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Additional useful buttons for our M.SE editor

Do you hate the guys trying to optimize every single part of a process? I'm one of those. Believe me, it's even harder for me. When I sit next to someone watching him writing something, taking the ...
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How to copy code from Mathematica so it looks good on this site

Many newcomers to this site have code that they entered into their notebooks using one of tje Mathematica palettes, e.g., Basic Math Assistant. They are delighted with mathematical look of their code,...
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How should I include code samples in posts?

What are best practices for including sections of Mathematica code in posts? Mathematica differs from many programming languages because many of us use it in "REPL" (read-evaluate-print-line) mode, ...
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Standard header for bugs-tagged posts, for easy searching

The consensus for handling posts about fixed bugs was to include a line stating in which version the bug went away. I would like to propose taking this one step further, and standardizing the header ...
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How should we tag longstanding bugs that have been fixed?

Using What to do with [bugs] questions now that version 9 is released? as a guideline Questions about bugs that have been fixed should have individual tags for each affected version. However this is ...
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Answering duplicate candidates or bad questions

When you are on our site on a daily basis, you can see very fast which question has a high probability to be a duplicate or which questions are so basic that they are closed shortly. Sometimes, ...
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New SE-Tools - formerly known as SE-Uploader

I have completely revised our old SE-Uploader and finally finished putting all together in a package called the SE Tools. Therefore, we can now provide additional features because the SETools` can be ...
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What should our site design look like?

As we are approaching 90 days, it is time to get us back to answering the 7 Essential Questions. In terms of site design, we ultimately need to consider a number minutiae such as logo, the top banner,...
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What kind of Input and Output Code Styles are acceptable in SE?

What kind of Input and Output Code Styles are acceptable in SE? These days I've heard about some comments (suggestions) about formatting. Some are my apparent error usages, and some are acceptable in ...
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Handling blatant RTFM cases---harmful to the community?

I would like to start a discussion on how to deal with posts where the OP has written up a clear question, but s/he has also clearly not done his/her homework. There have been several cases recently. ...
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Posting answers in comments

It seems to me that is a growing trend of answering simple questions in a comment rather than with a proper answer posting. I think there are good reasons for resisting this trend. An answer is more ...
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Upload large amount of data more easily

Lately I came across this question with a huge amount of data which I put on pastebin here under my account. One can see that I've already put quite a few mathematica.stackexchange.com-related set of ...
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Will mathematica questions on stackoverflow be migrated to this beta (and if so, when ?)

I expect that this new stackexchange will be successful. There are currently 2,336 questions with the tag "mathematica" on stackoverflow and a few others at physics.SE and math.SE. Not all are ...
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Can we do something to suppress Tom Sawyers?

There are a few people who frequent the Mathematica.SE site for the purpose of soliciting extensive free program development and/or debugging services. I think of such people as Tom Sawyers, and they ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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Code box line width survey

For the purpose of understanding what other users see, and to provide a record of the current SE Beta formatting, I would like to conduct a survey of the line width of the code boxes that users see. ...
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Unanswered Questions

The most recent posting of the Unanswered Questions Community Ad by rm -rf lists 349 questions as unanswered. This is nearly 10% of the total questions on the site. Some of the questions are ...
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Is there a way to facilitate the copy&paste process for code samples?

Code samples are easy enough to recognise, but I wonder if there is a more convenient way to copy all contents of a gray sample box into the clipboard for pasting into Mathematica. Right now I ...
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Standard greeting comments

We have already developed a bit of a habit of welcoming new users explicitly in comments, and using the comments to guide behaviour. To made this a bit easier I thought we could collect standard / ...
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A blog for Mathematica.SE — volunteers / suggestions for post topics?

Note: There seems to be a lot of support for having our own blog, and we have several volunteers, so I've added the feature-request tag to this post to draw the attention of the SE team and hopefully ...
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How are we doing? (Post your favorite stats!)

By popular demand, here is a place for people to post regularly-updated metrics of traffic and other indicators of how Mathematica.SE is developing. Please post sets of analysis from different ...
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Should we have a standard comment or practice for welcoming new users?

Back on StackOverflow we used to post comments welcoming new users, directing them to FAQs etc. It is probably one of the reasons we were the friendliest tag there. Should we continue doing this? I ...
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Are questions related to SystemModeler on topic?

I predict (or at least would like to see) some questions will be raised about the new platform for general symbolic modelling. A lot of us use Mathematica for modelling simple or complex systems, and ...
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Design for Mathematica.SE

I'm Jin, I work on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic and culture. However, all sites ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Why do excellent answers languish with few votes and what can be done to combat it?

