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should one open new question if old answers no longer work?

I am trying to find a way to add control key to automate entering [[ and ]] But the answers here automating-esc-esc-formatting do not work on 11.2 on windows any more. I've been trying for 20 minutes ...
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Is buttocks-type question appropriate for this site?

I thought there are many tools for rendering real-life scenes, but that Mathematica is not the one. I see there is a buttocks question - does this really belong here? What is the next thing? Finding ...
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Pitfalls for more experienced users - help with asking not too broad question

Done: Unexpected behaviors in built-in functions will appreciate feedback/input etc. I want to ask a question on main which will qualify as 'too broad but helpful enough to stay'. (like common ...
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Issue with code readability due to font style

There is a problem with code readability due to the font used on this site. It is not clear if the font is the same on all platforms, but on my computer (OS X) f[a_, α_] := α + a^2 renders as Here ...
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StackExchange ethos; help with caption

Many of you may be familiar with the XKCD cartoon duty calls, which portrays a rather dim view of discussions on the Internet: One of the things I like about StackExchange, and this community in ...
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Rearrangement of site toolbar

I just noticed that the site toolbar has been rearranged (I am tempted to say "scrambled", but I don't want to be rude :). I strongly prefer the old arrangement and would like to see it restored. What ...
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Post-WTC 2017 data get together, Chicago

Any interested in an informal get-together in Chicago after WTC 2017 - to discuss data, cloud, commercial applications and related? I'll be presenting a talk at WTC: "Patterns in Functional Data ...
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Why was the low quality “Has sphere with 3 equi-spaced holes specific name & how to graph it?” post migrated to Mathematics.SE?

A fresh new user (@simpletonjack) posted the following perverted question to mathematics.se, claiming he did so because a moderator of this site moved it there: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Ask Question - Tags box: Placeholder

I'm not sure how much of an impact this has on choosing tags, but this seems a bit contradicting at the very least: The Tags box has the following placeholder: at least one tag such as (bugs image-...
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Making duplicate, but differently worded, questions more findable

I was tempted to open a question like "How can I make an arrow stick to a graphics primitive?" or something like that, then get it pushed as a duplicate to here: Framework behind Graph plots. ...
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How do we get more people to use paclets and paclet servers?

Mathematica has a simple package manager in the PacletManager and I've been working recently on getting my code to be more easily distributable through it, going so far as to write a package to build ...
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Using M.SE answers in packages

I'm working on a Mathematica package, which I intend to publish open source, that incorporates answers I've read or solicited on this site. For example, @MichaelE2's solution to my question about ...
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Duplicate, should I post anyway?

I spent quite some time searching for an answer to a question I had and could not find it on SE. Then I figured it out by myself and started a new self-answered question on SE to share my findings. ...
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What are the “best” types of questions to answer?

Warning: This is just some basic analysis that I thought people might find cute. If you want me to delete it / change the title to free up an objectively good question title, I'm happy to do so. (...
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What is up with questions at 3:00 AM?

So I sunk a few hours yesterday into looking at how questions score as a function of when they were asked. You can read the primary report of what I found here. Probably the most interesting part is ...
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Is there any not bad way to mention something I did not on / for Stack Exchange?

Sometimes I write / do things that I think the community might be interested in, but I don't want to spam the community with junk and don't want to be / people think I'm self-promoting. And I'm ...
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Some site appears to be taking our questions and generating spam Google results

When I searched Google for a recent question I posed here, this came up: When you click it, it redirects you through something called "hidereferrer" to some ad (sometimes pornographic). So it seems ...
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Duplicates with additional information in answers

This happened to me just few minutes ago: I posted How can I make Mathematica agree that 0^0 = 1? since I could not find anything searching for 0^0 (why by the way?). Then Michael E2 marked it as ...
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Who authored the page and…?

I would love to be able to easily find an author/artist name in or appended to an article or page by that author-artist-mathematician. Where can I find that datum? I initially wanted to know who did ...
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Are questions about undocumented functions deprecated on Mathematica.SE

Feel little sorry for this question.For refine my answer here, I have done some dig about ArrayComponents.Then I found Internal`ToEquivalenceClass here today. Actually I meet it many time before this ...
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Common rules for presenting Mathematica output on the main site

On the main site we still have no explicitly written rules how Mathematica's output should be presented when published in a question/answer. But the most of people (as far as I can see) already ...
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System keeps rejecting latex in questions

In my last two questions, whenever I tried pasting mathjax, the system would tell me that I am trying to paste code without code-syntax, and that I should please change that. For example, I cannot ...
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what do folks think of help finding curated data questions?

I was about to pose such question and It occurs to me finding curated data questions are not really programming related so much as about guessing how something might be categorized in some ...
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Questions being marked “off-topic” for the wrong reason(s)

I'm calling out the users m_goldberg, yohbs, Cassini, ciao, and Jim Baldwin for putting my question on hold unfairly because according to them my last question had nothing to do with Mathematica. This ...
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Can I ask a question about what people think about mathematica rather than a technical question?

