment thread. You seemed to be surprised that the edit should be reverted in is entirety rather than being fixed/improved. In fact reverting is the natural action to take in this circumstance. Someone who decides to edit a question (or answer) can decide to do it at a time convenient for them, and to spend as much or as little time as ...


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For an unanswered question with few upvotes, I think that self-deletion is absolutely fine. That might be different it there were answers, even if not upvoted, or if the question had a lot of upvotes. So there will always be an element of judgement.


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Of course, it would be a lovely idea to pop by the chat room first and it's always a good idea to look to see if your question has been answered before, in order to avoid the site getting cluttered by lots of duplicate questions we've seen before. However, although it's easy to see having your question closed as a punishment (and I too obviously don't want ...


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If you actually find questions that are related to your package content, then you can fire an answering frenzy by mentioning you can also do this with <insert package name> and so on. Then I don't see why it should be a problem since we have loads of package authors answering questions with their own poison of choice. And it is a very very good thing ...


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Every so often this sort of question comes up, and although it gets posed usually as 'etiquette' it's often more about 'policing' or 'teaching people a lesson'. Personally I think such 'policing' behaviour is never productive for the site. As others have noted in the comments, most things can be figured out by reading the documentation or Googling. But ...


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The TeX site is not the correct place. It would be, if you would know your desired notation and ask how to typeset this with TeX. For the notation style itself, better ask on the Math or Graphicdesign site. The latter also deals with typography questions.


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I'll take the two factors separately and give what I understand here (I've neither voted for the question nor answered it). Voting for questions is essentially a positive action: downvotes on TeX-sx are in general sparse and usually used for cases where a real issue arises. For most of the 'regulars', simply not voting at all is a good indication of an ...


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I completely agree with David's comments. The edit fixed some grammar issues, but also changed the meaning of the question. The problem was in the usage of "all the time that", an almost word by word translation from Italian "tutte le volte che" ("each time" would have been a proper translation). Unfortunately, "all the time" has a different meaning in ...


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Strange, mostly I use the site for the opposite use: Don't use longtable Longtable vs. supertabular: Which is right for which job? Don't use xspace https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/86620/1090 Don't use tabularx Alignment in tabularx environment Column width table in tabularx environment https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/145918/1090 https://tex....


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Technically, a bounty may be reversed or cancelled, if it can be justified... However, the bounty systems acts like an advertisement in the real world. You pay for something to entice visitors/viewers, but there is no guarantee that such an investment will result in people buying more of your product. In a similar vein - the non-real SE world - there is no ...


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The StackExchange model works as answers (and thus questions) have value beyond the original asker. To make that work, we have conventions such as answers always being separate from questions, and allow editing of questions to make them clearer. In the same vein, a question which has good answers should not be edited to a completely different one. Instead, a ...


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I suggest, to not delete the question, and to not let it remain open, since it's hardly answerable, but to close it. So people, who might encounter the same problem, could find your question via google or another search engine and could comment or edit and extend your question. Also if they would know a solution, they can vote to reopen the question or at ...


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Based on votes on the question and comments here it seems the answer is 'yes'. Before posting a question on the main site and starting to populate it with answers, it would be a good idea to draft out the question and guideline-comments here: see below. Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations [Proposed question title] ...


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To be honest, I think we'd be better without boiler plate text blocks for this kind of thing, If a situation isn't worth writing a custom comment, it's probably not worth making a comment at all.


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Well, regarding point 1, if you post the bounty on your own question, then, if it is upvoted a lot, you will get a good chunk of rep from that which might well pay back some of the bounty. For example, if you post a 50 points bounty and the question then shoots straight to the top of the homepage and spends a weak on the featured tab, it could easily get 5 ...


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To be honest I have no idea. I just wanted to make a cool prop. The next thing I know it is mentioned on metafilter (which I missed), upvoted to heck, and I've got more karma then I know what to do with (which lets me help with the edit queue at least)


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LaTeX3 is much more than expl3. LaTeX3 is about the LaTeX3 project, it is about the successor of LaTeX 2e, i.e. the format LaTeX3, it is about all the different concepts like coffins or the idea of xtemplate... expl3 however is the programming layer of LaTeX3, i.e., one part of many. I'd tag a question {expl3} (in addition to the {latex3} tag) when the ...


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