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Yes, this site follows different rules than most of the StackExchange sites do. This is given by a particularly specific topic (*TeX systems are very specific) which is mostly used by a particular type of people. So while on StackExchange such questions are in general frowned upon, we believe that these "showcases" provide a good reference for other people, ...


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I think it's important to remember that the 'bigger' StackExchange picture is that each site is a 'community'. On the 'main site' (StackOverflow), the community feeling is very much to avoid list-type questions. A classic example of one we have and I think most people on TeX-sx feel is useful is LaTeX Editors/IDEs. I guess you have to remember that the '...


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I'm in support: a lot of visitors to TeX.SX don't speak English very well, and this makes the post's intent clearer; I also don't see a downside. One thing which influenced my decision was that if one searches for the phrase "for idiots", the only results are "BibLaTeX for Idiots" and several links to it. If there were several such posts, perhaps the ...


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the last question cited was triggered by the appearance in a reasonably well known open access journal regarding the relative efficiency of latex vs. word. it contains a clear call for funding agencies to stop the use of latex, in favor of word, since latex allegedly wastes time that should better be spent on research. although the experiments on which the ...


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Very interesting question. :-) IMHO our community is known as very technical and straight to the point. To quote Jeff himself: I agree that TeX is so technical that nobody should really end up here by accident. That said, from time to time we happen to see questions that somehow tease our senses. First of all, the title was very catchy; these three ...


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I was one of the persons who voted to re-open the posting in question, so let me take a minute to explain my reasons. Basically, I disagree with the claim that the posting in question is "so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively". The posting obviously expresses some very strongly held opinions, and I will readily note that not every locution ...


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As mentioned in a comment, a high number of views does not in itself mean that the question is a good one for the site. For example, a 'provocative' title may attract a lot of hits while meaning that the question does not fit the Q&A format or indeed be really about TeX at all. Views of questions come primarily from people searching for text, probably in ...


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Just a quick addendum to Paulo's post: it's also a very good question when assessed purely as an SE-type question. The actual question is very clear and easy to understand, well-framed, and it is easy to judge an answer. Many of our other highly-voted questions are a bit dubious and I'm not so happy having them as a prime example of what is a good ...


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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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I would say, merging the answers is the best choice since they belong together. Select the answer with the most votes, so its position in the answer list would not go down, and insert the text from the other answer. The latter can be deleted then. No need to make community wiki, since there's no intent yet to edit by other fellow users. No need to wait, it'...


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Editor Sign Up List Texmaker: doncherry (Win7), hpesoj626 (linux). Updated 2013-02-28 TeXworks: Joseph Wright, tohecz (linux). Updated 2013-03-09 TeXnicCenter: Werner, percusse. Updated 2013-03-15 TeXStudio: hpesoj626 (linux). Updated 2013-03-09 TeXShop: Alan Munn Vim: Psirus. Updated 2013-03-09 Emacs: Charles Stewart (OSX, linux), Tyler Smith. Updated 2013-...


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The primary goal of all Stackexchange sites is to become repositories of reliable information on whatever topic they cover, in our case, TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt and their relations. To this end, questions whose answers can't be given definitively are not good questions as regards to the goals of the site, and are therefore closed. Now your question is by ...


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We get a relatively small number of questions which may be viewed as off-topic or opinion based on the site. For these, there is a certain amount of discussion which can be had and as pointed out by percusee you can argue things are not entirely consistent. As we are talking about value judgements that is perhaps not surprising. Looking at the question here,...


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I voted to close as "opinion based" (and enough people did the same that it was closed). But since that vote was overturned and people voted to open it, I added an answer. The answer does of course include subjective opinion, but democracy wins I suppose. It doesn't mean I think it's necessarily a good question (for this site) or necessarily a good answer (...


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In the very least, include a reference to the "for Dummies" series to clarify its usage. Perhaps even including an image to highlight it visually... in the spirit of being original, I mocked this up from a German version: Regardless, I support the change. I think Biblatex for beginners sounds more generic, as there's probably little difference between ...


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We have a number of great questions that don't directly ask for the "best" package, but for advantages and disadvantages of different solutions/packages, one of which I asked myself: bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib. There's usually two ways these questions turn out to be answered: Either with one consolidated answer, which usually is (mainly) by one ...


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5 years of display and 200 votes are not good enough evidence that it is not offensive because people probably identify this as a self-deprecation of the OP? And from the homepage of the user, I'm sure he is aware of what idiot means. Finally, notice that all the edits were concerned about how to spell biblatex instead of the idiots parts which was (and ...


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Jeff wrote on Twitter about it.


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I'm the one who provided the "hackish" answer and I think unaccepting it plus updating the original question ("I'm looking for a canonical answer") is the correct way in this case. Adding a bounty would ensure additional notice, but is not required.


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As a faculty member who teaches an annual "Technical Writing Using LaTeX" class, I find the "Big List" questions with multiple answers very useful. Students can quickly be shown a very broad answer or survey to a topic. The multiple answers in a list are very motivating when I first introduce a topic in LaTeX. Extremely valuable is the inclusion of MWE for ...


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We have a number of these questions already on the site. I think the most comprehensive answer is this question: Question mark or bold citation key instead of citation number So the best solution is to vote to close using this as the duplicate.


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You have given the necessary connection to TeX yourself. This means IMO the question is perfectly on topic here. Although the site description explicitly mentions "Related software and tools, BibTeX, MakeIndex, Lyx, etc.", I don't think a question about PDF as produced by pdftex would be any less on topic than a question about arara or configuring some ...


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I suggest to change "LaTeX" to "TeX" so it's a catch-all for everything (TeX is the underlying language; LaTeX/plain-tex/Context are macropackages/"formats"). Also, it doesn't make much sense to differentiate between engines (XeTeX, LuaTeX, pdfTeX), but it would make sense to differentiate between formats. Especially since you seem to confuse the meaning ...


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Here is perhaps a sequence of events that lead to the closure, as well as some motivation behind it: It has been decided by the TeX.SE community to host "Answer the unanswered" sessions (see Regular “Let's deal with unanswered questions” chat meetings?) in an attempt to reduce the number of unanswered or open questions. These "janitorial sessions" are there ...


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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 complicated? Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? In any case two of them passed hundred votes and the others are around twenty. Now saying well it can be ...


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It is highly unlikely that this question will be deleted, based on the automated deletion criteria set for older posts. The question was closed as "too localized" since it mostly deals with an installation issue, many of which either fall out of the scope of TeX - LaTeX, or is so specific (localized) that it does not really benefit other members of the ...


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Feature List / Answer Template between the two double rules TeX Editor Name — our-tag-for-this-editor-if-it-exists Platforms: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, OS X 10.?, Linux License: License XYZ, US$ 20 Languages: de, en, fr, ... Unicode: Yes RTL/bidi: Yes % !TEX directives: Yes Syntax Highlighting: Yes, (not) customizable Code Completion: Yes, (not) customizable ...


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It was on Hackernews and made it to the front page. This usually involves a lot of traffic. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3036501


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Well as I was involved a bit I can justify my take; First and foremost, we are not consistent at about anything. Hence, why this is open but the other is closed is not going to solve anything. Half of the TikZ questions should have been closed but somehow didn't. The examples you give are also the same. So there is always a grappling aspect of any question. ...


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As suggested within the set of Often referenced questions there is now a set of dedicated "How do I update my distribution?" posts. They include: Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files? How can I manually install a package on MiKTeX (Windows)? How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? How do I update my ...


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