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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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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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Fundraising for J.M

After talking to J.M. and getting his permission, we now have an official fundraising campaign here Help Jan (J.M.) to receive his medical treatment (Click me!!!) For those who weren't following the ...
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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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Information on Mma v10

My workplace had two Wolfram reps come yesterday and give a brief intro for inexperienced Mma users, and previews of v10 for more experienced users. This isn't so much a question, but I think 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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Evidently, we are porn

I tried to log in today from a private club, and got back the following error, which I have never before seen, I think the error page identified the censoring service as being provided by Sonicwall. ...
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Mr.Wizard's charitable fund

In celebration of reaching the 50,000 point milestone on Mathematica.StackExchange thanks to your generous voting: I would like to announce an initiative to give something back to the community. I ...
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I'm getting close to 5000 points on Mathematica stack exchange

I accidentally mentioned this to my wife and she asked me how we should celebrate. I wasn't sure if there was a protocol for this kind of thing. But I know how to find the answer -- by asking here! ...
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Snippets for Mathematica Stack Exchange

Please see Jon Ericson's answer and reply to his concerns and questions. Thank you. I am requesting implementation of Snippets functionality for Mathematica Stack Exchange. Similar functionality ...
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To sermon or not to sermon

As a statistician I focus on attempting to address questions about statistics, probability, and fitting. But I often tend to go beyond the Mathematica functional aspect and discuss/sermonize the need ...
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New Site Logo: Final versions

Important for StackExchange staff! We were approached by Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, through one of his employees who is a regular user here. He asked if our community can consider ...
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Community Knowledge Exchange day 2016

In the sequence of the following conversation: ... Leonid... your answer... "general strategies to write big code in Mathematica" [...] I wonder if you would be interested on giving a course (or two) ...
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Should we have a Github Organization?

BoolEval, BVH Importer and NelderMeadMinimize are examples of packages that started out as answers here on this site, and I think that a lot more of the code here is or could be made reusable. I ...
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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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Suggestions for “Open Bugs” database software for Wolfram Language / Mathematica issues?

Earlier this year there have been discussions about the creation of an "Open Bugs" database for the Wolfram Language / Mathematica. For example, this was discussed one or more times during one of ...
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Suggested change to “Ask Question” page for new users

This is the page first-time posters see: On the right it says, Is your question about Mathematica? Can we change this to the following? Is your question about Wolfram Mathematica? Or maybe ...
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Finding duplicates

People often ask me*, "Kuba how come you can so quickly find duplicates? It appears tough in this syntax rich environment." If a question feels like a duplicate or a one that is already answered, it ...
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Periodicity of Penrose tiling in the background

Recently (despite the one year of active participation) I noticed that our nice Penrose background consists of identical blocks with visible joints between them:       &...
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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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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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Mathematica Community Polls

This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around Wolfram Mathematica. The poll questions are added as answers to this question. The choices for each specific poll can be found as comments below ...
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Ask the Community: Should we add “Wolfram Language” to our site's header image?

Voting is now taking place in the following Q&A to determine which header image to use: Site Logo Text: Mathematica and XXX. Which wording exactly? Recently, Arnoud asked in our chat if it is ...
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How to advertise Mathematica careers to users of this site?

I am looking to fill two permanent Mathematica developer positions. I think that many of the users of Mathematica.SE would be interested in a dedicated careers site, but I don't know how to reach them....
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What can we non experts do to make beta successful?

Since I am novice to MMA, what can I do to help mathematica.stackexchange.com in this beta version? I mean is it better to ask pre-intermediate or intermediate level question, or not to ask 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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Your answer up-voting policy

Mine is simple. I up vote any answer I think will be of value to the OP and to others with a similar problem. If I think the answer will only be of use to the OP (this usually stems from the question ...
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I wonder: am I a leech?

I post a lot of questions and I always obtain learned answers. But rarely, if at any time, am I skilled enough to return the favor and post an answer. How can I contribute more to the community?
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Mathematica Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care ...
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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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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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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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Collaboration on Mathematica Work

I have recently put together a package in response to a question I posted on Importing HDF5 with compound data and I want to make it available for use and collaboration. I have two questions (there ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we ask for tag warnings?

In this post, it is mentioned that SE has recently introduced "tag warnings" in SO, which are meant to alert users about things they should be doing in the course of adding tags to their question. ...
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Linting - Code analysis for bugs, errors and style issues in the Wolfram Language

I'm not sure we already have something similar, but I'm working on more code inspections for the IntelliJ plugin and it's always a good idea to ask the community. Since it doesn't really fit on main, ...
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Are we closing questions too quickly?

This meta-question results from the closing of this question in less than 48 hours. I do not argue that the question should be reopened. I do argue that by closing it so quickly we closed it for the ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematica's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Tooltip with ::usage information in code blocks

I made userscript displaying the ::usage message of symbols when hovered in a code block: The script is available on github It looks good for the vast majority of symbols but there are some ...
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Vote early, vote often

As a group, we should focus on voting (both on questions and answers) as often as we can, for two reasons: It raises the overall average score, unlike on SO where it is very difficult for a ...
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Policy on Homework questions

As we have received two homework questions today, and likely will have more in the future, what should our homework policy be? Should we ban them entirely? If not, what degree of help should we give? ...
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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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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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10,000 questions - should we celebrate?

On current question rates, we will cross the 10,000-question mark later this week. Should we celebrate? Ideas include: An answering party, to get answers to some of the lingering unanswered ...
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What are the qualities of a good Question?

Despite the declarative nature of what follows the title was (and is) intended to open the floor for others to argue what they think are the qualities of a good question. These are only my thoughts ...
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Mathematica 11 Sneak Peeks from Wolfram European Technology Tour 2016

From the Wolfram Blog post 2016 Wolfram European Technology Tour Dates and Locations it is mentioned that sneak peeks of Mathematica 11 would be given. May someone share the improvements and new ...
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What is your mathematica.stackexchange toolbag?

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 ...