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This answer focuses more on minimalizing the code, rather than finding the source of the problem, as the top-voted answer does. It is intended to be concise and hands-on, but digestible rather than exhaustive. Suggestions for improvement welcome! Here are some strategies for reducing your code, which will help you get better and faster answers, since it ...


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While I wholeheartedly agree with this attempt, I refuse to do anything about it. Any site that has this much traffic should be able to hire proper UX experts and get rid of this mind-numbing stupid design. And I would like to emphasize that I choose my words very carefully. Anybody knows me over the years know that I really don't target any individuals but ...


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I really think that people who use more than 30 votes in a day should get the threshold for triggering the anti-voter bot increased by at least 30%. So for instance, if for me, who votes only 20 times a day, I need to give 8 votes to E to trigger the bot, it should be at least 12 for Paulo who uses all his votes. (Yes, this is a feature-request.)


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XY Problem means: You want to do X. You think about a solution Y. But you find out that there is a problem with this solution Y, so you ask about Y, not even mentioning X. You should ask about your real problem X, and as a part of the question put: "I tried Y but with no success / with some problems." Find out more about XY problem (link). Few examples how ...


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Welcome to TeX.SE! you accept an answer by clicking on the green checkmark next to the answer. Voting up good answers is a way of saying it is a good answer, but there can be many good answers, but only one accepted answer. Thanks for caring! Here's what an unaccepted and an accepted answer looks like: and here's that same answer before and after an ...


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When you ask a question by clicking on the Ask Question link in the TeX.SX banner: or edit an existing question, the post header or toolbar will include the available (basic) formatting options. By clicking the Image <img> Ctrl+G button or by pressing Ctrl+G allows you to select an image for upload to stack.imgur.com - the image hosting platform (...


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You got +100 for associating your account with your account on another SE site. This is for getting users to connect their accounts in the network. That's why you often can see users seeming to start with 101 rep, not just 1.


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The usual approach is to post a comment asking the person who posted the information to convert it to an answer. I'll do that.


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It means 'Original Poster', and is pretty common in for example Usenet (where you have a thread starting potentially with an anonymous question). For a complete list of Stack Exchange terms, see Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms.


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I'm going to take a contrary view here. The serial voting algorithm, although probably imperfect, is enforcing a rule that for better or worse the SE people as a whole think is A Good Thing. Now you have stated that your main purpose in voting is to help build community, and it's undeniable that such voting can probably help that. But this is expressly not ...


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You don't need to worry: Java and Javscript are entirely different things. To quote an answer on Stack Overflow: Java and Javascript are similar like Car and Carpet are similar. The reason you can't close that permanent red banner is that without Javascript only static (non interactive) content can be served. Without Javascript you're missing out on ...


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There’s a new package on CTAN called mwe, providing some features for creating MWEs. This is the announcement text: mwe provides several files useful to create a minimal working examples (MWEs). A mwe package is provided which loads a small set of often used packages for MWEs. In addition several different images are provided which will be ...


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A MWEB is a MWE (Minimal Working Example) which include a bibliography file (.bib). MWEB stands for "Minimal Working Example with Bibliography". The bibliography file contains your bibliographical references. If your question is about Bibtex/Biber/Natbib/Biblatex/..., this file may contain valuable information useful to answer it. You should use the ...


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SE algorithm thinks that Paulo Cereda is a robot?! Stupid algorithm, go to a corner and blush!


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TeX.SX (and all other networks on Stack Exchange) is a Question & Answer (or Q&A for short) site where users ask questions, which are then answered by community members. This structure is the fundamental building block for the site. The top entry of every post is the question, while answers are given below it. Here is what the FAQ mentions regarding ...


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The PDF to PNG conversion of imgur isn't very good and results in a poor resolution. You should convert it yourself to a PNG (no JPGs please!). Note that the standalone class (v1.0) supports conversion to PNG. It works well with Image Magick under Linux, but isn't really tested under Windows by me. It needs the -shell-escape compiler switch to call convert ...


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To round up the comment thread. You seemed to be surprised that the edit should be reverted in is entirety rather than being fixed/improved. In fact reverting is the natural action to take in this circumstance. Someone who decides to edit a question (or answer) can decide to do it at a time convenient for them, and to spend as much or as little time as ...


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Here is a collection of ideas, taken from comments and the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites: Questions: Search first We typically come to a Q&A to get an answer. Immediately. However, there is a bounty of knowledge already present on this site. Search for it using the best ninja skills you have possible. Only then post a question. For not-so-new users, ...


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Here are some answers to some of your questions. This is actually a really nice start for a community wiki answer. How to address members with two-part names. I am unsure if @Dave Smith notifies Dave Smith or if it notifies Dave instead. Does it matter? Quotation marks? Underscores? The @ notation only works in comments and chat. For users with ...


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I fully support Joseph's answer. If we do that, sometimes the comment poster doesn't create an answer though, perhaps because he didn't read the request or he doesn't care. To not let the question unanswered, it would be ok then that anybody writes the solution as answer, after some time and referring to the commentator, which can be accepted then. We ...


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It's the last person to answer or edit. In the case you point to, Axel answered then deleted his answer. Only users with reputation over 10k can see deleted material. So for example I can see his answer, and thus understand what's going on, while most people cannot.


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Cwac! A rhai cwaciadau pellach i gadw'r system yn hapus. EDIT Up vote for 'Cwac!' Down vote for 'Na chwac!' Abstain if you are not a hwyaden.


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To date (2013-05-07) you have submitted 574 Suggested Edits for approval, 512 of which were accepted while 62 were declined. Back in Feb 2011, the reputation system was updated to award a suggestor with +2 reputation in the case of an approved Suggested Edit. This should put your tally of reputation accumulated via this method at +1,024. Now, according to ...


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I completely agree with David's comments. The edit fixed some grammar issues, but also changed the meaning of the question. The problem was in the usage of "all the time that", an almost word by word translation from Italian "tutte le volte che" ("each time" would have been a proper translation). Unfortunately, "all the time" has a different meaning in ...


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There is no automated way of doing this from your end. However, you can refine your search on the main/meta site to identify posts which have the now-defunct URL using the search query url:"river-valley.tv". This reveals only 24 posts: My suggestion would be to visit each post sequentially over the next couple of days (say 5 posts a day) and you'll be done ...


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In general my preferred course of action in this case would be option 2 I accept the answer to my original question and ask a new question »How to solve problem X in a way compatible with my piece of code Y« If you edit your question with additional requirements after an answer has been posted you are not unlikely to invalidate that answer. The person ...


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Restore {Tag} braces // ==UserScript== // @name TeX SE, braced tags // @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/* // @grant GM_addStyle // @run-at document-start // ==/UserScript== GM_addStyle ( ` .post-tag::before { content: "{"; } .post-tag::after { content: "}"; } .post-tag { border-width: ...


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Here's my method, on Windows. Your mileage may vary: Nothing against it, but I use the "appropriate" document class rather than standalone. I open the result in my PDF reader, at 100% I take a screen shot (usually a subrectangle of the whole window), using MWSNAP, and save it (automatically) as a .png for uploading When, occasionally, the output is ...


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