I wondered if it is appropriate to ask on mathematica stack exchange a question about what they think about the ergonomy of mathematica in comparison to other softwars (matlab etc). Because I find ...
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What's tricky about output-formatting?

So as part of my mucking about with the StackExchange API I decided to check what kind of questions high-rep people tend to ask. I pulled in all the question data and then took the rep of the user ...
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Attach audio files together to question … Absurd or creative?

I believe that this question will seem absurd or even off-topic, but anyway. Imagine a colleague who has a "relatively extensive" question to be written and even understood. This will become boring ...
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How to conduct a more effective search

Sometimes I have some doubts about a specific function. For example: Sequence function. But when I do a search it appears in the titles, in the body of text, ... My intention is to search the term ...
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10,000 views in one day

Is there any way to estimate traffic in one day to views within the site? I recently discovered that a question was viewed by more than 10000 users in a day only. The question is this: My ...
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“Doing XXX” vs “How to do XXX?” in question titles

Recently my question, initially titled "How to avoid suppressing of messages by NIntegrate?" was edited (in v3) to change the title to "Avoiding the suppression of messages by NIntegrate" by a high-...
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Best way to publicize packages / paclets?

I recently wrote up a package for simple paclet construction which has made distributing my code so much simpler. The flip side of this, however, is that for a lot of what I make I have no good, ...
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Intro to 2D Graphics: feedback request

Perhaps Off Topic. I find it useful when learning something to write a tutorial, mostly to myself but perhaps of interest to others. I've written one for the basics of 2D graphics and was looking ...
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Add a “no-effort” category for off-topic

I know there has been a lot of discussion about categories for closing questions due to being off-topic. Many question, like this recent one should certainly be closed, because it's simply people ...
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Testing package-index form

I'm building an index of packages (well, package location) as an EntityStore and made a FormFunction that will dump to the CloudObject it's stored in. Currently I'm looking for people to try it out ...
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Deciphering Mathematica Code: Case Studies site?

Many answers to these questions look like magic to the uninitiated yet they obviously represent some sort of inner dialogue or narrative to the experienced mma user. I think would be useful for ...
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Am I breaking the rules if I embed data in the questions using HTML-like markup?

Inspired by this "hot" question I posted another question and answer attempting to work out an optimal and seamless methods for embedding data into questions by taking advantage of the fact that Stack ...
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Posting Symbols in the questions [duplicate]

A simple question: How can I make alpha to appear like alpha instead of \[Alpha] when I post my codes here?
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What is a preferred method to share large expressions and datasets on MMA.SE?

There are several approaches to embed large expressions in questions/answers/comments on MMA.SE. Here is a list of several common methods with some advantages and possible issues: Embed complete ...
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A strange format of string in front-end [duplicate]

I swear nobody can run this code. (I just copy it from my font-end into SE comment. Then I found I cannot run it anymore). Import["‌​http://i.stack.imgur‌​.com/MXuoa.png"] But this can Import["http:...
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Would like more detailed guidance on duplicate questions

I understand that, to avoid cluttering the site, one should avoid asking questions that have already been answered (though there is this: https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/11/16/dr-strangedupe-or-how-i-...
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Can we give some tolerance to those new users?

The StackEchange is a complicated website for new user as I see it, which has many original rules and some styles for old user. I think we can have;some patience for new user, don't downvote them ...
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GeoGraphics vs. Geography

The tags geographics and geography are often used together, but inconsistently so, yet with overlapping concerns, e.g. a "GeoGraphics" question PlotMarkers in GeoListPlot do not work vs. a "...
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What do we mean by a self-contained (minimal) working example?

Szabolcs linked to this page titled "Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example" recently, and it really is well written. But not everything there applies to Stack Exchange, and even more so ...
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MSE Cloud account / Migrating Tutorials to the Cloud

So the common pitfalls question recently floated back up the top of the question list and in looking through it I was struck by how useful it would be to have a lot of this in the cloud so people ...
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The advisability of answering interesting questions for less-than-helpful users

So last night I allowed myself to get sucked into answering a somewhat involved question where the user was neither particularly helpful nor clear about what they wanted, and hence the question ...
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Creating tag synonyms for a new tag

Yesterday a new tag position was created. There are lots of position-related problems on the site, but all of them just used list-manipulation. So I think such tag is not necessary. However, when I ...
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The image link is forcible to be Https://

The Mathematica.SE have some change recently,The image link is forcible to be Https://,but my figure bed give a Http://.This maybe happen on 2017/3/8.When I upload it by ![](http://o8aucf9ny.bkt....
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Are questions about Mathematica packages on topic?

An issue has arisen in the main section, where the following question about a Mathematica package: step-by-step calculation done by TransformProduct ... has been voted as off-topic for the following ...
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New tags for AceGen and AceFEM packages?

I am a user of AceGen/AceFEM packages and currently there is no place where I could ask questions about them. I think there are some other users around and recently there was even a conference ...
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Dollar signs and links

The following Markdown code is mis-typeset on the main site: [`$MachineEpsilon`](http://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/$MachineEpsilon.html), $\epsilon$ is $2^{-52}$. The key conditions seem to ...