Andrew Stacey
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Misuse of the Stack exchange Q&A formatting?
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I see that the question has been edited since this was asked. In its current form (revision 9) then it looks fine to me, though the last sentence is a little flippant. This looks to me like a happy ...

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What criteria should be used for voting to close a question as too local?
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I'll repeat what I've just said in 'chat' on this: Closing a question as "too localised" says, for me, that here is a question that whilst technically on topic is so unique in some fashion that we ...

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How much time does moderating take up?
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I'm broadly in agreement with Joseph's answer, but I think there's a little more to add. I think that there are two parts to a moderator's role here. There's the "up front" side of moderating, which ...

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Should minimal examples be required, or just encouraged, for questions to be answered?
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Incidentally, I think that this is a very good question. Those of us who've been around the site for a while have learnt the value of MWEs, but we could probably be a little gentler on saying "Please ...

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Automatic capitalisation and typesetting correction for TeX, LaTeX and FrieNds.
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Not when it refers to a command name!

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why was "possible duplicate" comment with additional information deleted?
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I guess the lesson to learn here is to separate the "possible duplicate" bit of the comment from the extra helpful part. Posting two comments might seem a bit clumsy but it does at least avoid the ...

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A separate answer ? or update my original answer ? to post two (relatively) distinct solutions to a question
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I think my record for number of answers to a (non-CW) question is 3. I tend to do this if the answers are really different in the way that they answer the question so that they really should be read ...

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Migrated question from meta to main allows me to upvote same comment twice
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I suspect it should be classed as "It probably shouldn't work like that but the hassle in fixing it vastly outweighs the importance of doing so." Sadly, I also deleted that comment as it was no ...

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Where to ask questions about StackExchange?
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Here. \vfill (Since I've already figured out how to leave short answers and so have no need to make the joke, I'll try to be a bit more useful:) StackExchange is a network of sites with individual ...

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What are your favourite TikZ/PGF answers?
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TikZ/PGF Answer: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/47394/86 The shape is finished by Altermundus and zeroth in the following answer : https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/47484/3235 Brief Description: ...

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Remove questions which are wrong
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I would be reluctant to actually delete a question. Even a question like this can be of help to someone trying to diagnose the same problem and not knowing the cause. However, I agree that they can ...

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Voting to close a successfully answered question
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I'm not sure whether I disagree with Jake on this, or it's just that I'm not sure what he means by "solution" in his first sentence. For "close as duplicate" I would aim for the following: it should ...

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Should we forbid people to make a question that begins with a bunch of code?
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I wouldn't edit a question specifically to deal with the first two lines (though I would if neither the title nor these two lines gave any indication as to what the question was about) but if I were ...

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Do we want discipline-specific tags?
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Sort of as closing remarks (posted as an answer rather than an edit so that people can vote it up or down if so desired). In light of the answers so far received, it seems that there are people who ...

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Re-open question with non-TeX-solution to non-TeX-problem?
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I'd like to point out that not all closing is meant negatively. There was a suggestion to move this question to SuperUser. I have no idea what happens on SuperUser, but if it were more likely that ...

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Moderator Job Description
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Given that the date set for our elections is approaching fast, it's about time that I answered this question! I'll start by saying that I think that the word "moderator" is ambiguous. On the ...

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Missing vote-to-close privilege after beta?
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I think that this is "by design" since one of the criteria for getting out of beta is having enough users with enough power and the discussion always centred on the power that users will have after ...

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Are we prepared for the new reputation thresholds when we leave beta?
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The rules on when we leave beta aren't all that clear, but the impression that I get from reading the blog and meta.SO is that one necessary thing is that we have enough high ranking users. So we won'...

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Can moderators change accepted answers?
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I think it's a good idea to think of the "accepted answer" as the short-term answer and the "most voted for" answer as the long-term answer. It's important to remember that someone asked the question ...

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Promoting TeX, LaTeX and friends
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I wondered about a poster that could go up in people's departments. Given the success of MathOverflow, I think that we should think carefully about how to promote this site to academics, particularly ...

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Is there a way to see how someone typeset their question in TeX.SE?
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It's not a completely satisfactory answer, but if you have enough rep to edit questions then you can see the source via that route (pretend you're editing it and then don't). Or if a question has ...

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Importing questions from SO
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There are also a few on mathoverflow that could also be imported. I would propose the following guidelines: Only ask the question if when reading it you think, "Hmm, I'd like to know the answer to ...

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Change 'TeX - LaTeX - Stack Exchange' to 'TeX - Stack Exchange'
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Do you mean the "phrase": TeX - LaTeX - Stack Exchange is that tiny asterisk in the middle. I'll assume so. If we're going to change this (and I have no problem with the spirit of the proposal) ...

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Splitting bounty? Or how to handle answers building on eachother?
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I don't know how others would react, but this is how I think I would react/think if I were an answerer in this situation. The bounty is not significant as a bounty. When I see a question with a ...

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A 'tools' section in the TeX-SX project in Launchpad
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I'd say "Yes and No" to this proposal. The "Yes" bit is to having a "tools" section. We started with TikZ purely because it was an obvious one with lots of things to choose from so the chance of ...

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Problematic migration change
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Perhaps we should make latex a synonym for migrated! That way it would be very easy to see which questions have been migrated or not. Hmm, maybe latex-migrated would be better. Then someone typing ...

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Re-tagging xetex as xelatex
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It's because xelatex is a synonym for xetex: https://tex.stackexchange.com/tags/xetex/synonyms You should search the posts here on meta for the exact reason for this synonym being made. In this ...

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What to do if two answers together answer the original question?
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Will wrote: you could even suggest that someone write an amalgamation of the two answers and accept that instead. In fact, I would suggest that you, the questioner, do this. If you really feel ...

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How do I handle answers that should be comments?
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Under the assumption that it is a good comment (as it was in this case - but then I have to say that as the user in question has Serious Powers on my local computer network), here's my recommendations:...

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Can we get SmartyPants?
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Actually, I loathe this sort of thing! Whilst it may look pretty, it causes a great deal of pain when doing cut-and-paste. That's slightly mitigated by the fact that most cutting-and-pasting will be ...

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