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Is use of "spoiler" formatting appropriate on this site?

I've seen the spoiler formatting used on other sites where, say, they discuss plot elements of movies and people don't want to give away a key element to someone who hasn't seen the movie and is ...
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Could we link the "Image equation to TeX" question from TeX SE somewhere?

It has been discussed before that one should not post images of text or formulas. However, many users still do – probably because they consider typing all this text too much work, which to some degree ...
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Is MathJax in titles OK?

There have been some discussions of this topic on other metas, and it seemed to me that the consensus is to avoid MathJax in titles if possible, for various reasons like improving the look of the ...
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Does math in my questions need to be in the form of MathJax?

I asked a question recently. With the question I included a picture of the question with my best handwriting. But received very harsh criticism from two users who insisted that the question be in ...
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Is it OK to change commas to narrow no-break spaces in numbers when editing a post?

As a non-native English speaker, I find it utterly confusing to read text containing figures like "1,234 m", which in English means 1234 m while for a person used to read e.g. French or German (person'...
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How to write mathematical expressions in questions using android devices? [duplicate]

I posted a question at Physics Stack Exchange site, and I uploaded a photograph of the calculation I had done on that. But, I was asked to write all my calculations in the question(and not in the ...
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What is the best/easiest way to write math symbols on this site? [duplicate]

For those with an Android phone, what is your favorite app, or whatever, for displaying math symbols on this site?
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Is it possible to include invisible code in a post?

I wanted to include a diagram in an answer, but Mathjax doesn't support TikZ. I therefore wrote the TikZ code in a local .tex file in my PC, compiled it, and included the diagram as a .png file. The ...
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How to deal with users that just won't use MathJax?

This is essentially a duplicate of 27153, from math.SE. I have noticed that there is a bunch of users that consistently refuse to use MathJax in their answers. One of these users, in particular, has ...
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Should I edit question to format equation linked as image in MathJax?

I often come across questions where the author uses a linked image of an equation instead of typesetting it as MathJax. Should I edit the question to typeset the equation in MathJax, comment to let ...
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Special text codes for generating symbols [duplicate]

What are special text codes that must be written to generate various mathematical formulae, symbols like limit, derivative, integral, closed integral etc. (in simple keypad) For instance, "**" for ...
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Please link the MathJax help to the Meta.Math.SE tutorial

The Ask a Question page shown to new users contains a lot of guidance, including a link to MathJax help: Now, there are strong UI reasons why this link is nowhere near as useful as we'd hope, but ...
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Using Copyrighted Material as Answers [closed]

For this site and in general for academic purposes: How can I use copyrighted stuff as material? If you can quote someone why can you not quote their work as well? The teacher in a previous class (not ...
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Is it possible to make the SE engine to ignore some characters in the character count of comments?

Comments are limited to 600 characters, which I believe is done so that comments are actually comments, instead of lengthy discussions or answers to the question in the post. While this is obviously ...
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Guidelines for Title Formatting

What is the standard for the formatting of the titles of posts? What is the standard for editing the titles of posts? I've been away for a while, and when I logged in today I noticed that the title ...
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Should abbreviations and acronyms be discouraged?

Occasionally, I pass over a question merely because I don't understand an abbreviation or acronym. I wonder if the instructions should encourage the definition of these things in the body of the ...
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Is it possible to implement the physics package of latex into mathjax?

I don't know if you know the package physics in LaTeX but it is a really good one especially if one writes something about physics. e.g. I hate writing |\Psi\rangle\...
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MathJax: How do I write matrices on the same line?

In answering this question, I needed to multiply three matrices - which obviously involves writing them on the same line. I tried a couple of things, none of which worked, so my question is - how do ...
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Centering a picture

Is it possible to center a picture added in a question on the SE sites? I can not find any centering option on the help pages.
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Code syntax highlighting

Take this code sample from meta.SE: ...
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Using labels with mathJax?

When using an equation in an question or an answer, it is sometimes useful to give it a number and refer to it in the text. The \tag command works : if you add <...
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How do I format a physical quantity (unit of measurement + numerical value)?

I tried $I = 1 v / R$ but v looks like a factor rather than unit of measurement. Does tex work in meta?
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Adding collapsable fields to answers

Let's say I have an answer to a question (like this one for example) where the explanation can have effectively two speeds: plain english, and very math heavy. I would like a way to do both at once, ...
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Is there a standard place to point people to learn how to typeset their equations?

I've seen a number of questions in which the moderators change html equations into LaTeX, or else people writing in the comments that the site supports LaTeX. Do we have a standard place where we can ...
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Where can I find the explanation for the LaTeX/mathjax symbology used for equations in

I'm trying to understand the answers given to the question: How long it will take for a tree to fall on a ground? For example how are the following to be interpreted $ $$ \ { } and what are: frac ...
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This is a sandbox

This is a sandbox You can use this question as a formatting sandbox (if you can edit CW questions), and you can post answers if you want to test out formatting there as well. NB: It's hard not to ...
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Is it possible to explain how to use LaTeX in questions / answers in the "How to format" help box?

After a bit of time using the site I can see people using lots of nice equations. But there's nothing in the "How to format" help box (or in the "full reference >>" link) saying how to do this. I got ...
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