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Why does TeX.SE exist?

To understand why TeX-sx exists we need to think about the overall network aims and how sites inter-relate. I think to do that we first need a little history. The 'main site' (StackOverflow, 'SO') is ...
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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?

Solutions using alternative tools which fall within the 'TeX sphere' are entirely appropriate and have always been welcome. Obvious examples are that plain or ConTeXt solutions to LaTeX problems are ...
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Why not use Stack Overflow?

This is a summary of the comments, so that we can get an answer. There are a number of reasons why TeX.se exists, and StackOverflow is not the best place for asking TeX related questions. First and ...
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Are "Is this good typography?" questions on topic?

I think there are three different kinds of questions which could be considered relating to typography. One kind is inherently subjective and opinion based and therefore off topic, while the other two ...
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Why does TeX.SE exist?

TeX - LaTeX followed the regular Area 51 proposal process to get where it's at today. From the Area 51 FAQ: How do I start a new site? If your area of expertise doesn't already have a Stack Exchange ...
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Is a question regarding 'drawing packages with math support' acceptable?

I think this is in principle not an off-topic question, since it does relate to TeX and related tools. However, to avoid it being closed as a duplicate, you might want to check out the following ...
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Is it allowed to ask LilyPond questions here

Lilypond originally was developed using LaTeX, but the current version does not use TeX at all to produce its output of graphical music scores. So questions about Lilypond's syntax (or the Scheme ...
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Is it allowed to ask LilyPond questions here

I think the answer has to be no really. It seems to be stretching the "related typesetting systems" too far. There is a lilypond tag on stackoverflow
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Are "Markdown to Docx using Pandoc" questions on topic?

If no TeX is involved, then it's off-topic here. Stack Overflow is the right place to ask the question. All the same, many users on this site use pandoc and Markdown, and have lots of experience ...
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To what extent are code-review-style questions welcome?

I'm not really a fan of such questions, as it remains really open-ended (or too broad). Answers can be as simple as "No, that's the best you can do" to 10 answers each doing it in different ...
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How to flag a question concerning a software bug

Flagging using the generic 'needs mod attention' function is fine (though we tend to be conservative about closing). Whilst we can add a limited number of custom close reasons for the site, the number ...
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Are questions using markdown with LaTeX allowed?

Issues using a variety of software - Pandoc included - are on topic here as long as the issue relates to (La)TeX in some way. As mentioned in the TeX - LaTeX Tour page: Ask about... Formats like ...
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Are "Is this good typography?" questions on topic?

No, since it solicits mostly opinion-based answers, which may not be fact-based. This site is more about the code than the visuals or output. While the latter does matter, the former is something ...
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Are questions related to speech recognition to write TeX off-topic?

No they are not. We have some happy-trigger people who likes to see only what they want to see. And they vote to close on practically anything ignoring our long-lost grace period and wait-for-a-reply ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

I don't see that we are accepting opinion-based questions. You might be alerted because of the Is LaTeX used for novels? LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years Why is LaTeX so ...
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Should questions be to the point or provide context?

Should questions be to the point or provide context? I would say, both. I have struggled with this point now and in the past. It is an art (to me, at least) to provide enough background that ...
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Are questions about TeXmacs on-topic?

I'd put forth that TeXmacs should not be considered on-topic unless perhaps it's about its TeX export options (and even then, the idea leaves a bad taste in my mouth). Repeating what's been said in ...
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Posting Q and A on pandoc

I think that pandoc questions that use LaTeX as the intermediary or output format are definitely on topic, and there are quite a few of us here who are also pandoc users, and so these sorts of ...
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How on-topic/off-topic are questions about 'tricks' with (La)Tex editors?

These sound like very appropriate questions to me :) We have a https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/winedt tag that demonstrates your question won't be the first such question :) PS: I ...
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Job advertising?

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 ...
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Typesetting and typography related questions

We have a typography tag on this page. The questions there though should be more about how to achieve certain typographical features in TeX or about TeX-nical typography (e.g. a question about whether ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

»Why is LaTeX so complicated« could be answered on facts. The OP has asked a good question, he gave quite a few examples for his assumption (»LaTeX is complicated«). You could start an answer with a ...
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Is it allowed to ask LilyPond questions here

No, it is not on-topic per se, since LilyPond itself is hardly a "related system", more than MathJaX is, for instance. The only exception is when you ask about the interaction between LilyPond and ...
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Question about correct typesetting

Phrasing a question to request a "best way" to typeset something is subjective, since "best" for me is different from "best" for someone else, in my opinion. This goes for the actual code or the ...
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To what extent are code-review-style questions welcome?

Not really; Codereview.SX exists and has a {TeX} tag.
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Job advertising?

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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Are questions about TeXmacs on-topic?

There's now a proposal for a TeXmacs StackExchange site on Area51. Any support you may provide is very much appreciated to get a proper home for this community!
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Is a question on setting up a CTAN mirror on-topic?

To answer your true meta question: Yes, such questions are on-topic. The fact that they revolve around operating TeX rather than using it does not disqualify them. What is not on-topic are trivial ...
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