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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Including google-code-prettify language extension for Mathematica into this site

As most of the users may know, we developed a language extension for google-code-prettify to support the correct highlighting of Mathematica code on mathematica.stackexchange.com and is hosted at ...
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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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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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Can we get the twitter bot to tweet to #mathematica?

The @stackmma twitter bot tweets certain questions (algorithmically determined) and converts the first tag (sorted by number of questions) to a hash tag. Hash tags are twitter's way of sorting things ...
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First-time posts with unformatted code should be automatically caught

tl;dr This is a feature request to enable automatically detecting unformatted code in first-time posts, and show a helpful message to the poster on how to fix it. According to the following meta post,...
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Is it possible to add special URL syntaxes?

It's possible to create links to tag wikis using the syntax [tag:graphics] in a question or answer. Is it possible to extend this mechanism, say to have something like [docs:Plot] turn into Plot?
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It's hard to find the markdown FAQ; can we make it easier?

In a recent question I wrote the following as an aside. However, the way the question editor is now structured, I think it hard for people to find this page. First they have to notice the question-...
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Please update the Wolfram Language highlighter for this site

I took the time to update the Google-prettify highlighter for Mathematica to the current version 11.0.1. The whole project can be found in my Mathematica Source Code Highlighting repository on GitHub, ...
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Can we have code auto-formatting and do we need to tweak what we had on the StackExchange tag?

This question is captured pretty well by its title, but for more background, on the mathematica on StackExchange we have pretty-printing on the code blocks (see here for some more explanation). I ...
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Is there a list of bugs identified by the Mathematica StackExchange?

MSE has a bugs tag, but I'm now sure there's a full listing of all the questions that are identified as bugs by the community convention of putting: Bug introduced in `` [resolved in ``] At the top ...
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Update prettify highligher for this site

Mathematica version 10 has been released, with new functions and operators. The syntax highlighter on this site needs to be updated. The highlighter that is being used is already updated in the ...
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Output: separate markup?

It became customary among many users to abuse the quotation markup to indicate Mathematica output, like Range[5] {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} I wonder whether it would be possible to create a MMA.SE specific ...
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Review queues for questions must show existing answers

I know that this should better be on Meta.SO, but I don't have any SO reputation points(/account) and also I am not familiar with/interested in the politics of SO, so here we are. Currently, when ...
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How to avoid and What to do with OPs moving the goalposts in the comments?

An annoying behaviour that wastes time and effort are comments that shift the goalpost after receiving an answer. Sometimes the cause is an incomplete explanation of their needs and some other times ...
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Strange comments in new users' profiles

Today, the new user profile was instituted. It seems good, although the revised layout will take a little while to get used to. However, I noticed that for new users, there are some strange comments ...
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Can we get the BibTeX entry for a post, like Math.SE?

So, I would like to start this topic to vote (and make available) the BibTeX entry for a post in the Mathematica SE community. It seems to be of general interest to have the possibility to cite the ...
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Can we have LaTeX formatting enabled?

The title said it all. But, as a potentially mathematics heavy site, can we have LaTeX formatting enabled? On the meta site also?
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Can we set up bookmarks in SE?

Is there any way to set up bookmarks/reminders for myself in SE? Since some comments/questions/answers require a lot of work to resolve, I might not have time to deal with them immediately. But by ...
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Would it be possible to embed CDF files to posts?

It would be nice to be able to manipulate dynamic content directly from the browser: everything is given on the Mathematica-side (CDF, deployment, browser-plugin), and the site would certainly benefit ...
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Mitigating the damage from the new site theme

The new site theme rollout may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's certainly not mine. What strategies are there for getting a cleaner site layout which focuses on what we care about?
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Backquotes in titles

I'm not sure whether backquotes in titles are supposed to work, or whether they don't currently work, or whether they shouldn't be used. See this question for an example. I know that the math stuff ...
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Can we automate spam detection in the suggested edits?

We occasionally get spam in the suggested edits like the following: The entire post has been defaced and replaced with spam. This is not an isolated occurrence; here are more examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...
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A pause before accepting an answer?

