Andrew Stacey
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Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?
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This does feel a big thing for one person to take on and get right straight away so let's draft it here. CW for easy editing. Question I need to install a new TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt package on my ...

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Mark questions that led to creating a new package
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I think that this would find a better place on the blog. Everyone who publishes a package to CTAN that started on this site should write a (short!) blog post about it (I know I'm guilty of not doing ...

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Regular "Let's deal with unanswered questions" chat meetings?
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I wasn't able to make the first session (and will be unlikely to make others if they are to be held on Sundays), but I think that there's still a way to enable people like myself to be part of the ...

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Relicensing code from answers
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Any TeX code of mine that I publish on https://tex.stackexchange.com/ I hereby place in the public domain to the extent governable by law. Explicitly, I place it under the CC0. Note Regarding ...

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Should I flag for moderator attention if a new user asks a question in an answer?
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The comment thread on Joseph's answer is getting a little long and there's an extension of Joseph's proposal in there that I'd like to draw to everyone's attention. The full proposal is: Experienced ...

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Why are there so few ConTeXt questions?
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I would guess 1,4,5. Certainly, there is no 'LaTeX-by-default' policy. So #6 is out. It's worth thinking for a minute about who is the target audience for tex.sx. Maybe this is worth a question of ...

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Cancel asking to close?
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In the light of Stefan's answer, we should have the convention that if you would rescind your vote-to-close then you should leave a comment to the effect saying "I voted to close on an earlier version ...

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Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?
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I'd add an additional situation in which CW can be useful: sometimes questions essentially ask for a brainstorming session (I'm thinking of this one as an example). In that case, I would make it CW ...

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Is there a way to find posts from this community on MSO?
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Not that I know of. A while back, I tried to start a list of such but it doesn't seem to have been maintained ( Relevant feature requests on Meta.SO).

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What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers?
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TikZ/PGF Answer: Multiple equation numbers for a tikz picture Brief Description: Using TikZ is often a useful way of getting the pieces right in a complicated mathematical diagram. If there's only ...

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Birthday Celebrations
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One that springs to mind is to get the first version of the TeX-SX-package up on CTAN. References: What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers? http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/409/from-answers-to-...

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Downvoting old, weak questions
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I think that our "policy"[1] of not down-voting does not apply to old questions. The purpose of that "policy" was to avoid discouraging people from using the site; but if someone asks a bad question ...

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Future development of Detexify - am I heading in the right direction?
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Any chance of an OpenID login? Don't use Twitter, don't want to use Twitter, do use Detexify, want to use Detexify.

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My question was closed as a duplicate, but I still need help. What can I do?
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Questions that are closed needn't stay closed. You're encouraged to edit your original question to explain why the answers on the duplicate don't help you; this can lead to your question being ...

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Should there be a code-review forum?
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Somewhat in common with the other answers, my initial reaction is against the idea. My difficulties start around about the question of differentiating between a clear case of "I've gone as far as I ...

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Site Design Ideas (updated with mockup)
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Hi Jin, Good to meet you! I think we're all quite excited at the prospect of "graduating". I'm equally sure that you'll get lots of opinions on design since, as you saw, good design goes right to ...

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Is troff/groff a "friend" of TeX
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There being people here who will be able to answer your question doesn't make it a good question. But that's not to say that it wouldn't be acceptable. I don't know the answer to that one. I would ...

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Show total up and down votes
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You have to click on the total number of votes, whereupon it magically splits into a green number above a red number. I'm guessing that the green is good and the red is rubbish (though it might be ...

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Where does all my rep go?
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Reputation isn't counted on meta. Your reputation score on meta is that from the main site (slurped in every hour, I think). Looking at your profile there, I'm figuring that you started on 101 (do ...

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Why are questions on package bugs/issues too localized?
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Ironically, having just read through the answers and left a couple of comments, I headed over the main site and found Error message with hobby package which is essentially a bug report on the hobby ...

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Modifying code formatting when editing
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Going from the situation that provoked this, I'd like to point out the dangers of being the third man in. This is a well-known phenomenon from rugby: since a rugby match is essentially a pitched ...

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What about a {hobby} tag?
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I think that Stephen's comment hits the nail on the head: would the hobby tag help someone? There are several categories to consider: Someone asking a question for which the hobby package could ...

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What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers?
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Tikz/PGF Answer: How can I set the background color of the rows and columns of a matrix node in Tikz? Brief Description After setting up a matrix using TikZ, this puts nodes in each cell of the ...

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What if better than the accepted answer appears?
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One thing to remember here is that the acceptance of an answer does not mean "This is the right answer.". Acceptance of an answer means "This is the answer that helped me most at the time that I ...

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Unusual user names
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We recently had some discussion about this on MathOverflow. You can read it at https://meta.mathoverflow.net/discussion/335/3/why-not-real-names I guess that "real names" and "weird names" aren't ...

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Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?
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Draft section on Community Wiki for FAQ: Community Wiki Posts A question or an answer can be designated "Community Wiki" (CW). In practice, this means: Almost everyone on the site can edit it, No-...

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Moderator Pro Tempore Nomination Thread
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Scott Morrison (main site) (meta site) (mathoverflow) Moderator on MathOverflow, where I think he's shown all the qualities required in a moderator (and more!). In particular, he's visible without ...

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How newbie-friendly should the site be?
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As the guilty party in both cases, I'd like to say that I suspect that I was being over concise in both cases but through thoughtlessness rather than deliberately. On your question I will admit to ...

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What goes in the FAQ?
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Here's another thing that's just occurred to me: the SE platform is extremely good at what it does, but is completely rubbish at what it isn't designed for (seems obvious, really). However, one ...

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Can we clean up the "How to ask" box, please?
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Here's a stab at a mock-up. As I said in the comments, I'm not really sure who this is aimed at - our experience on MathOverflow is that those who should read things like this never do. How to Ask ...

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