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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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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 ...


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


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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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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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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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For me, your website does not show enough information to decide if they are duplicates comments are missing, and often crucial information and clarification is only revealed in comments answers are missing. I already miss them in the normal review queue for two reasons to check if the other question actually has an answer that solves the current problem. [...


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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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The first thing to bear in mind here is that while there are places where there are StackExchange rules/polices, on editorial matters 'guidelines' is a much more accurate term. (Rules are clearly appropriate for legal matters, for example.) Each StackExchange network site has its own conventions, and those are to some extent 'organic'. They also need to work ...


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Making the white background less white // ==UserScript== // @name _TeX SE, Swap background colour // @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/* // @grant GM_addStyle // @run-at document-start // ==/UserScript== GM_addStyle ( ` #content { background-color:#fefef6 !important; } ` ); (the exact colour can be adjusted to fit ...


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The formal way to invite someone to a user-specific chat room is done in the following way: Find the user in list of Stack Exchange chat-users: Note that while you may have a (parent) TeX.SE user account, a chat account is a subsidiary account, since only certain people are allowed to participate (minimum 20 reputation). Expand the chat user profile by ...


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I think this is in principle not an off-topic question, since it does relate to TeX and related tools. However, to avoid it being closed as a duplicate, you might want to check out the following questions already on the site and only craft a new one if those answers don't answer your question: What graphics packages are there for creating graphics in LaTeX ...


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The status-declined tag for Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes? was... rescinded. It was updated to status-planned on June 10, 2013 and subsequently implemented on July 21, 2013, turning it into status-completed. Users are now able to "undo" their close-votes in a similar way that one can retract/modify your regular vote to a ...


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Since the vast majority of questions on the site are about LaTeX, the tag is really not very helpful. Most plain TeX questions will be tagged plain-tex but there are at present only 168 such questions, so plain TeX users are few and far between on the site. You can add plain-tex (and other tags that interest you) to your favourite tags, but it's true you can'...


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I see my name there with this; SE policies and even internal consensuses seem to not be clearly communicated to users here on TeX.SE (two technically incorrect comments both received upvotes) (This btw is a larger problem with a couple of other communities as well, however this is one of the oddest cases I have found) Well this is very simple from my ...


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This seems status-by-design with IMGUR. That is when the size of the image reaches some threshold, conversion to JPG is automatically initiated. The threshold seem to be around 1MB. Here is an external reference to a discussion on one of IMGUR's forums: PNG file changes to JPG when uploaded Posted by Kiana Gordon, updated Jan 28, 2012 I'm trying to upload a ...


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If no TeX is involved, then it's off-topic here. Stack Overflow is the right place to ask the question. All the same, many users on this site use pandoc and Markdown, and have lots of experience converting document formats. So if you don't get an answer to your SO question you might ask in the chat room here.


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By-design, there is no 'private' communication on the StackOverflow network. (Exception: moderators can send direct messages for serious issues.) The reason for this is that as a Q&A site the aim is that both questions and answers have value for not only the original poster but also for future readers. As such, any clarification should be sought in ...


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Either select the answer that benefits the community the most (according to your opinion), hoping that future visitors to your question will find meaning in your choice; or select the answer that helped you most (based on your situation). Users who visit your post in the future should use their own judgement (and voting) to corroborate choices or find ...


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If the addition to a question is minimal, you can leave a comment as clarification. For almost everything else, I would suggest that editing your question is a far better option than having a discussion-style commentary. Comments are not always shown - it depends on the number of them, and the votes they've received. There are some considerations in terms ...


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Yes, after four days, provided the question has received enough views. See Close Votes expire too soon for low-traffic tags


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In terms of spam notification, you have a number of options: Flag it as spam. Enough spam flags can lead to deletion. This will also notify moderators who can take immediate action. Flag for moderator attention and mention it is spam (similar to above), but will require moderators to take action. Downvote. Questions with a certain number of downvotes are ...


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I think (and m0sa's terse comment seems to back me up) that this happened because the question was migrated: the votes were migrated along with the question, but the view counter was reset.


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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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