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Several reasons: We vote a lot, and we vote up. We have a narrow scope, which means there are people who can answer almost any question. For some people, TeX and friends is almost a religion which they practise through this website. Oh and I forgot to say: We vote a lot. That's it I think. PS: Did I mention that we vote a lot?


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As Tom and David mentioned in the comments, we just upvote. Even if one feels the urge to downvote a question or an answer, we encourage different approaches, like leaving a comment to help make the content better or point crass errors, or simply do not upvote the content at all (but still pointing what is going on). A question or answer that shows effort ...


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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 about programming in general. The first sites that were created in parallel to SO (SuperUser and ServerFault, SU and SF, respectively) both have distinct ...


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Mae hwyaden TeX SE yn pleidleisio'n aml iawn. Esbonnir popeth gan hwyaid. Gerald_G, Rubber Duck Family TeX SE's duck votes frequently. Everything is explained by ducks.


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I upvote. A lot. People vote for my answers, so I have to vote. It's rare I don't upvote a question I answer to: as one of the moderators once told me, “if you deem a question worthy answering, then it's also worth a vote”. I also vote answers: when they solve a problem in a “good way”, I think they deserve a vote. What a “good way” is probably depends on ...


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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 foremost, the Stack Exchange model is based on user choices: new sites can be proposed by anyone on the Area 51 site and if the site gains enough visitors, ...


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There seems to be some consensus on the main Meta site that mentioning participation on StackOverflow is at best a very minor part of one's resume, reserved for the extra-curricular section. StackOverflow, of course, is a general programming site, and therefore it's possible that participation on the site might be something that an employer might be ...


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In addition to some of the observations that we vote a lot, I think there's another reason why that voting occurs: we value substantial answers over short one liners, and we tend to comment on answers to make them better rather than post a competing answer which is minimally similar to an existing one. See also Why do people answer in comments?. The end ...


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Yes, we do vote a lot, but I think it's much more than that. This community is very positive. We don't compete against each other (except perhaps playfully when we comment along the lines of "you beat me to the answer by 2 seconds"). We share our ideas freely. We encourage people: in how to get a solution that works for them, in how to write better ...


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The 'official' position across the network is to use 'SE', so that is what I use when talking to people on other sites. However, 'SE' is the TLD for Sweden, and 'SX' (or 'sx') fits nicely with 'TeX'. So on the site I and many others use a variation of 'TeX-sx' (TeX-SX, TeX.SX, etc.).


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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 site, propose it! Stack Exchange sites are free to create and free to use. All we ask is that you have an enthusiastic, committed group of expert users ...


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Whenever I google a LaTeX issue, I end up on tex.SE. Now, that may have to do with my filter bubble, but it's also the best resources for LaTeX-related trouble, no questions asked. So I routinely get here, find good stuff, and then of course upvote it. I can only hope that this happens to many people, i.e. they land here, get help, and already have the ...


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This came up tangentially at https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com/a/2288/86. I'll copy the last part of my answer from there: I strongly prefer "TeX-SX" to "TeX.SE" (note the punctuation) and "TeX.SX" is acceptable. I'd rather annoy random other StackExchange users than the Swedes. However, as this has brought it to my attention, I'd rather make the ...


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Had they had been voting as much as we did then it would be an anomaly. We can easily cover their two pages with our very same top rows, compare them too: SU voters: SF voters: Again, on behalf of a few other users, I vote for "mark as read" almost always. Because as mentioned, we don't care about the votes except those two misters you know who


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The About should cover this, but for the avoidance of doubt: TeX StackExchange (TeX-sx) is for questions about TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt and related topics Meta TeX-sx is for questions about TeX-sx itself Meta StackOverflow is for questions about the StackExchange network, as well as questions specific to StackOverflow StackOverflow is a general site focussed on ...


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The exact day of the proposal on area51 is Jun 2 '10 at 14:20. It can be seen in the revision history of the proposal post. As doncherry said in his comment above, dates are at the right side on the TeX.SE proposal page. It currently shows "commitment start 2 years ago" etc. However, looking at the source code of the web page you can see the exact dates, so ...


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I quietly argue in my department and regularly tell colleagues that significant participation in stackexchange sites should count in faculty reviews as service to the scholarly community. I'm sure @egreg's answers here advance science more than does his mathematics, however deep and interesting that may be.


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Nobody knows whether or not there will be a miracle in the future --- Joel Spolsky will give you one euro per point you have.


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None.


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The "flag weight" statistic has been dropped from user profiles. Instead it now displays "helpful flags" as an integer value (as opposed to the previous decimal value based on some functional form). Changes include: Deputy badge requires 80 helpful flags (an increase from the former 40 minimum flawless helpful flag criterium); and Marshal badge requires ...


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Upvoting is free, upvoting is fun. There are many different reasons to upvote a question or answer. Oh interesting question, upvote. Oh, somebody posted an answer to my question, upvote. Or as a high and welcome, leave a positive vote. Or you think: Oh, nice answer. Leave an upvote. Or you think? How fast is this man typing? Does egreg have a chip in ...


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Being a user with good reputation doesn't mean you will never see a CAPTCHA. It does mean that you won't see it as much as a new/anonymous user. There are a lot of different factors that go into when it comes up (including posting many posts in a short time period).


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I'd go with option 2, making it CW. We can have a good answer on our site that would make for easier browsing. Migrating the question on SO is out of the question, I'm afraid, since it's quite old.


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In this case, in my opinion it makes sense to migrate the question from SO to TeX.SX, polish it by removing the not-an-answers and properly retag. The question is good as it stands, so are the (real) answers there. The one here can then be closed as a duplicate (if it is a duplicate, I'm not an expert in this). IMHO: Migrating good questions with good ...


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The Powers That Be now incorporated TeX.sx as a migration path from StackOverflow: Credits go to mmyers for announcing it in the chatroom. :)


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A few factors I don't think have been mentioned above: There's often more than one right way to do things, or a best way and a most suitable way. This can lead to multiple highly-voted answers for a given question. A simple example: How do I draw...? with a tikz and a pstricks answer. My limited experience of SO is that this is less often the case (though ...


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Updated (and more subtle) notifications. Usually, @-style references shows up in your inbox with the following notification style: However, notifications (like badges and migrations) were usually associated with a thick banner across the top of the page. Now they are more in line your inbox: with a special "Notifications inbox": There is an official blog ...


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