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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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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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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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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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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 who ...


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There's a scheduled job running each month to reset the counters. It failed December 1, 2020, sorry for this. That's why the November values are included, so it's too high. SE started a network wide recalculation that should fix it after some time. The monthly reputation league page looks better already.


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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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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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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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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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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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As Oded mentioned, there are a number of factors that may cause a CAPTCHA to appear. One of these is time. Perhaps the time was very short. I've typed up answers while riding the bus, and switching to a different network before posting made CAPTCHAs appear as well. Not sure whether there might be linkage with the locality (network) when it comes to saving/...


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Internationalization seems to be the Vietnam of Stack Exchange Network. A fix has been pushed out and we've even improved the tools a bit, so hopefully this won't happen again*. * I'm not betting on that, though :)


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I think it has been said numerous times now, that we like to upvote. I am not active on the other mentioned SE places, but i would bet they don't have the users that contribute by giving good answers, getting reputation points and give them away later with the help of bounties. One user gave 60k away just doing this. Those 60k gotta be somewhere, most ...


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If by "archived" you meant "deleting the questions so that space on the server is preserved", then the answer is never. Stack Exchange in general only does soft-deletion; the content is almost never purged from the server/database (i.e. hard-deletion). Deleted posts are only hidden to some users, not necessarily deleted from the server/database. Any users ...


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Questions and answers are always available to the public and never archived from view, so everything is always accessible. If you want an idea of the size of the content, you can take a look at the archived dump. There's actually far more information that is not shared in this way.


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This should now be done: I hope this shows up for you.


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In the professional life probably none. Although, I think badges as professional rewards in Tex serve to signalling what type of scout you are from Wolf Cub Scout to Scout leader. Until you achieve the status of Robert Baden-Powell.


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