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biblatex for idiots

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 ...
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What is this issue with Word vs LaTeX in the past days?

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 ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

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-...
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How to avoid closing a question that gets more than 5k views!

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 ...
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Why was this question about research on LaTeX considered too opinion-based?

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 ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

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 ...
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biblatex for idiots

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 ...
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15 votes

biblatex for idiots

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 ...
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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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Why was this question about research on LaTeX considered too opinion-based?

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 ...
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Testing the possible duplicate technique before voting for close

It happens sometimes and even in worse case than this one, when a duplicate is hinted at which is not applicable to the new question's setting or even solves a completely different problem. What's the ...
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Is famous question badge still awarded at 10K views?

In the list view of questions, certain numbers are rounded. Hover over them and you'll see the actual view count: Visit the actual question and you'll see at the top right of the page:
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Why was this question about research on LaTeX considered too opinion-based?

I was also involved (as a reviewer). I'm neither statistician nor mathematician, so I can't comment on the stats or math involved. I am, however, a typesetter, and my research on editing systems for ...
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Why does my solution belong in the question rather than the answer?

In my opinion, it is rather simple: if it is an acceptable work-around (for the asker, that is you), it can be an answer. If it is a work-around but you are asking it to get a better solution, it ...
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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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Testing the possible duplicate technique before voting for close

There is an incentive to process content listed within the close vote queue, because there is a badge associated with it. It is, however, expected that reviewers will take the time to actually review ...
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Question that needs no answer but has a good one

You have a few choices: Delete the post entirely; Post a comment to the current answerer asking to amend their proposal to suit your needs; Provide your own answer; Post a bounty to solicit answers ...
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Answers that solve the problem without answering the question

Summarizing comments as an answer: Since the precise question I asked is still open, and others may encounter it, I have unaccepted @cfr 's answer. That solved my problem by suggesting a different ...
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