Joseph Wright
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TeX new site theme is live
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There is a lot of real anger about the changes here, and I think it's important to convey why this is. I'm going to try to do that from my own point of view: as a moderator, I'm not at all happy with ...

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Who are the package maintainers here?
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LaTeX Classes Symbol legend: BitBucket, GitHub, Launchpad achemso: Joseph Wright amsart: Barbara Beeton and others at AMS (tech-support@ams.org) amsbook: Barbara Beeton and others at AMS (tech-...

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TeX.SE really are nicer voters
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From very early on in the life of the site, there has been a presumption that voting should be a broadly 'positive' action. In particular, the community here have generally felt that for most ...

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What to do about a post when the OP insists on putting a thanks at the end?
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44 votes

The StackExchange model is based round the idea that the sites are not forums, but that questions and answers should have some element of generality. As such, 'good' questions should be focussed on ...

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Why is "...Cthulhu-worshipping madman?" a great question?
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Voting is at least to some extent about popularity: questions which get lots of views are more likely to get lots of votes than those with fewer views. Highly complex technical questions don't attract ...

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Site name - TeX versus LaTeX
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The site name is formally 'TeX - LaTeX StackExchange'. This reflects the fact that TeX is more than LaTeX (plain TeX, ConTeXt, related tools, etc.). Calling it just 'LaTeX' would be restrictive, ...

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Why do people answer in comments?
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In general, you are correct that something which answers the question should be given as an answer. However, there are some subtleties to this. The first is as marczellm says that a one-liner may not ...

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American or British English
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The site language is 'English' but (within reason) the idiom of the original poster should be preserved. In particular, there should generally not be an issue with using either US or UK conventions on ...

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Why does TeX.SE exist?
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37 votes

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 ...

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Should hit-and-run question posters be penalised?
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32 votes

Remember that many people only visit when they have an issue: once it's solved, they have other things to do. I'm not sure I'd want to penalise the use of TeX (or anything else) as a tool, rather than ...

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What does "OP" stand for?
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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 ...

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Do we follow StackExchange rules?
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I think it's important to remember that the 'bigger' StackExchange picture is that each site is a 'community'. On the 'main site' (StackOverflow), the community feeling is very much to avoid list-type ...

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Should we keep our TeX User Group membership?
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Paulo has given a very good answer in favour of membership: here I'll try to give some additional reasons why I think the membership is a Good Thing. The TeX StackExchange site is currently the most ...

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What if a comment answers a question?
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30 votes

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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Reviewers; what do you eat for breakfast?
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'Executive summary' of the following answer: The key aim of reading questions is to help the asker Voting to close is thus (usually) something to do after comments or similar to improve questions ...

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Repackaging code of absent user(s)
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28 votes

All posts to the site are made subject the the Creative Commons 'Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)' license. The summary of this license says: You are free: to Share — to ...

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Is it okay to ask the OP to accept the answer?
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Experience suggests that a lot of 'newer' users will add comments such as 'That solved my problem' or 'Thanks' to answers. As the voting/accepting mechanism is the 'visible' way that this can be done ...

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Are answers recommending non-TeX solutions welcome?
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Solutions using alternative tools which fall within the 'TeX sphere' are entirely appropriate and have always been welcome. Obvious examples are that plain or ConTeXt solutions to LaTeX problems are ...

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Why are 'mistaken' questions marked off-topic?
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There are a few things to say here. First off, the StackExchange 'back end' works in the same way for all sites, which means that 'we' (TeX-SX) have to use the structures as decided on by the 'Powers'....

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Please add more off-topic close reasons
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One I think uncontroversial close reason is for things which are typos or which cannot be reproduced: these are about TeX but are unlikely to help any future readers. Thus something like This ...

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Downvoting answers exploiting different approaches with respect to the initial question
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Commenting directly on how individuals vote is probably not something we should pursue: voting is ultimately down to each user provided it does not fall into the 'sock puppet' or 'revenge downvoting' ...

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What's the policy on retagging questions based on answers?
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26 votes

In general, tags are supposed to be about questions, not answers. So the tikz-pgf tag should be used if the question mentions or implies Tikz, but not if the answers do.

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Should questions be closed just because the OP did not accept one of the answers?
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25 votes

Questions should only be closed if they do not meet meet the criteria of being clear, objective and on-topic, with perhaps the proviso that things like out-and-out typos, misunderstandings and issues ...

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Questioners not responding to answers
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Remember that most of the 'value' of the site is meant to come not from dealing with the original poster but rather the wider user base. As such, a good answer should gain upvotes from several (or ...

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Why is there an {untagged} tag?
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Every question has to be tagged, but it's possible for all valid tags to 'vanish'. This is most obviously true for migration but can also occur if tag cleanup removes a tag. In these cases questions ...

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Policy of upvoting new users above comment threshold?
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The network thinking here is that answers automatically move a question to the top of the front page, and so such information is going to get reviewed. In contrast, comments simply 'sit' where they ...

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Deleting own question when I "lost interest"
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23 votes

For an unanswered question with few upvotes, I think that self-deletion is absolutely fine. That might be different it there were answers, even if not upvoted, or if the question had a lot of upvotes. ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2012
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Should high-rep users hang back a little?
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There are a few different things here, and all are worth discussing. Many of the 'high-rep' users have been around TeX for many years, and answer questions in a number of places. You can look at the ...

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