I keep noticing that new participants on the site often pick the first answer to their question without waiting for others to appear. In the interest of eliciting more and perhaps better answers, ...
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Can/should we have additional reasons for closing?

Now that the site has graduated, it is attracting a lot more attention from newcomers to Mathematica, as well as frequently receiving migrations from StackOverflow. I suppose I don't have to point out ...
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“Links” on Privileges page should be actual HTML links

On the list of privileges, each item links to a detailed explanation of the capabilities included in that privilege. These items are not actual links, so I can't (for example) right-click and Open ...
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Embedded videos and animations

Both animations (GIFs) and videos are useful ways of describing Mathematica solutions. I was looking for some guidance as to how big an animated GIF should be when posted as part of an answer. I've ...
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New version 12 symbols are not highlighted by the syntax highlighter

I've noticed that the symbol list for syntax highlighting doesn't include many symbols that are new in version 12. For example: You can see that Reverse is highlighted correctly, while SubsetMap is ...
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Displaying Multiple Reasons for Putting Question on Hold

Question 83919 was put on-hold today with the reason put on hold as off-topic by Daniel Lichtblau, bbgodfrey, Silvia, gpap, m_goldberg 2 hours ago This question appears to be off-topic. The ...
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“Magic links” in Q&A and for documentation at reference.wolfram.com and Mma.SE

Thanks to @Mr.Wizard I have recently learned that Stack Exchange currently supports Magic Links in comments. Magic Links translate short markups to long links, for example [main], [meta], [edit], [...
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\[DifferentialD] not displayed correctly in Mathematica StackExchange

\[DifferentialD] apparently does not have a Unicode representation, so I had to enter it directly in a reformatting of question 83672. However, I noticed that it is displayed in blue, as if it were ...
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Should we add cut-and-paste Greek and special characters to the markdown help?

This is related to the the following recent post. Perhaps it would be helpful to provide a list of unicode Greek characters that people writing questions can cut and paste into their questions. I ...
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Display a list of users by number of closed/deleted posts

Moderators have access to a list of users by number of flags (of any kind) against their posts. Going by the general rule of thumb that more_flags == low_quality_poster, this feature is usually ...
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Statistics of the site

Is there a way to visualize the time-dependent statistics of our site, like how the requirements for coming out of beta changed so far? The small box to the right (Site Stats) and the Area 51 stats ...
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Practice Area for Posting

I can't post as skillfully as I would like. The formatting help seems to be sufficient, but I would rather not play around with a live question comparing the look of one way of formatting to another. ...
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Edits required to be six or more characters

I recently tried to correct an error in some example code but failed because I ran into the requirement that edits to posts must to be six or more characters. All I wanted to do was to add a missing "{...
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List of the most popular answers

Recently I've hit the ~1.0m (people reached) milestone. This is based on the number of views of posts I provided (so far 409 answers and 3 questions). That is roughly 2500 views per post, quite a ...
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Get all Mathematica fonts into StackExchange

Mathematica has a bunch of custom fonts which define things like \[Distributed]. These can be linked displayed on the web by linking against the set of these fonts stored on Wolfram's servers at https:...
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Can a comment be accepted as an answer?

Is it possible to accept a comment as an answer? I often see questions which can be answered in a comment. They mostly come from newcomers and sometimes from old members (like me) as well. For me it ...
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Function[] style name in questions' title disturb search

Today I created a duplicated question, due to a simple standardization problem in function name. Some users use function, others use function[]. If I look for title:InputField, I do not receive ...
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Add answers from unregistered users to the review queue

Based on statistics that Shog9 kindly provided we get only a few answers from unregistered users and most of them are bad*: the past 60 days worth of Mathematica answers produces: Registered ...
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Can we have MathJax disabled for question previews, and active only for full question pages?

It seems that the questions page (or the front page) does not render code spans in question previews. This means that if a dollar sign appears in a code span (quite common in Mathematica), MathJax ...
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No direct way to access the meta page from the main page

I don't see any link on the main Mathematica.SE page that leads directly to http://meta.mathematica.stackexchange.com. There is a panel in the top-right corner that links to "Hot Meta Posts", but this ...