Repeatedly I have seen good answers, some very good, receive next to no recognition. Sometimes this can be explained by the answer being of such an esoteric nature that few are interested or ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We've talked about here and there pieces of this, but what should go in our FAQ? What do you think needs to mentioned in our FAQ? Obviously, what is considered on-topic/off-topic, and quite possibly a ...
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Posting a question you already know the answer for

I have solved a couple of questions myself in the past, and I think some of them are interesting to the public and will most likely appear in the future. One example for this is the question how to ...
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Granular off-topic close reasons

There have been some recent changes to the closing process for questions and will be rolled out to our site some time over the next week. While the linked post has lot of details about what exactly ...
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What would be a good community promotion ad?

One way we can promote this site is to create a community promotion ad to be shown on other SE sites. Each graduated SE site has a meta question where people can submit these ads (math, physics, stats)...
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How should we tag version-dependent questions?

Some questions apply to functionality present only in (or after) certain versions. Others are for legacy versions such as 5.2. By what criteria should tags be applied? What tag format(s) should be ...
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What third-party packages do you use?

Update 2015 Sept: See also PackageData.net, and consider adding there as well. Let's use this thread to post our favourite freely available third-party packages! Instructions Please post ...
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Is Wolfram Technical Support Officially Represented in this Forum?

Just curious if anyone employed by Wolfram is officially representing the company in this forum? Also is it reasonable to assume that these forums are thoroughly monitored by Wolfram's software ...
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How can I easily copy Mathematica code for use with this site? (We have a palette for this!)

I have recently posted a question asking how we could create a palette for copying code in the format originally suggested by Sjoerd and since adopted by several people: D[x^2, x] (* ==> 2 x *) ...
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Toward Mathematica.Stackexchange analytics

I guess the time has come to ask a question on exploiting Mathematica functionality to explore user behavioural patterns on Mathematica.Stackexchange. Most of the community individuals know that ...
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Looking ahead to Wolfram Language

Wolfram has been making some big announcements lately regarding Wolfram Language which seems--for the most part--to be Mathematica-"language" accessible from other interfaces. Browsing through the ...
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Hints and help on using the site efficiently

As you may already know, mathematica.stackexchange is a wonderful site for asking questions and looking for information about Mathematica™. However, it has a few characteristics that tend to ...
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How to report bugs?

How to report probable bugs or quirks to WRI? What is the standard way to do it? Is there a known list of bugs maintained by WRI? Can we track the status of bugs anywhere?
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Is posting an incomplete answer then immediately improving it helpful or aggravating?

Recently I have been posting an answer that is not yet complete and then continuing to make additions over the next few minutes. Undeniably I enjoy getting first post, but there is another reason ...
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Same old, same old

I don't want to spoil some fun posts here, but I see a certain pattern where a couple of interesting questions are followed by a slew of rather similar ones. In my opinion, it's getting old pretty ...
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Markdown for output

Following up on this comment I am proposing and requesting a dedicated markdown style for output. To me the requirements are simple: Monospaced font A background color in manner of but distinct ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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What is delaying graduation of Mathematica.SE?

According to the About page: Public betas typically last from 60 to 90 days, although they can go on longer. Our site appears healthy yet it has now been in public beta for 117 days. Is there ...
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Is there any special kind of crossposting netiquette for SE/mathgroup etc.?

As probably many users here I am a subscriber to comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica (aka mathgroup). A number of questions seem to pop up in more or less identical form on SE and mathgroup and I am ...
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Coping with “abstract duplicates”/“variant questions”

Taking a page from this meta.math.SE discussion, and in light of this question, I wonder if it would be worthwhile for us to maintain a community wiki post like this one in meta.math.SE that lists ...
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When is it okay to answer by simply posting links to code/packages?

In a recent question there were many answers that just consisted of links to packages. The answers, while potentially useful to the OP, contained no discussion about how these packages could be used ...
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What tag should be used to identify posts about `Plot` and related functions?

There's always been some confusion and lack of clear agreement about what term to use to describe figures that depict the set of points corresponding to a function or relation. Is it a "graph", a "...
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How do you reward two good answers?

I posed a question and received two good answers. I'd like to 'accept' both, but this appears impossible (likely for good reasons). Must I just choose one (after voting both up), or can I accept/...
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Do we need a “list-filtering” tag?

It seems to me that a comparatively high percentage of questions have to do with filtering a list, such as removing duplicates or selecting elements of various descriptions. Many of these are ...