Everyone of us is using this site in a certain way. Beside showing what I use, I really like to see tips, tricks or tools that I'm not aware of.

Therefore, are there certain things in your everyday usage of SE that are worth sharing? I'm especially interested (but feel free to post other things too!) in

  • What tools, user-scripts, plugins do you use that help you?
  • Are you going through new questions in organized way? This is especially important when you weren't on the site for a day and the list of new questions is several pages long?
  • How do you use the tag system effectively when looking through questions?
  • Is there a better way when searching for a post of a specific user than looking up his ID and using user:ID in the search bar?

Here are some of my tools:

Tools and Scripts:

  • I use our ImageUploader most answers I write. Since it is so easy to include images with this, I find myself appending an image of how the result looks for almost all my answers.

  • The additional editor buttons are at least as important as the image uploader because you can easily format code and short-keys with it.

  • When I try example code that was given by a poster, the Select Code Block user-script is extremely helpful. When you hover a code-block, then a button appears which let's you select all code instantly. Since the above link doesn't have a downloadable version, you can use the selectCodeBlock.js from my GitHub page.

  • For the chat, I learned to love the SE Chat Modification script. This provides simple keyboard short-cuts to reply or quote messages beside another million things it can do. Read here for a complete list of commands

Helpful links

  • When I need to include code in another language than Mathematica, then I want it colorized appropriately. For this you can prepend a html language hint in front of your code block.
  • Very often needed when I want to look up what new users can and cannot do: The list of priviliges
  • When I search the site with the internal search, there is a good deal of search directives you can use to narrow down the result. Very often, I'm using it search for questions only (is:Q). Other times it is helpful to find good questions that need to be answered: score:3..5 answers:0
  • Since I have enough repuation to help moderate the site, the site with the moderation tools is helpful. You can find it as first tab of the review queue, but I had missed to see this for a long time.
  • Remember that in comments you can use quick links like [chat] or [faq]. For a complete list see here
  • Although, we have two posts about standardized greeting comments here and here, over at TeX.SE they have an extremely large list of boilerplate comments for all kinds of situations. We should probably think about adapting this list for our needs. And while we are at it: The SE Auto Review Comment script can be used to insert boilerplate comments with one click. I guess adapting this for our site is a matter of some minutes.
  • I often find that a google search for Mathematica+terms is useful as well as a search of Stackexchange for terms. It's amazing how often the google answer is here at Mathematica.stackexchange!
    – bill s
    Dec 26, 2014 at 20:14
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    @bills I didn't wanted to add this because I wanted to leave something for others, but are you aware of the site:mathematica.stackexchange.com option when using google? This is extremely helpful and brings very often better results that our internal search.
    – halirutan Mod
    Dec 26, 2014 at 21:14
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    Perhaps someone can include boilerplate comments here(e.g. the Welcome so M.SE message folks often use for first-time posters)? Dec 27, 2014 at 17:39
  • @bobthechemist Right, I forgot about this. I have edited my list of links because at TeX the have a very large list of such comments. One should probably steal it transform it for our site.
    – halirutan Mod
    Dec 27, 2014 at 18:27
  • @bobthechemist , halirutan - I thought we already had this: see meta.mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/138/8 and the result here meta.mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/597/8
    – Verbeia
    Dec 29, 2014 at 4:46
  • @Verbeia Yes, I know that we discussed this but plainly forgot to include the links. What I like at the linked page at TeX.SE is that they have a lot of such things for very different situations. Such a list included in the auto comment script would be very helpful.
    – halirutan Mod
    Dec 29, 2014 at 7:40
  • Would a CW answer to this question containing the Tex boilerplate comments translated for our site be appropriate/beneficial/useful? Dec 29, 2014 at 12:36
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    I'm a big fan and frequent user of the additional editor buttons plug-in. I also find it helpful to consult these two sites to resolve some more tricky problems of editing a post: Markdown Syntax and TeX Commands available in MathJax
    – m_goldberg
    Dec 31, 2014 at 5:37


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